The Old Clare Hotel, Chippendale, Sydney
Élan designed and appointed all the bedrooms and bathrooms, plus the concierge and public bar of this award-winning boutique hotel comprising two conjoined pre-existing heritage buildings – a pub and brewery administration building.
The entire hotel suite joinery was uniquely scaled and configured to accommodate the individually-sized rooms with their individual quirks and features as dictated by the original structure, whilst complementing the industrial feel and history of the buildings with a contemporary accent. Cabinetry, desks, wardrobes, elongated cushioned bedheads and matching bases, plus bedside units were forged by hand from mixed materials including solid timber edging, hand-stained pine, laminate, steel, neutrally-toned fabrics, veneer and the unusual, yet effective inclusion of floor lining for a subtle sheen to joinery edges.
The weighty concierge reception desk and oval-shaped island service bar on the ground level are framed by seamlessly welded solid steel and enlivened with backlit curved glass panels replicating the tones of the original tile feature walls within the bar in an innovative reimagining of the iconic landmark.