Built in 1929, Hotel Rose Bay has been a popular venue in Sydney for 90 years. After closing for a much-needed refresh, the hotel reopened in March 2019 with new décor and atmosphere. Richards Stanisich Interiors embraced the heritage of the building and introduced a sophisticated material palette, including Pelle Leathers, while still ensuring it retained the spirit of a pub.
Richards Stanisich preserved the façade but doubled the size of the interior space with larger dining areas and a double-sided bar that can accommodate increased seating. More windows improve the natural light and views of the harbourside. Uplighting draws attention to texture and details and removable rattan ceiling panels absorb noise. The material palette harks back to the hotel’s origin with art deco-era finishes such as terrazzo tiles, rose-gold accents, emerald granite bar tops, solid timber and luxurious leather.
Banquette seating in the new 70-person dining room is upholstered in Ascona – a pure Italian aniline leather that can withstand the demands of a hospitality environment. The leather has been vacuum dried to give a smooth surface, its contemporary appearance is enhanced with age and wear as it patinas over time.
Ascona, colour Caribou on the banquette seating is a warm, neutral colour that complements the natural beauty of the timber and terrazzo tables and the timber wall panelling behind.
Richards Stanisich also used Ascona, colour Tapas on the dining chairs and Ascona, colour Pyrenees on the bar stools. Ascona Tapas is a rich dark green shade that has been paired with an emerald-coloured chair frame. Ascona Pyrenees is a subtle mid-brown tone that blends beautifully with the timber of the stools, tables and wood panelling.