Sibella Court is a creative director, interior & product designer, television presenter, author & founder of the The Society inc, a design company, online hardware emporium and purveyor of home goods.
Sibella Court is a creative director, interior & product designer, television presenter, author & the founder of The Society inc, a hardware & home goods emporium and online store.
With 30 years of industry experience, a history degree and knowledge of heritage and traditional crafts, she has become one of Australia’s most sought-after interior designers and tastemakers.
Sibella’s inimitable approach to designing her home goods collection is driven by a desire to make beautiful objects currently unavailable on the market that celebrate honest materials & heritage trades with a consideration for immersive customer experience through history-rich, visual storytelling and a dash of make believe. A contemporary metal maven, her strong interest in technical nutrients, life cycles and sustainable packaging complements her offering of interiors products that seek to not only inspire & delight but leave minimal impact throughout their lifetime.
Her design intention for interior spaces is to create places that are unexampled, have a history of place & people, and leave the visitor with an uplifting joyful spirit. She has applied her skill set to private homes, speakeasy bars, grand art deco pubs, heritage buildings and remote cattle stations across Australia and her recognisable hallmark style can be experienced at Mr Wong, Hotel Palisade, Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel, Bullo River Station and Palmer & Co, amongst many others.
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 Australia. Sibella was also one of Australia’s top ten interior designers invited to participate in the 2018 Rigg Design Prize.
Sibella’s journeys into terrain less trodden began with a one-way ticket to New York in her early twenties, embarking on a path that would see her voyage to all corners of the globe. Camera ever ready, her gypsy spirit permeates into digital spellcasting across social media & blog content as well as contributing regularly to major publications for print and digital. Sibella hosts trips including the 2023 Antiquing in the South of France with french General & 2022 Exploring in Egypt with Prior.
As Sibella’s empire expands, she has added to her offering and partnered with leading manufacturers to design & produce ranges. This all encompassing curation of interior products seeks to inspire & excite, catering to both the DIY home market and the design trade industry.
The Society Inc. is a design studio & retail shop based in Sydney, Australia.
The Society inc was founded 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.
The foundations of Sibella's inimitable style can be found at her guideshop 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 guideshop 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.
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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