Club Le’Roy — Helsinki, Finland

Bar interior with sofa seating
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Creating a party venue can be a tricky balancing act between executing an intimate space while avoiding claustrophobic elbow clashes during terpsichorean manoeuvres. For her latest work in the newly opened Club Le’Roy in downtown Helsinki, Finnish-born interior designer Joanna Laajisto has converted the entire second floor of a late 19th-century pile designed by Karl August Wrede into a spacious nightclub and cocktail lounge. Wisely, Laajisto has kept the bones of the space for her conceit – an airy apartment framed by generously proportioned windows, stained timber floors and grey panelled walls – while furnishing it with a black marbled bar, brass railings and pendant lamps, and green velvet sofas from B&B Italia. Our tip: dine on ox tartare and lobster in the ground floor restaurant Michel, before shimmying upstairs to dance till dawn.

Bar with statement lights and sofa seating

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Club Le’Roy — Helsinki

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Bar counter with bar stools and hanging lights

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Room with bubble chandelier

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Daven Wu is the Singapore Editor at Wallpaper*. A former corporate lawyer, he has been covering Singapore and the neighbouring South-East Asian region since 1999, writing extensively about architecture, design, and travel for both the magazine and website. He is also the City Editor for the Phaidon Wallpaper* City Guide to Singapore.