General manager of the Hilton Sydney, Ronald van Weezel, together with new executive chef Kruno Velican and Joseph Pang of Joseph Pang Design Consultants, were all on hand last night at the Hilton Sydney for the launch of its renovated Level 2 conference and event space.

Guests enjoyed cocktails – shaken but not stirred by bar staff from the Hilton’s Marble Bar – while dishes from the newly-adapted and modernised banqueting menu were sampled.

With further renovations occurring throughout the hotel and due for completion by January 9, 2017, Ronald van Weezel, in presenting the vibrantly decorated ballroom and other meeting rooms, talked of 2001, when the hotel was transformed from the original 1960s modernist building into the one we see today.

“But it’s not only about the hardware,” he said.

“It’s about what our guests get on the plate. You cannot always have the same flowers on the table – you need new decorations and tonight we have presented just a few table decoration options. It’s also about AV and light and we are blessed with a very strong connection with Staging Connections.”

Designer Joseph Pang, who worked on the original redesign of the Hilton back in 2001, is also responsible for the ground breaking concepts in the new design: reintroducing 1960s colour and style to the furniture and carpets and bringing Sydney into the hotel.

“It was this that was in my mind and bringing Sydney into the hotel that became the foundation of the refurbishment,” Mr Pang said.

“We put a concept of humanising the space and the use of furniture with interesting form as opposed to the usual conference type furniture. It give a sculptural quality, more user friendly. So we brought back some of the original colour and furniture styles of the original ‘60s hotel.”