The iconic Wickens Restaurant has been recognised with a range of design and hospitality accolades
Cross-functional team alignment accelerates project delivery with deeper insights through the synergies of architecture, interior design, branding and procurement
how a simple shed can become one of the most adored locations in Australia, delighting guests by reimagining luxury accommodation
Who We Are
We are a Design Office focused on hospitality and luxury residential properties. Aligning the disciplines of Architecture, Interior Design, Branding and Procurement, our team helps to define and enhance the brands we work with, creating unique, unforgettable experiences.
Whether we’re designing a luxury beach home perched on a cliffline or masterplanning a multi-faceted Destination Hotel, our purpose is always the same. Byrne is committed to a universal approach ensuring exceptional experiences for our building users, and real value embodied in all we create.
Architecture is the framework in which our interiors, branding and procurement services develop and interrelate. With careful consideration of existing natural & built environments as well as the cultural & historical influences of each site, our award-winning architectural team works collaboratively to create rich, exciting concepts that are both pragmatic and beautifully executed. Beyond the concept, it is our belief that a successfully delivered project is rigorously sculpted through Contract Documentation and Contract Administration stages, ensuring the vision is amplified rather than diluted over time.
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Our Interior Design team works closely and interactively with clients to create spaces that inspire. For more than fifteen years on hundreds of design projects, we have adopted a collaborative approach across our internally aligned services, external consultants and building users to ensure efficiency and rich, textured design solutions. From world-leading luxury hotels, sprawling country retreats and iconic fine dining experiences, our interior designers create extraordinary spaces that bring joy and create value for clients on every level.
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Branding is an essential component of every hospitality endeavour. At Byrne our objective is to help our clients unearth the clearest vision of their brand identity as expressed across all elements of the project. Our team works collaboratively and listens carefully to the needs and desires of our clients, transforming raw ideas into unique branded elements.
Brand Concept Development
Re-Positioning / Re-Branding
Brand Name Generation
Video / Photo Art Direction
Brand Guide Document
Curation & Procurement
At Byrne we are passionate about a unified design approach, where the alignments across teams are cultivated through collaboration. Our Curation & Procurement team, Product Concierge, works closely alongside Interior Design and other departments to develop a project styling strategy for furniture, fittings, and many other design elements. Through this process each project achieves a consistency and unique quality only possible when there is an unbroken alignment of design vision.
Our approach to the procurement process is simple, we source the best design products from around the globe leveraging our strong relationships with thousands of unique brands to achieve excellent rates for our clients. This process has been refined for adaptability of all project types, where our team maintains clear channels of communication from start to finish. The result is transparent pricing, expedient delivery and exceptional value for every project.
Interior Spatial Curation
Expert Product Supplier Management
For more detail on our Curation & Procurement Services visit us at productconcierge.com
Reviews and Testimonials
Australian Financial Review, Life & Leisure
Paul Best October 24, 2017 (Review of Wickens Restaurant, Royal Mail Hotel Dunkeld)
Royal Mail revamp gives new meaning to destination dining
Byrne’s design embraces the restaurant’s natural surroundings – the bush approach, but also a timber-battened ceiling rising to 3.6 metres to a wall of glass perfectly framing mount Sturgeon and Abrupt. Australian hardwoods and stone have been liberally used. The hand-sculpted sandstone tables, quarried locally from Mount Abrupt, are showstoppers.
Then there’s the Italian hand-blown Peter Zumthor lights that hover above tables on black pedestals and super-soft Walter Knoll leather and nutwood chairs from Germany, the imported crockery and cutlery handpicked by Wickens, and the smart yet unstuffy waiter uniforms, featuring tie and waistcoat.
“Our approach is about redefining luxury,” says Byrne. “It’s about the experience.”
Pauline Morrissey August 28, 2020 (Review of The Wensley)
Home Away From Home: The Wensley was inspired by the quintessential Australian shed
Nestled high on the rolling hills of 32 hectares in Wensleydale, a secluded yet central pocket of the Surf Coast Hinterland, “the shed”, as is lovingly nicknamed by its owners, is indeed inspired by the quintessential Australian structure – but make no mistake, the Wensley is a far cry from an ordinary shed.
To help manifest their own bespoke timber, architectural home, the couple sought the help of Nick Byrne of Byrne Architects.
“Nick is known for his striking clean lines and sculptural angles, so we took his vision and gave it a rustic edge,” Derham says.
Upon completion, the project’s desired “rustic edge” was certainly achieved, along with a modern and luxurious nature to boot.
Most notably, the use of varying timbers showcases a breathtaking scene, with walls, ceiling lining, doors, floors, and the external structure all made from recycled Oregon and ironbark. “Timber features so prominently that no plaster has been used anywhere throughout the home,” Derham says. “Living in a house entirely built out of timber is truly a unique experience – pardon the pun, but you sleep like a log in there.”
Spoilt with oversized windows, most of which open right up to soak in the surroundings, the Wensley is the type of place that requires no art on the walls, or TV in sight, especially when all that is needed are the dazzling views that are right there before you.
Bec Judd [Brighton House]
“Nicholas and his team worked with us as we navigated the daunting task of finding a suitable site for our family home in Brighton. Over the course of a few months we visited a range of properties and talked through different options, which was essential for us to create our dream house for the kids to grow up in and love. Nicholas was fantastic, coming up with concept designs for each site, talking to agents and planners to make sure we could achieve what we wanted. Communication was always fast and professional, and the team always went above and beyond.”
Jamie Forsyth [George Street House]
“Working with Byrne Architects was a great experience. Unlike architects I’d worked with in the past, they were well organized throughout the design and construction process and always hit deadlines. Nicholas impressed us by thinking outside the box, always excited to push the boundaries of new materials and systems. The whole family loves the house, especially how the light filters through the large windows in to the living room and kitchen. We love the connection to the outdoor terrace, and the amazing views we get across the park to the city.”
Christopher Sprod [Mt. Eliza House]
“We engaged Byrne architects in 2018 to help design our dream home. The brief was challenging from the start as Nick was required to incorporate a modern home around a 1960’s kidney shaped pool, located at the front on the block. The end product was something that we could never have imagined and could not be happier with the result. Byrne architects, as part of their scope dealt with council directly and expedited the successful award of the permit. The professionalism and prompt action of any request we had throughout the process made dealing with Byrne architects both seamless and enjoyable. We have already, with utmost confidence have recommended Byrne Architects to a few of our friends.”
Tristram Smith [Kew House]
“We engaged Byrne Architects to design a single storey extension (~100sqm) to our heritage home in inner Melbourne. Our brief was to retain the character of the existing house while creating a contemporary, light-filled addition. Nick and his team were great listeners. They worked with us to understand our preferences and budget but also challenged us to think creatively about design and what was possible under the brief. Nick has a great eye for design and space. The raking ceilings make our modestly sized rooms feel large and spacious. Nick was always responsive to our queries and communicated efficiently with our builder. Any construction related matters were managed quickly and with design principles in mind. The whole experience was really gratifying. We felt part of the process. Most importantly, we love the beautiful home Nick and his team designed for us. We would recommend Byrne Architects for a collaborative design approach that produces architecturally elegant and warm spaces.”
Geertje Noe [Greendale]
“We were looking for an architect company in Melbourne that would help us fulfil our dream of designing our own modern country home and eventually help us construct our home in the country side. After visiting and being impressed by one of the projects designed and managed by Byrne architects, we felt that this would be a good match. Byrne architects also visited our property in countryside Victoria and after understanding the landscape and the vision we have for the property we have established a good relationship. It has been an exciting journey so far with communication and meetings taking place regularly in an informal and relaxed manner that suits our current life with two small children well. They have been very open to working with our ideas and suggestions as well as offering solutions and new ideas themselves. We look forward to going in to the next phase of the project with Byrne architects to finally realise the dream of our own modern country house for our children to grow up in.”
Alana Tiler [Albert Park House & Blairgowrie House]
“We engaged Byrne architects to design our house after meeting with quite a lot of architects/designers. We knew Nick & his team were the ones the minute we sat down. Extremely talented yet so humble, they didn’t make us feel like we had no idea about the process and were so interested in what we wanted. It really is true that you get what you pay for, because their design blew us away, far more amazing than we could have imagined. We couldn’t afford to engage them for the build process, which in hindsight was a mistake because we suspect it cost us more in the long run trying to manage it ourselves. In time, money & stress! But the end result is a credit to Nick and his team. Our tiny little block of land in Albert Park, complete with strict heritage overlay, now has the most beautiful home on it that somehow feels huge thanks to the clever design and use of every square inch of available space. We are now planning our next project and look forward to working with Byrne again.”
Nicholas Founded Byrne in 2008, leading Projects & Strategy for the award-winning hospitality & residential design firm.
With an Architecture & Interiors background, Nicholas’ vision and agility has grown Byrne into a global company with offices in Sorrento Australia, and Geneva Switzerland. Under his governance Byrne has developed from its origins as a purely architectural practice, to a diverse alignment of services including Architecture, Curation & Procurement, Interior Design and Branding.
A registered Architect and graduate of RMIT University, Nicholas has developed vast knowledge across the residential and hospitality design sector with a career spanning over 20 years. Influential in his field, Nicholas has led a range of iconic projects to successful delivery.
Principle Architect – Architecture & Interiors
Launching her role with Byrne in 2017, Gaia now leads the Geneva office and is instrumental in driving design innovation and international business development.
Gaia completed her Masters of Architecture at the Academy of Architecture, mendrisio Switzerland, widely considered to be the world leading school of architecture. Originally from Lake Como Italy, Gaia spent her formative years working at renowned design studios across Europe.
With considerable experience on all stages of hospitality & residential buildings projects, Gaia brings an advanced technical and organizational understanding to her role.
Associate – Design Technology & Production
Connor is a highly skilled architectural graduate with considerable experience in residential & hospitality Architecture and Interior Design.
With a diversity of passions and interests from custom furniture design and production to cutting edge 3D printing technology and visualisation, Connor is helping to forge Byrne’s path as industry tech leaders. Connor’s skillset allows him to flow effortlessly across Byrne, collaborating at all levels to enable our teams to achieve exceptional design and presentation outcomes.
With a rare talent for both detailed organisation and conceptual design, Connor is an asset to any project he takes part in.
Team Leader – Product Concierge
As leader of Product Concierge, Kate is responsible for project management, nurturing client relationships and working in alignment with the Interior Design team to help create beautiful curated environments for our clients.
Kate’s passion is in driving the process to meet each client’s specific needs. Adapting easily to work with a variety of project teams, Kate maintains clear channels of communication from start to finish. Developing strong relationships with brands and suppliers across the globe, Kate has led Product Concierge to become a leading force in procurement, with access to thousands of brands at exclusive rates.
A people-person with a gifted eye for Interior Design Curation, Kate is a natural leader and valued member of the Byrne family.