posted in: Hotel, Local, Restaurant on March 24, 2015



Mercure Restaurant & Bar

85-87 North Quay, Brisbane 4003
(07) 3237 2499 or

The Mercure Brisbane hotel has re-launched its restaurant and bar, showcasing a new contemporary finish for guests and revised menu to match its location overlooking the Brisbane River and Southbank Parklands.

The dining spot – formerly known as ‘Quay’ and renamed as simply ‘Mercure Restaurant & Bar’ – is the final instalment of the hotel’s multimillion dollar renovation undertaken over the past two years under the creative eye of interiors specialists WMK Architecture.

Continuing with the modern design theme of the recent room and reception revival, the restaurant presents a slightly different colour palette for diners, offering subtle blues and greys – a departure from the powerful pink tones and more energetic vibe of the hotel’s bustling reception area. Reconstituted stone bench tops, black laminate frames and shelves, and mirrored back panels, complete the cool and contemporary look of this urban dining room.


posted in: Nightclub on March 16, 2015


Miami Cuba

47 North Steyne, Manly NSW
(02) 9976 1497 or

The Manly Beach fish and chip shop moved out and Hannah Darling and Alistair Fogg moved in. With under a fortnight and a limited budget to turn the fast food outlet into a nightspot the energetic duo got straight to work. After some initial archi consultations, Hannah decided the only way the fitout would happen on time and on budget is if she designed it herself. Al was commissioned to raid the charity shops or get handy with power tools. Upstairs has a slightly different vibe, led by some fantastic hand-printed wallpaper from Spark in Camperdown. Miami Cuba is intimate, eclectic and fun, and a triumph of ‘can-do’ entrepreneurialism.


posted in: Bar, Restaurant on March 16, 2015


The Gantry Restaurant & Bar:

Pier One Sydney Harbour, Walsh Bay, NSW

The new Gantry Restaurant & Bar is in full swing, housed in the Pier One property at the foot of Sydney Harbour Bridge. Owned by Robert Magid and revamped by Bates Smart {}, The Gantry Restaurant & Bar’s design draws on the industrial roots of Pier One for inspiration: raw yet contemporary with rich, dark, club-styled furniture, brass furnishings and weathered timber flooring complement reinstated beautiful original features including exposed pillars and steel framing. Rounding out the key appointments are executive Chef, Chris Irving and Bar Manager, Ben Taouss. Chris spent four years with the Gordon Ramsay Group, and gives the menu a seafood focus but don’t miss out on the 24-hour slow cooked Mirrool Creek Lamb Shoulder or 1.2kg grain fed dry-aged Tomahawk steak with roasted garlic and farm fresh vegetables.


posted in: Hotel, Local on March 6, 2015

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Kent Street Kitchen Wide

Palm Court Mixology Bar

Underground Swimming Pool

The Langham, Sydney

89-113 Kent St, Millers Point 2000
(02) 9256 2222 or

Take a look at what Australia’s newest five star hotel looks like post its multi-million dollar redesign.

“The process has been extraordinary and we are thrilled to officially present the results of this iconic redevelopment for Sydney,” says Langham, Sydney General Manager Sonia Lefevre.

“A dramatic arrival experience, mixology with jazz after 5pm, the biggest guestrooms in Sydney, signature terraces with water views, take away picnic boxes, pink bicycles and bespoke maps for local touring, a million dollar Sotheby’s art collection, dog friendly suites, private butler tennis afternoons – all very unique offerings for a Sydney hotel”.


posted in: Hotel, Local on March 2, 2015

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Pretty Beach House

83 High View Rd, Pretty Beach NSW 2257
(02) 4360 1933 or

Pretty Beach House is reopening this March after a two-and-a-half year hiatus. The four-pavilion hideaway has been restored to all its former beauty, offering a personalised experience on the New South Wales Central Coast. The house is perched on a seven and a half acre promontory of the Bouddi National Park and Broken Bay, 90 minutes by car or a 20 minute seaplane flight from Australia’s gateway airport.

Brian and Karina Barry (proprietors of Bells at Killcare) offer an all-inclusive luxury escape alongside restauranteurs Stefano Manfredi and Julie Manfredi Hughes. Pretty Beach House provides tailored guest experiences including a ‘welcome to country’ indigenous smoking ceremony by a Darkinjung elder, mountain bike riding, helicopter day trips into wine country and discovering the local waterways on board the property’s luxury sports cruiser.

Sydney designer has lead the restoration. Original works by Arthur Boyd, Sidney Nolan and John Olsen add to the personal touch of The Main House and exclusive pavilions; Treetops, Bayview, Hideaway and The Retreat.


posted in: Hotel, Local on February 15, 2015



The Mayfair Hotel

45 King William St, Adelaide 5000
(08) 8210 8888 or

Adelaide’s newest 5-star boutique hotel has brought the old Colonial Mutual Life (CML) building back to life. Located at the prime intersection of King William and Hindley Streets, The Mayfair Hotel has revived the heritage-listed building and is set to become an gateway between both Rundle Mall and the new Riverbank Entertainment Precinct.

The 1930s heritage façade is complemented by a ‘jewel box’ structure designed by architects JPE Design Studio. With interiors by Bates Smart, the hotel captures the essence of the romantic era and pays tribute to its heritage by using local suppliers like Adelaide Marble for its concierge desks and guestroom tabletops.

Mayfair Hotel has 170 rooms and suites, a rooftop terrace and lounge, light-filled meeting and function rooms, a business centre, gym and a restaurant, bar and café.


posted in: Hotel, Local on February 4, 2015

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The New Inchcolm Hotel & Suites

73 Wickham Terrace, Spring Hill QLD 4000
(07) 3226 8888 or

The Accor network has added to its upscale MGallery Collection of hotels with the addition of The New Inchcolm Hotel & Suites. This is the brand’s first MGallery for Brisbane, and its tenth address across Australia and New Zealand.

Following an extensive $8 million refurbishment and restoration program, the New Inchcolm Hotel & Suites features 50 elegant room options, including one and two-bedroom suites. It also presents Brisbane’s first loft-style hotel suites.

Two new-look ‘wine and dine’ options are available with the addition of Thomson’s Reserve Restaurant and the Socialites Bar, both designed to recreate the glamour of the Charleston era and Brisbane’s original 1920s socialite scene.

The hotel features layered patterns and textured interiors by Robertson Design Studio International, and furniture from renowned designers such as Christopher Guy and Jonathan Adler, as well as custom pieces


posted in: Nightclub on January 14, 2015


The distinctive industrial design of Void Acoustics’ premium products are obvious to all, but Void Acoustics credibility among club owners, DJs, performers and audiences is as much for its high-performance sound.

The highly anticipated 2014 opening of London club Mode, erupted with sets from Rudimental and Bakermat. Formally the Supper Club, Mode has been totally redesigned in a lavish flavour by Robin Collings of Glastonbury Festival’s Shangri-La installation fame.

The club’s avant-garde styling was crying out for a sound system that would complement the space, and it became apparent from an early stage of the design that a Void system would best achieve this. A cluster of six Stasys Xair does the heavy lifting, filling the room with breathtaking low frequencies, while two Nexus 6 immerse the club’s enthusiastic participants with smooth and precise mid-top.

The installation didn’t end there: a pair of Tri Motions with Trinity Xi subs are used in the DJ booth, while the rest of the club is graced with Venu 10 and Indigo 6 for fills. The system is winning rave reviews from the press, with DJ magazine institution Mixmag stating that Mode has “one of the most accomplished sound systems in the world”.

Closer to home, Melbourne’s Munich Brauhaus (arguably the world’s best looking beer barn) has recognised the unique combination of aesthetics and performance only Void Acoustics can offer. Meanwhile, the hipster chic of Forester’s Hall matches the craft beer with a soulful roster of live music throughout the week, all via a gloss-black Void Acoustics Air Motion front of house system.

Representing Void Acoustics in Australia is Audio Logistics, a boutique full-service AV supplier that understands the distinct demands of hospitality operators as much as the practical needs of an AV installer. In other words here is a supplier who talks your language, has the time and energy to work with you on the right PA spec, and the brands and expertise to follow through, ensuring your installation completely meets your requirements.

Audio Logistics understands that, yes, it’s got to sound great, but it’s also got to look great.


posted in: Casino, Local, Restaurant on December 23, 2014



Jupiters Hotel and Casino

Broadbeach, QLD 4218
(07) 5592 8100 or

Jupiters Hotel & Casino has commissioned Luchetti Krelle to create two new dining venues as part of its $345 million redevelopment. Kiyomi, a Japanese restaurant and bar is open today and Italian restaurant Cucina Vivo will open later this summer.

Jupiters Hotel & Casino Managing Director Geoff Hogg says both venues will attract new guests to the property with innovative design features as well as world-class cuisine.

“These new restaurants will play a big part in transforming Jupiters Hotel & Casino into a world-class integrated resort,” he says. “We believe these new dining experiences will set new standards for the Gold Coast food and bar scene.”


posted in: Local, Restaurant on December 15, 2014

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Jamie’s Italian

237 Edward St, Brisbane 4000
(07) 3144 3000 or

Jamie’s Italian Brisbane opened its doors in November. peckvonhartel (in association with the UK’s Martin Brudnizki Design Studio) was once again selected by PRG (Pacific Restaurant Group) to design the interiors, located within the heritage-listed Rowes Arcade building in the Brisbane CBD. Split across 2 levels, it is the largest Jamie’s Italian in Australia, accommodating up to 240 guests.

Key design elements include a lively bar area located at the restaurant entry to activate the space and capture the interest of passers-by. The island antipasti bar adorned with cured meats is flanked by an open dining area furnished with brightly-coloured industrial stools and booths. A chandelier of oversized silver-tipped lamps extends from the entry deep into the restaurant.

Exposed sandstone walls and timber floorboards reveal the character of the original building while an eclectic mix of furniture, booths, lighting, colours and materials have been introduced to create a fun yet relaxed dining
atmosphere for guests.

The Brisbane restaurant is the fifth Jamie’s Italian to be opened in Australia following the success of the Sydney, Perth, Canberra and Adelaide restaurants. peckvonhartel has provided interior design services for all five venues, giving each venue its own distinct identity through a thoughtful response to its location and context.