KWD on Location: The Intercontinental Double Bay, Restored Excellence

Located in Double Bay Sydney, the InterContinental brings the former Ritz Carlton site back to life. After being closed down several years ago, developers were eager to knock the place down, yet as many feared the existing building would be converted into apartments, their plans were consistently rejected by the local council. That is until Peter Wilding, the managing director of Royal Hotels Australia, set his eyes on the site and grabbed the chance to restore the hotel to its former glory. Classic-Guest-Room In order to make his vision come to life, Wilding worked with Bates Smart Architects to conserve the hotel’s iconic features such as the original Italian white marble and grey green marble fireplaces, whilst incorporating modern design for a new take on the beautiful old site. InterContinental-Sydney-Double-Bay-5 The Stillery houses a seven-metre-long marble and leather-clad bar with a collection of gins from locally crafted spirits to rare imported bottles. intercontinental-sydney-double-bay-stillery The rooftop pool, lounge and bar with its private cabanas and harbour views also offers outdoor dining. Rooftop-Bar-resize The hotel has just one restaurant, Stockroom, with two dining spaces – a spaciously smart-casual dining area and a European pantry-style internal room, featuring bar stools at marble-topped chef’s tables. KWD endorses all of the finishes in this stunning restoration, from the heavily patterned carpet, dark European Oak timber flooring, monochrome mosaics, substantial use of marble, and exquisite fabrics.  KWD has many of these finishes available for your own project, whether that be a commercial building, or residential home. Stockroom-and-Pantry-InterContinental-Sydney-Double-Bay

 If you would like to discuss your own project with us please call

Kate Walker at KWD on 0422 425 523.


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At KWD we look at a project holistically. The sum of all the parts make the whole story work, and it’s this unique approach that sets us apart. The KWD experience provides a streamlined process. We specify, source and supply all hard finishes as well as carpets, rugs, custom furniture and soft furnishings, and manage the procurement, warehousing, freight and quality so every project is worry free. We work closely with interior designers, architects, developers and home-owners, selecting the ideal flooring, designing the perfect joinery and choosing the right paint colours for a wide range of design aesthetics. From finding the perfect paving stones and pool tiles to offering landscaping advice, KWD manages the whole design process. One contact, one invoice and staged deliveries ensure peace of mind. KWD's extensive global network of manufacturers, importers, agents and local wholesalers ensures the selected products are always available. Key supply partners are chosen for their ability to fulfil each project requirement, while our contract negotiation skills will always provide the most outstanding pricing. We often engage architects, draftsmen, lighting designers and builders to complete the design process. We embrace a consultative approach and develop lasting relationships with each and every client. It’s what the KWD team knows and loves. “Design is not a thing we do. It’s our way of life.” Kate Walker

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