- Article by Matt Woods
- Photography by Chris Corboy
- Designer Matt Woods
Located on the outer fringes of Sydney’s inner west, Burwood is a suburb steeped in multicultural heritage. A succinct yet eclectic row of eateries, pubs and retail stores line Burwood Road in both directions, terminating at the local Westfield.
The constant churn of the Burwood Road strip sees an ever-changing face to this lively Sydney suburb, yet very little alternative is offered to the traditional ‘cheap eat’ nature of the area. Chavela aims to change this, with a splash of eclectic modernity, offering a modestly priced menu in a setting that has been influenced by rustic restaurants around the globe.
The previous space was in dire need of some serious love and attention, with changes required to every single surface in the front of house spaces and significant alterations required to back of house areas. On a shoestring budget, and with a tight deadline for the 60-square-metre refurbishment, attention was placed on achieving a comfortable, textural and eclectic canvas, on which further refinement could be made over the course of the tenancy. It was imperative, however, that the venue was engaging as soon as its doors opened – and as such the palette employs subtle contrasts between matte and gloss surfaces, with highlights emphasised in copper tones.
As with all Matt Woods Design projects, there is a heavy focus on the use of sustainable materials. FSC certified plywood is used as table tops, recycled fence palings form the bar front, the bar top is crafted from recycled blackbutt, while bamboo flooring, low VOC & VOC free paints and LED feature lighting are used throughout. We’ve even managed to salvage yet another old terrace door, however this one has remained on its hinges, fulfilling its intended purpose.