Philadelphia’s exclusive lifestyle club boasts a bar, a screening room, and a master suite designed by French furniture company Roche Bobois.
By Claire Butwinick
Photographed by by Annie Schlechte
When the design team behind Fitler Club was scoping out inspiration for interior spaces, they decided to look no further than French furniture brand Roche Bobois.
Opened in Philadelphia this past June, the private lifestyle club packs a hotel, coworking spaces, wellness facilities, and a restaurant helmed by local chef Marc Vetri under one roof. Together the FC team and Roche Bobois’s Philadelphia showroom director and senior interior designer, Natalie Suresch, collaborated on a design that nods to the building’s former life as the Hudson Motor Company’s manufacturing plant.
In the second-floor Bar + Lounge, Suresch celebrated the structure’s exposed steel beams with complementary metal hanging shelves and wrapped the room’s wide concrete columns with wood and brass sills. One of the hotel’s two master suites received a special Roche Bobois treatment: Suresch accented the industrial architecture with green-toned furniture, including the brand’s teal Profile sofa, teardrop-shaped Aqua dining table, and forest-green Backstage headboard.
To create a stylish and comfortable spot for club members to enjoy movies, Suresch outfitted the 50-seat screening room with Hans Hopfer–designed Mah Jong modular lounge sofas. “[Hopfer] introduced his creation at a time when television was at the forefront for our culture,” says Suresch of the piece, which debuted in 1971. “Naturally, it was chosen to bring a free-spirited and nonconformist edge to the space, while offering a nod to the designer’s original intent for his creation.”