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HomeBedroom DesignPirajean Lees and Olly Bengough design Home of Koko members' membership

Pirajean Lees and Olly Bengough design Home of Koko members’ membership


Low-lit loos knowledgeable by dressing rooms and a stage-kitchen-like restaurant characteristic in a members’ membership at iconic music venue Koko, which pays homage to its theatrical previous. 

Native studio Pirajean Lees and proprietor and inventive director of Koko Olly Bengough collaborated to create a members’ membership inside the London venue, which has been renovated over the previous three years.

Koko piano room
Prime: mushy furnishings in Ellen’s bar management its acoustics. Above: Modular furnishings that’s simple to maneuver options all through the membership

Named The Home of Koko, the members’ membership consists of quite a few bars, eating areas, lounges and a speakeasy organized over a number of flooring in an area alongside the general public areas of the venue.

The members’ membership is straight related to the refurbished 122-year-old, Grade II-listed theatre, which was renovated by structure agency Archer Humphryes Architects.

“The center of the entire undertaking is the theatre,” Bengough advised Dezeen.

1970s-style dining room
A Nineteen Seventies-style non-public eating room sits near the principle theatre

Pirajean Lees and Bengough took cues from Koko’s historical past as a music venue when designing the members’ membership interiors, which intend to playfully mirror how conventional theatres used to run.

On the primary flooring, The Battens Bar is a cocktail lounge that includes a central banquette with punk-era pink leather-based trim and a ceiling cover crafted from material by Richmond Design Inc that has beforehand solely been used to make audio system.

Subsequent to this house, there’s a minimalist restaurant that includes Japandi interiors and an open-plan kitchen and eating space that was knowledgeable by the simplicity and group of outdated stage kitchens.

Vinyl-listening booth
Vinyl-listening, train-like cubicles create a way of intimacy

One other bar is Ellen’s – an intimate Nineteen Forties-style speakeasy named after actor Ellen Terry, who opened Koko when it formally began as The Camden Theatre in 1900.

The house is outlined by mushy furnishings that management its acoustics and a one-of-a-kind carpet with quirky illustrations of cigarettes.

Bar in penthouse
A bespoke bar within the penthouse by Pirajean Lees

A personal eating room with a geometrical glass chandelier has panelled partitions that trace on the predominant theatre situated subsequent to it, whereas devoted vinyl-listening rooms with under-seat document storage give occupants the sensation of being in a classic practice carriage.

“As a result of we inherited such a wealthy historical past of Koko, I do not assume something modern or very fashionable would’ve allowed every part to hold on as if it had by no means closed and as if we had at all times been right here,” defined Pirajean Lees co-founder Clémence Pirjean.

Rooftop restaurant
The rooftop restaurant features a funnel-like fire

Additionally included within the members’ membership is a piano room and library which might be designed in the identical eclectic materials palette as the remainder of its areas.

There’s additionally a penthouse with a recording studio and a lounge with quite a few hidden microphones to permit artists to document music everywhere in the room.

An ethereal roof terrace and restaurant result in The Home of Koko’s ultimate house, an attic-like bar hidden within the venue’s well-known dome, which was restored after a fireplace in 2020 destroyed it and prolonged Koko’s closure.

Deep olive doorways knowledgeable by those who had been situated backstage all through Koko within the Nineteen Twenties run by way of your complete constructing and have bespoke handles designed by Pirajean Lees.

Loos with illuminated, angular mirrors intend to offer guests the sensation of preparing for a efficiency backstage in a hair and make-up room.

Picket joinery in numerous rooms additionally intends to reference the principle theatre’s fly tower, which is a 360-degree stage and shaft previously used to retailer props and surroundings that was found throughout Koko’s renovation.

Curved staircase
A curved staircase results in the dome bar

“The considering was let’s actually return to the previous and get the previous proper, which units you as much as do the longer term in fairly an fascinating means,” stated Bengough, describing the designers’ course of.

“As a result of in case you make it stunning, and timeless, and basic and all related, then you definately’re like, wow, half two is as fascinating and as stunning as half one,” added Pirajean Lees co-founder James Michael Lees.

Attic-like bar
The dome options an attic-like bar with views of the rooftop restaurant

In addition to the members’ membership, Pirajean Lees and Bengough additionally designed the interiors for 2 public areas on the music venue.

These are Cafe Koko, a pizzeria that includes a bar that doubles as a small stage for dwell performances and a store promoting Koko merchandise.

Koko will formally reopen to the general public on 30 April, with dwell streaming capabilities put in all through the venue in order that artists can attain audiences everywhere in the world.

Beforehand, Pirajean Lees additionally created the interiors for a jazz-age-style restaurant in a transformed Dubai nightclub.

The pictures are courtesy of Pirajean Lees and Olly Bengough. 

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