Fonda Restaurant | Techne Architecture + Interior Design

Description by Techne Architecture + Interior Design:

The Flinders Lane restaurant is the third to join the Fonda family and continues its promise of a fast and fresh Mexican food destination. With a previous string of failed hospitality businesses in the existing space, the design approach was to break down the large tenancy into more intimate spaces with a greater relationship to the workings of the restaurant. The new design uses bold, playful colours throughout the space.  Graphics and branding by Luke Henley of Wild Hen Design emphasise the festive, Mexican vibe, which has become synonymous with the Fonda family. Techne designed bespoke furniture, from booths, banquettes and tables which explore references to picnic furniture and park benches. The lighting scheme reflects the power line compositions of suburban Mexico, adding to the authentic atmosphere, and is combined with custom Inkster Maken pendants based on the shape of a domestic lampshade.   The creative re-use of existing copper pendants from the old fit-out as wall lights, helps enhance the rustic vibe of the restaurant. The rectangular pattern found in the original windows on levels 2 & 3 of the heritage building front façade are similar to vernacular Mexican patterns found in buildings, enhancing the feeling of being in a traditional Mexican ‘Fonda’.

Design Office: Techne Architecture + Interior Design

Location: Melbourne, Australia

Photographs: Tom Blachford

Penthouse in New York | ODA Architecture

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Description by ODA Architecture:

ODA was selected to create the interior for one of the largest private apartment residences in the United States. Located 90 stories above Manhattan overlooking the East River, the luxury condominium boasts 360° views within 18,000 square feet of open floor area.

With a perimeter of 16′ foot floor- to-ceiling windows, the essence of the apartment is the sculpture garden at its entrance. The garden features a spectacular 30′ water wall and reflecting pool overlooking the famed United Nations headquarters along the East River. This superlative dwelling also features a 75′ expanse of living and dining area along with a Italian kitchen, library, game room, day spa, home theater and professional grade listening room with recording studio. Seemingly without limitation, every feature from the façade to the interior is meticulously planned and detailed with a modern and minimalist approach using only the most pristine of materials creating a unique and exceptional setting to rival.

Design Office: ODA Architecture

Location: New York, Usa

Photographs: ODA Architecture

“Kukumuku” restaurant and theater for kids | Plazma Architecture Studio

Design Office: Plazma Architecture Studio

Location: Vilnius, Lithuania

Photographs: Leonas Garbačauskas