Prototype’s high skill upholstery work in over 140 pieces of furniture was revealed on Friday (Oct 31), as the five-year restoration of the Blue Mountains iconic Hydro Majestic Hotel was unveiled.
Prototype’s Managing Director, Dan Morahan, said Interior designer Peter Reeve’s design brief was to embrace the history of the hotel and reinvigorate the life back into the furniture from a bygone era.
“Our objective was to uncover the original identity of the furniture. By using bright and luxurious fabrics to reupholster the furniture we were able to capture the spirit in which it was originally created,” he said.
The project consisted of reupholstering conference chairs, arm chairs, dining chairs and large sofa’s and supplying new metal outdoor furniture with custom seat pads.
Recreating the glamour of the Art Nuevo era demanded an exceptional level of skill, according to Morahan.
“In addition to upholstering the furniture, intricate piping, button detail, re-staining and French polishing of the timber components was also required,” he said.
Given the age of the furniture, some restoration was done on the Hydro Majestic premises with Prototype’s mobile refurbishing services to ensure no further damage occurred in transit, with the rest being completed in their Murrarie factory in Queensland.
Tomorrow, another iconic New South Wales hotel, InterContinental Sydney Double Bay, formerly the Ritz Carlton Double Bay, will open its doors following an extensive restoration with Prototype supplying the furniture for this project as well.