Off the back of celebrating the 2021 Eat, Drink Design Awards in our Melbourne Showroom last December, we’re so delighted to continue our partnership with Cassie Hansen and the team from Architecture Media.
The JRF DNA is enmeshed in the hospitality industry. In 1956, when JRF imported the original Michael Thonet bentwoods into Australia for the first time, our original customers were restaurants, pubs, clubs and hotels – and our love of the industry has never wavered.
We are now proudly TON’s oldest client world-wide, I think it’s fair to say there are probably a few venues around town that still house originals – testament to our founder David Mandie’s favourite saying “the only thing wrong with our chairs is that they last too long!”
We recognise the incredible collaborations between hospitality visionaries and design luminaries and the remarkable work that has been created in the last year – well done to all the nominees!
Below are the projects which we are honoured to have collaborated on.
Arkhé, a bar and dining room that responds to the ritual of cooking over fire through the ephemeral nature in time and decay with an acknowledgement of the beauty in everyday life.
Designed as a sister venue to the client’s established kaiten sushi venues of the same name, Sakura is conceived as a moody, intimate Izakaya. The interior reworks traditional Japanese influences with a contemporary hand, fusing roughly hewn finishes, expressed junctions and diffused light to explore tensions between precision and rawness.
Resolutely natural and elegantly evolving, Hubert Estate is the Yarra Valley’s latest highly anticipated destination. Featuring a family-style restaurant, event space, art gallery and an architecturally-striking new St Hubert’s cellar door, elegantly embedded within the picturesque landscape, Hubert Estate redefines the regional hospitality offering.
Products: Merano Chair
Inspired by the striking architecture of Melbourne’s Collins Place, designed by I.M. Pei and opened in 1981, Dame is centred around a fictitious 80s muse; a powerful, well connected and rather fabulous woman. The elegant interior embraces a layered approach, embracing compelling street vistas and the site’s evolving design narrative.
The project was to convert two dilapidated WWII-era hangars in the heart of inner-city Brisbane into a modern and contemporary restaurant, bar and function space. Stratton Bar & Kitchen boasts a unique interior thanks to the preservation and accentuation of many of the original elements of the hangars.
A considered restoration and reimagination of an iconic limestone institution into an all-day restaurant and bar with provedore and sunny courtyard. Originally built in 1896 the new Stringers Sorrento through careful use of material creates continuity with the historical building, promoting the integration of dining spaces and architecture.
Products: Tribeca Chair,
Originally built as a bank in 1889, The Bay Hotel stands proudly on Main Street Mornington. Inspired by distance to make one feel at home, Studio Y turn the idea of the traditional Aussie beachside boozer on its head in returning a piece of history to the community.
Valley Hops Brewing is an independent brewery built atop an existing venue and event space. A place where the line between rooftop cocktail bar and rough-around-the-edges brewery is skilfully blurred to create a casual yet unique space where everyone can soak up the sun and views with beer in hand.
Fusing tradition and innovation, Naught Gin’s venue is a reflection of the bold and sophisticated flavours of their gin. Taking inspiration from the complex botanical flavour profile, Studio Y was inspired to create a sophisticated speakeasy with the concept of escapism and fantasy.
Products: Jazz Stool
The Fiona Lynch Office Edit
Five Minutes w/ Helen Kontouris of Aplós
Introducing Aplos by Helen Kontouris
A collaboration between Russell & George and JRF
Interview w/ Adam D'Sylva of BOCA Gelato, Coda & Tonka
Ross Didier, Founder of Didier
studio-gram have curated their top 12 JRF products
Five minutes with Jeremy Bull
With Jeremy Bull, Founder of Alexander &CO.
Interview: France Soir & Sensory Lab
Five minutes with Bianca Hung
With Bianca Hung
Melbourne Design Week 2020
5 Minutes with Paul Hecker & Hamish Guthrie