Hollywood Regency, or as it’s also known, Regency Moderne, is characterised by bold, sumptuous design that is flamboyant and luxurious, yet has a refined aesthetic. The style of decor graced the homes of the Hollywood elite during America’s Golden Age of Cinema. Here, we look at modern interpretations of the style with looks that embrace adventurous patterns and shapes constructed with the finest materials.
Kaspar’s at The Savoy
A wide-angle view of the entrance leading to the bar.
“We wanted to give the restaurant an elegant, sophisticated and relaxed atmosphere. We kept many references to The Savoy and kept some of the existing elements; however it is a new and radically different look to what was there previously.”
Whilst generally identified as a space influenced by Regency Moderne’s French forebear, Art Deco, Savoy restaurant Kaspar’s Hollywood Regency heritage is apparent in its combination of vibrant green furnishings and a Rococo-esque carpet, set against a gleaming black and white floor finished with repeated geometric patterns. Geometry further abounds in the use of intricate brass metalwork that adorns Kaspar’s lighting and booth decorations, along with the semi-circular bar that serves as its centrepiece. Reflections – a signature characteristic of Hollywood Regency design– are represented through floor-to-ceiling mirrors in concert with glossy dark marble wall coverings. The overall effect is discreet yet expressive enough to draw and delight the eye.
The Dandelyan bar combines a range of materials and colours in unanticipated, complementary ways.
Luxurious are the colours that grace Dandelyan’s space and forms, as envisioned by noted lover of metals, Tom Dixon, The liberal application of gold finishes on the furnishings certainly evoke Hollywood glamour, as does the deployment of velvet seating, geometric structures, the unusual - for contemporary London - yet complementary combination of fuschia pink leather and forest green wall paint, and a universal tactility in soft furnishings, wall coverings and cushions, which makes patrons want to run their across surfaces from floor to ceiling. The warmth of the wooden parquet flooring ties the space together with an old world sense that recalls members clubs and drawing rooms, reflecting the aspirational leanings of class that fuelled Hollywood Regency's eclectic spirit.
Apartment, Riverwalk, London
This open plan living room takes advantage of its spaciousness to showcase an array of patterned and colourful velvet upholstery, and playfully geometric coffee tables.
“A penthouse address has a certain cachet that comes with an expectation of exclusivity and glamour.”
The décor of this development conforms to the adventurous opulence of Hollywood Regency while reinterpreting it in a manner that recalls the communally minded open plan approach of the 1970s, a decade that also took some inspiration from The Gilded Age. The white walls allow a palette of bolder colours – blues, greens, golds, caramels, reds and black – to co-exist, bringing an artistic, cheerful refinement to an otherwise stark room, with further eccentricity provided by the chain-linked ceiling lights. Further echoing Regency Moderne’s opulent approach is the reflective black panelling adorning the stairwell that hints at the style’s celebration of lacquered surfaces.
The Chinoiserie, London
A mixture of textural wall finishes, recessed and discreet ceiling lighting, crushed velvet cushions and a sunburst style wall mirror typify The Chinoiserie’s splendour.
The Chinoiserie is a warm and elegant space with freshly cut flowers and soft harp music with a traditional yet welcoming atmosphere”
Located just beyond the marbled entrance of the Jumeirah Carlton Tower, lies the beguiling ambience of The Chinoiserie, the luxury hotel’s lavish tea room and restaurant. While the overall feel is one of playful sophistication, The Chinoiserie undoubtedly shines in the details, offering an eclectic combination of surfaces and textures that are undoubtedly tactile and intricate, from abstract, gleaming tables to the pastel hued floral wallpaper and silk cushions with woven geometric characters in the adjoining Jasmine Room. Throughout, velvet textiles abounds in the upholstery, contributing to the overall result of showy yet sophisticated indulgence that is still warm enough to feel welcoming.
Sexy Fish, London
A striking mixture of colour, surfaces, prints and artworks represents the exuberant look of Sexy Fish.
“The 140 cover restaurant’s contemporary interior is influenced by the style and sophistication of a mid-century brasserie and the patterns and motifs of the ocean”
The obvious observation to make of Mayfair eatery Sexy Fish is that its décor – created by Martin Brudnizki Design – will never be associated with reticence. Recalling the reds and golds of the Dorothy Draper-designed Greenbrier Hotel in West Virginia, USA, it displays a clear delight in the materiality of mid-century glamour with a maritime focus. Lava stone adorns the bar top above a base clad in textured, shimmering golden metal. Elsewhere, subtle reflections play out in the surface of the Iranian Esmeralda onyx flooring and Regency-esque whimsy is provided by Damien Hirst sculptures of bronze mermaids in blue and Frank Gehry’s arresting fish-shaped ceiling lights and glistening crocodile wall sculpture.
The Gallery at Sketch, London
Pinks that soothe - the ambient decor of The Gallery.
“India Mahdavi, who has created a backdrop for David Shrigley’s artwork, conceived a soothing, monochromatic, strikingly comprehensive interior. The classic, almost bourgeois design invites a deliberately playful contrast with the witty, outré art works; all is most certainly not what it seems”
Evoking a muted Palm Beach take on a Parisian Brasserie certainly falls in line with vintage America’s taste for pastel brashness; certainly, not many could conceive of an almost entirely pink room as being modest. A zig zag pattern floor - a Hollywood Regency staple feature - may well be the the subtlest element here in its way, as it sits below the “Hollywood Pink” velvet upholstery and the salmon pink tiles, themselves accentuated with mixtures of brass lamps and white and yellow lighting, along with the brass bases of the chairs themselves. This is the space that even sophisticates take selfies in.