Melbourne-based interior design firm Bergman & Co was briefed by Liam Ganley to create an accessible but opulent steak house and bar, informed by the experiences he’d had in New York.
For this project, Bergman & Co created a contemporary take on the traditional New York venues that Liam liked.
Paying homage to the incredible building that houses Angus & Bon, the Bergman & Co design team wanted the interior to feel perfectly married to the grand exterior and be as sustainable as possible.
So they retained, preserved, and restored many of the original building features.
They kept the original wood paneling.
And any new timber that was needed for additional paneling or joinery elements was painstakingly stained to perfectly match the old.
The building’s brickwork, sash windows, and brass railings were all preserved.
A centrepiece bar, with custom carriage way and shelves, and topped with dramatic New York Marble, separates the two main areas.
The front section is casual with high seats and a lounge bar.
A more refined area at the back of the restaurant features tan-leather clam-shaped booths for sumptuous dining.
Bergman & Co re-positioned the large cool room to the side of the venue which opened up sight-lines to the kitchen.
That meant cooking theatricality was on display.
The Bergman & Co team believes that excellent interior design in hospitality delivers a space that functions efficiently, whilst also creating an escape into another world, not unlike a good movie.
To do that, Bergman & Co collaborates with a wide variety of highly skilled local artisans.
For this project, local wood turners manufactured the timber planters, table bases, and sculptures that Bergman & Co designed.
A scenic artist painted the site-specific artworks.
And an arborist installed fully-grown tree and plants.
This project was all about quality and detail using the best finishes.
The marrying of the old and the new required a unique blend of traditional craftsman skills, such as wood-turning, carving, and paint finishing. Those skills, combined with the latest in cutting-edge building technologies, produced an outstanding interior.
Completion date – 2017
Building levels – 1
Bergman & Co.
Bergman & Co. are renowned for their exquisite and exciting design of some of Melbourne’s most popular restaurants and bars, as well as for creating beautiful homes and retail spaces.
Eugene Hyland is an award-winning photographer based in Melbourne, with an eye for feature, food, and portrait photography. His editorial work has featured in The Guardian, The Age, The Herald Sun, Broadsheet, and The Australian, as well as on the websites and social feeds of his commercial clients.
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