The people who finally managed to bring private members’ clubs out of the oak-and-cigar-smoke gloom are continuing their conquest with a new outpost in Mumbai. But traditional designs are now hip, so while boasting modern facilities like a rooftop pool and armchair cinema, Soho House Mumbai has more than a hint of old-style charm.
Set on the beach in Mumbai’s trendy Juhu neighbourhood, the club and hotel is filled with Indian patterns and craftsmanship. Even the armchairs in the cinema are upholstered in Rajasthani block-printed fabric. ‘We love the use of colour and patterns in India,’ says design director Linda Boronkay. ‘We worked with local craftsmen and took inspiration from the materials and resources available to us. The team spent a lot of time in Jaipur predominately working with block printers to create all the bespoke fabrics in the House.’
The eleven-floor building is littered with rugs, many of which were designed by the in-house team. ‘We had our wall colours and fabric schemes ready when we started designing the rugs to complement the overall look, taking colours from our curtain, upholstery and cushion fabrics as a starting point and then developing them further,’ says Borankay. ‘We also have a few vintage rugs in the House that we picked up during our shopping trips.’
The thirty-eight bedrooms are individually designed, with eco-friendly sisal carpet flooring, antique timber and bone inlay furniture. Lampshades have been created using antique sari fabrics found in nearby markets. Work by south-east Asian artists is on display throughout the building.
As it has become in other cities, Soho House Mumbai—which opened only last year as the first Soho House in Asia—is set to become a melting pot for the creative set, bringing together south Mumbai’s creative communities—the stylists of Bandra and the Bollywood film industry creatives, mixing the established and the aspiring new wave. www.sohohousemumbai.com