So I think I’ve landed on a concept for what the restaurant is going to look like. It’s been a slow process, but I’m just about ready to go full steam ahead with it. In my typical fashion, though, I haven’t given much time to discussing the finer points with anyone else, so I’m not 100% sure of how achievable it is.

For starters, I’m thinking that the centrepiece of the dining area will be a glass skylight. The ceiling itself will be ornate, in line with the art deco theme, and this skylight will introduce a sense of space. I’m aware that I’ll need to recruit the services of a specialised glazier to get this done, and they’ll need to work with my architects to make sure it fits stylistically, but I don’t see why that should be a problem. Time to review the commercial glazing options in Melbourne and start gathering some quotes.

Another feature that I have in mind is a glass-topped bar, lit from below with LEDs programmed to flicker like candle flames. Again, this will need to be made to measure, with the glass cut to fit the cabinetry. Again, though, I don’t see why that should be a problem. Custom fittings, I’ve realised, are really the way to go in putting together an environment that stands out in a highly competitive hospitality sector like Melbourne’s.

I’m still on the fence about the stairs to the mezzanine – do we go with the wood poles, or opt for glass again? The benefit of installing a glass balustrade is that the panels can be sandblasted or etched with features, like geometric designs. Granted, a similar thing could be achieved with wood, but if we do go with that option, the wood won’t be arranged in the form of flat panels like the glass would.

One thing I know for sure is that the primary colour scheme will be black and white checkerboard. To my mind, a coherent way to make that look really contemporary is to introduce lots of transparent glass.