Interior Design: owners
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Located on the 1889 former Sydney Waterworks, The Winery is the latest venture for the fast-growing Keystone Hospitality group, headed by Fraser Short and John Duncan, and the brainchild of Paul Schulte, the licensee and co-owner behind the successful Gazebo Wine Garden in Elizabeth Bay.
Accessible via a cobbled path in Surry Hills, The Winery mixes quirky-modern and classic-chic sensibilities to great effect, complete with a chandelier of antelope heads and French chairs from the early 20th century. It is home to an eclectic array of furniture and a private dining room with an Elvis theme. There are upside down 80s desk lamps on the ceiling, customised curved booths, fluffy gold cushions and wheatgrass on the mirrored bar in the Graceland private dining room.
Architects Humphrey & Edwards kept the sense of history with recycled timbers, exposed brickwork, pulleys and steel girders.
The interior design is a collaboration between the three owners. This is no surprise seeing that Duncan was formerly a builder, Short was formerly an interior designer and Schulte an interiors stylist. Inspiration came from a trip to the Lan Club in Beijing with Schulte sourcing many items from auctions and customising the rest.