In 1912, the Blue Room was launched at the Los Angeles Athletic Club (LAAC), playing host to a plethora of famous faces and influential figures. Over 100 years later, that heritage has been reinvigorated with a fresh modern spirit. Welcome to the launch party of the newly revamped Blue Room lounge and bar, designed by Timothy Oulton.
Back in the day it was an exclusive enclave for the best and brightest L.A. had to offer, so unsurprisingly the grand unveiling of the newly remodelled space was a hotbed of anticipation. On opening night, guests gathered on the third floor and were led up the secret staircase, once used in prohibition times and recently uncovered during renovations. Walking up the stairs, where bootlegging trysts once took place, there was a palpable feeling of intrigue in the air.
Inside the Blue Room, over 100 guests packed the lounge, from VIP LAAC members to Timothy Oulton customers and press. Everyone was eager to experience the new space. Huge Art Deco windows and dark smouldering tones on the walls and drapes provide a dramatic back drop for the cosy Timothy Oulton furnishings. Relaxed, warm and welcoming; just like a lounge should be.
Guests were greeted by the popping of champagne corks as we toasted the opening in celebratory style with Veuve Clicquot. Everyone started to make themselves feel at home, tucking into rustic platters of English cheese from the Boston dining table and checking out the vintage curiosities from antique sporting equipment to the Match Point wall art, created from wooden tennis rackets.
At the bar, sponsored by Macallan, whisky cocktails were effortlessly mixed by a barman wearing a bowler hat – quintessentially Timothy Oulton and a hallmark of Charlie Chaplin, who was once LAAC’s most famous resident. With a taste for tradition, a shoe-shining service was also on offer from the comfort of Timothy Oulton leather chairs.
Guests lounged on the Westminster Button and Westminster Union Jack sofas, chatting away on the Scholar armchairs as candle light danced and flickered from the Axel coffee table. Silver buckets of fresh red velvety roses adorned the Drum side tables, whose quirky eccentricity was matched by the elegance of Crystal chandeliers around the room.
Full of life and renewed vigour, the Blue Room certainly showed its guests a good time. The era of Chaplin and Fairbanks may be in LAAC’s past, but who knows what new stories will be captured over the next 100 years at this iconic L.A. landmark.