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THE SOCIETY INC IS A DESIGN STUDIO & RETAIL EXPERIENCE BASED IN SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA.

The Society inc was founded by Sibella Court in 2008 with curiosity embedded into the DNA. It’s an imaginarium with a product offering that celebrates the romance & nostalgia of history, hand crafted objects & heritage trades. The hardware and home goods collections are inspired by time worn curiosities from around the globe and are made from materials that patina with age, grace with use & become embedded with people’s stories.

We specialise in decorative hardware, homewares and hospitality interiors. Our product range is designed in Australia and made in India, where traditional trades like blacksmithing are alive & well. We believe that objects created by such trades have weight, texture & a strong connection to craftsmanship & honour the raw materials they were made from. Our mission is to bring back the time when the pieces you bought felt as if someone had whittled them or hammered their form to perfection. Hardware and home goods that should be displayed & loved, so much so that our hope is you will never wish to throw them away.

When it comes to creating spaces, we pride ourselves on working with masters of their craft to create bespoke detail-oriented products. Sibella's black book collated over a 30 year career includes blacksmiths, sign-writers, scenic painters, architects, antique dealers, pickers, artisans, dyers, weavers, landscape designers, horticulturists, builders & all the other specialty trades that give each project that distinct Sibella mark. 


Watsons Bay Hotel Guest Rooms


The Society inc Product Range | Buccaneer Towel Holder


The Society inc Product Range | Russes Wall Light, Dampier Lantern


The Society inc Product Range & Collaborations


The Society inc Product Range


Hotel Palisade Henry Deane Bar

Sibella Court

With a history degree and over 25 years of industry experience behind her, Sibella Court carries a bag of hard-won magic tricks which she weaves into her role as a creative director, interior & product designer, author and shop owner.

Originally embarking on her career path as a stylist in Sydney, her vast repertoire working in editorial & advertising was firmly established during 10 years in New York, styling and concepting with such powerhouses as Bergdorf Goodman, Jo Malone, Donna Karan, Anthropologie, West Elm, Saks Fifth Avenue whilst contributing to a vast array of magazines from Vogue Living, Vogue USA, Condé Nast Traveler, Martha Stewart Living, Town & Country, Departures, Food & Wine to House & Garden.

Sibella evolved from stylist to designer upon returning to Sydney, applying her inimitable approach to bigger and more permanent spaces. The hospitality spaces and high end residences she has worked on showcase her attention to detail and immersive style which has been described by Condé Nast Traveler as ‘haute-bohemian’. Some of these projects include Palmer & Co, Mr Wong, Hotel Palisade and Bullo River Station.

In 2008 she founded The Society inc, a retail experience showcasing her hardware range, homeware collaborations, sourced vintage furniture & curiosities from around the globe and home to her design studio; an imaginarium where the magic happens, bringing life to unique interiors and designs for her hardware & product range.

Sibella has penned a library of award-winning & best-selling books including Etcetera, The Stylist's Guide to NYC, Nomad, Bowerbird, Gypsy and IMAGINARIUM. She creates content for her very own newspaper, whilst also contributing to magazines including Belle, Vogue Living, House & Garden Australia and Domino. In 2015 she hosted ABC's Restoration Australia, a seven-part TV series filmed over 2 and a half years showcasing her passion for Australian history and celebrating the restoration of heritage houses. This series continues to be popularly rerun on ABC and available on Netflix. Sibella was also one of Australia’s top ten interior designers invited to participate in the 2018 Rigg Design Prize.

As Sibella’s homeware & hardware empire expands, she has added to her repertoire and partnered with leading manufacturers to design & produce ranges of paint, wallpaper & textiles, tiles, outdoor furniture and upholstered furniture. This all encompassing curation of interior products seeks to inspire & excite, catering to both the DIY home market and the design trade industry.

Sibella Court is never happy to sit still, always on the move gaining fresh ideas and experiences. The calling of places unknown is never far from her and she seeks out adventure wherever she can find it, which in turn inspires her unparalleled approach to design. She claims to be part Gypsy, part Pirate, a theory yet to be disproved.

The Society Inc Guideshop

The foundations of Sibella's inimitable style can be found at her store The Society Inc; a rambling warehouse and imaginarium that plays host to her product collections. Decorative hardware, homewares, vintage furniture & curiosities either designed & produced by Sibella or sourced from around the world can be found in our Sydney one-stop shop for interior inspiration. A sensory experience, forever changing & never finished, full of magic & fantasy that feels as though being in the pages of one of her books.

The Society Inc Trade

We love to work with like-minded interior designers, architects and other professionals who are interested in using our products for their interiors projects. Visit our Trade page to learn more about applying for a trade account.

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