Donny’s Bar co-owner Matt Clifton puts his inspiration brought by his international adventures into a space with the atmosphere of a home.
Influenced by New York loft-style bars he frequented while spending the last few years in Manhattan, Clifton’s bar in Manly, NSW, turns the local beachside vernacular on its head.
The light fittings (designed by Southern Lights Electric) illuminates the wooden ceiling to the copper bar top – a glistening monolith in a space built with openly unfinished materials.
For the vintage look he used decommissioned railway sleepers uprooted from his parents’ farm in Tullamore, NSW for the bar design.
With the help of interior design firm Luchetti Krelle, Clifton reached a contrast between solid wooden planks in lieu of tables and the bricked-walls, giving it an industrial touch.
The chandelier was designed by Kenneth Cobonpue for KE-ZU.
The cages, unfolded on a sense of raw masculinity, which envelop the bulbs of the chandelier, in the distance, they figure as floating metal in mid-air.
A spiral staircase along with the chandelier suspended above revel a luxuriant feel opposing the roughness of the materials used.. An unwrought honed concrete floor integrates the handmade place into an industrially inspired space.
Text: Diana Slabinschi