Melbourne-based Mim Design envisioned a sophisticated space that celebrates the beachside beauty of the coast. Located on the top level of The Darling hotel, the 150-seat restaurant opens on to an infinity pool overlooking the Gold Coast skyline.
The bar area is designed to entertain up to 500 guests. “The interior feel of each space captures the elements of the Gold Coast – luminescent water line views, dappled sunsets and strong horizon lines all play a part in its design philosophy,” says Mim Design’s Principal, Miriam Fanning.
Colour palettes throughout the restaurant reflect the surrounding environment. Softly gilded brass clads the elevators and bar, reflecting the nightlights of the city skyline. Curving custom bench seats and chairs are upholstered in shades of teal and ocean-blue velvet. Rich greens reference the surrounding hinterland, such as Tamborine and Springbrook mountains. Green marble is used for a dramatic ceiling height panel in the dining room and again for the bathroom counters. Vertical brass detailing, double-height windows, and a sweeping curved staircase enhance the expanse of the dining space. There’s even a custom glass-framed wine room that holds up to 3,500 bottles.
For ‘VIP’s’, the private bar includes a cognac wall, black marble bar, and regal red velvet carpet floor. A series of floating chandeliers, each a unique construction of brass, tubular and spherical bulbs, enhance the opulent mood. Though nature-inspired, Mim Design chose materials that are all appropriately lush for a glitzy Gold Coast Casino.