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QT Sydney Brought to Life through Clever Collaboration

Posted on: 31 August 2012

Collaboration of talent has seen the new QT Sydney become the most hotly anticipated new hotel opening in Sydney in decades. The people behind the new designer hotel have rich and varied talent across a number of design, art, culinary and hospitality disciplines all working together to create a yet-to-be-seen hotel experience in Australia.

QT Sydney was born from a small series of big ideas and fine-tuned by a talented pool of passionate creatives. With a commitment to lifestyle, art, fashion and design the hotel has re-invigorated two heritage buildings through cutting edge art mediums, bespoke design and bold architecture.

The QT collaborators have been brought together by managing director, David Seargeant whose 30 years of passion and devotion to design hotels has led to a carefully selected team of talent.

Nic Graham, the public space designer for the hotel, has worked with a small team out of his Sydney studio, combining the disciplines of architecture, interiors, furniture design and product design to create a visually intriguing space on entry to the hotel.

With over 20 years experience in architecture and design, Shelley Indyk is renowned for her passion for revitalising modern urban spaces. She has adopted a warm palette of rich reds and oranges in the guest rooms and suites which are highlighted by hues of yellow, bringing QT’s trademark eccentricity to each of the 200 rooms.

With Graham’s attention to detail and Indyk’s post-modernism designs, the pair have delivered a lively and energetic surrounding inside the famed department store, Gowings and the majestic State Theatre.

Anna Roberts has sourced unique elements and artefacts to be showcased in the guest rooms to complement the hotel’s quirky aesthetic while costume designer, Janet Hine has been commissioned to design the quasi-couture staff attire to bring a sense of bravado and confidence while working.

In the kitchen, one of Australia’s most highly respected restaurateurs, Robert Marchetti will take classic dishes to a new level by using free range and organic meats, line-caught sustainable seafood and an unpretentious approach to European style dining. Marchetti has been appointed Creative Food Director for Gowings Bar & Grill, café / aperitivo bar Parlour Lane Roasters.

Teaming up with Marchetti is new QT Sydney Executive Chef and former executive chef of Rockpool Bar and Grill Melbourne, Paul Easson, who takes charge of the kitchen brigade. Wine industry stalwart, Ian Cook has hand selected a small batch, limited release wine list of Australian and international wines creating a punchy wine list set to impress.

QT Sydney Spa Consultant, Naomi Gregory offers a fresh modern twist for spa-goers at the new spaQ, adding something contemporary, bespoke and refreshing to the city’s spa scene.

Michiel Waaijer of Alchemy Asia has captured the QT experience in the online realm with a sensual, voyeuristic interface for the website, Waaijer’s work on qtsydney.com.au continues on from his work on other QT sites. He has worked with Melbourne based branding and identity star, Fabio Ongarato who has engaged the branding on both an emotional and intellectual level.

Like the hotel itself, Ongarato has delivered a highly visual, collage of dynamic images incorporating key creative themes of Art Deco, Innuendo, Surrealism, Voyeurism, Opulence, Noir and Intrigue. He has also worked on developing wall installations on guest floors to mimic the window displays of the original tenants of the buildings.

QT Sydney is set to raise the bar higher in Australian accommodation than ever seen before. It has been the people behind the making of QT Sydney that have helped drive home its unique standpoint.

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