When multidisciplinary design house Run For The Hills was commissioned to transform an industrial, double-height concrete space beside the Grand Union canal in Paddington Basin into an all-day drinks and alfresco dining spot, the team opted for a modern Deco-beach palette and a playful blend of vibrant materials and original artworks.
Bondi Green is the biggest venue yet for London restaurant group Daisy Green Collection which has been celebrating Australia’s relaxed and buzzing food and coffee culture in the capital since 2012. The vast 18-metre bar is presided over by two dramatic built-in pressurised Durotanks dispensing Australian draught beer, plus it has two cocktail stations and a wine-tasting area offering over 120 Australian vintages. A theatrical, 3 metre-long open flame Robata grill, in-house bakery, and artisan pizza oven service the extensive all-day menu, but the real draw is the extraordinary interiors.
Run For The Hills has enhanced the raw concrete shell of the space designed by architects Fletcher Priest at the base of the landmark Brunei Building by adding in a cacophony of glamorous Miami-inspired hues and luxurious materials. The central bar has been clad in pale, refined concrete with a fluted front and is topped with a swirling, seaweed-toned slab of marble. Behind the bar curved arches in dusky pigmented plaster display bottles and glassware on antique mirrored shelves. Guests perch at the bar on blackened steel swivel barstools upholstered in clashing hand-illustrated fabrics by Charlotte Jade.
Opposite the bar, mint-green banquettes look out over the Grand Canal. Beyond it, oversized curved booths for groups are upholstered in coral pink leather and presided over by pop art by Oli Epp, and the kitchen counter is lined by softly lit jars of colourful house-made pickles and ferments.
The private dining room, roof terrace and large, outdoor-heated waterside terrace are filled with clusters of round and square dining tables topped with smoke-tinted glass and deep emerald green, white and dusky brown marble. Seventies-style cantilever dining chairs in raw cane and tactile plain and patterned velvets add to the theme of Miami-style glamour.
Quirky and eye-catching artwork completes the look, seamlessly complementing the concrete shell. Most notable are the Giant Daisies designed by Ant Hamlyn that fill the vaulted ceiling space, the glazed metal-framed panels with botanical motifs by Justin J Hibbs and the Aussie supermarket art installation painstakingly crafted entirely in felt by artist Lucy Sparrow.