Midcentury mansion: London’s Devonshire Club brings old-school character to the City
The City of London tends towards the lacklustre when it comes to trendy culture. But with conspicuous luxurience flowing everywhere, it makes sense that a new members club would be a perfect fit. But the Devonshire Club – opened in June – brings a characteristic midcentury touch to the opulent extravagance.
Overlooked by brutalist walls on Devonshire Square, the club takes over two listed 19th century Regency warehouse buildings. What originally existed as a silk house has been given a £25 million makeover by SUSD, a creative development property consultancy, alongside interior architects March & White, creating all of the furnishings across the 58,000 sq ft space in the process.
Entering into a brasserie room, it is the small design quirks that strike us most. In the midst of tropical Dedar fabrics in the inviting winter garden, and a mystical bespoke Seguso Murano glass chandelier in the grand entrance, March & White lifts the essence of the area’s raw concrete exterior by honing in on elements of 1960s inspiration via wooden panelling and patterned wallpaper. This, mixed with modern furniture and bathrooms decked in Italian Carrara marble, keeps the space interesting.
The club includes three sophisticated drinking dens and 68 rooms, all of which take pride in their British authenticity (the majority of the furniture is made in Sussex). Another highlight is a collaboration with fabric brand Nattier. Taking unique and abstract 1960s prints, March & White has created a selection of vibrant geometric rugs, wallpapers and upholstery across the space.
Up next is the opening of gym, spa and treatment facilities. Soon, you’ll never need leave your city oasis.