Walking into the 10 million dollar fit-out at Cloudland tonight to attend a VIPs-only function, everyone seemed like a star. Glittering clutches, brightly coloured lips, well-honed hair, trendy dresses, bling jewellery… you get the picture. Fine finger food, wine, beers and cocktails were generously passed around amidst the thousands of plants, wire sculptures, and the oh-so-beautifully sculpted pink marble bar. The function room is on the top floor of Cloudland, where one could sip champagne beneath gleaming geometric brass plates hanging off the soffit, lean on the sculptural pink and white marbly counter and look through brass rails and operable timber framed windows. The view down through the entire 3 storey space with its retractable glass roof, water wall, curvaceous folded steel stairway, green and timber feature walls, with dozens of entwining enchanting wire sculptures, was both a conversation starter as well as a conversation stopper. I felt like a starlet for this one night – carried away to an imaginary world, transported by this sensory assault of a series of richly decorated spaces.
For the rest of you who aren’t lucky enough to be in Brisbane to enjoy the maximalist hospitality of Cloudland, I’ve made you your own red carpet so you too, can have your moment.