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

Bryan O’Sullivan Studio designed the interior of The Red Room bar at The Connaught hotel in Mayfair to feature works by female artists such as Louise Bourgeois and Jenny Holzer amongst an eclectic mix of furnishings.


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

The Red Room bar is located inside the Connaught Hotel in Mayfair

The bar’s name is a nod to the artwork on its walls, which all feature a splash of purple.

Among them are two works by renowned French-American artist Louise Bourgeois: an artwork titled I Am Rouge and an untitled hologram that depicts a surreal scene of a miniature chair housed in a bell.

Sitting area in the bar of the Connaught Hotel with green armchairs and a 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 windows by British painter Brian Clarke.

These six works of art, selected by hotelier Paddy McKillen, set the tone for Bryan O’Sullivan Studio’s interiors project for The Red Room.

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

Sitting area in The Red Room bar with artwork by Louise Bourgeois hanging above
Works by artists including Louise Bourgeois are exhibited

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

Beyond that is a series of seating areas dressed in a mix of furniture, from striped armchairs and jewel lamps to floral rugs and curvy sofas.

A dividing wall with organically shaped openings is used to present a range of ceramics and art objects, which will be regularly renewed.

Along with other surfaces throughout the bar, this wall was rendered in a pale pink hue to let the red artwork come to the fore.

Connaught Hotel bar with onyx top and marbled glass portico in front of four stools
The bar serves red wines and wine-based cocktails

A walkway with a terrazzo finish leads to the bar counter, where guests can sample the red wine list as well as a cocktail list featuring seasonal wine.

The counter top is crafted from rose colored onyx while marbled glass has been used to craft the decorative portico that hangs overhead.

Lounge area of ​​The Red Room bar with marble table in front of the partition with rounded openings
A dividing wall features ceramics and art objects

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 offers a cozy dusty pink snug where small groups of guests can retreat with their drinks. .

All photographs are by James McDonald, except for the top image by Justin De Souza.

Norma D. Ross