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Classico by Foong + Sormann

Simplicity and style are the order of the day at the Blackman Hotel’s Classico restaurant, says Ola Bednarczuk.

Classico by Foong + Sormann


October 6th, 2010

When the Blackman Hotel in Melbourne’s bustling St Kilda Road district set out to create a restaurant that captured the essence of traditional Italian cuisine, it looked to architects Foong + Sormann for the perfect dining space.

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The call was for a design that reflected the elegance and timelessness of Italian food.

“We knew the menu was to contain produce-driven, typically Italian dishes void of clever tricks, and our design took the same approach,” explains Jamie Sormann of Foong + Sormann.

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“We wanted the fit-out to showcase a traditional palette of materials in a simple and contemporary way.”

The resulting space showcases a modern take on a classic style, with clean lines and smooth finishes.

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Sormann and fellow architect Jo Foong chose Pietra Griggio marble floors and Carrara marble benchtops, complemented by dark timber wall panels and a ceiling of walnut-stained cedar, to create a look that, as Sormann describes, is “not just luxurious but also familiar and inviting”. 

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The interplay between light and dark is matched by Foong and Sormann’s creative use of space.

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Two narrow corridors with bar and banquette seating create a sense of intimacy, while window-side tables for large groups and a standing area by the restaurant’s Salumeria provide a relaxed and open setting with views onto Arthur Street and the hotel foyer.

Hotel patrons and Melbourne locals alike are treated to fresh and authentic Italian fare in a setting that oozes quality and ambience.

Classico at The Blackman Hotel

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