The Felix Hotel project sits close to Sydney’s domestic and international airports. Here, the classic all-American period that is ‘Mid-Century Modern’ was cleverly reimagined through Kennedy’s unabashed Aussie eye into a refreshingly bold, appropriately streamlined and unapologetically cheeky design that has been widely applauded as a new benchmark in affordable accommodation without compromise in comfort, style and perhaps most importantly, amusement.
All of Felix Hotel’s 150 rooms are accessed via a penthouse level check-in which hovers (all the more glamorously at night) above an adjacent tarmac for private jets. Copper light-fittings, 50’s era built-in laminate furniture and artsy perspex detailing is off-set by a colour pallete of sunset pink, peppermint and powder blue and all, in-turn, overseen with as much irony as one might muster by an over scaled installation of legendary outlaw, Ned Kelly, who pulses from a tri-vison screen as created by local artist, Peter Bainbridge.
“I am enthralled by all the stories…those behind a fabric or furniture maker or an artist, and those from the surrounding area or a building’s past which I then try to weave into the stories I imagine for the interiors”, says Kennedy. “I seek to create spaces that are not only warm and welcoming but spiritually uplifting and exciting”.