Location: Stitch, York St, Sydney CBD
On a very tight budget in a room within an existing bar, I had to express the glamour that is Moet, whilst also considering how it would sit in the quirky space that is Stitch.
I removed all existing elements of the room, to start afresh, all except for 2 existing built-in wooden daybed-like structures, that they use for storage & seating.
The infrastructure included: cut-foam for seating, oversized back cushions, electrical elements made, tradesmen, stencils, lampshade skeletons & shade.
Materials: commercial velvet in the perfect shade of Moet red, The Society inc. black chalkboard paint & Gypsy Gold, burlap for shades & thick upholstery fringe.
Props: gold framed mirrors, bentwood chairs, 5 occasional tables & 3xlamps.
I painted the 2mx5m room in Pirate Black paint. My signwriter (Will) then painted my design of paneled walls & sconces to surround the room, with white chalk pen. To maintain the small space, nothing could protrude from the walls. Will then stenciled gold crowns as a dado design & the ‘Moet Chandon’ logo in some of the panels.
I had Moet Magnum bottles converted into lamps and ordered skeleton shades that I made burlap shades for. The ceiling we painted in a soft metallic called Gypsy Gold (from the Society inc. paint range) and securely fixed 30 vintage gold-framed mirrors to the ceiling. I had scoured markets, auctions & shops for weeks to source these mirrors, as well as some of the small turned wood wine tables.
I kept the existing cement painted floor, and added a jester diamond pattern in Moet red with a ribbon of the est. date and logo to make up a rug.
The foam that was perfectly cut to fit on the existing daybed was firmly covered in red velvet as were the front of the structures. Each panel had to separately covered to allow the owners assess to their storage areas. The oversized back cushions were loosely stitched to give a softness to the upholstered seating. To finish off I added thick upholstery fringe at the bottom for the effect of luxurious couches.
I added the two Moet magnums converted into lamps with burlap covered shades on either side of the daybed, and a vintage light I had picked up with a gold bird stem on the other side of the room.
I wanted loose small furniture that could be versatile and easily moved to suit the occasion. I used a mix n’ match of old & new and a variety of finishes to neatly co-exist with the existing interior of Stitch. I choose 6x classic Bentwood chairs in a dark stain (so slim & neat) that could be easily arranged with occasional tables at different heights. I found 2x folding dull gold metal folding tables and at auction, a vintage wine table with turned leg & drawer (that I added black fringe to) as well as a shorter walnut turned wood table. And finally, 2x new metal silhouetted tables. These could be grouped together, used as a table for 2 or pulled up to the sofas for drink tables.
The final touch was some gold-framed mirrors around the room, one with a handwritten message on it, reading ‘Mirror Mirror on the wall’.