CELEBRATING 20 YEARS IN DESIGN

Last week, we celebrated 20 years in design with a cocktail party for 550 guests in our new nau gallery and updated Cult Sydney Showroom. Here, we share more from our night of nights, which saw the industry's best hit the dance floor until the early hours of the morning. 


Established in 1998, this year we proudly celebrate our 20-year anniversary. As part of these celebrations, we renovated our flagship Sydney Showroom - where Cult was founded 20 years ago - to make room for eight new brands, and opened a new nau gallery to showcase our collection of Australian furniture nau. We also produced a special ICONS OF DESIGN book; a box set containing a 20-page look book and gift cards that showcase the timeless elegance and understated luxury of the brands within the Cult collection - styled by Heather Nette King and photographed by Mike Baker.

 

To raise a toast to all of this news, last week we hosted a cocktail party in our new showroom spaces. With over 550 guests - from the industry's top creatives, including interior designers, architects, stylists, photographers, writers and artists, to special international guests from our leading brands - the who's who in the Australian design scene descended on Chippendale to celebrate with us. 

 

The concept for the Cult 20 Years cocktail party was inspired by the graphics developed by Design by Toko for our ICONS OF DESIGN book. The main event space, in the new nau gallery, featured a colourful poster wall with graphics of our favourite design icons. In addition, each branded area was signposted with a colourful flag representing one of the unique icons from each brand collection. 

 

Guests enjoyed a tasty selection of Australian drinks, including natural wines from Handpicked Wines, local brew Little Creatures beer and CAPI sodas, along with spirits from Adelaide Hills Distillery made with native ingredients like green ants for our Native Negroni and Lemon Myrtle Spritz cocktails. DJ about town and FBi presenter Adi Toohey was on the decks, playing an ambient mix of jazzy house, boogie disco and subterranean club music.

 

Throughout the night, guests were encouraged to explore the updated showroom, which now features branded shop-in-shop areas for all 35+ brands in the Cult collection. Jardine Hansen created beautiful flower displays throughout the showroom, using wild and wonderful natives, rare orchids and fragant greenery. See more of the updated showroom here and new nau gallery here

 

As a special gift, guests received a first-release copy of the ICONS OF DESIGN book; a 20-page look book and card set to celebrate the icons in our collection for our 20-year anniversary. Read more about this book here

 

Thank you to the Cult 20 Years Event Partners: Adelaide Hills Distillery, Handpicked Wines, CAPI, MUD and Design by Toko. Our lovely friends at Handpicked Wines offer a complimentary wine to our Cult subscribers, see more here


 

Guests arriving at the Cult 20 Years event.

The concept for the Cult 20 Years event was inspired by the graphics developed by Design by Toko for Cult's ICONS OF DESIGN book. The main event space, in the new nau gallery, featured a colourful poster wall with all graphics of our favourite design icons. In addition, each branded area was signposted with a colourful flag representing one of the unique icons from each brand collection. 

Bar set up complete with natural Australian wines from Handpicked Wines, local brew Little Creatures beer and CAPI sodas, along with spirits from Adelaide Hills Distillery made with native ingredients like green ants for our Native Negroni and Lemon Myrtle Spritz cocktails. 

Guests received a first release copy of the ICONS OF DESIGN book; a 20-page look book and card set to celebrate the icons in our collection for our 20-year anniversary. 

GUESTS | Adam Goodrum (creative director, nau) and Richard Munao (founder and director, Cult). 

GUESTS | Erin Depledge, Thea Roberts-Thomson, Jessica Strutt, Grace Lee (Arent & Pyke).

GUESTS | Mika Utzon-Popov (Artist & Designer). 

GUESTS | Heather Nette King and Mike Baker - the creative team behind our ICONS OF DESIGN book.

GUESTS | Annalouise Spence and Judith Neilson.

GUESTS | Garry Suisted, Katie Kelso and James Pryor (Cult).

GUESTS | Dana Tomic-Hughes (Yellowtrace) and Alicia Sciberras.

GUESTS | Jason Grant (Stylist & Author). 

GUESTS | Harry Roberts and Lucy Mccabe (Belle magazine).

GUESTS | Felicity Ng and Yasmine Ghoniem (Amber Road).

GUESTS | Verena Becker (Brand Manager, Cappellini) and Rosie Williams (Cult).

DRINKS | Guests enjoyed Native Negronis, made with Australian Sweet Vermouth, 78 Degrees Gin and 'The Italian' Orange Bitter - all from Adelaide Hills Distillery

MUSIC | DJ about town and FBi presenter Adi Toohey was on the decks, playing an ambient mix of jazzy house, boogie disco and subterranean club music. 

FOOD | Guests enjoyed tasty canapes prepared in the Vipp kitchen, such as Salmon Crudo on Caramelised Soy Cracker (pictured) and Avocado, Pomegranate and Charred Corn on Sesame Crisps.

DRINKS | We partnered with local Chippendale cellar door, Handpicked Wines, to serve up some delicious local natural wines and prosecco from the new Versions by Handpicked Wines collection. 

GUESTS | Andrew McDonald (Indesign), Holly Cuneen (Habitus) and Kirsty Seir (Indesign)

GUESTS | Colby Stacey (Febrik), Emma Elizabeth (Local Design) and Richard Munao (Cult). 

GUESTS | A few of our favourite Australian designers, including Kate Stokes, Frag Woodall, Tom Skeehan, Charles Wilson and Nick Karlovasitis. 

EVENT | Guests were encouraged to explore the updated showroom, which now features branded shop-in-shop areas for all 35+ brands in the Cult collection. 

GUESTS | Guests flicking through the nau look book inside the new nau gallery

GUESTS | Karen McCartney and Claire Delmar. 

GUESTS | Gordon and Susan Tait. 

GUESTS | Joseph Gardner (Style Editor, Vogue Living), Neil Hugh Kenna, Fiona Lynch and Natasha Allen (Creative Director, Vogue Living) 

DRINKS | Guests also enjoyed Lemon Myrtle Spritz made with Green Ant Gin from Adelaide Hills Distillery, along with CAPI soda, lemon myrtle and pink peppercorns. 

GUESTS | Joseph Gardener (Style Editor, Vogue Living) with Alicia Sciberras (Stylist) 

GUESTS | Michelle Halford (The Design Chaser), Alexandria Gibson (Cult) and Stephen Minnett (Futurespace)

EVENT | Taking a closer look at the ICONS OF DESIGN book, which also includes a card set with graphics of our favourite design icons. 

GUESTS | Phil Brenton (Artedomus) with Katelin Butler (Houses magazine) 

SPEECH | Cult founder and director, Richard Munao delivering his speech at the Cult 20 Year event

SPEECH | Guests crowding around in the nau gallery to listen to Richard Munao's speech

SPEECH | Guests spilling over into the Cult Showroom to listen to Richard Munao's speech. 

GUESTS | Ellen Simmons, Ally Wilson, Shelby and Michelle Macarounas  (Infinite Design) 

GUESTS | Angela Ferguson and Gavin Harris (Futurespace). 

EVENT | Jardine Hansen created beautiful flower displays throughout the showroom, using wild and wonderful natives, rare orchids and fragant greenery. 

GUESTS | Richard Munao (Cult) with Jack Milenkovic, Lauren Ellis-Black and Lisa Munao. 

GUESTS | Katie Kelso and Calum Haddow enjoying a prosecco in the Zanotta area of the Cult Sydney Showroom. 

Photography by Toby Peet and Fiona Susanto