Biasol uses Middle East's "evocative earthiness" for Melbourne restaurant

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Design studio Biasol designs Middle Eastern-inspired Melbourne restaurant.

Biasol borrows "evocative earthiness" of Middle Eastern architecture for Melbourne restaurant

Design studio Biasol used terracotta tones, handmade tiles and aged brass fixtures to fit out this Middle Eastern-inspired restaurant in Melbourne.

Design studio Biasol designs Middle Eastern-inspired Melbourne restaurant.

Named Middle South East to reflect its range of influences, the restaurant is located on Chapel Street in South Yarra. It features an open interior and bar seating designed to encourage diners to interact with staff.

Biasol decked out the 228-square-metre space in light and dark terracotta, including tiles that wrap around the central bar and angular wall, and pendant lighting in contrasting shades of pink.

Design studio Biasol designs Middle Eastern-inspired Melbourne restaurant.

The centrepiece of the room is a blue-tiled water station with terrazzo shelving and a tall tap in the style of a drinking fountain.

These details are echoed elsewhere in the restaurant, which has a terrazzo stone bar, dark blue stools and booths, and the same tiles on the building's exterior. Greenery is also dotted about the space.

Design studio Biasol designs Middle Eastern-inspired Melbourne restaurant.

"In crafting the restaurant's materiality and colour palette, we turned to the evocative earthiness of Middle Eastern architecture," said Jean-Pierre Biasol, who founded the studio in 2012.

Design studio Biasol designs Middle Eastern-inspired Melbourne restaurant.

"Curved forms defining the bar, water station and custom furniture relate subtly to the venue's undulant exterior, conveying an organic sense of movement," he continued.

"Comfortable and vibrant, Middle South East is designed to celebrate a cultural tradition of generous hospitality, through a modern Australian lens."

Design studio Biasol designs Middle Eastern-inspired Melbourne restaurant.

Biasol also created a coffee and takeaway stand for outside the bar, as a way of "projecting the restaurant's conviviality outward".

The studio works across interior, product and branding design, and has completed projects in London and Melbourne – including a marble and velvet cocktail bar and a pale concrete cafe.

Photography by Tom Blachford

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Design studio Biasol designs Middle Eastern-inspired Melbourne restaurant.
Design studio Biasol designs Middle Eastern-inspired Melbourne restaurant.
Design studio Biasol designs Middle Eastern-inspired Melbourne restaurant.
Design studio Biasol designs Middle Eastern-inspired Melbourne restaurant.
Design studio Biasol designs Middle Eastern-inspired Melbourne restaurant.
Design studio Biasol designs Middle Eastern-inspired Melbourne restaurant.
Design studio Biasol designs Middle Eastern-inspired Melbourne restaurant.
Design studio Biasol designs Middle Eastern-inspired Melbourne restaurant.
Design studio Biasol designs Middle Eastern-inspired Melbourne restaurant.
Design studio Biasol designs Middle Eastern-inspired Melbourne restaurant.
Design studio Biasol designs Middle Eastern-inspired Melbourne restaurant.
Design studio Biasol designs Middle Eastern-inspired Melbourne restaurant.
Design studio Biasol designs Middle Eastern-inspired Melbourne restaurant.
Design studio Biasol designs Middle Eastern-inspired Melbourne restaurant.