Raw and Refined: Sydney’s Apollo Restaurant

Architecture & Interiors


“For me, Greek food is something you have at home. It’s not made to look refined,” says interior architect George Livissianis, who translated some of that simplicity and lack of pretension to his design for the Greek restaurant, Apollo, in Sydney, Australia. Livissianis, an Australian of Greek descent, was lucky enough to find fortuitous architectural details beneath the dropped ceilings and plasterboard of the existing space, and had the vision to know what to do with them.

“Our intent was to expose the carcass of the building and encourage the inherent Mediterranean feel of the existing arched windows, the hidden decorative ceilings and stripped finish of the existing walls.” Wabi-sabi rawness and a dearth of color—Livissianis refers to the color palette as desaturated and dusty—recalls the rocky, sun-bleached Grecian landscape; and Artemide suspension lighting and pale Thonet chairs inject contemporary elegance. Pretty refined, we’d say.


Images: Yellowtrace; ArchitectureAu

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  1. Sarah Jacobs

    Nov 16, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    I love the essence of this restaurant! The design of chair quiet unusual. I think it was made from a bamboo. http://www.appliedergonomics.com/

  2. DaneSantiago

    Nov 19, 2013 at 3:38 am

    Awesome… Furniture used to decorate this beautiful restaurant is really amazing. It gives perfect rustic old world look to the restaurant. I want to get one set of dining table and chair for my dining room. Nice share…

  3. Anne

    Nov 19, 2013 at 4:55 am

    Love the stripped finish look of the walls.

    Anne Bourne

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