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Theatrical curtains drape around Dame bar by Bergman & Co

Pink interior of Dame bar and restaurant

A “rather fabulous” fictitious muse influenced the design of this richly decorated bar and restaurant in Melbourne by local interiors studio Bergman & Co.

Dame recently opened in the IM Pei-designed Collins Place, a mixed-use complex in the East End of the city.

Dame entrance through draped curtain
Dame is located in IM Pei’s Collins Place complex

The concrete development was completed in 1981, so Bergman & Co looked to this decade for inspiration when devising a concept for the bar’s interior.

“The narrative of Dame is centred around a fictitious 1980s muse; a powerful, well connected and rather fabulous woman,” said the team, led by director Wendy Bergman.

Pink marble bar counter
A curvaceous pink marble bar counter sits in the centre of the space

The fictional character’s power and femininity are reflected in elements like the curved bar counter, made from blush-toned marble.

Her portrait, painted by local Melbourne artist Stacey Rees, hangs behind the bar to tie the concept together.

High-top tables
Blush curtains provide a backdrop for communal dining

Pale pink curtains divide the space from the building lobby and are draped dramatically to create an entryway.

Diners are presented with multiple seating options around the restaurant’s glazed periphery.

Tables with glass block ends
Glass block table legs nod to the building’s gridded architecture

Communal tables feature dark wooden tops and glass block supports, nodding to the gridded architecture of the setting.

Above, pendant lights created in collaboration with Melbourne design studio Please Please Please are delicately suspended like pieces of jewellery.

Banquette seating wrapped in dark textured fabric creates cosy booths, while more casual round tables are paired with wicker-backed chairs.

“A sumptuous banquette setting finished in rich, earthen tones creates a subtle sense of nostalgia, warming the building’s otherwise restrained palette of architectural finishes,” said Bergman & Co.

Upholstered chairs beside dark wood tables
Upholstery for banquettes was chosen to create a “sense of nostalgia”

“Quilted upholstery and 1980s-inspired furniture complete the aesthetic tableau, offering an elevated, all-day dining space,” the studio added.

Glossy red table lamps and pendants are also scattered through the space, uniting a palette that feels rich and warm against the building’s grey terrazzo flooring.

Marble tables and wicker-backed chairs
Pink marble tables are accompanied by wicker-backed chairs

Pink marble is similarly used at Melbourne’s Pentolina restaurant, designed by Biasol.

Other dining and drinking establishments with notable interiors around Australia’s second-largest city include Studio Esteta’s Via Porta and Three Blue Ducks by Pattern.

The photography is by Eve Wilson.

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