One of my all-time favourite things is lighting.
I am more of a lamp & ambient lighting kinda-person,
everyone looks better not under a downlight.
My go-to for all my hospitality spaces is Barn Light Australia .
When we moved into our new warehouse, Barn Light Australia & I designed my own custom fitting, the blue right armed one with hand spun shades and Streamline custom coloured the caged lighting they fit in with my ongoing ‘I was born on a Pirate ship’ story at The Society inc.
As a embracer of LED, this are the best ones yet – edison in LED!!
Walk through a reo bar & steel shop front covered in sign writing & enter another world. An outdoor space that could be a roadside taqueria anywhere in Mexico but it’s indoors in Nolita.
It’s namesake, the combi, sits pride of place in the middle with ‘stalls’ lining the walls selling juices, and showcasing their fresh produce.
Raw concrete floor with folding tables&chairs mill under string lighting – in fact this looks better than in Mexico! Try the house made juices and lime soda pops, but if you are a soft taco fan like me this is the freshest best place to go.
Even open on a a snow day.
267 Elizabeth Street, New York, NY 10012, United States
An imaginarium corner terrace in the heart of leafy Paddington close to Bondi&surrounding beaches, eastern distributor, SCG, city, airport.
A quiet oasis offering the curious pilgrim a treasure trove of curiosities, curated with art, Australia artisan products & furniture and a vast reference library. It consists of a spacious light & leafy master bedroom, dining room for 10, kitchen, courtyard, single/dressing room, annexe & bathroom and the use of a grey Tokyo bike – all lovingly restored & renovated by Sibella Court.
The Society inc terrace is available now for guests, parties, photo shoots & events
Please contact email@example.com
& visit https://www.airbnb.com.au/rooms/4549682 to book your stay.
This morning the lovely team at The Design Files featured our new space.
Photographs by Rachel Kara and words by Amber Creswell Bell
You really can be assured that pretty much anything Sydney stylist and author Sibella Court turns her hand to will be GOLD.
Sibella’s distinctive aesthetic and meticulous eye for detail are on our radar again this month, with the launch her latest venture, The Society Inc. Warehouse – a new retail concept in St Peters, Sydney. This new space is triple the size of her previous store in Paddington, and, inevitably, it’s beautiful. (We commissioned these shots before we even saw the place, because, well, with Sibella, you just know). Our Sydney contributor Amber Creswell Bell gives us the lowdown.
Sibella Court’s at The Society Inc Warehouse. Photo – Rachel Kara for The Design Files.
It’s probable that Sibella Court needs no introduction – she is, after all, an interior stylist of international standing, an author, TV presenter, globetrotter, retailer and lifestyle raconteur. Sydney-based Sibella is a prolific and versatile creative, with a very distinct aesthetic. To describe her work, you need only look as far as her book titles – Nomad, Bowerbird, and Gypsy.
The end of 2014 marked the relocation of Sibella’s beloved homewares store, The Society Inc., from inner Paddington to a new destination address in St Peters, in Sydney’s Inner West. Upsizing from 80m2 to a whopping 300m2 warehouse, the new site has provided an exciting opportunity for Sibella to expand both the retail and design arms of her business. ‘The new housing allows for larger interior possibilities and installations more in tune with my books, and the hospitality interiors that dominate my work’ Sibella explains. ‘I wanted the space to feel as though you’re walking through the pages of one of my books’.
This large, conceptual retail space provides a backdrop for the treasures Sibella sources on her many travels, and celebrates crafters, makers, manufacturers, designers alongside Sibella’s raft of regular collaborators. Where the Paddington store was small and intimate, the new space is now open to interpretation – it will be used for events, workshops, and photo shoots.
Visitors to the reimagined The Society Inc. can expect an evolving display of wares via two container drops per year, sourced from the countries that Sibella has recently explored. Amongst her current favourites in store, Sibella names her ‘Earthbender Anna-Karina’ ceramics, hand-carved forest-foraged faceted gems in wood, coal, stone by Felix Allen, dyed mosquito nets in collaboration with Shibori, and, of course, her very own range of The Society Inc. range of handcrafted and tinkered hardware.
AND if you’re wondering what happened to The Society Inc’s previous lovely old corner terrace in Paddington, fear not! Still part of the ‘house of Sibella’, the old site has now become a pied-a-terre, available for rent through airbnb, as well as for intimate parties, launches and events, set against Sibella’s ever-changing backdrop of treasures.
As usual, 2015 holds much in store for Sibella Court – including the completion of five hospitality venues, collaborative design projects in New York and a new TV show, ‘Restoration Australia’, to air on ABC!
The Society Inc. Warehouse
75 Mary Street
St Peters, NSW
Open Monday to Saturday, 10.00am – 4.00pm.