Brintons at The Botanical
The Botanical Hotel in South Yarra, affectionately known as The Bot, is regarded by
many as Melbourne's first gastro pub and one of the city's most iconic venues.
Ideally located opposite Melbourne's bucolic Botanic Gardens, The Botanical has
long been a favourite venue for Melburnians and interstate visitors who seek out its'
top quality food, relaxing bar and excellent people-watching position.
The client brief & creative design approach
The current owners, Colonial Leisure Group, purchased The Botanical in 2009 with
plans to refurbish the entire venue. They engaged renowned Melbourne architects
WEBB+ to reinvent and transform the interior spaces, trusting them with an open
brief. Simon Webb says, " The owners wanted to breathe vitality back into the iconic
venue and so our design ethos was to reinterpret the relationship between the
different spaces and create a timeless interior design that was neither funky nor too
The project had an ultra-fast, five-month turnaround time. The WEBB+ design team
wanted a bespoke feel for the restaurant carpet and engaged Brintons, confident
they could create a stunning bespoke solution within the tight timeframe. Adrian
Downes, Design Director at WEBB+, looked to Brintons exclusive design collections
for inspiration and found the Stacy Garcia Nouveau Boho range hit the mark perfectly
with respect to pattern, scale and colour. The chosen design features distinctive
painterly spheres set in an over-scaled organic pattern. The textured background to
the design was a key determinant for Adrian's choice as it provided the classic
vintage feel he required for the space.
Services provided by Brintons
Brintons worked closely with
Webb+ to understand the pattern
scale for the area and provided
flooded floorplans, handtrials and
colour tufts for client approval as
well as weave planning,
installation plans and technical
assistance to the installers.
Brintons manufactured woven
Axminster carpet that was
installed flush with the
surrounding hard flooring to
provide a fitted rug effect.
" I wanted the heroes of the restaurant space to be the artwork, the carpet and the
people and looking at the finished result I believe that's exactly what we've achieved.
When I saw the Brintons Stacy Garcia design I felt it was a perfect match for our
chosen refurbishment palette, no changes required. Additionally from experience I
knew that Brintons have a professional and responsive design service matched by
the quality production required for this component of the project".
Adrian Downes, Design Director at WEBB+
"It's always great when a designer chooses a pattern from one of our bespoke
collections and this project shows that even with strict time constraints customers
don't need to think that stock carpet is their only option. The use of the carpet in The
Botanical restaurant is a great example of how impactful patterned carpet can be as
an interior design tool".