Bistro Guillaume is a high profile eatery within the Melbourne Crown complex. Red Design Group worked with Guillaume Brahimi and Crown to bring the renowned chef’s signature bistro to life.
The design of the venue, situated along Melbourne’s prime Southbank promenade within Crown, pays tribute to French tradition and the bistro’s reputable food experience. The design makes use of many ground floor surfaces within Crown, and contrasts the expansive windows opening into the alfresco terrace.
The bistro features metallic wallpaper, warm oak timber panelling found in early 20th century French bistros, and moulded timber and mirrors providing a modern twist. The alluring lacquered green entry is reinforced on the bar’s timber mouldings, infusing a sense of fun and a playful nod to the traditional rivalry between the French ‘frogs’ and English ‘roste beuf’.
Signature custom pendant lights have been reused from the Bistro’s former location, as has the carpet which inform the mezzanine’s monochromatic hues. Considering meals are created by acclaimed chef Guillaume Brahimi, partial views into the kitchen provide guests with a behind-the-scenes preview.
I approached the task of with an emphasis on layering. The result is a space infused with depth, exaggerated volume, richness, and concentrated zones. The design solution invites patrons to sit, linger and return.
Stephen Tieppo, Senior Designer, RED Design Group.