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The surprising Henry Deane, Sydney

When the progressive and talented Australian designer and all-round creative entrepreneur, Sibella Court, and her team at The Society Inc. are brought on to dream up and then roll out an interiors project, you know the result is going to be something special.

Let me introduce you to Henry Deane – the ‘crown jewel’ of Sydney’s Hotel Palisade. This Sydney cocktail lounge spills across the fourth and fifth floor of the 1800s building, which used to be a low-end, wharfies hang out. The name itself comes from the late engineer, Henry Deane Walsh, who the Sydney Harbour Trust commissioned to build a hotel on top of the Millers Point pub. Now reimagined, the new Henry Deane bar is a far cry from its grungy roots.

The interior is distinctly 1920s Hollywood glamour – with a warm and feminine palette of dusty pink and grey. But don’t let the softness fool you – there is lots of attitude and rawness in the space too. Architect Alex Popov reconstructed the rooftop and made the stunning  360-degree views of Sydney’s The Rocks, the CBD, Barangaroo, and the Harbour, the hero.

Then, The Society Co ensured all the finer details were considered, in a framework of their “take on present day Australia.”

Every surface is hand touched, from the hand printed marble wallpaper, salvaged wooden doors, bespoke curved leather banquette and Australian contemporary artworks by celebrated artists.

In the words of Sibella:

Whereas Level 4 is inky & rich as you ascend the steel clad staircase , you reach the top of the world – all airy, bright & magical. Floaty hand dipped curtains blow in the breeze, as waiters glide around pink leather sofas & handprinted leather DJ box with cocktails & oysters. We built a  curved glass panelled kitchen that meets the porcelain & leather fronted bar that flanks the Southern wall.

The salvaged hardwood floor is a nod to the areas industrial past lit by custom brass cap shades. Everything in this space is custom-made & handtouched by many talented artists, makers, painters, tinkerers, drapers, creatives, builders, smiths, signwriters, wrights, potters, tanners, glaziers, electricians & pickers who I coerced , wrangled & talked into making things in record time.

Immerse yourself below – and then book in a drink ASAP… I’ll join you!

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