Mumbai welcomes a new haven for creatives
Soho House & Co, an inclusive members’ club for the creative industry, has opened its first House in Mumbai. Established in 1995 by founder and CEO Nick Jones, Soho House has expanded to include 22 Houses in UK, Europe and North America, as well as restaurants, cinemas, spas, workspaces and hotels. Mumbai is the 23rd House globally and first in Asia. While each house is slightly different depending on its location, the ethos remains the same: to create a comfortable home away from home for a community of like-minded people. Soho House Mumbai is set in an 11-storey building in Juhu with 38 bedrooms, a floor of members’ space, gym, rooftop pool, and a 34-seat screening room. The two restaurants on the ground floor — Cecconi’s Mumbai and The Allis — are open to public. The design, led by Nick Jones and director of Soho House Design Linda Boronkay, is inspired by Indian culture and the city outside. The interiors of each floor have colourful block-printed fabrics from Rajasthan, with locally-sourced furniture and Indian antiques. One of the impressive aspects is The Soho House Mumbai art collection, curated by head of collections for Soho House Kate Bryan. Out of over 200 works, more than 80% of the artists are from, or based in, South East Asia. The collection includes a large installation by Subodh Gupta and key works by Bharti Kher, Thukral and Tagra, and many more significant contemporary Indian artists.