This morning the lovely team at The Design Files featured our new space.
Photographs by Rachel Kara and words by Amber Creswell Bell
You really can be assured that pretty much anything Sydney stylist and author Sibella Court turns her hand to will be GOLD.
Sibella’s distinctive aesthetic and meticulous eye for detail are on our radar again this month, with the launch her latest venture, The Society Inc. Warehouse – a new retail concept in St Peters, Sydney. This new space is triple the size of her previous store in Paddington, and, inevitably, it’s beautiful. (We commissioned these shots before we even saw the place, because, well, with Sibella, you just know). Our Sydney contributor Amber Creswell Bell gives us the lowdown.
Sibella Court’s at The Society Inc Warehouse. Photo – Rachel Kara for The Design Files.
It’s probable that Sibella Court needs no introduction – she is, after all, an interior stylist of international standing, an author, TV presenter, globetrotter, retailer and lifestyle raconteur. Sydney-based Sibella is a prolific and versatile creative, with a very distinct aesthetic. To describe her work, you need only look as far as her book titles – Nomad, Bowerbird, and Gypsy.
The end of 2014 marked the relocation of Sibella’s beloved homewares store, The Society Inc., from inner Paddington to a new destination address in St Peters, in Sydney’s Inner West. Upsizing from 80m2 to a whopping 300m2 warehouse, the new site has provided an exciting opportunity for Sibella to expand both the retail and design arms of her business. ‘The new housing allows for larger interior possibilities and installations more in tune with my books, and the hospitality interiors that dominate my work’ Sibella explains. ‘I wanted the space to feel as though you’re walking through the pages of one of my books’.
This large, conceptual retail space provides a backdrop for the treasures Sibella sources on her many travels, and celebrates crafters, makers, manufacturers, designers alongside Sibella’s raft of regular collaborators. Where the Paddington store was small and intimate, the new space is now open to interpretation – it will be used for events, workshops, and photo shoots.
Visitors to the reimagined The Society Inc. can expect an evolving display of wares via two container drops per year, sourced from the countries that Sibella has recently explored. Amongst her current favourites in store, Sibella names her ‘Earthbender Anna-Karina’ ceramics, hand-carved forest-foraged faceted gems in wood, coal, stone by Felix Allen, dyed mosquito nets in collaboration with Shibori, and, of course, her very own range of The Society Inc. range of handcrafted and tinkered hardware.
AND if you’re wondering what happened to The Society Inc’s previous lovely old corner terrace in Paddington, fear not! Still part of the ‘house of Sibella’, the old site has now become a pied-a-terre, available for rent through airbnb, as well as for intimate parties, launches and events, set against Sibella’s ever-changing backdrop of treasures.
As usual, 2015 holds much in store for Sibella Court – including the completion of five hospitality venues, collaborative design projects in New York and a new TV show, ‘Restoration Australia’, to air on ABC!
The Society Inc. Warehouse
75 Mary Street
St Peters, NSW
Open Monday to Saturday, 10.00am – 4.00pm.
Hotel Hotel is the latest greatest thing that has happened to Canberra. I was invited down for the weekend to check it out & wasn’t disappointed.
The staircase by March Design looks like a timber yard snap frozen with incredible cross sections making up the rises of the steps. Throughout the active lobby there is a nod to vintage educational tools: a mix of concrete pickup sticks, giant structures that mimic the paddle pop stick buildings you made as a child, & detailed with quisinaire-esque stained dining tables. The foyer is the hub of this project & it is all about finding your decorative background.
Each nook & cranny is textured considered & a little bit of mix and match but with a designer eye. I loved the raw & honest materials mixed with the fun frivolity from the beldi covered stools to the stack of metal suitcases.
In the rooms it is about the highs with the lows: chip-board clad walls with beautiful cast brass hardware, and the unique marble tops in the bathrooms that sit comfortably with faux wood tiles. But what I loved most was that its about the attention to detail: the ombre dip dyed velvet pillows, the solid light features with lovely mechanics that click in all the right ways, even down to the glasses & water that are in the room.
Thanks for having us!
We got to have a sleepover at Katie & Greg’s with Hazel & Minnie in their house/warehouse/work shop/furniture workshop/event space slash a little bit of everything. The first reinforced concrete building built in 1930s is covered in beautiful wunderlich tiles [but maybe Greg should confirm these details]. These guys are an ever so talented team- Katie Marx does the best flowers in town, but she is more of a forager & Greg’s tables are stories of nature.
Complimenting each other- Katie has a real wonderfulness about her & Greg’s a guy with a sensitive touch with a rough exterior.
Check them both out
Our great friend Paul who we wished lived in Sydney has taken over a new warehouse place & it is open for hire & full of all his beautiful gardening hardware.
For more details check out the Glasshaus website http://glasshaus.com.au/