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Historic Mona Farm

Located in Braidwood, 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. 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, Mona Farm’s operators have sought to upgrade the original working farm through use of contemporary hospitality design, while retaining the original character of the existing site. Stylish furnishings have brought a classic, contemporary edge to the historical farmhouse re-purposed for luxury farm stays. The property houses six standalone buildings utilised for accommodation and a variety of functions.

The Woolshed, once an original shearing shed, is the primary hospitality function venue at Mona Farm. Lekkier worked with Sydney-based hospitality architect, Louise Nettleton, to overhaul the original building to create a boutique 200-seat hospitality function space. The venue has the flexibility to cater for weddings, celebrations, corporate events, and functions. This hospitality fitout project, originally a blank canvas, involved interior design and project management in close collaboration with the farm’s owner-operators.

The hospitality fitout incorporates contemporary art, natural elements and rural scenery to create a connection with its rural surroundings. The interior design featured the restoration of the original fabric and construction of vaulted ceilings and a large adjoining marquee. The refurbishment of front-of-house interiors featured a new cellar-door style bar with a hand-crafted light installation as its centrepiece. Lekkier also integrated a new commercial kitchen, back-of-house spaces, and cool room infrastructure.

Lekkier designed the Woodshed Bar to have a strong workflow connection to the main back-of-house spaces, providing direct but discreet access between the two areas. The cellar-door style bar was inspired by the original woolshed, picking up strong horizontal and vertical lines of the sheep runs.

The bar fitout was constructed using solid spotted gum timber, featuring leathered stone work and warm accent lighting. The illuminated shelving that surrounds the bar houses a large display of wines and spirts from the local region.

Above the bar is a large, commissioned artwork designed by Lekkier and brought to reality by Melbourne-based artist Ed Linacre. It features 56 individually hand-blown glass lighting tubes, coloured in hues observed from Mona’s spectacular sunset views across the countryside.

Client: Belinda & Bill Pulver
Photographer: Kimberly Low, Natasha Maree Photography

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13 July 2021

Forrest Specialty Coffee

Located on the ground floor of Canberra’s Westfield Belconnen, Forrest Specialty Coffee embraces a local palette to create a uniquely Australian spin on the classic European espresso bar.

Following the successful delivery of numerous hospitality and café interior design projects for MLH, Lekkier was approached to deliver concept development, branding and construction documentation on this cafe fitout. Lekkier provided a complete interior design solution, management of statutory and health department approvals, and project management services throughout the construction phase.

Our cafe design incorporated the liberal use of beautifully lit, warm and natural materials, including natural stone benches, Tasmanian oak timber, classic brick textures, and lush planting. A mix of seating options were specified throughout the café, including high espresso bar stools, upholstered bench seating, and classic bentwood chairs.

Our concept emphasised the little details that set Forrest Speciality Coffee apart from your average café design, integrating effective use of rattan, bronze details and green highlights colouring. The result is a fresh, light and welcoming space that transports patrons away from the bustling surrounds while they take some time out for themselves.

Lekkier is excited to work with hospitality and café operators across Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne to deliver their next café interior design project.

30 October 2020

East Row

Located amongst some of Canberra’s most eclectic businesses of the iconic Sydney Building, the café 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 café 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 as part of his acclaimed Florentine phase. His design was derived from Brunelleschi’s Foundling Hospital and the cloisters of the Church of San Lorenzo in Florence.

Our café design inserted contemporary raw concrete benches and lighting fixtures, juxtaposed against the heritage elements of the broader space. This lends a distinct industrial aesthetic to the café interior, whilst retaining its original warmth and charm.

Recycled Canberra red brick remains a central feature of the café design, referencing the original fabric of the Sydney building. The furniture specified for the space was chosen to reflect European café culture, from which Canberra can trace its own rich modern day café culture.

Lekkier works closely with business owners to deliver Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney café fitouts that integrate historical and contemporary elements to create a unique experience for your patrons.

26 June 2020

Courtyard by Marriott

Located near Macquarie Park station, Courtyard By Marriott in North Ryde offers contemporary accommodation in a prime Sydney location. The establishment primarily caters to business travellers and offers modern hotel rooms, guest suites and contemporary amenities. The hotel also boasts a fitness centre, corporate meeting rooms and eight function rooms, and provides corporate and events catering.

Lekkier was engaged to provide hotel fitout services, including redevelopment of the bar, bistro restaurant, conference and meeting room facilities. The scope of services included concept hotel design, construction documentation, and building contract administration. Our approach was to embrace the original aesthetic of the hotel, employing the existing sandstone and timber veneer elements in this new Sydney hotel design.

The new island bar is the centrepiece of a redeveloped dining and bar design, located on the ground floor of the hotel. The new bar fitout features a suspended ceiling bulkhead frame, with custom-fluted sandstone panels around its perimeter. Indirect accent lighting accentuates the natural split-face texture and fluting of the sandstone panels. The sandstone was locally sourced from Gosford Quarries in New South Wales. The bar fitout integrates effective workflow planning to increase the efficiency of its operations during the busy evening service.

Our hotel interior design focused on opening up the ground floor dining spaces to increase the connection between the bar and dining areas. This process allowed us to create a new lounge space adjoining the island bar that features Helen Kontouris designed furnishings, acoustic wall panelling and soft lighting. The main dining area, dominated by floor-to-ceiling glazing, received new sandstone column cladding and planted screening elements. The new screen elements were designed to separate the dining area from the breakfast buffet. Furniture by Helen Kontouris and Konstantin Grcic was specified to complement the colour palette and relaxed feel of the space. The scope of works on this hotel design project also involved the modernisation of the hotel’s conference facilities.

Refurbishment work in the conference rooms involved the design and installation of new acoustic panelling, individually cut and installed in a dynamic geometric pattern. New furniture by Prostroria was supplied to the renovated conference rooms to complete the modernised look and feel of these spaces. Lekkier worked closely and collaboratively with Marriott management and the building contractor to successfully deliver this hotel fitout project with minimal disruption to busy hotel operations.

22 March 2020

Dumpling Social

As a specialist restaurant interior designer operating across Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne, Lekkier’s designs are underpinned by the creation of an unparalleled customer experience.

Dumpling Social was conceived as a modern Asian restaurant and bar offering an exciting new dining experience to patrons at Westfield Woden. Differentiating itself from the usual fare, this Canberra restaurant 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 restaurant design included front-of-house restaurant and cocktail bar spaces, in addition to a large open commercial kitchen, toilet facilities, and storage and cool rooms. The front-of-house boasts a mixture of seating options, bar seating, communal tables, and private dining areas to suit a variety of clientele and allow the space to be adapted to various group sizes.

The resulting restaurant fitout focused on creating an inviting street presence, featuring an over-sized timber framed glass facade and a dumpling window with large red neon signage reminiscent of modern Asian streetscapes. The restaurant interior design features the liberal use of timber and terrazzo floor and wall cladding. Walls are adorned with eclectic picture frames featuring whimsical graphics.

Lekkier’s restaurant interior designers worked in close collaboration with the client, who took an active role in the design process. This resulted in the delivery of a space that reflected the client’s unique vision for their business.

20 March 2020

Tinker Tailor

Tinker Tailor is a small café located in the heart of Gungahlin, Canberra. The café is well known as one of Canberra’s best for its local coffee blends, famous patisserie offerings and friendly baristas. Crucial to the development of Lekkier’s café design was to amalgamate the well-known brand and its renowned pastry products that resonate with their customers.

Lekkier was approached by Tinker Tailor to develop a new café interior design concept. The existing café fitout embraced an open, clean and contemporary boutique aesthetic which sought to bring coffee making to the front and centre of the customer experience. The team wanted to explore options for the integration of a kitchen space to expand their operations. This included expansion of their coffee and pastry services area, upgrades to coffee equipment and seating, and a new bread display.

Lekkier worked collaboratively with the Tinker Tailor team to develop a detailed understanding of this unique brand, their existing market, and future business goals to inform the concept design for the new café fitout.

We embraced the unique aspects of the original café interior design, evolving this concept to reflect the business’s current direction and character. We achieved this by integrating a new colour palette and natural materials into the existing branding scheme. We added richness to the concept through the use of terracotta and warm timbers, while retaining the original essence of this much-loved and recognised Canberra café brand.

16 December 2019

Alivio Tourist Park

Nestled in a quiet bushland setting within five minutes of the heart of Canberra city, Alivio Tourist Park is one of Canberra’s largest accommodation providers. The park has a strong connection with surrounding bushland embraced by its guests. Park facilities include tennis courts, a swimming pool, playgrounds, BBQs, outdoor kitchen areas, and accommodation options including rooms, villas and cabins.

Lekkier was engaged to provide detailed hospitality fitout design, architectural master-planning and construction phase management for the park’s reception area, restaurant building, and surrounding amenities including an outdoor entertainment and pool area. We worked closely with park management to develop a strategy and workshop hospitality design for the park’s future operations.

Lekkier reconfigured the overall layout to centralise the main bar, maximising guest access and improving space circulation. The bar design features a natural colour palette of spotted gum timbers, eucalypt coloured glazed tiling, illuminated bottle shelving, and lush planting. Service counters were placed both on the deck and internally, optimising access for guests and patrons.

A pizza shop with a large pizza oven was integrated into the venue where the bar once stood. Developed as a stand-alone space, the pizza bar has become a popular offering for both guests and the public. Further internal works included upgrades and reconfiguration of the seating area including the specification of new furniture; upgrades to the existing commercial kitchen; and new back-of-house spaces including cool rooms.

The new 185sqm deck was designed to work with the architectural aesthetic of the building and integrates the restaurant and pool area. The deck features recycled timber support columns and an expansive open seating area to accommodate large groups with views over the bushland. Recycled timber elements were repeated along the building façade, transforming the building’s scale to express its important place within the park.

This hospitality interior design project included the coordination and construction of a new waterpark adjacent the existing pool area. The waterpark was designed with close integration and connection to the new deck and bar extension.

This unique Canberra hospitality venue embraces its bushland setting. The building’s strong connection with its natural surrounds blends bespoke elements and modern amenities to successfully enhance the guest experience.

3 May 2019

Mister Munro

Mister Munro, located on Little Collins Street in the heart of the Melbourne CBD, is a new dining concept within the Victoria Hotel by Rydges. Lekkier worked collaboratively with Rydges management to develop early-stage concept design and space planning, forming the basis for a new restaurant fitout.

Mister Munro Bar and Restaurant is named after its founder, leading prohibition advocate and former Victorian Premier, James Munro. The concept inspiration for the bar and restaurant interior design draws heavily on the venue’s rich heritage. James Munro originally founded the Hotel in 1880 as a dry hotel and it remained that way for almost a century. Originally known as the Victoria Coffee Palace, it was an alternative to pub accommodation on offer during the late 19th century.

The new restaurant and cocktail bar space are part of the dining suite at the Victoria Hotel. It features two private dining rooms, a restaurant and buffet space, and a new art deco inspired bar. Mister Munro features a locally-sourced menu which celebrates Victorian produce, including Portarlington Mussels, Victorian Rainbow Trout, Yarra Valley beef, and a range of decadent desserts.

This contemporary Art Deco-inspired restaurant and bar promotes the warm and inviting hospitality that the Victoria Hotel has been renowned for for over a century.

Lekkier is a specialist hotel fitout company and restaurant interior designer that aims to promote a clear, unique brand identity and vision through its hospitality fitouts, while effectively meeting the operational requirements of business owners in Melbourne and other Australian cities.

30 April 2019

Relaunching a legend

Canberra’s ANU Union Bar, located on the Australian National University city campus, holds a legendary status with ANU Alumni and the Canberra community at large. The small bar is famous for having hosted 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, to name a few.

The ANU Union Bar was front and centre of the Canberra touring music scene during the 80s and 90s, a prolific time in Australian touring history for international and Australian artists. Touring in those days was how these up-and-coming bands got their names out, and Canberra was a logical stop between Sydney and Melbourne. Band posters were the Instagram posts of their day.

The Australian National University’s $260M redevelopment of Union Court resulted in the ANU Union Bar’s closure in its original location. The Union sought a new space to revive and evolve this legendary institution, ultimately selecting a large site at the Lena Karmel building. This new site featured a large bar area, two large outdoor beer gardens, and space for five food outlets in a food-court style arrangement.

Lekkier was engaged to provide bar interior design, hospitality design, and fitout phase construction services. Lekkier delivered a comprehensive bar fitout concept and construction documentation design for the new bar space and adjacent food court – featuring two cafes, two takeaway fast-food outlets, and a fresh juice bar. Lekkier also worked to integrate draught beer systems, audio systems, acoustic control elements, cool rooms, and storage areas.

Lekkier’s approach to bar design was to pay homage to its rich history, while modernising the space and providing patrons with facilities to suit the Union’s new era.

Lekkier worked in collaboration with artist Silly Pear who produced large murals throughout the walls featuring imagery of the bar’s past – a throwback to the band posters of the old days.

This design reflects Lekkier’s unparalleled attention to detail, concept, and patron experience in its hospitality and bar fitouts.

18 March 2019

Chapayom

Chapayom began as a humble street-side tea shop in Hat Yai, Thailand. Their mission was guided by a simple principle: to achieve the perfect balance of flavours and textures. Since its humble beginnings, Chapayom has become an award-winning brand franchise recognised by the Thailand People’s Choice Awards.

In 2016, Chapayom expanded from Thailand into other neighbouring markets – successfully making its way into the Australian market in 2019. Chapayom Australia’s mission is to bring happiness, colour, fun and a smile to everyone’s life.

Chapayom Australia approached Lekkier to work with their marketing agency to adapt the existing customer experience. The idea was to create an ‘Australia-specific’ café design concept tailored to the local market. Lekkier worked extensively with the head franchisor to develop the overall look and feel of the kiosks and café interior design, resolve equipment requirements for the reworked menu, and deliver construction phase management services for the shopfitting of the retail store.

Chapayom’s first Australian café was opened on busy George Street in the Sydney CBD. True to Chapayom Australia’s mission, the café fitout design embraces colour, fun, and happiness. It utilises a bright, fruity colour palette as well as materials, textures and built elements that pay homage to the brand’s friendly beginnings in Hat Yai.

Lekkier worked with the Australian master franchisee and their team to successfully adapt this celebrated international brand into an Australian success story.

7 March 2019

Transforming Mercure Sydney

The Mercure hotel, located on George Street in the heart of Sydney’s CBD, is a popular hotel renowned for its rooms featuring beautiful views of the Sydney cityscape.

Directly below the Mercure Sydney lies the now unused original Goods Line Rail Tunnel. It was previously used to connect the Sydney Rail Yard and the Sydney-Parramatta railway line to the shipping port of Darling Harbour. The line was first opened in 1855 and originally comprised a simple wooden platform and corrugated iron shed adjacent Sydney’s historic central station.

The award-wining restaurant and bar Platform 818 is a new and exciting dining concept for the hotel. The restaurant serves a modern take on classic Australian dishes. Inspired by historical train-line supply routes, dishes are created with locally-sourced produce that once would have travelled from railway towns along the New South Wales regional areas.

Lekkier created the concept design for the new Platform 818 Restaurant & Bar, located on the first floor of the hotel building. The concept design was influenced by the history and heritage of its locality at 818 George Street. The design picks up on references from the historic goods lines featuring 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.

Lekkier worked collaboratively with the client’s project manager, the talented Jenny Farrell, and hotel management resulting in an award-winning bar and restaurant for Mercure, winning the ‘TAA Restaurant of the Year 2019’.

26 June 2018

Wild Panda

Wild Panda is located in the popular No Name Lane precinct in Acton, Canberra. This now-iconic brand brings a taste of the Chinese city of Chongqing to Canberra diners.

Founders Wilson Wei and Sam Sun created Wild Panda in 2017 to share their love of Sichuan Chongqing noodles. Lekkier was engaged to deliver the end-to-end restaurant fitout and construction phase management of this unique Canberra brand.

Loved by Canberra’s large student community for its authentic flavours, Lekkier carefully designed the restaurant fitout to create an inviting atmosphere, reminiscent of the feeling of home.

The restaurant design includes the liberal use of custom-designed graphical elements, referencing unique Chinese cultural stories. The restaurant’s neon branding encapsulates the brand’s youthful and cross-cultural appeal. The restaurant fitout features textured wall finishes, solid timber flooring, and matching accent timber elements. Arched openings and curved timber counters soften the geometric lines of the feature timber bulkhead ceiling. Recycled brick columns add additional texture and depth to the space.

With aspirations to franchise the Wild Panda brand to the rest of Australia and beyond, Lekkier is proud of our ongoing working relationship with its creators.