Jamie's Italian Sydney 107 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW

role Interior Design value $2 million area 500m² completion date October 2011 client Pacific Restaurant Group

peckvonhartel was invited by Pacific Restaurant Group (PRG) to design Jamie Oliver’s highly acclaimed Jamie’s Italian restaurant. An unusually narrow site on Pitt Street has been converted into a fully functioning, multi level restaurant to cater for up to 200 guests.

Inspired by a ‘laneway’ culture, peckvonhartel selected natural tones mixed with blackened steel, burnished and antique coppers, earthy tiles and vibrant leathers.

On entering the restaurant, a fully operational pasta preparation station is staged churning out fresh pasta daily. An impressive bar is located next to the station, inset with lively tiles that were sourced from around the world. Overhead hangs a dramatically tiered chandelier adorned with distorted pieces of glass and infused with multiple LED lights; weighing 150kg it is visable from the street.

A dramatic seating banquette of fuchsia and sage green leather extends along mirrored walls of the laneway dining area that accommodates the majority of ground floor diners. At mezzanine level an authentic Italian antipasto bar allows diners to sit up close to the chefs who slice and prepare cured meats, cheeses and gathered herbs, while overlooking the bustling scene below.

Jamie’s Italian opened in Sydney in October 2011, it is the first of the highly acclaimed collection of restaurants to open in Australia. In 2012 this design was shortlisted for an Interior Design Excellence Award (IDEA) and a Sydney Design Award.