Category Archives: Fab Things

18Jun

Paul Ryan

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Paint slapped onto canvases, thick and textural. Waves crashing into the sky, fierce and raging. It is this very feeling that drew us to New Zealand born artist, Paul Ryan. And it is his healthy dose of tongue in cheek that made us stay. His paintings are so tactile, you want to reach out and touch them. He brings art back to the craft and the refinement of a skill. We want to live inside one of his paintings, next to the lieutenants, the cowboys and the traders and amongst the sea light and Norfolk pines.

1Jun

The Coveteur

SIBELLA COURT

INTERIOR STYLIST; AUTHOR; CREATIVE DIRECTOR; FOUNDER OF THE SOCIETY INC. SYDNEY

We’re in the midst of Marie Kondo-ing. And, yeah, we know we’re as mentally and physically exhausted by the whole declutter pressure as you are. We mean, we do believe in loungewear and saving buttons. And we like presents. But cleanse we must, because clutter = a scattered mind and sadness. And your family hates you. (That’s how it goes, right?)

But then we walked into Sibella Court’s Sydney studio and all of our clutter-free fantasies went right out the metaphorical window. Forget sparse, empty spaces—Court’s veritable menagerie of collectibles is totally our new interior dream. Then again, she’s a pro (somehow our random assemblage of old invitations and random tchotchkes doesn’t quite have the same aesthetic appeal). And by pro, we mean she travels the world sourcing endless interior inspiration before bringing it all back to Sydney to arrange in perfect clutter-wonderful (think about that, Kondo!) vignettes. We guess it’s not the worst gig in the world.

And Court, who lived in New York for years before moving back home to Australia to launch The Society, her studio-cum-shop where you can peruse her curated eccentricities (if you’re in Sydney, go now), has a wardrobe as artfully bohemian as her interior style would suggest. Let’s just say that by the time we got over the space itself, we took our sweet time with her closet, going through fur and fringe collars, needle-like Saint Laurent heels and APC, Barbara Bui and Dries Van Noten separates like you wouldn’t believe—each and every piece in her signature off-white creamy beige, that’s so not beigey beige (if you know what we mean). This is a woman who knows her aesthetic. And frankly, we want in.

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Jacket, APC; Hat, Akubra; Shoes, Rag & Bone

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“[My career] was really written in the stars and it happened over 20 years ago. I had an incredible knowledge of Sydney’s backstreets, a love of all the plants and flowers in the world and a deep understanding of serious shopping. After many years of styling I was looking for a place to house all of my wonderful finds and the crafters, makers and creators that I discovered on my travels. The Society Inc. was due to open in New York City but a slight change of route saw it opening in the backstreets of Paddington in Sydney.”

Collar, Sass & Bide

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“I can’t live without my baby and partner, amulets, a hat, iPhone, passport and ticket to ride.”

Jacket, APC; Shoes, Rag & Bone

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“Other than being a master swordswoman in my imagination, the romance of seafaring adventures or that of a swinging wagon through the Carpathian Mountains of Transylvania I cannot resist. I travel the world seeking inspiration that seeps deeply into my interior spaces, product ranges and books.”

Collar, Vintage

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“I always have a top five list for my next [travel] destinations. Seeing trees laden with monarch butterflies as they fly into Big Sur, California, in October; following in the footsteps of Gertrude Bell and riding into Petra on horseback; catching a felucca down the Nile; or travelling to Middle Atlas searching out hand loomed rugs are all high on my list.”

Shoes, Yves Saint Laurent

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Jacket, APC; Hat, Akubra; Shoes, Rag & Bone

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“[The three things every woman should have in her home are] lamps, lots of blankets (I have blankets from all over the world and each has its own story) and lots of fresh cut flowers.”

Shoes, Christian Louboutin

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“I’m doing exactly what I want to be doing and living where I want to be living. I travel all the time!”

Jacket, APC; Hat, Akubra; Shoes, Rag & Bone

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“[Pieces with] white, caramel and cream, always with detailing [are part of my daily uniform]. I never leave home without my amulets.”

L to R. Shirts, Vintage, Dries van Noten; Bag, Henry Beguelin

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“[My favourite meal] depends on the day. I do like roast chicken and dim sum for dumplings.”

Jacket, APC

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“[My guilty pleasure is] peppermint chocolate-chip gelato from Messina and Caramello Koalas.”

Jumpsuit, Billy Reid

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“I love the beach. Maybe I was related to the merpeople at some point because I definitely feel the pull of the sea. So living in Sydney, for me, that’s what its all about. But I have three homes: Byron Bay, Sydney and New York City.”

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“Working with amazing talent for my collaboration with Mctavish [was one of my favorite projects]. Drawing on my friendships and admiration of textile designers including Shibori, Quercus & Co, Bethany Linz, Bonnie and Neil, as well as our own designs. To work with master craftsmen from shaping to glassing with the McTavish brand was so special. That’s also where I met Ben, my partner in life. I love where collaboration can take you, when two creative forces are joined together, whether working with Anthropologie or a local small design company.”

Sunglasses, Ray Ban

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“My skincare routine is pretty basic. I use rosehip oil and Clarisonic cleansing brush and monthly facials by Jocelyn Petroni. I try my best to listen to my guided meditation mindfulness app everyday, but I am still learning!”

Shoes, Country Road

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Jumpsuit, Billy Reid

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Jumpsuit, Billy Reid

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“[My first fashion splurge] was definitely a pair of shoes. I bought these Patrick Cox knee-high silk shoes with Chinese dragons embroidered up the sides and I danced the night away, so it was worth it.”

Jacket, Barbara Bui

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Jumpsuit, Billy Reid

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“It appears that from every destination I pick up a local spoon and sea-tossed stones. I like to conjure up the romance of travel and my desire to take little mementos from each place is too strong to deny.”

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“The show [I’ll be presenting on] is called Restoration Australia on ABC. It follows the story of seven heritage houses around Australia laden with history. We meet the owners, research the history, hear the many stories, find and discover traditional old trades and their application into the restoration of these houses. It’s about saving beautiful old homes and restoring them with love and consideration. It’s estimated to air August 2015.”

All, Carla Zampatti

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Jumpsuit, Billy Reid

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“Luggage plays a huge part for me because it makes me feel like I’m going on an adventure. I always carry my Filson leather strapped canvas bag. I am a product of my surroundings and the culture I am in, and my clothing and travel essentials reflect this (always in my palette of caramel, cream and white). While in Syria it was about respecting the culture, so I donned drawstring pants with a caramel and white embroidered tunic and a linen scarf. I travel with things of my own like my cashmere throw, which doubles as a blanket or a shawl on a cool desert night.”

Jacket, APC; Shoes, TODS; Hat, Akubra

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“[My best life advice is] if it’s too hard, move on. Eat your greens. Keep the spring in your step.”

Bag, Swarm

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Jumpsuit, Billy Reid

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Dress, Carla Zampatti

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Dress, Carla Zampatti 

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“I bought this bikini at a fabulous shop at the Sunset Hotel on Shelter Island when I realised I’d forgotten my bikini!”

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“Rose hip oil is a cure for all. I use YSL foundation and bronzer, and that’s it for me.”

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Dress, Carla Zampatti

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Dress, Carla Zampatti

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“I don’t wear high heels as much as I used to [since becoming a mother], but other than that [my style] is the same. My handbag got a little bit bigger, too, to fit the essentials: bottle, toys, spare nappies. This is Christopher Fischer cashmere scarf also becomes a wrap, blanket or throw, great for being a mom!”

Scarf, Christopher Fischer

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Dress, Carla Zampatti

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“Everyday is a career highlight for me. I have crafted my own job description where I get to do everything I love and want to do.”

Dress, Carla Zampatti

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“[The three things every woman should have in her closet are] dress-up clothes and masks, safari outfits and hats, hats, hats, for days!”

Jumpsuit, Billy Reid

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“I don’t design my own home. I pick up things I love during my travels. All the things that tell my story become a 3-D lifeline in my space.”

Top, Vintage; Shoes, Country Road

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“[My perfect day in Sydney] is at the beach, swimming and walking the foreshore.”

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Bracelet, Céline

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Dress, Carla Zampatti

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Dress, Carla Zampatti

22May

The Beach People

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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.

THE BEACH PEOPLE

22May

The Pirate & the Matador Opening Night

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Step aboard me hearties, adventures wait on hand

But once you tread the creaking decks no more you’ll walk on land

Guests were greeted with ice-cold Mount Gay rum and ginger beer when they came aboard master shipwright, Elise Cameron-Smith’s floating flotilla on Wednesday night. Everyone huddled around custom wooden sheds by carpenter Felix Allen, & with the Rolling Stones blaring toes were tapping and smiles were aplenty.

Each of Elise’s miniature sailing boats is searching for a new port to call her own. A shanty tale tells the story behind each of the boat’s bespoke names like Aurora, Wild Horse, and of course The Pirate, and The Matador.

Join Elise this Saturday for her Miniature Boat Building Workshop in our warehouse. You will be provided with all you need to craft a mini sailboat of your own. All you need to bring are your own scissors, some treasures and nick knacks to decorate your boat & don’t forget to have a name in mind for her. Elise will be toiling away for chatting & to show her wares from 11am.

Join the fleet. If you want to buy a boat come and visit us at the warehouse, or take a look at our website. All of the boats are available online as well. Book your tickets for the workshop here.

Sibella x

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14May

The Society inc. closed Monday

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We’re doing a reshuffle at The Society inc. and will be shutting our barn doors on Monday 18th May.

Come and check out our fabulous new fit out inspired by the fishing net sheds of Hastings when we reopen.

For after hours on Wednesday come along to the Pirate and the Matador.

13May

The Pirate & The Matador

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The Pirate and The Matador

The Pirate and The Matador ruled the oceans worlds apart
The Caribbean and The Spanish Maine salt in their veins and heart
Ruled with musket and cutlas, upon the open seas
Feared all over the salty world, treasures waiting for you, for me
Now they’re down in the Southern Ocean, searching far and wide
Seeking out a dominance, nowhere to run or hide
So step aboard me hearties, adventures wait on hand
But once you tread the creaking decks, no more you’ll walk on land

Join shipwright, Elise Cameron-Smith for a very special exhibition of her fleet of mini ships at The Society Inc. The opening launch is on Wednesday, the 20th of May at 6-8pm. All are welcome to come along, be consumed in her world of small seafaring quests and join our little flotilla.

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Sailboat Workshop

If you have dreams of tinkering on a wooden boat but just can’t fathom it, start small and finish a miniature boat in an afternoon’s work. Become a matador, a pirate, a buccaneer and ride the wind and tides of your own creation.

The Society Inc. is hosting a very special workshop with master shipwright, Elise Cameron-Smith, in handcrafting your own miniature sailing boat. You will be provided with all you need to build the frame of your sailboat, but come with a name in mind for her. Bring your own collection of small curiosities and treasures, from feathers to sea glass or shells, to adorn your boat while she is becalmed. Be bold, fly the skysails and join the fleet. And don’t forget to bring your own scissors.

All Ages Welcome
Tickets $65
BUY TICKETS HERE

Saturday 23rd May 12, 2015
2-3.30pm

The Society inc. Warehouse
3.02 – 75 Mary Street
St Peters NSW 2044