Do you find that sometimes you come across an article or image in a magazine, and without thinking, realise that it really resonates with you? I remember vividly the article in Inside Out which featured Australian stylist Sibella Court's amazing Manhattan loft apartment. This amazing space was filled (to the brim) with very personal, eclectic collections, and all curated with an eye for such detail. In Sibella's own words, 'it's like a museum, without the do not touch signs'. Here was a girl who had an original, vintage bus scroll on the wall, not because it was trendy (how I hate that word), but because it was her school bus route. That magazine article was tucked away in my subconscious until I came across Sibella's beautiful book etcetera etc at the end of last year. I 'recognised' some of the collections and imagery immediately. I am not a crazed stalker, but, my trip to Sydney last month meant that I at last had the chance to visit Sibella's new store The Society Inc, which is situated in an old corner shop in Paddington. Just one of her 'day jobs' - stylist, interiors editor of Grazia magazine, author and paint ambassador for Murobond, The Society Inc is a fabulously eclectic store which showcases Sibella's collections with a stylist's eye for detail. Every thing in the store is curated around a theme, and every 3 months this theme changes, and so too does everything in the store. At the heart of each theme is a 10 colour palette, and accompanying paint range, designed by Sibella. The current theme - Tender is the Night reflects old-fashioned gardens with nasturtiums and geraniums, butterflies and the background hum of cicadas. Everything instore is curated around this lovely rich colour palette. An apparently haphazard mix of vintage & new, hand made and mass made, actually all very carefully & beautifully placed together. The sort of store where something must come home with you.
Sibella's book is available exclusively in the US at anthropologie, and excitingly, she is launching it in the UK this week at the opening of the new anthropologie store in Kings Rd. She will even sign it for you - 2.30pm on Thursday 18th.Pin It