The new design of Hotel Palisade is the journey of the building, from past to present. Walk into the original character of the building in the ground floor bar, which pays homage to days gone-by, with the hustle and bustle of the early harbor port days of the Rocks.
The design is inspired by the small trades of eras passed: the handtooled, handsmithed and handtinkered. Everything you see and feel is bespoke, handcrafted items by locally based master craftsmen and tradesmen. The fixtures and finishes are a nod to this industrial past using humble and honest materials… zinc, steel, leather, canvas, copper and timber. We celebrate the materials that patina and get better with age (and with a little bit of tough love, too).
You may still hear the jeers of the larrikins and the ‘wharfies’ coming to drink after a day waiting for ships to dock. You might catch the cackles and calls of the mothers and aunties for their little ones to come in from days riding billy carts and mock war games on the streets. You will feel the ruggedness of the surface under layers of thoughtful design.
On offering is a harp back to the time of oyster bars and the staple that the sea offered. This is a place where the history of the community is both wicked and respectable, but always with a very strong sense of camaraderie. The colour palette is inspired by the spectacular views of the Sydney waters and the original tiles that line the inner walls and their many moods of green.
To bring back this iconic ground floor back to life I instilled an army of talented people:
Rowena – Murobond & colour hunter, Felix – finder & maker, Tommy – builder & solutionaire, Saul – blacksmith extraordinaire, Jonathan – furniture maker & all round finishes guy, Simon – lighting & all round MacGyver, Athol – believer & magician of shapes & forms, hard & soft, Michael – genius of all painters, with the patience of a saint, Neil – scenic painter & layerer of history & romantic grim, Ross – electrician & unruffled weaver of the unimagined, Terry & Michael – magic makers from bad to good in floors, Andrew – tinkerer, Stuart – a shape shifter in furniture, Rosie – finder & keeper of oddities & curiosities, Will & Nath – wizards of the palimpsest & lost arts of signwriting, Chris & team – layering in tiles of once was, Simon – rejoicing of the history of graphics, Matt – plumber & onion peeler, Paul – time traveller & artist, David – lover of history & measurements, Camille – draper & leather shifter of quality aprons, Andrew – fabric & notion expertise, Sam & Katie – earth benders, Alan – sourcerer of all quality furniture, Ken – eagle eyed finder of vintage wares, Avi – tanner & unturner of all stones.
Photos by Chris Court
We are over the moon to introduce you to: The Society Inc.
This stockist is more than a store. it is a warehouse of whimsy, a sort of homewares museum, a showcase of old and new.
Historical, nautical, industrial conversational, these are a few words that spring to mind when looking at the wide range of objects found here.
To find out more about this inspiring space we chatted to the lady behind it all, the one and only Sibella Court…
/ WHO, WHAT, WHERE…
I’m the owner of The SocietyInc., interior stylist, creator of products & spaces, author and globetrotter. But in my spare time I’m a master swordswoman & tier of knots.
The Society Inc. is now housed in a 280 square meter warehouse in the old Taubman’s factory that was built in 1901, in St. Peter’s, Sydney.
/ WHATS TO LOVE ABOUT WHERE IT IS…
I was craving a new structure, an old warehouse to reimagine. To be honest I am still discovering the area, but after perusing it I love the different layers of service and history that exist together. Paths converge – industry meets creativity here – I love that I can get my car serviced in the next warehouse, pick up a Prickly Pear in a Moroccan terracotta pot at Garden Life & grab a boutique coffee at Sample.
/ WHAT TUNES KEEP YOU GOING…
Bonobo, The Rolling Stones, Arrested Development, Fine Young Cannibals, & the Cure.
/ WHAT CAN WE FIND THERE…
The move to a warehouse was to curate the space as though walking through the pages of one of my books. Part hardware&haberdashery, part oddity&curiosity. We celebrate the makers, crafters, creators from around the globe: Atelier Sukha from the Netherlands, ceramics by Earthbender Anna Karina, handcrafted longboards by collaboration with McTavish, oil painted markings by Byron Bay artist Jordana Henry and ANAESTHETIC Design oak Mariner stools amongst many others.
/ WHERE’S YOUR INSPIRATION FROM LATELY…
I’m fascinated by the time of slow travel – days not hours spent in metamorphic spaces, heavy luggage & dining carts on trains or ships. The romance of the journey rather than the destination. I’m using this idea for a new hospitality project…
Working with the Caroline Simpson library – they’re pulling for me old Bentwood catalogues from their incredible archive of all things interiors for a new furniture range that I’m designing, calling on old shapes for new pieces.
A constant inspiration is Ilse Crawford and all her magic – reading the pages and her philosophies in her fabulous new book, A Frame for Life.
Photography by Madeline Johnson from The Loved Ones.