We chat to the designers behind our lush new pop-up oasis in the middle of the Sydney CBD, Hyde Park Palms.
Hyde Park Palms will return for Sydney Good Food Month in 2018. This article was originally published in August 2017.
For Good Food Month this year we’ve gone beyond the norm to create a truly special space in the middle of Hyde Park, Hyde Park Palms. This pop-up activation will not only act as a hub for our programme of exceptional talent, but as a bar, restaurant and party station. It’ll be a crash pad to relax and chill out in between events, as well as a place for brunches, lunches and stirring conversation. Inside we’re hosting dinner and a panel discussion with the one and only Marco Pierre White, a pop-up restaurant by Duncan Welgemoed of Africola, dance classes with Retrosweat, a Cali-Mexican bash with Mitch Orr and Dan Hong plus much, much more.
Caroline Beresford Design, led by Caroline herself along with interior designer Patricia Inatey, was tasked with bringing this project to life. “It was clear Hyde Park Palms needed to be something that was really outside the box, something that’s never been done before,” says Beresford. “It needed to be a VIP activation, memorable and a real destination.” For inspiration, Beresford and Inatey were drawn to the Californian city of Palm Springs, an oasis in the middle of the desert, which was echoed by the big beautiful palms of Hyde Park itself, right next to where the pop-up will sit. “The ‘cool crowd’ in the States all go to Palm Springs to escape the hustle and bustle,” she says. “That’s what we see the space offering to Sydney’s city office workers and visitors too.”
Vintage furniture, by Vampt
The pop-up’s design will be glamorous and crisp with clean whites, bold colours and lots of contrasts. White breeze-blocks will line the exterior walls, while colourful tiered umbrellas, vinyl banana lounges and plenty of greenery will dot the front deck and inside area. The team has sourced some fabulous mid-century style furniture pieces including vintage lighting and Parker-style sideboards as well as a big shaggy carpet in the bar. “We’re injecting some personality through lived-in elements,” says Inatey. “Vintage pieces and things that have a bit of a story, not stock-standard furniture.”
Artwork by Marnie Gilder
“We’re trying to create a house-party vibe,” adds Beresford. “We want it to feel as though you’re stepping into someone’s home. We want it to feel really lived in.” Inside you’ll find a moody lounge space with eye-catching wall panels in shades of browns, blues and greens, which will act as an spot where people can go after their meal or event for a drink and a chat.
“Palm Springs has stopped in time a little bit,” says Beresford. “You go there and it transports you to another place and time. Everyone wants to escape the mundane day-to-day life at the moment. You want to wear crazy sunnies and drive in a convertible. We want to give people that feeling.” Buckle up.