Laid back Surfie Vibe
When it came to the refurbishment of the Manly Wharf Hotel, owner Ben May's brief to the design team was to capture the mood and vibe of relaxed beach bars and hotels that he had visited and photographed on a recent overseas trip. Ben was inspired by the relaxed and ‘un-designed’ feel of the places he'd visited. These bars and restaurants appealed to a wide range of people, where no one felt intimated by the design or the clientele. Even though the inspiration might be from abroad the end result is quintessentially Australian ~ a fun place to relax, eat and drink with friends and family, with no pretence. I particularly love the aqua accents, the hanging surfboards, the cane pendants and the tropical print cushions for a relaxed, summer mood.
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