Located in Braidwood in regional New South Wales, Mona Farm is a historic estate featuring restored heritage buildings, award-winning gardens, and one of the most significant contemporary art collections in regional New South Wales. The property dates back to Australia’s first European arrivals. Braidwood is a mix of impressive colonial buildings standing amongst an eclectic and busy township. Located within a three minute drive from Mona Farm, the town is home to over 14 cafes, a number of restaurants and shops, country pubs, and a golf course.
Since 2018, the owners of the property have sought to upgrade the original working farm through use of contemporary design while retaining the original character of the existing site. Stylish furnishings have brought a classic, contemporary edge to the historical farm house purposed for a luxury farm stay. The property houses six standalone buildings utilised for accomodation and a variety of functions.
The new Platform 818 Restaurant & Bar, located in the Mercure Hotel in the heart of Sydney’s CBD, was conceptually created and influenced by the history and heritage of its locality at 818 George Street. The design picks up on references from the historic railway lines directly below the hotel and features archways, distressed brickwork, metallic highlights, and accent lighting.
Lekkier delivered concept designs for the new restaurant, bar and buffet spaces resulting in layout plans, mood boarding, material and furniture schedules, and high quality 3D renderings. The project involved the construction of new in-fill suspended concrete slabs to significantly increase the restaurant floor area.
Located amongst some of Canberra’s most eclectic businesses of the iconic Sydney Building, the fitout for East Row Specialty Coffee embraces the history and style of this historic building. Playing on the original dominant arched facade in the Florentine style, Lekkier created a cafe fitout that pays homage to the building’s past and unique place in Canberra’s architectural history.
The Sydney building was designed by Australian architect Sir John Sulman in the early 1920s, and was part of his much acclaimed Florentine phase. His design was derived from Brunelleschi’s Foundling Hospital and the cloisters of the Church of San Lorenzo in Florence.
Our design inserted contemporary raw concrete benches and lighting fixtures that juxtapose against the heritage elements of the greater space. This gives the space a distinct industrial aesthetic whilst retaining its original warmth and charm.
Recycled Canberra red brick is a central feature of the cafe referencing the original fabric the Sydney building. The furniture specified for the space was chosen to reflect European cafe culture – where Canberra can trace its own rich modern day cafe culture back to.
Canberra’s ANU Union Bar, located on the Australian National University city campus, has a legendary status with Australian National University Alumni and the Canberra community at large. The small bar is famous for having hosting some of the biggest acts in the world – Nirvana, the Hunters and Collectors, The Church, Tool, Lou Reed, Faith No More, Beastie Boys, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, and Frenzal Rhomb.
The ANU Union Bar was front and centre of the Canberra touring music scene during the 1980’s and 1990’s which was a prolific time in Australian touring history for international and Australian touring artists.
Dumpling Social was developed as a modern asian restaurant and bar offering an exciting new dining experience to Westfield Woden, Canberra. Differentiating itself from the usual fare, the fitout embraces a youthful vibe and cheerful atmosphere.
Lekkier worked alongside Westfield’s retail fitout delivery team and the shopfitter to deliver the project. The fitout design included the creation of the front-of-house restaurant and cocktail bar spaces, as well as a large open commercial kitchen, toilet facilities, storage and cool rooms. The front of house boasts a mixture of seating options, bar seating, communal tables, and private dining areas to suit varying clientele and allow the space to be adapted to different sized groups.