Bondi Green is the second hospitality venue designed by Run For The Hills for the Daisy Green Collection, following work on Scarlett Green in Soho.
This latest all-day bar, restaurant and cafe is west London’s newest and most expansive alfresco all-day drinks and dining spot. Set within a huge, light-filled space at the base of the landmark Brunel Building, the venue sits directly beside the peaceful waters of the Grand Union canal in Paddington basin. Super high ceilings and a raw, but very refined concrete backdrop, dreamed up by Brunel Building architects Fletcher Priest, it was the perfect urban oasis blank canvas for Run For The Hills to build upon.
The design brief was to create a pared-back, semi-industrial scheme with touches of glamour. For the core decorative scheme, Run For The Hills decided with clients Prue and Tom to leave some of the walls beautifully raw and untouched, simply highlighted with soft washes of light. Other walls were knocked back further and embellished with decorative effects.
Monolithic cocktail bar: The venue’s hero bar is huge, with two cocktail stations and a dedicated tank beer and wine tasting zone. The designers had great fun designing this centrepiece, injecting a luxe feel by playing with dramatic curved forms and arches.
The bar was concepted around the beating heart of the mixologists, but it also has a perfectly positioned ‘opening’ in the centre of the back bar, offering a direct view down the barrel of the Pizza oven. This offers tantalising views of the flickering flames, dough paddle flips and perfectly crisp slices being served up throughout the day and night.
Bar finishes: Bar finishes were kept light and fresh but industrial, in a pale, refined concrete. The fluted bar front, softly washed with warm light is also raw, but contrasted with an ultra glamorous, deep and swirling, seaweed-toned marble counter-top, with a luxurious double bullnose edge. The decorative floor tiling zoning the bar is reminiscent of the floor design encircling the bar in sister venue Scarlett Green in Soho, but this time in paler tones of soft whites and greys.
The back bar is dominated by a range of curved arches set at different heights, in dusky coloured pigmented plaster, courtesy of another Run For The Hills favourite supplier, Clayworks. The arches are picked out with soft lighting, highlighting the curves and casting a glow onto the antique mirrored shelves, glassware and bottles.
"For the bar we opted for blackened steel swivel stools, upholstered in clashing fabrics from one of our favourite textile designers Charlotte Jade. Using her gorgeous hand-illustrated Botanical palm and Animal Print styles." - Anna Burles, creative director, Run For The Hills
Private dining room: A bookable private dining room is situated next to the live theatre and beating heart of the semi-open kitchen. The clients invited artist Lucy Sparrow to create an Aussie supermarket art installation from felt within the room.
Miami palette: The design scheme is centred on a modern Deco-beach palette of clashing pinks, corals, pale mints, teal greens and dusky blues, keeping things playful. Creating oversized Deco-fabulous booth-banquettes in boldly clashing coral and pink, to create a statement dining spot beneath fabulously oversized pop-art pieces.
“Bold, playful and just a little bit naughty, the inspiring art especially created for Bondi really makes it sing." - Bondi Green / Daisy Green Founders - Prue Freeman & Tom Onions