Tetto di Carolina
- Chris Connell Design
- K&K Industries
Tetto di Carolina could be described as pared-back opulence through the combination of honest materials and handmade bespoke furniture, fixtures and fittings. Taking design cues from Italian bars of a bygone era, ascend the stairs to reveal the bar as the centrepiece and invites easy mingling. Moving into the lounge space offers an intimate setting, the lighting is subtle and wait staff shift between the banquettes arranged in a way to offer differing levels of privacy. An alfresco deck with a retractable roof provides leafy glimpses of Toorak Rd below. A refined space although luxurious, it doesn’t scream for attention.
The six metre long walnut bar, clad in custom curved porcelain tiles and a glass pendant light are the centrepiece. Opposite the bar a full height steel screen envelopes the entry staircase, like a velvet curtain revealing a performance. The space features terrazzo floors with highlights of yellow onyx stone while a deep green hand tufted custom wool carpet echoes the tile pattern. Walnut tables and high backed leather and velvet banquettes subtly lit by custom wall pendants and concealed spotlights convey opulence while polished plaster walls and a barrel vaulted ceiling encase the lounge.
Our major preoccupation was the detailing of beautiful materials and bringing to the forefront the skill and technique of local craftspeople. Throughout the space are many custom features designed by Chris Connell in partnership with the fabricators. The locally handmade curved porcelain tiles on the bar, the six metre linear pendant light with mouth-blown glass, the wall lights, the hand tufted carpet pattern to match terrazzo tiling, the walnut tables, the banquettes, the steel screens, shelving and windows. The lounge dining chairs were also designed and developed specifically for the space, inspired by the bucket seats of mid-century sports cars