Ricky and Pinky’s is a Chinese bistro restaurant located inside the builders arms hotel in Melbourne, Australia. The interior design by Sibling Architecture echoes the period of late 1970s, where an influx of cultural practices were absorbed by Australia and emerged in food and design.
Despite the restaurant being set in an Australian pub, the execution of colour, detail and material showcases a distinctive presence; all the while referencing the past faux-opulence of the suburban era. Sinuous piping is one of the Chinese motifs that is visible in Sibling Architecture’s design. The golden and blue piping wraps around the space to form mirrored lighting features, boundaries and is a reference to the patterns of Shanghainese Art-deco. The neutral surfaces are offset with the splashes of colour that range from pastel to more vibrant hues.
Small details culminate to guide diners to see their food reflected into infinity, a nod to longevity in Chinese culture. Terrazzo lazy susans take central place at the table as a rotating device for family and friends to come together around food. These elements introduced to its Melbourne context, bringing together Sino-Australian cultures.