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Bull & Bear, Sydney

Edge Design Studio mixes business with dining pleasure in Sydney's new Bull & Bear restaurant. Servicing the well-healed local clientele, the venue invites patrons to leave the hectic CBD behind as they climb the stairs and immerse themselves in the restaurant's rich interiors. BB_6 “The aim was to appeal to bankers, traders and financiers in the surrounding area which lent itself to an inherently sturdy design creating a comforting atmosphere that locals can feel at home in,” says Mandy Edge, Owner and Director of Edge Design Studio. BB_7 Even in daylight, the ambience of the space is retained as an informal dining experience catering for both social and business meetings; large, aged steel windows with ribbed glass panels contain the sophisticated nature of the interior design. BB_3 “The existing fit-out and building is modern, lots of hard clean edges. The scheme I presented was rich, dark, almost old worldly so I had to make sure the two came together,” says Edge. “We had a tight budget and an even tighter timeframe!” BB_1 The bar prides itself on “quality and simplicity” making it the driving force behind both its food and design. The brassy undertone of the timber panelling, mosaic floor tiles and leather chesterfield banquettes is emphasised in the dim pendulum lighting; this is contrasted by the bright red and blue leather of the custom designed seats. BB_2 The various textures of the rustic wood, gloss tile and polka dot carpet radiate an opulent old-world charm that contrasts the haphazard modernity of the cityscape beyond the walls. It is with this charm that the space has become a popular haven from the press and clangour of its urban surroundings. Photography: Felix Forest felixforest.com Edge Design Studio mandyedge.com Bull & Bear bullandbearsydney.com.auabc
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Moooi Heracleum II Small from Space Furniture

The decorative LED lamp is inspired by the Heracleum plant and is the latest instalment from the Moooi Heracleum lighting range which features the Heracleum suspension light as well as The Heracleum Big O. The delicate and weightless appearance of the light is only made possible by coating the conductive layers of the metal wire frame, a design not possible with standard wires. The leaves ramify from a branch which creates a very technical but natural looking structure. Colour options include Nickel or Copper. The Moooi collection is available exclusively at Space Furniture. spacefurniture.com.au  abc