Icon - Arrow LeftAn icon we use to indicate a rightwards action. Icon - Arrow RightAn icon we use to indicate a leftwards action. Icon - External LinkAn icon we use to indicate a button link is external. Icon - MessageThe icon we use to represent an email action. Icon - Down ChevronUsed to indicate a dropdown. Icon - CloseUsed to indicate a close action. Icon - Dropdown ArrowUsed to indicate a dropdown. Icon - Location PinUsed to showcase a location on a map. Icon - Zoom OutUsed to indicate a zoom out action on a map. Icon - Zoom InUsed to indicate a zoom in action on a map. Icon - SearchUsed to indicate a search action. Icon - EmailUsed to indicate an emai action. Icon - FacebookFacebooks brand mark for use in social sharing icons. Icon - InstagramInstagrams brand mark for use in social sharing icons. Icon - PinterestPinterests brand mark for use in social sharing icons. Icon - TwitterTwitters brand mark for use in social sharing icons. Icon - Check MarkA check mark for checkbox buttons.
You are reading

Paradise Found: A Library Where They Serve Cocktails

Search

Paradise Found: A Library Where They Serve Cocktails

Julie Carlson January 23, 2013

Confession: In elementary school, I was a library aide, which meant I got to skip early morning recess and help our librarian shelve books. Maybe that's why I'm attracted to the interiors of The Old Library in Australia. A library where they serve cocktails? We're there.

Located in Cronulla, a suburb of Sydney, the Old Library building dates from 1908 (it was a Methodist church that was later converted into a library). Owner Mario Kalpou worked with design firm Hecker Guthrie to create a lofty, white-painted vaulted space with fireplace alcoves, industrial lighting, and luxe linen lounge seating. Stylist Sibella Court sourced animal heads by London artist Lucie McCann, rugs by Armadillo, and commissioned library wall murals by Sydney-based Hugh Ford. It all adds up to a bookworm's paradise.

Photographs by Shannon McGrath.

Above: A 1908 library insignia stenciled over the wood-burning stove.

Above: Communal tables anchor the dining room; a bookshelf mural adorns a wall (see 10 Favorites: Bookshelf-Printed Wallpaper for more ideas).

Above: Bookshelf wall murals by Hugh Ford and an animal head by London artist Lucie McCann.

Above: White Billiani Aloe chairs add a modern note to the interiors.

Above: Natural oak tables and benches add a rustic note.

Above: Linen curtains add a note of intimacy.

Above: A tiled bath with a German utility sink and copper piping.

Product Summary  

Billiani

Aloe Stool

More Info from Table & Chair

Have a Question or Comment About This Post?

Join the conversation

From our Partners