Guzman Y Gomez

The Brief

The Bold Collective were tasked with designing a space full of rustic charm befitting a Mexican street food favourite, Guzman Y Gomez.

The result is an eclectic, textural, funky head office for the food giants in a converted Surry Hills warehouse building. So Watt found their usual niche between joiner and furniture company to create custom elements for the space that could not be found in any stores. This time, our scope broadened to include timber cladding elements from ancient repurposed timber floorboards alongside a boardroom and meeting table large enough for a feast.

Recycled Timber Clad Walls

Staying true to our ethos of future friendly material sourcing, upcycling and sustainable material use, we were able to source native Tallowood timber with natural age and imperfections from our friends at The Heritage Building Centre in Rockdale.

The timber had been sitting outdoors in their yard for several decades so after we reclaimed it the boards received a wash and scrub down with wire bristle brush to reveal the beautiful true tones. We then carefully dried the boards making sure not to let them bow during the process and finished them with a single coat of liming wash to balance the amount of orange that can come out when you oil natural timbers. The result is smooth to the touch, dirt free but still stunningly rustic authentic timber cladding that has found a new permanent home where many people can enjoy it.

Break Out Table

Guzman Y Gomez and the interior designers at The Bold Collective all agreed the timber was too amazing to pass up and wanted to bring it into the breakout area as well.

We selected the best of the boards and laid them onto a plywood base to give them strength without a messy under structure. The base of the breakout table used Tube Clamp galvanized steel and pipe fittings which were coated with Penetrol to leave a raw look that prevents further rusting. The finished table had a real cantina vibe and tied in with the corrugated iron dividing wall to the reception area next to it.

Boardroom Table

We are being contacted more and more for one of a kind unique and bespoke boardroom tables that are a true reflection of a brands identity.

The boardroom table for Guzman Y Gomez was no exception and used techniques we had been looking forward to trying out. The tabletop was a familiar medium to us, made from Birch Ply and a deep black Osmo wood wax. It was the base that was the most exciting. We created pillars that would not have been out of place in an industrial train yard and appeared to weigh several tonnes each. Being on the 3rd floor of the building, these bases need to look heavy but in fact be easily manoeuvred into position.

We used thin metal plate for the sides and paired it with thick steel angle at each of the corners, making any visible edges look extra thick and heavy. The weathered yellow appearance took a lot of time to get right, we experimented with liquid rust from Porters Paints as well as tar from the hardware stores applied with old paint brushes. Eventually, with several layers of different approaches, the finish began to look authentic.

Custom recycled timber elements create a rustic, industrial workplace to feed creativity

The staff at GYG were too busy enjoying their table for us to get a proper photo!

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