1880: THE MODERN MEMBER’S CLUB
Timothy Oulton studio went all out with this modern antidote to the traditional members club, and we are crushing hard. The 1880 Club in Singapore activates and energises the sense at every turn.
Entry is through a kaleidoscope tunnel, a portal that separates the outside world from the club. Ascending the escalator, members arrive at the Rose Quartz reception desk, a 1.5 ton rock crystal.
Founder Marc Nicholson and CEO Luke Jones wanted a design that would spark imagination and encourage unplanned conversations. One of the club’s highlights is The Double, a casual café in the daytime, suitable for relaxing or holding a business meeting, which dramatically transforms into an intimate, seductive bar at night. As the sun goes down, a hidden, fully stocked bar shelf is lowered down from above, elegant lighting appears from the ceiling and the leather banquettes rotate to face the bar, cocooned by a sweeping silk curtain adorned with a golden dragon.
Creative solutions have also been employed in The Studio. Reclaimed mahogany flooring has been used to allow for the array of casual and formal activities that are to be held here, black velvet drapery can be pulled back to reveal an entire wall of antique mirror panels when a more glamorous atmosphere is called for, and built in cupboards made from reclaimed English timber house the technical equipment for the cinema. In other areas of the club, customised metal screens can be moved easily, giving 1880 the freedom and flexibility it requires
“Luxury is not about things, it’s about experiences, meaning and connection, and that’s what we’ve focussed on in 1880” – Timothy Oulton.