Albert’s Club, Kensington and Chelsea’s first private member’s club of its kind, offers an invigorating look for 2017. Designed and executed by interior design extraordinaire, Jesse Burgess, from House 91 in nine short weeks. Eccentric art reflective of Albert’s energetic atmosphere, bold prints lining the walls courtesy of Colefax & Fowler and subtle nods to the Kensington royal quarters.
As the club’s Old Brompton Road location, known as Albertropolis, was the stomping ground of Prince Albert at the height of Victoria’s reign, the interiors echo the splendour of the Kensington Hotel and the V&A museum. Despite the nod to more traditional styles, including blue velvet and mahogany wood in the dining room and Balmoral tartan lined staircase, Burgess has incorporated a contemporary touch with LED lights set into the club ceiling and unusual golden giraffe and antelope fabrics. Alongside this, the curation of an impressive art collection compliments the interiors, contributing of traditional pieces by Picasso, to vibrant prints by Jake’s grandfather, Norman Parkinson and street art by Mr Brainwash, Black Le Rat and HiJack.
Character and charm are in abundance as Colefax & Fowler line the walls with their distinctive print, acting as the perfect backdrop for the new social media craze #albertsbathroomselfie. The Whisky Bar and entrance walkway presented themselves to Burgess as a perfect opportunity to again tap into Colefax & Fowler’s offering; a seamless complement to the tartan print stairwell guiding guests to the Blue Room.