Soho House has turned a 19th-century Swedish house of God into a private members’ club for the blessedly cool. Rose Dykins reports
Soho House Stockholm has opened in a restored church in the Swedish capital’s central borough of Ostermalm, known for its fine-dining, boutiques and cultural venues.
The members’ club is accessible to those with Soho House membership and the brand’s Cities Without Houses congregation, which grants access to any Soho House location around the world for those who don’t have one close to where they live.Covering 1,430 sqm, Soho House Stockholm is filled with original features of the church – including a working organ – vintage furnishings and more than 70 witty, subversive artworks by creators associated with Sweden, which have been curated to disrupt ideas of what art in a church might look like, including an installation by Bella Rune that hangs from the main ceiling made from silk mohair that has been dyed with Kool-Aid (a nod to cults?).
The club’s subtle colour palette is inspired by Sweden’s “deep and soulful” seasonal tones.
Original columns and stained-glass windows run throughout Soho House Stockholm, adding to its character. On the ground floor of the building are Soho Home swivel boucle chairs, each one dedicated to a content creator member of the house.
The first-floor mezzanine space is the designated members club area for dining and socialising beneath vaulted ceilings that date back to 1894 – and admiring a four-tier linen pendant that hangs from the top of the building, which was commissioned specifically for the house.
Back on ground floor is an intimate library inspired by a typical Swedish drawing room. The space has wood-panelled walls, cosy wingback seats, timber and marble tables, smoked glass chandeliers and a long brass-topped bar with lacquered front panels.
On the same floor is Club Cecconi’s, which welcomes members and their guests for Northern Italian-inspired dishes with a Scandinavian influence, such as fermented celeriac, black truffle and wild boar pappardelle.
On the drinks menu are Soho House classic cocktails including the brand’s Picante De La Casa, and newly crafted options such as the “strong and creamy” Twisted Espresso, which is a nod to Stockholm’s reputation as a city of coffee lovers.
Cecconi’s also opens out to a courtyard terrace with space for dining, surrounded by trellises that will sprout greenery in spring and summer, and decorated with marble pendants and Swedish-inspired wall lights.
Annual membership for Soho House Stockholm is 15,000 Skr (£1,175).