The Modern Farm Table, Sydney-Style
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One table, 20 seats, four courses, no nonsense. That's the concept behind Farmhouse, a restaurant in Sydney's Kings Cross neighborhood with a pared-down modern rustic interior and menu to match. The owners explain their mission this way: "Make no mistake, Farmhouse is not trendy, not a pop up, not a place for cool people. Farmhouse is real." To create the right setting, they turned to Nicholas Gurney , a young Sydney designer who prefers to work with "small spaces, modest budgets, and big ambition," as he told Yellow Trace . The Farmhouse quarters fit the bill on all counts. The renovation of the 33-square-meter building references 19th century rustic European houses while also managing to look completely fresh—with plenty of details worth borrowing for your own dining setup. Says Gurney, "The idea is a dinner party in a farmhouse." For reservations, visit Farmhouse ; f or more about the design, read on. Photography by Michael Wee for Nicholas Gurney . Above: The matte black façade of the restaurant stands in contrast to the warm interior, a happy marriage of dark and light, old and new. Above: Simple wooden chairs are covered in vegetable-tanned leather, an Antipodean version of Shaker seating. Above: The restaurant has a single table that seats 20. While the space may be narrow, its double-height raftered ceiling opens it up. Industrial pendants made from salvaged lighting parts hang between each beam. Above: The table hinges open to seat guests at the leather-draped bench. Above: Designer Nicholas Gurney. On the table: Laguiole Steak Knives ($46.95 from Crate & Barrel) in a small, amber-colored glass by Bottlehood ($19 for a set of two at Heath Ceramics). Above: The menu changes daily and features four courses at a fixed price. Above: No farm table is complete without the obligatory rooster plate. Photograph via Farmhouse Kings Cross on Facebook . Above: Open shelving near the kitchen. Location of Farmhouse in Sydney: View Larger Map Want a tour of Sydney from a design perspective? Use our Australia Travel Guide to have a look around.