From The Boathouse to Bodega and Bulletin Place, you already know that Broadsheet Restaurant’s collaborators represent the best of Sydney in food and drink. But the attention to detail doesn’t end there: we’ve worked with designers and makers from all corners of the hospitality and creative industries to ensure your plate is as well considered as the food served on it.
Foolscap Studio and sister company and think tank Relative were responsible for the restaurant’s design. They pulled many moving parts together to form a cohesive vision that reflects the spirit of both Broadsheet and of Sydney’s dining culture.
Foolscap’s strategy and design director, Dhiren Das, says the team at first referenced “the fundamentals of hospitality”, which “go back to the classic New York cocktail bar or the European eatery; where these traditions began and evolved over time.” The next step was reframing these fundamentals within a contemporary, local context.
Many elements in the restaurant key into this idea: brands whose heritage is steeped in other parts of the world but find a contemporary home in Sydney. Examples include Finnish design icon Marimekko, whose vases and pitchers we’ve chosen for the tables; and Thonet, which has supplied stools and bentwoods.
Crockery comes courtesy of Made in Japan, an Australian importer of tableware and homewares direct from makers in Japan. Stanmore-based textile agency Shibori brings in further Japanese elements with its recreation of the ancient craft of shibori – a dyeing technique. You’ll find its cushions scattered on the banquettes (which are upholstered with fabric from textile designers Kvadrat Maharam).
Shibori’s aesthetic ties into the other concept that underpins Foolscap’s design: a combination of deep, inky tones and paper elements that represent the printed medium of a broadsheet newspaper. Video projections add another layer and communicate a digital, instantaneous element. This combination, “takes this classic notion of design, hospitality and print media and then flips that into a contemporary frame”, says Das.
Local lighting designers Koda contributed fittings. Other finishes – such as the banquette seating – are by timber specialists Porta. Artedomus is a leading Australian supplier of stone tiles and architectural surfaces that has contributed its expertise to the interior wall tiling and bar front. It uses, “really high quality materials that reflected this idea of deep, rich, inky finishes and texture”, says Das.
Every detail in the restaurant has a story – from the black, timber Venetian blinds from DAAC, Australian specialists in window furnishings for 27 years, to Impos – the POS system that was behind the scenes of Melbourne’s bar revolution in the 2000s, and which has since become an integral part of hospitality Australia-wide.
Outdoor furniture is by Tait. and the signage on the front window was hand painted in white with gold leaf by Sydney studio Lynes & Co. Blundstone footwear (a globally recognised boot brand that remains proudly Tasmanian-based and owned) is worn by the front-of-house staff, and aprons are by Melbourne-based Cargo Crew, specialists in uniforms with equal parts style and functionality.
Foolscap also worked closely with Broadsheet designers The Company You Keep (TCYK) to produce the Broadsheet Restaurant identity, graphics and signage. “It was a pleasure to work with them in terms of collaborating and the way that they reflected the concept,” says Foolscap’s Das. “But also their understanding of the Broadsheet brand is obviously longstanding and so I think the result really speaks for itself.”
We're also excited to announce our new dinner series, celebrating the best of Europe in partnership with the Holden Astra – 2016 European Car of the Year.
Broadsheet Restaurant is open until December 4. Bookings can be made here.