Nostalgic reflections of Aussie summers in the late ‘60s and ‘70s inspired
Set only steps away from the shores of the lake, the serene modernist building evokes a countryside utopia, a whitewashed pavilion with arched windows and a timber porch. Timber beams lead visitors down a path to the entryway, with soft dry pressed brick, sand dune walls, textured tiles, warm walnut timber and white onyx stone revealing themselves upon arrival. On the interior and architectural facades, finishes in shades of bright white, buttery yellow and nude straddle both summer and winter-friendly palettes, the idea being that Blacksmith is a year-round destination.
Centre stage is a restored vintage Brazilian cheese cabinet, now filled with wine. A freestanding fireplace further reinforces the restaurant’s trans-seasonal appeal. Outside, a round cabana doubles as a dance floor, surrounded by custom tiger-print, peach fringed umbrellas. Beyond being fun décor items, the white tigers are symbolic of strength, majestic courage, and vision. Tiles of various pattern and texture dominate the interior, cladding the bar, floor, surfaces, and full-height columns.
Both safeguarding the regional town’s legacy while providing a fresh addition, Blacksmith was designed to enhance the mid-century buildings of its neighbouring environment. A three-hour drive from Melbourne and almost seven hours from Sydney, the destination is bound to live on as an idyllic city escape.
“Blacksmith draws a comparison to a Slim Aarons scene but the design is quintessential Australiana. The glamour and appeal of Blacksmith reminds us of the good life that exists beyond the rabbit hole, but ultimately Blacksmith reminds us to walk on the sunny side, and smile,” explains The Stella Collective founder Hana Hakim.