In the world of interior design, behind-the-scenes is where the magic happens – and Luchetti Krelle definitely has the midas touch. Headed up by Rachel Luchetti and Stuart Krelle, the Sydney-based studio is known for creating sleek, stylish spaces that win awards and make visitors come back again and again.
The firm’s portfolio is diverse, but they channel most of their energy into the hospitality sector. That’s where they shine, and it shows. If you’re a regular on Sydney’s bar and restaurant scene, chances are you’ve sat back and admired (and probably Instagrammed) their work. From playful haunts like Tequila Mockingbird and Bar Brose, to hot spots like The Butler and Barrio Cellar, the duo and their team have made their mark all over the city.
We caught up with Director Stuart Krelle to chat about working on Sydney’s most popular hangouts, and what’s in the pipeline.
Q&A with Stuart
What sets Luchetti Krelle apart from other interior design studios?
We feel our portfolio demonstrates our versatility rather than a definitive ‘style’. We feel we’re an accessible design firm, which is shown by our ability to work with a range of project types, scales and budgets across Sydney and interstate.
What does the creative process entail?
It can vary on its approach, but generally loose and free-flowing at the beginning of the project, and then we begin to focus on the details. We’re rarely handed a ‘clean’ site – variables arise along the way, and you need to be adaptable while maintaining the original design vision. It can be quite collaborative with the client, dependant on how much they wish to engage with the process.
You’re behind some of Sydney’s favourite hangouts. Can you describe what kind of vibe you were going for with these places?
- Tequila Mockingbird – working with the South American food concept, we saw synergy between early Paddington and early Buenos Aires.
- Hotel Centennial– English gastro pub.
- Acme– stripped-back and refined casualness.
- The Butler – an urban botanic oasis downstairs, with an eclectic twist upstairs.
- Barrio Cellar – fun and gritty mescal house.
- Blackwood Pantry – new local café that bridges day and night in a Cronulla coastal setting.
- Regatta – refresh of a much-loved venue in the early 2000s. This was a play on context where you feel like you’re sitting on the water.
What trends do you predict will be big in 2017?
We don’t like to think we are at the mercy of trends, nor do we wish to predict them because hospitality design is fast-moving and very individual. We do strive for longevity in the spaces we create, however current fashions can creep in. Perhaps the predictions in food for 2017 will set the trends for the fit-outs…
What’s coming up next for Luchetti Krelle?
We have some openings coming up including ‘Gojima’, chef Chase Kojima’s new rice burger concept. We also have stage 1 of the ‘Western Quarter’ development of Jupiter’s Casino, with two food and bar outlets opening before Christmas. Stage 2 will commence next year, and that will see the buffet revamped.
Other exciting projects include a food market in Mornington, Victoria; the restoration of the ‘Terminus Hotel’ pub in Pyrmont which has been locked away for 30 years; and our first international project, Longrain in Tokyo. Very exciting!
For design inspiration and serious interior envy, check out Luchetti Krelle’s website here.