The Meat & Wine Co. | Bella Vista | Restaurant Interior Design Feature.



The Meat & Wine Co. Bella Vista restaurant was designed by Design Partnership Australia | Pixflix Productions
The Meat & Wine Co. Bella Vista restaurant was designed by Design Partnership Australia | Pixflix Productions

Think about a restaurant in the same way you would think about a person. The people that you find most rewarding and tend to gravitate towards are often the ones you would describe as someone with a “great personality”. Restaurants are no different.


Welcome to The Meat and Wine Co. Bella Vista.

The Meat & Wine Co. Bella Vista restaurant was designed by Design Partnership Australia | Pixflix Productions
The Meat & Wine Co. Bella Vista restaurant was designed by Design Partnership Australia | Pixflix Productions

Storytelling in Restaurants

All Meat & Wine stores take their inspiration from Africa, whilst staying grounded within each site’s unique Australian surroundings. Each design draws inspiration from the various cultures, traditional architecture, and expressive pattern making. There is a concept widely known as the spirit of Ubuntu - giving and sharing - and this is something that we aim to embody in each store.


The Meat and Wine Co. has African heritage, thus each design concept takes its inspiration from those roots where storytelling through the ages formed a core part of the African legacy. Stories made it possible for cultures to pass knowledge, history, and significant events from father to son and from one generation to the next.

The Meat & Wine Co. Bella Vista restaurant was designed by Design Partnership Australia | Pixflix Productions
The Meat & Wine Co. Bella Vista restaurant was designed by Design Partnership Australia | Pixflix Productions

What is storytelling exactly?

Storytelling is not the same as reading a story. It is retelling a tale to an audience of one or many through voice, movement, and expressive gestures. It creates a series of mental images associated with spoken words. It takes you on a journey. It reflects social values. It inspires you and maybe even motivates you in the pursuit of a more meaningful life.


In African cultures, these shared events were used as a way for the elders to teach important life lessons, entertain and invite people to participate in a significant moment. Every successful restaurant, similarly, are spaces used to socialize, tell fascinating stories, and entertain the people that come to them.


Storytelling in many traditional African cultures happens at night, around a fire under the open sky, and often in an enclosure. Each Meat & Wine has a different interpretation of this enclosure often referred to as a Lapa, Boma, or the homestead.


The long narrow envelope for this site is surrounded by glass on 2 sides and a reasonably wide open footprint in front of the restaurant over looking the lake at Bella Vista. The solution for this location was to create a Boma interpretation to wrap around the sides of the interior space to give the customers the feeling of sitting inside a homestead.


This is where the inspiration for "Isibaya" a Zulu word used for homestead came from the project. The interpretation, in this case, is formed by the inward-facing bench seat that is held on either side of the restaurant with a golden and copper patterned breeze block wall, making the walls of the boma.


The golden and copper crown wall is formed by a series of bespoke breeze blocks which have been laid in a unique pattern mimicking an African pattern. The various shades of gold and copper metallic paints used to finish off the block work are used to reflect both the richness of the African soil and the abundance of minerals that come from the land. This is further enhanced by the washing of warm ambient lighting in front of the wall and just behind it, turning it into a subtle yet silent design hero within the design.


As humans, we are drawn to being part of a bigger, dream, story, and narration. Allowing us to live in a moment of time. There is a sense of African nostalgia and belonging which the golden richness of the interior walls, lighting, and golden textured walls have created and brought to the lakefront.

The Meat & Wine Co. Bella Vista restaurant was designed by Design Partnership Australia | Pixflix Productions

Every golden block and knotted rope piece is like a single moment, however, when many singular moments are brought together, they create a larger “tapestry”. A Tapestry that is able to tell a full rich, deep story with many layers and facets along the way. This is how we bring meaning to a space through storytelling.



This was our interpretation and our story for The Meat and Wine Co. Bella Vista.

Restaurant Isibaya, Welcome home

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Design Team Credits:

Design Partnership Australia

#DesigningforPredictiveHumanBehaviour

Callie Van Der Merwe, Roberto Zambri, Calvin Janse van Vuuren


 

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