Inspired by Australian Colonial times with design detailing that references both Colonial and Federation style, The Gidley is a fit-out for an opulent subterranean steak house in Sydney’s CBD.
The Gidley sees a design which is subtly subdued, yet warm with a sense of restrained luxury. Whilst not replicating any one specific era cues were taken from the namesake of the venue, Governor Philip Gidley King via reference to Colonial and Federation style.
The clients had a clear vision of the space being a little bit like a rabbit warren, allowing one to lose themselves in the venue, creating a sense of anticipation upon entering. The central hallway with arched details acts as the main thoroughfare from which all the spaces branch off, reminiscent of iconic Sydney terrace houses.
Pockets of space purposefully curate views, leaving guests wondering what lies beyond, creating intrigue and a desire to return and further explore the unique identity of each space.
The palette features dark timber veneer, herringbone floors and moodier stone finishes as well as carpets in more traditional patterns. Velvet is used throughout the space in both upholstery and drapery, adding a level of luxury to the interior.
Unexpected colours are used on the banquette and booth seating which add brightness to the space. Drapes and curtains add privacy and help zone space, building on the idea of homeliness whilst also a reference to Colonial interiors. Floral prints are layered against unique timber veneer finishes and botanic motifs feature in mural wallpapers offset by decorative lighting.
The Gidley sees a cohesive yet intriguing and distinctive design as the result of a melting pot of many ideas.