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Their efforts have resulted in the latest bar offering from the renowned East Coast hospitality group
Tactile materials bring warmth, texture, and colour to the mostly undecorated space. Well considered lighting creates an inviting mood and ambience. The physical setting of the bar doesn’t compete to command the attention of the patrons but happily dissolves into the background, supporting and facilitating an experience that feels laid back and special, and a little different to other venues in the area. Designed to have a timeless and enduring appeal, the physical space avoids trend-driven details.
The brief given by the client was pretty loose. “The owners simply wanted to create a venue which would function as well in the early evening as it would later into the night; where patrons could move comfortably from dinner to drinks and dancing,” said Lily and Josh.
Pattern Studio’s response was to create a contemporary interpretation of a ‘Mexican restaurant’, deliberately staying clear of simplistic or culturally-appropriated references to South American culture. Hence why there’s not a single sombrero or a cactus in sight. Instead, the design discretely references the genuine character and raw beauty of small, late-night venues found across
Inspired by rough and raw urban textures, the base materials palette embraces
The interior is mainly undecorated. Instead, visual impact arises from geometry and repetition like the linear pattern of the brick-clad bar font, or the repeat of the classic round wall sconces. Soft and ambient illumination by decorative light fittings and concealed LED strip lights create the kind of mood that suggests something special might well happen here.
A playful reference to the works of Modernist Mexican architect
As Byron Bay locals, Pattern Studio recognised the need for a venue a little different than what’s currently on offer in the Bay where bright, white, rendered spaces are aplenty. This addition to the local nightlife offers visitors an alternative that’s both relaxed and special, where the design and décor dissolve softly into the background, allowing the experience of excellent food, drink, and music to shine.
“Madness was in some ways a constant theme on the job. Josh and I managed all aspects from interior design, through to branding (signage, menus, aprons, styling) as well as project management, contract admin, and construction assistance. Josh managed the site and assisted with the construction himself. For a two-person team, it was a big job,” exclaims Lily.
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