Founded in the 1800s, Hutchinson’s played a vital role in Victoria’s Yarra Valley, supplying the surrounding properties with ironmongery, tools and timber. The hardware may have gone, but the heritage remains in the name, rebranded for the modern world and proudly emblazoned seven metres wide on the restaurant’s façade as Hutch & Co. Biasol: Design Studio has retained a good amount of timber too — tons of pale American oak clads the walls and ceilings in the main dining area — and ironwork echoes from the past in the cage displays, full of the same greenery that is found in the lush countryside just on the doorstep, and window grilles.
Along with the wood and metal, ceramic also plays a key role. Its use begins in the outdoor dining and seating area to the front, and continues with the same pattern and colour inside while also adding a black and grey pattern that provides a link with the matte metal. Many of the pendant lights and furniture including the stools are Biasol’s own designs; if they tickle your fancy they’re available commercially through Meizai.