An elemental facelift for one of Sydney?s iconic bars
November 16th, 2007
After a month long surgery, the shimmering new look for BLUE Sydney hotel’s Water Bar has been unveiled.
Inspired by the harbour setting on the Woolloomooloo Finger Wharf, designer Cate Young has mirrored the spill of moonlight on the water with a darkly luminous interior palette enriched by glistening Swarovski crystal curtains. The theme is continued with an abundance of piano-black lacquered surfaces, silvery velvet upholstery and black mirror.
Perforated screens by bernabeifreeman (this year’s Bombay Sapphire award winners) allow pricks of light to penetrate between alcoves, echoing the shafts of light that filter through sections of the ceiling. Young’s placement of furniture complements the space, with stainless steel blocks by korban/flaubert and highly sculptural banquettes by Schamburg + Alvisse demarcating zones in the open plan space.
The Water Bar has a reputation to uphold, having been previously named ‘One of the top 10 bars in the world’ by Condé Nast Traveler in 2003, and ‘one of the top 5 bars in the world’ by Wallpaper magazine in 2004.
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