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The royal welcome at Hilton Little Queen

The royal welcome at Hilton Little Queen

This ‘little Queen’ of Hiltons blends the classic with the contemporary to evoke the halcyon days of travel. Here we bring you the Indesign magazine review, by Stephen Crafti.

How consumer habits are influencing the blend of physical and digital in design

How consumer habits are influencing the blend of physical and digital in design

The designers of physical retail and hospitality experiences are well aware that the digital presence of a project has rapidly grown in importance. With this evolution has come almost an entirely new understanding of how the physical and digital interact. 

“The biggest vegan restaurant in the world” realised – Smith & Deli

“The biggest vegan restaurant in the world” realised – Smith & Deli

Giving “vegan dining the glamour it’s been missing”, Shannon Martinez has launched Smith & Deli, a colossal vegan dining hub in Collingwood.

Five revelations in hospitality and retail design

Five revelations in hospitality and retail design

Raise the topic of hospitality and retail and your mind instantly jumps to far-out fit-outs and awe-inspiring interiors. But before you even reach that finished product, there are many moving parts to negotiate first.

“Neither brash nor ostentatious” – Architectus and Hecker Guthrie design Australia’s first Hyatt Centric

“Neither brash nor ostentatious” – Architectus and Hecker Guthrie design Australia’s first Hyatt Centric

As the world’s most locked-down city begins once more to welcome the prospect of visitors, Australia’s first Hyatt Centric has opened its doors.

There are no golden rules in retail – Russell & George

There are no golden rules in retail – Russell & George

From hyper-real run-ins to fragmented customer profiles, Russell & George “slams” typologies to design spaces that make you put down your phone.

What’s cooking in hospitality design?

What’s cooking in hospitality design?

Indesign #85, the ‘Social Spaces’ issue is out now. Indesign Editor Alice Blackwood brings us up to speed on the retail and hospitality design topics informing this edition’s theme.

Russell & George redefine Melbourne dining with Society

Russell & George redefine Melbourne dining with Society

In just 10 days’ time, when Indesign’s ‘Social Spaces’ issue launches, we’ll be taking you on an intimate tour of Society. Until that time, we’re here to give you a sneak peak of what’s to come.

How Splinter Society harnessed its unparalleled connection to hospitality

How Splinter Society harnessed its unparalleled connection to hospitality

As both owner and designer of a multitude of hospitality venues, Splinter Society has a uniquely personal connection to the hospitality industry. We sit down with studio co-director Chris Stanley to discuss how hospitality design is evolving.

4 chic new hospitality spaces to discover as Sydney reopens

4 chic new hospitality spaces to discover as Sydney reopens

As Sydney tentatively reopens, we’ve gathered some of the city’s newest and most beautiful venues to check out.

Bates Smart raises the creative bar at Teahouse Crown Sydney

Bates Smart raises the creative bar at Teahouse Crown Sydney

Designed as an exquisite Chinoiserie jewel box, stepping into the Teahouse at Crown Sydney, by Bates Smart, is a luxurious experiential journey like no other.

Quarta & Armando reawaken Shanghai’s clubbing scene

Quarta & Armando reawaken Shanghai’s clubbing scene

In an unlikely happening for early 2021, Quarta & Armando have opened Potent, a Shanghai club hoping to accelerate the city’s post-pandemic rebirth.

Expert acoustics advice for fine tuning the dining experience

Expert acoustics advice for fine tuning the dining experience

Autex Acoustics technical development manager sheds light on the nuances of acoustic design for hospitality settings and the dos and don’ts of restaurant acoustics.

6 shopping and social spaces that celebrate sensory design

6 shopping and social spaces that celebrate sensory design

Sensory design has never been so important to the curation of retail and hospitality environments as it is today. Here are 6 design projects that got it right.

Poodle proves its bark is as good as its bite

Poodle proves its bark is as good as its bite

Poodle, in Fitzroy, Melbourne, embraces an unpretentious, lived-in sensibility with a series of quirky and materially-rich spaces designed by Bergman & Co.

5 stand out exhibits seen at the Hospitality Design Fair 2021

5 stand out exhibits seen at the Hospitality Design Fair 2021

Sydney’s ICC was recently host to No Vacancy / Hospitality Design Fair 2021. From the lot, here are 5 exhibits that caught our attention.

Coy Yiontis makes a shabby 1970s mountain lodge chic

Coy Yiontis makes a shabby 1970s mountain lodge chic

Simply known as Elk at Falls, this boutique-style mountain lodge at Falls Creek has been given a huge makeover by Coy Yiontis.

Really though, what value do hotels offer guests?

Really though, what value do hotels offer guests?

As the hospitality industry goes into a tailspin from the pandemic, hoteliers and designers alike are forced to reckon with the true value that hotels bring to guests.

No longer memories past: Woods Bagot’s Next Hotel Melbourne

No longer memories past: Woods Bagot’s Next Hotel Melbourne

Woods Bagot serves up the nostalgia of ‘now’ at Melbourne’s new Next Hotel.

Bates Smart puts the jewel in the Hilton crown

Bates Smart puts the jewel in the Hilton crown

It’s beautiful, hidden away and oh so Melbourne. Hilton Little Queen Street is open for business and is sparkling like a diamond.

Levantine Hill winery is the fruit of good design chemistry

Levantine Hill winery is the fruit of good design chemistry

A long-standing relationship between Karl Fender, co-founder of Fender Katsalidis, and Elias Jreissati, chairman of Levantine Hill winery has produced its most personal challenge yet.

May the corporate workplace rest in peace

May the corporate workplace rest in peace

In a post-brand age enterprises are re-evaluating their real estate to create a visceral brand presence.

“You can take the girl out of Gippsland but…”

“You can take the girl out of Gippsland but…”

There’s no taking the Gippsland out of the Farmer’s Daughters — a new restaurant on Collins St, Melbourne, by Agents of Architecture.

The Lounge at UNSW by Bates Smart will give you lounge envy

The Lounge at UNSW by Bates Smart will give you lounge envy

At the vanguard of design, The Lounge by Bates Smart is sophisticated and stylish. However, it offers so much more than just aesthetic benefit to the staff of the University of New South Wales.

Jean-Michel Gathy on the art and science of designing hotels

Jean-Michel Gathy on the art and science of designing hotels

The principal designer of Denniston shares about the fundamentals of hotel design, his latest collaboration with Aman and the future of hospitality.

This tropical take on a French bistro has an industrial edge

This tropical take on a French bistro has an industrial edge

French Fold restaurant in Singapore by Takenouchi Webb is the latest addition to Merci Marcel’s portfolio of fresh, immersive and impeccably designed venues.

Carr creates a scene in Melbourne’s theatre district

Carr creates a scene in Melbourne’s theatre district

Curated by Carr, Lancemore Crossley St Hotel is a boutique hotel centred in the thick of Melbourne’s theatre scene — and with a flair for the dramatic, it fits right in.

Classical, yet avant-garde: La Salita and Viccarbe welcome you to the Mediterranean

Classical, yet avant-garde: La Salita and Viccarbe welcome you to the Mediterranean

Designed by Piero Lissoni for Viccarbe, the Season Chair embraces diners in for a culinary experience that unifies Mediterranean design and a daring epicurean journey.

Samsen STREET Hotel turns Bangkok’s vices upside down

Samsen STREET Hotel turns Bangkok’s vices upside down

CHAT architects transform a Bangkok love motel into a neighbourhood ‘street’ hotel, and in the process, promote urban activities derived from forgotten traditions and street typologies.

Hassell’s Café Lafayette puts theatre on a plate

Hassell’s Café Lafayette puts theatre on a plate

Identified by a neon glow behind a brick façade is the unassuming space of Café Lafayette, an eatery that captures the magic of a multi-sensory dining experience.

Herein lays the solution to ‘the social dilemma’

Herein lays the solution to ‘the social dilemma’

AvroKO is a master at creating hospitality environments that are as engaging as they are impeccable. Behind the design is a human-centred process of ‘hospitable thinking’.

What’s ‘place’ got to do with it?

What’s ‘place’ got to do with it?

If not placemaking, what are retail and hospitality design? Design practices Wynk Collaborative and MentahMatter discuss placemaking for customer experience via their own projects.

Staron® brings texture and elegance to The Whistle Dixie Café & Bar

Staron® brings texture and elegance to The Whistle Dixie Café & Bar

Designed by Ellivo Architects, The Whistle Dixie Café & Bar in Queensland is a vibrant urban café with a captivating charm and high-performing surfaces by Staron®.

As designers, what can we bring to the table?

As designers, what can we bring to the table?

Jeff Copolov, the esteemed interior designer and longstanding director for Bates Smart, confronts the big questions re. hospitality design post Covid-19.

Design for fine dining is its own art form at Yi

Design for fine dining is its own art form at Yi

At Yi by Jereme Leung at Raffles Hotel Singapore, Aedas Interiors invites diners on a design journey through the Chinese legend of creation.

Meet the man tuning the theatrics of hospitality

Meet the man tuning the theatrics of hospitality

Justin Wells, formerly Global Head of Hospitality Design at design worldwide partnership, has formed his own company, Wells International.

Ode to the industrial [style] revolution

Ode to the industrial [style] revolution

From Sydney warehouse conversions, industrial-esque cafés in Melbourne and offices in New York lofts, these industrial interiors are leading the style revolution.

A culinary voyage around the world with the Ester collection

A culinary voyage around the world with the Ester collection

Renowned Italian furniture brand, Pedrali celebrates the charm of Ester in some of the most esteemed restaurants across the globe.

Here’s to the Insta-worthy: where to eat, play and stay

Here’s to the Insta-worthy: where to eat, play and stay

With venues in popular locations boasting high star-ratings these days a dime-a-dozen, there is a new criteria being coveted in the hospitality scene.

Florence, Italy? No Florence, Melbourne

Florence, Italy? No Florence, Melbourne

From the founder of Tulip Coffee in Degraves Street, Melbourne, Florence Coffee, designed by CoLAB Design Studio, looks as good as the coffee tastes.

Studio SKLIM carves a café out of concrete in Singapore

Studio SKLIM carves a café out of concrete in Singapore

A curvaceous counter connects customers with their barista at Voids Café, a compact café in River Valley, Singapore, designed by Studio SKLIM.

Experience the magic once again at No. 92

Experience the magic once again at No. 92

Designed by Pattern Studio, No. 92 is a boutique restaurant and wine bar that offers an experience unlike anything else in the city and now, it’s back to re-tell its story to the ‘dine-in’ scene.

The Fitzroy café that we still can’t stop talking about

The Fitzroy café that we still can’t stop talking about

At Bentwood, designer duo RITZ&GHOUGASSIAN embraces heritage with a layered, bold and charming soul that’s made for Melbourne’s energetic coffee scene.

What is design for wellbeing?

What is design for wellbeing?

Part of a series produced by VOLA, Wellness and Wellbeing is a thought-provoking short film presented by none other than acclaimed British designer Ilse Crawford.

Ministry Of Design’s ‘Colonial Prestige’

Ministry Of Design’s ‘Colonial Prestige’

Ministry of Design transposes heritage in the new quasi-colonial Prestige Hotel in Penang, with a contemporary interpretation of Victorian design – visual trickery included.

Mooncraft takes you on a journey

Mooncraft takes you on a journey

Hong Kong-based o&o Studio took a very specific, and very romantic, image as the inspiration for the branding and design of an uber-cool craft beer and whisky bar in an old grease factory in Shanghai’s South Bund.

New space, new identity for Stylecraft Singapore

New space, new identity for Stylecraft Singapore

Stylecraft and HASSELL’s collaborative legacy of awe-inspiring showroom interiors has breached new frontiers with the new Stylecraft Singapore showroom.

Cloudstreet: A labour of love

Cloudstreet: A labour of love

Cloudstreet by greymatters possesses all the operational sensibilities for a fine-dining establishment without falling prey to aesthetic stereotypes.

An Arranged Marriage

An Arranged Marriage

Thrown together by circumstance, Kirsten Stanisich and Jonathan Richards formed a professional partnership that has seen them grow, flourish and forge a brand of their own.

Japanese atmospherics: Ishizuka by Russell & George

Japanese atmospherics: Ishizuka by Russell & George

Creating a sensory dining experience that fuses Japanese and Australian culture – rather than a “mock tradition” – Ishizuka by Russell & George transports diners while keeping their feet on the ground.

Colour and texture collide at Commons by Yuloo Studio

Colour and texture collide at Commons by Yuloo Studio

Yuloo Studio combines colour, texture, lighting, and scale to create a cosy evening environment for lovers of wine and fresh produce in Moscow.

Mad Men meets INXS

Mad Men meets INXS

The Joker and Thief, designed by Fabric Architecture in collaboration with Stewart + Highfield, is where 1960s mid-century modern has a 1980s glam-rock edge.

Masters of the art of storytelling in design

Masters of the art of storytelling in design

IndesignLive gets the inside story on the award winning Span Design Studio. Excelling at weaving storytelling into their design, Span creates highly personalised hospitality and retail environments receiving local and international recognition.

Eat hot pot in the middle of a wetland

Eat hot pot in the middle of a wetland

Letting the landscape take centre stage, this Hot Pot restaurant makes an impressive design statement weaving through the canopy of a wetland in Chengdu, China.

A case for cultural sensitivity in design

A case for cultural sensitivity in design

Inclusivity and the recognition of diverse voices and perspectives have become driving values of our time. How do we translate this new focus on cultural sensitivity into hospitality design?

Not your ordinary university bar

Not your ordinary university bar

UNSW is upping the ante on university hospitality venues, employing design to attract and retain talent. The Lounge, designed by Bates Smart, is UNSW’s new hybrid space for academics

Dieter Cartwright brings magic to social spaces

Dieter Cartwright brings magic to social spaces

Inspired by travelling, literature and societal agendas, Australian native Dieter Cartwright of Dutch East Design believes that hospitality is more than just about functional spaces.

Meet the visionary behind Ovolo Hotels

Meet the visionary behind Ovolo Hotels

No doubt we have all encountered frustrations in our travels, but few have turned those frustrations into a collection of bold and bespoke boutique hotels.

When life imitates art, or M.C. Escher: Studio 10’s Maze Hotel

When life imitates art, or M.C. Escher: Studio 10’s Maze Hotel

Inspired by the escapist maze-like qualities of historic Dutch artist M.C. Escher, Maze Hotel by Space 10 is all about flipping the hospitality experience.

The final touches on the new Rick Stein Restaurant

The final touches on the new Rick Stein Restaurant

With a new Rick Stein Restaurant opening in NSW, the interior team knew the finishes needed to match the chef’s legendary taste.

The Pink Zebra is a fusion of political history

The Pink Zebra is a fusion of political history

“The core idea was to create a design hybrid to leave the visitor hanging in the middle of an artistic sea.” Welcome to The Pink Zebra.

Minimalist and modern: Kaizen Coffee’s fusion

Minimalist and modern: Kaizen Coffee’s fusion

Going against the grain of the typical minimalist, modern café atmosphere, Arnun Wattanaporn wanted to create a feeling of cosiness for Kaizen Coffee Co. in the heart of Bangkok.

Plush-pink opulence meets 80s disco vibe at Peaches

Plush-pink opulence meets 80s disco vibe at Peaches

What’s not to love about Peaches? Pierce Widera’s stunning rooftop cocktail bar channels the 70s, 80s and 90s in an electrifying hospitality vibe.

A place to meet: Gumbuya café

A place to meet: Gumbuya café

Gumbuya is an Aboriginal word for meeting place, which formed the concept for the café and restaurant in Sydney.

Splinter Society designs a uniquely local café experience with Project 281

Splinter Society designs a uniquely local café experience with Project 281

This newly-designed café in Brunswick, Melbourne celebrates its neighbourhood’s industrial roots while also working in a contemporary context.

Tom Mark Henry serves up ’90s nostalgia and sass at C.C. Babcoq

Tom Mark Henry serves up ’90s nostalgia and sass at C.C. Babcoq

C.C. Babcoq is a playful and bold carvery and cocktail bar, with colour, pattern and personality inspired by its muse.

Culture, tradition and history collide at Duck & Rice

Culture, tradition and history collide at Duck & Rice

Hogg & Lamb provides a contemporary Cantonese experience that celebrates the true meaning of extravagant hospitality and luxury opulence at Sydney’s new rooftop palace.

Sculpted metal: Icha Chateau by Spacemen

Sculpted metal: Icha Chateau by Spacemen

Referencing the rolling hills of Icha Chateau brand’s own tea plantations, Spacemen created a sculptural destination for Shanghai’s discerning tea drinkers.

Cultural fusion: Tang Hotpot by New Practice Studio

Cultural fusion: Tang Hotpot by New Practice Studio

The cultural and culinary prowess of New York City and Chinese Tang Dynasty are fused together in Tang Hotpot, designed by New Practice Studio.

Brutal beauty: Di Stasio Città by HASSELL

Brutal beauty: Di Stasio Città by HASSELL

To the architecture community, Di Stasio is an institution. And now a new venue, designed by HASSELL, brings restaurant, art gallery and homage to brutalism alive at Di Stasio Città.

A layered materiality: Hunan Slurp by New Practice Studio

A layered materiality: Hunan Slurp by New Practice Studio

A timber canopy wraps around the ceiling and walls of Hunan Slurp, evocative of the slippery strands of noodles served in the New York City venue.

Getting spicy: Chilli Everest by Architects EAT

Getting spicy: Chilli Everest by Architects EAT

The colours, textures and profiles of Nepal inspired the design of Chilli Everest, creating a sensory and appealing experience for customers.

A case for following your curiosity with Tom Reid

A case for following your curiosity with Tom Reid

After a bit of trial and error, Tom Reid found himself following his curiosity for design, which has led him down the road to where he is today – a senior designer at Melbourne’s DesignOffice.

The melting pot: Blending food into design at Navi Restaurant

The melting pot: Blending food into design at Navi Restaurant

Navi’s interiors feel moody and authentically Australian with a material and colour palette inspired by the owner’s love for hand-foraging produce.

Now you see it, now you don’t: The Fantauzzo by SJB

Now you see it, now you don’t: The Fantauzzo by SJB

SJB has designed The Fantauzzo hotel with a tonal, fractal façade that visually recedes into its natural and manmade surroundings.

Homegrown heroes: ACME & Co are reshaping Sydney’s hospitality scene

Homegrown heroes: ACME & Co are reshaping Sydney’s hospitality scene

Two years after winning the 2017 Prodigy People’s Choice Award, 2019 INDE Awards Ambassador and co-founder of ACME & Co Vince Alafaci discusses the business of commercial design.

West End charm: The Boundary Hotel by KP Architects

West End charm: The Boundary Hotel by KP Architects

KP Architects’ renovation of the 155-year-old The Boundary Hotel in Brisbane’s West End brings together old and new with a fresh, reinvigorated aesthetic.

A slice of Italy in Melbourne: Biasol’s Pentolina

A slice of Italy in Melbourne: Biasol’s Pentolina

An Italian pasta bar in Melbourne’s CBD by Biasol Design drew design inspiration from the likes of ancient Rome and the modern, culture hub that Melbourne itself has developed.

Doing it for the kids: Upsy Daisy by Sibling

Doing it for the kids: Upsy Daisy by Sibling

Upsy Daisy is a family-friendly, feel-good space designed for kids, but it has a dose of magic for adults too.

Get your Motor Running: Motorwagen by KP Architects

Get your Motor Running: Motorwagen by KP Architects

Motorwagen, designed by KP Architects, is a finely tuned venue with materials, craftsmanship and detailing inspired by Mercedes Benz.

Studio -gram pushes design boundaries

Studio -gram pushes design boundaries

There is a design studio in Adelaide that is quickly reshaping the entire design landscape of the city – meet studio -gram. And find out why the practice is one of our Prodigy nominees for the 2019 INDE.Awards

Exploring new design narratives with Studio Adjective

Exploring new design narratives with Studio Adjective

Hong-Kong based practice Studio Adjective sees design as a vehicle for storytelling. We look at the duo’s trajectory as they’re nominated as a Prodigy in the 2019 INDE.Awards.

What can design learn from gelato? Molonglo Group’s Nectar Efkarpidis elaborates

What can design learn from gelato? Molonglo Group’s Nectar Efkarpidis elaborates

Eloquent and intensely creative, Nectar Efkarpidis talks about the experience and process required to make unconventional and non-linear design projects. Ice cream included.

Retro tropicalismo: Kaikaya by Masquespacio

Retro tropicalismo: Kaikaya by Masquespacio

Sitting as far away from minimalism as it could come it a restaurant fit-out that brings tropicalismo vibes by the maximalist darlings – Masquespacio.

Beautiful and resourceful: Zero Waste Bistro

Beautiful and resourceful: Zero Waste Bistro

The circular economy comes to hospitality with Zero Waste Bistro where food and waste management, as well as water efficiency, is paramount.

A subterranean café in Seoul

A subterranean café in Seoul

Semi-submerged below the ground Café Oriente in Seoul, designed by Labotory harmonises traditional Korean aesthetics with a minimalist approach.

A cinematic approach to design: Meet Olaver Architecture

A cinematic approach to design: Meet Olaver Architecture

Studying film and cinema before undertaking architecture has set Olaver Architecture up for creating atmospheric spaces. Gontran Cherrier in Hawthorn is just one example of this approach.

A cellar door designed to make you shop: Domaine Chandon

A cellar door designed to make you shop: Domaine Chandon

“An exquisite reinvention of the cellar door experience,” was the jury citation on Foolscap Studio’s 2018 INDE.Award-winning Domain Chandon.

Low-tech K Pop minimalism: Ban Ban by Genesin

Low-tech K Pop minimalism: Ban Ban by Genesin

Ban Ban’s interior by Genesin Studio is a low-tech K Pop minimalism treat for the eyes in the heart of Adelaide’s CBD.

Richards & Spence’s jewel in the crown: The Calile Hotel

Richards & Spence’s jewel in the crown: The Calile Hotel

With the recent opening of The Calile Hotel – Richards & Spence’s latest addition to the James Street precinct they helped to revitalise – we thought it was time to sit down with the practice to explore its unique and transformative approach to design.

Colonial storytelling at John Anthony restaurant by Linehouse

Colonial storytelling at John Anthony restaurant by Linehouse

Bringing colonial design flavours in a thoroughly modern execution, John Anthony restaurant by Linehouse is a feast for the eyes.

Escape the daily grind at Mercedes Me by JCB

Escape the daily grind at Mercedes Me by JCB

When is a showroom not a showroom? When it doesn’t feel like you’re shopping for a car. Jackson Clements Burrows digs deep into the customer psyche to design a hospitality-slash-retail space for Mercedes-Benz.

George Livissianis’ pared back aesthetic at GRECA

George Livissianis’ pared back aesthetic at GRECA

A simple palette comes to life in a new Brisbane restaurant GRECA, designed by George Livissianis.

Dishing up the top 5 hospitality projects of 2018

Dishing up the top 5 hospitality projects of 2018

2018 saw plenty of outstanding projects, and in the hospitality sector, these were the ones that had you hungry for more.

The hardest working little café in Randwick

The hardest working little café in Randwick

Architect Ricci Bloch makes the most of High St Society’s compact site, ensuring the high-traffic café offers patrons easy accessibility, clear circulation and a welcoming ambience.

Adventurous hospitality at JW Marriott Hanoi

Adventurous hospitality at JW Marriott Hanoi

A Michelin star chef and a killer hospitality fit-out collide in the latest restaurant offering at JW Marriott’s Hanoi hotel. Behind the scenes, greymatters’ design worked with celebrity chef Akira Back to bring the mix of spaces alive.

Chin Chin puts punk on a plate

Chin Chin puts punk on a plate

With millions of restaurants quite literally at diners’ fingertips, the hospitality stakes are high. So, how do you stand out in the crowd? Chin Chin shows us that a little attitude can go a long way.

Kicking goals: A contemporary sports bar by Zwei Architecture

Kicking goals: A contemporary sports bar by Zwei Architecture

KICKS Sports Bar swaps sporting jerseys for sporting references with a design inspired by athletic arenas and sporting equipment

Searching for more meaning in hospitality: Bates Smart’s Brenton Smith

Searching for more meaning in hospitality: Bates Smart’s Brenton Smith

Sustainability and meaningful experiences are key drivers in the hospitality sector today, as Bates Smart’s Brenton Smith shares with the studio’s latest regional hotel offering.

Is music the next design frontier? Chris James Studio is testing the theory

Is music the next design frontier? Chris James Studio is testing the theory

Tapping into the power of the senses in his work, music in particular, while also deploying clever tactics to create intrigue and delight – Chris James’ inspiration is as diverse as his work. Meet the new generation of design talent that instils purpose beyond Pinterest.