The Old Crow restaurant is set to open in a couple of weeks and we dropped into the building site yesterday to take a look at the progress. DWA has been responsible for designing the 2 bars for the restaurant – one which will be the main service bar for lunches and dinners, and one which will be used for dessert and coffees, including takeaways – and the maitre d’ station. 

We worked with the owners in the beginning to figure out a firm brief of just what was required in terms of practicality and mood, and then set to work sketching and scribbling up some ideas. One of the main concepts that arose from our discussions and sketches was a feeling of materiality and craftsmanship. While everyone wanted the interior to have a sense of being lived in, we decided to steer away from a simple ‘found object’ approach and instead looked for materials with character that could be applied and added to. It’s this attitude of care and attention that will fill the space with atmosphere and radiate the owners’ intentions.

We were able to get such a strong feel for the needs of the fit-out that the owners gave us free range in design and specification, and that allowed us scope to bring in some really exciting elements. We’ve salvaged some beautiful old jarrah timbers to use as bar tops and claddings, and have worked with the excellent craftsmen at JB Leadlight to create what will be a stunning centrepeice to the restaurant.

And then yesterday the final element was applied to the main bar, and as a finishing material it will be absolutely unique in Perth. We’re not going to reveal anything about it or the rest of the fit-out until work is complete, but the owners are beside themselves with delight and we will be mighty chuffed to watch this venue open to the public in the very near future…