God there’s an awful lot of brown in Brisbane restaurants. There’s also a lot of the same chairs and tables, tiles and light fittings. Why are our restaurants fit-outs so friggen boring? I’ve been wondering that lately as I nod off over my scallops or shake myself at meal’s end to try to remember which restaurant I’m in. Yes, yes, I know there are certain criteria restaurants have to fill- comfort, practicality, price and wearability being among them, but deadset, a little imagination wouldn’t kill?
So who’s responsible? Is it the designers who are just being lazy and serving up the same old, or the owners who are playing it safe (or cheap?) and using the blueprint of every other restaurant in town for their own? Is there a restaurant suppliers version of Ikea where everyone goes to buy their chocolate brown banquettes and wood veneer tables?
Come on-we have so many brilliant artisans out there – surely they could be commissioned to provide an interesting piece of art or some bespoke lights, a single feature piece of made to order furniture? How about some cool plant arrangments? Living walls. Upcycled stuff? Interesting mood lighting? And for godsake, what about some colour? (other than brown).
Yes there are a few exceptions; those who are doing it well off the top of my head.
Mr & Mrs G’s River bar. Three hats. Great use of colour and texture and LOVE those lightshades
A hat for the the walls and tables at Peasant; perfectly represent the ethos of the place
Champ’s barb wire light fittings rate a hat too.
Interesting and changing bits of art at Esquire and the chairs rate two hats.
Crosstown Eating House-a perfect example of not trying to fight with weird spaces but embracing the history and going with the flow. 3 hats.
Deer Duck Bistro Crazy decor that taps into the current trend of mismatched and upcycled 3 hats for big effort on a little budget
Two hats to Public, a big space done well with some nice personal touches like the funny little animal prints and groooovy bar chairs.
How about you dear readers? Anyone score highly in the decor stakes for you?