When interior designers, Hecker Guthrie and design studio, Maison Davis came together to create an eclectic pan-Asian eating house in South Yarra, the result was always going to be, well, awesome.
Situated on the ground floor of a bustling yet non-descript building in one of South Yarra’s new laneways off Claremont Street, the team’s first challenge came in the form of the building itself.
With the exterior parameters of the space already set in stone, the team needed to create a whole new experience inside these four walls, using bold concrete blocks, raw sawn timber and folded steel, to create a design that would be not out of place in the streets of Hong Kong.
Playing on Melbourne’s obsession with black on black, Claremont Tonic is raw and edgy – a place ‘you wouldn’t take home to meet your mother’ according to Hecker Guthrie director, Hamish Guthrie.
Hecker Guthrie designed the interiors while Maison Davis (of Touche Hombre and The Milswyn) devised a strong Asian-inspired graphic language, commissioned neon artworks and sourced a number of objects and paraphernalia for the interiors.
Timber floors and black lighting detail complete the look of this energetic eatery which is a welcome addition to this new South Yarra precinct.