Words Laura Bannister
Photography Chloe Paul
A crowd of contributors and friends—including one of our cover models, Vince O’Malley—gathered at Paddington’s Comber Street Studios in Sydney last night to launch Museum’s latest edition. Presented in collaboration with the Swiss house BALLY, the festivities saw one room take on the guise of a cardboard box warehouse (as homage to the issue’s ‘Factory’ theme), filled with hundreds of screen-printed boxes and hand-laid floor tiles emblazoned with playing card spades—an icon of Bally’s Fall collection.
Lured by tracks from Luen, who was dressed head-to-toe in BALLY—along with other VIPs—guests moved to the second room, where the DJ played all night behind a box-lined white booth. In the same space, a projector looped spliced-up documentaries of English factories, plucked from the archives of British Pathe TV. On screen, workers made cars and candles and humbug sweets, interrupted only by clips of Charlie Chaplin on an assembly line from the ’36 film Modern Times.
Between champagnes, guests dined on a bite-sized menu, including seared scallops with celeriac and hazelnut, wild mushroom and truffle tarts, soft-boiled quails eggs nestled in a bed of rye soil, and prosciutto on gnocchi frito with pesto ricotta and rich balsamic figs. It was all served by waiters that were dressed in custom factory garb: coveralls with MUSEUM embroidered above the pockets.
When it was all over, every attendee took two magazines home: the latest issue of BALLY Journal, and one of Museum‘s Issue 7 soft covers. By all reports, there were several after-parties in a spattering of nearby bars.