The Red Room bar is designed to feel like an art collector’s home

Bryan O’Sullivan Studio has conceived the interior of The Red Room bar in Mayfair’s The Connaught hotel to feature artworks by female artists including Louise Bourgeois and Jenny Holzer among an eclectic mix of furnishings.


Tucked behind a velvet-curtained doorway, The Red Room is the first bar to open in The Connaught in more than a decade and serves a selection of wines from the hotel’s 30,000-bottle cellar.

The Red Room bar is set inside The Connaught hotel in Mayfair

The bar’s name is a nod to the artworks on its walls, all of which feature a touch of crimson.

Among them are two pieces from renowned French-American artist Louise Bourgeois: a word art piece called I Am Rouge and an untitled hologram that depicts a surreal scene of a miniature chair housed in a bell jar.

Seating nook in The Connaught hotel bar with green armchairs and curved beige sofa
Surfaces throughout are a pale pink hue

Also represented are Vietnamese artist Tia-Thuy Nguyen, photographer Trina McKille and conceptual artist Jenny Holzer. The only artwork in the bar that wasn’t created by a woman is a pair of arched stained-glass panels by British painter Brian Clarke.

These six artworks, selected by hotelier Paddy McKillen, set the tone for Bryan O’Sullivan Studio‘s interiors scheme for The Red Room.

“When designing the space, we envisioned an eclectic art collector’s home,” the Shoreditch-based studio explained. “It’s a space that feels elevated yet utterly relaxed.”

Seating area in The Red Room bar with Louise Bourgeois artwork hanging above
Works by artists including Louise Bourgeois are on display

One end of the space is dominated by an Italian marble fireplace with red veining. Bourgeois’ I Am Rouge is mounted directly above, flanked by Brian Clarke’s glass panels.

Beyond lies a series of seating areas dressed with a medley of furnishings, from striped armchairs and bijou lamps to floral rugs and curvy sofas.

A partition wall with organically shaped openings is used to display a range of ceramics and objets d’art, which will be rotated on a regular basis.

Along with other surfaces throughout the bar, this wall has been rendered in a pale pinkish hue in order to let the red artworks come to the fore.

Bar of The Connaught hotel with onyx top and mottled glass gantry fronted by four barstools
The bar serves red wines and wine-based cocktails

A walkway with a terrazzo finish leads up to the bar counter, where guests are able to sample the red wine menu as well as a roster of seasonal wine-based cocktails.

The counter’s top is crafted from rose-coloured onyx while mottled glass was used to make the decorative gantry that hangs overhead.

Seating area of The Red Room bar with marble table in front of partition wall with rounded openings
A partition wall displays ceramics and objets d’art

Bryan O’Sullivan established his eponymous studio in 2013.

Since then, he has designed a number of hotel bars including The Painters Room at Claridge’s and The Berkeley Bar & Terrace in Knightsbridge, which features a cosy, blush-pink snug where small groups of guests can retire with their drinks.

All the photography is by James McDonald except the top image by Justin De Souza.

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