Review: Alleyway bar, Sydney

By Penny Craswell

Alleyway is a new micro whiskey bar tucked in a laneway behind 200 George Street in the centre of Sydney. Interior designers Angela Biddle and Shehani Kumarasinghege from Scott Carver had to make use of every millimetre in a tiny space with a width of only three metres.

Alleyway, with bottle shelving made of apple crates, interiors by Scott Carver. Photo: Luc Remond

Everywhere you look in this little spot, there is an interesting detail or pattern. Recycled Tea Grey timber was used for the bar front, contrasted with Bronze Verdigris metal finish for the bar serving ledge – this will patina with time. Read more

Review: Little Creatures Hong Kong

By Penny Craswell

Little Creatures is the latest Hong Kong restaurant by Charlie & Rose, a Hong Kong-based creative studio led by Australian designer Ben McCarthy. The venue is the first Little Creatures outside of Australia and is situated in Kennedy Town, where the cuisines range from seafood to Italian, to Mexican-Japanese fusion, all situated within a stone’s throw of Hong Kong Harbour.

Front facade of Little Creatures Hong Kong by Charlie & Rose. More on The Design Writer blog
Front facade of Little Creatures Hong Kong by Charlie & Rose. Image: supplied


Previously a warehouse space, the restaurant interior retains some of the original’s industrial grunge, overlaid with blonde timber joinery, bespoke furniture and some big, decorative red pipes that run through the space. Part of the brief was to create facilities for an on-site brewery and the gleaming metal brewing equipment takes pride of place behind the bar. Read more

Review: Eat Burger interiors by Amber Road

By Penny Craswell

Cronulla’s latest destination is a casual burger bar that nevertheless boasts a sophisticated interior with bespoke detailing by Sydney interior design and landscape studio Amber Road. Eat Burger is the latest venture of chef Paul Camilleri who wanted to veer from previous highbrow dining and create a causal venue serving a sophisticated burger.

The bar at Eat Burger, design by Amber Road. Photo: Cole Bennetts

The space, serving 40+ clients within 120sqm,  is a masterful combination of white and pastel elements, including a sandy colour used for the formed concrete bar and bar stools with pink cork seats and grey concrete bases. Read more

Review: Bavarian bierhaus interiors by Techne

By Penny Craswell

When Techne Architecture + Interior Design was given the brief to convert a South Wharf goods shed into Melbourne’s first bustling bierhaus, the Munich Brauhaus, the challenge was clear: to design a space that can pack 900 beer-lovers into what is essentially a large warehouse, while maintaining a contemporary, fresh design.

The Munich Brauhaus with design by Techne. Photo: Tom Blachford.
The Munich Brauhaus with design by Techne. Photo: Tom Blachford.

In order to achieve this, the design team split the cavernous space into a number of areas, including a large dining hall, Jager Bar and Wunder Bar, with a mezzanine floor and private function room providing more private, quieter zones. Timber is used extensively and creatively, with major joinery elements in a pale American Ash that creates a refined, bleached finish. Read more