On the Riviera

Leo’s supperclub, hidden away on the lower-ground floor of The Art’s Club in Mayfair, has recently seen a stunning revamp at the hands of Milan-based designers Dimore Studio. Founded by Emiliano Salci and Britt Moran, Dimore is renowned for its ‘tailor-made’ designs – imaginative, creative and sophisticated; a blend of old-world charm with modern elegance.

Using velvet, brass and marble to opulent effect, the designers drew inspiration from the decadent 1950s and 1960s nightlife of the French Riviera. Located in London’s historic Arts Club, the new rose-tinted interiors of Leo’s gives the members-only club an ultra-luxurious ambience. The brasserie acts as The Arts Club’s dining and clubbing venue, as well as a space to host creative talks and engagements. Founded in 1863 in a Georgian townhouse on Dover Street, this is the most significant internal change the building has seen since a major overhaul six years ago. 

Moran and Salci aimed to reinterpret the retro style of the era’s Riviera clubs in a modern and ‘eclectic’ manner. ‘A mix of contemporary, retro and oriental elements, combined with mirrors and light, shaped a soft, unusual and sophisticated environment,’ said the pair in an interview with Dezeen. Intent on taking guests through a timeless visual and emotional journey, dark pink velvet has been used to upholster the barstools, while green Guatemalan marble forms the countertop of the bar. Tables with lacquered enamel surfaces greet brushed brass bases, while a cognac leather sofa wraps around the perimeter of the club’s corrugated wall, creating a series of booths. Referencing oriental style, a flower-patterned lantern hangs at the centre of each booth. Furthering the motif, above the venue’s stage hangs a bamboo curtain hand-painted with lotus blossoms. 

For Leo’s rich colour palette of blush pinks, burnt oranges and forest greens, Dimore Studio was influenced by In the Mood for Love, a Chinese romance film released in the year 2000 that features similarly hued scenery. ‘A sensual and intimate setting made of warm colours conveyed a feeling of blurred and indistinct memory, inspired by the fascinating environments of [the film],’ said the designers. Combining design, art and fashion, Salci and Moran also borrowed elements of 1930s and 1970s design to furnish this state-of-the-art design achievement.

For more of Dimore Studio’s residential, retail and hotel work: dimorestudio.eu. Interested in becoming a member? Visit theartsclub.co.uk.

Article adapted from a feature in Dezeen; Photography Paola Pansini.