From producing macaron wallpaper for Adriano Zumbo to making dynamite-stick lights for ACME – and creating the “zombie-proof” exteriors for Momofuku Seiobo – Luchetti Krelle has been behind the attention-hooking designs for Sydney’s noteworthy restaurants, bars and eateries.
Co-director Stuart Krelle has worked on hospitality projects of all budgets and styles – from the mega-pop charm of the Hello Kitty diner to an installation of toy soldiers parachuting down into Single Origin’s Surry Hills cafe. The company has even managed to turn hidden parts of the Hinky Dinks bathroom into clever spots for wine storage. And toilets can sometimes be a surprising talking point – as he discovered when there was controversy surrounding Luchetti Krelle’s design of the urinals at Ananas (yes, even bathrooms can be controversial)!
Last year, his company won a Restaurant Bar & Design Award in London for its cartoon-evoking look on ACME.
Stuart talks about the highs and lows of making a venue look good – and what it’s like when things get down to the wire and you have to finish the interiors before Mick Jagger turns up for the launch of your bar.
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ACME photography courtesy of Luchetti Krelle and Michael Wee.