Inspired by the striking architecture of Melbourne’s Collins Place, designed by I.M. Pei in 1981, the narrative of Dame is centred around a fictitious 80s muse; a powerful, well connected and rather fabulous woman. ⁠

Dramatic, blush-toned curtains theatrically distinguish the venue from its adjoining lobby, while a sculpted bar is a sensual expression of form and materials. Undulating curves of blush-toned marble are a playful nod to the dramatic femininity and power of Dame, complemented by a bespoke portrait of Dame herself, painted by local Melbourne artist Stacey Rees.

Along the glazed perimeter, a series of diverse dining settings entice visitors to settle in and watch the world go by. Communal tables with glass block ends hark back to the gridded structure of the precinct's iconic architecture, while elegant pendant lights designed in collaboration with local industrial designer, Please Please Please, are suspended like jewellery pieces above.

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. Quilted upholstery and 80s inspired furniture complete the aesthetic tableau, offering an elevated, all-day dining space – a fitting addition to the Melbourne’s ‘Paris end’ of town.

Photography by Eve Wilson.

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