On 30th September, we celebrated the first year anniversary of the Geneva gallery with one of the hottest parties to hit the city this year. The three storey Timothy Oulton gallery and Lounge have played host to some pretty cool events over the last 12 months, from grand launches to more intimate soirees, so we wanted to pull out all the stops for this very special occasion.

The celebrations began well before sundown with a march through the streets by a troop of our bowler-hatted men in black, who extended some extra invitations to the good folk of Geneva. As the clock chimed 6 it was officially party time. The crowd started to arrive, greeted by a glass of Veuve Clicquot champagne from Tim Oulton himself as they stepped through the doors.

The early evening atmosphere was relaxed as the air filled with mellow jazz notes from a saxophonist, and people tucked into caviar shots and fine food plates from Caviar House & Prunier. Looking around the gallery, people were making themselves as comfortably at home as they would in a friend’s lounge, and that’s certainly how it began to feel. Guests chatted on the Tribeca Tufted sofas and Aviator Tomcat chairs in a casual light-hearted way that felt warm and familiar.

A few hours later and the party had notched up several gears with nearly 700 guests filling the three floors. Up on the first floor the Lounge had taken a turn back in time with speakeasy-style gin cocktails from Beefeater London served in tea cups – nod nod, wink wink. As groovy resident DJ Karo whipped up some British revival tracks, new acquaintances were being made under the sparkle of Crystal chandeliers at the bar, and glasses clinked as Berthaudin wine house offered tastings of Chateau Haut-Brion.

Tim was busy meeting guests as everyone mingled, and for a bit of impromptu fun planted CHF 100 in our signature book stack – the Pillar of Knowledge – for guests to try and find. It was a fun, animated and convivial atmosphere that brought all three floors alive, finally closing doors at 1am. Before they left, many guests were treated to a traditional shoe shine on the ground floor, and of course a birthday party wouldn’t be complete without birthday cake.

This last year in Geneva seems to have flown by, and we were thrilled to celebrate with so many friends, old and new. Cheers everyone to the next 12 months.

©David Naldini