In downtown L.A, the historic Los Angeles Athletic Club recently unveiled its reinvigorated Blue Room, designed by Timothy Oulton. This exclusive members-only speakeasy forms part of the Los Angeles Athletic Club’s multi-million dollar renovations, celebrating over 100 years of heritage with a fresh, modern reinvention.
The Los Angeles Athletic Club (LAAC) was the city’s first private club, founded back in 1880. The original Blue Room opened in 1912 and was where the LAAC’s influential Uplifters Club was formed in 1913, counting Walt Disney and Clark Gable amongst its prestigious members. Having been run by the same family for six generations, the LAAC remains a cultural institution in the city.
When they approached Timothy Oulton to recreate the legendary Blue Room it seemed like the perfect pairing. Tim Oulton explains: “Heritage and authenticity are hugely instrumental in everything we do so this was an exciting collaboration, to put our stamp on such an iconic landmark. The idea of hosting, creating inspiring spaces where people can relax together and connect, that’s what our collections are all about, whether it’s in your own home or in a setting like the Blue Room.“
The four week project to transform the fourth floor conference room into a sophisticated lounge and bar was headed up by Timothy Oulton’s team, led by Global Style Directors, Danielle Monti-Morren and Raoul Morren.