Crisp n fresh


With all the popularity of the rustic, cosy, warehouse-industrial look layered in recycled everything and exposed brick all over the place, it is refreshing to see restaurants that are invigoratingly white and crisp, yet emotionally comforting, and not clinical. A Melbourne based design firm, Hecker Guthrie, have done a number of projects where they have produced environments that are crisp and fresh, underpinned with a subtle earthiness, that works for hospitality. Above, Graze, underneath Kerry Hill’s new 5 star resi development in Singapore.

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A true Perth icon, the Cottesloe Beach Hotel, was transformed into the Beach Club in Perth. An oceanside resort atmosphere, where the strong colours against the white are chirpy and uplifting. You don’t need an espresso martini to wake you up. The styling with use of plants by HG adds the next level. I hope people behave themselves better in this venue now!

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The use of pale timbers, grey and soft greens, creates the mid tones to contrast the fresh white. Millswyn and Ruyi above, by Hecker Guthrie.


David’s Country Shanghai in Melbourne, is a chalky white right 360 envelope, where the charcoal metal framed windows creates a fine contrast. It’s refreshing and simple, using traditional Chinese elements in a contemporary way.


Furniture is a mix of domestic and semi-industrial, antique objects in whitewashed wood or peeling painted old school chairs. And of course the styling. The lanterns and feature furniture add a touch  of trad’ Chinese character in a subtle way.



Rustic and playful. Photos by Shannon McGrath. Its great seeing husband and wife in creative collaboration

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Lexus Racing carnival pavilion.


Nice off-form concrete adding texture to a minimal scheme with lime accent in the Garden House

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Merivale offices lush balcony.

Photos by Shannon McGrath and various blogs.

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2 responses to “Crisp n fresh

  1. true true, I’m a bit over the barn look….
    Hopefully those white chairs are stained and not lacquered….otherwise they wont be looking that pristine in a few months 🙂
    On a biased comment, Nub by Patricia Urquiola would have looked perfect.

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