Zinc on Darby


ZINC ON DARBY is located in one of Newcastle's major restaurant precincts. The owner wanted a light refurbishment; it had good bones and we needed to add another layer to the story to make it come to life again. 

After being briefed by the client, we both decided that an industrial feel would suit the surrounding environment perfectly. 


I went about choosing an oversized 8 metre by 3 metre cement wallpaper, which was imported from overseas.


We wanted to incorporate some warmth into the restaurant; so local craftsmen constructed a 4 metre booth seat, which is positioned below the oversized cement wallpaper.


My craftsman has a strong affinity with timber, and sourced, used recycled timber with great character.



The upholstery was done in dark brown leather with Chesterfield buttons to give a more textured feel.

The floating waiters' stations were similarly constructed from recycled timber, and metal menu holders retained their original distressed paint finish. 

An edgy graffiti artwork was commissioned for the courtyard, with muted greens.  I employed dark industrial timber tables, wrapped in black metal, and old metal barrels for stools. 

Lighting is a mixture of School, Caged and NY Industrial Copper lights.  I ended up creating the graphics and signage, which completed the look.






"From our first meetings, I could tell that Morag is a very talented designer. She listened very intently to the brief and concepts I had in mind, and grasped exactly what I wanted...

Morag has a strong grasp of the significant financial impact a slow project can take. She schedules craftsmen and tradesmen brilliantly, including overnight activities, thereby reducing lost time."


Guy Ashford

Hunter Valley Restaurant

Management Services 

Contact Details


59 Bull Street, Cooks Hill  NSW  2300


Office   02 4023 8505

Mobile   0431 304133


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