Book review – Eat, Drink, Nap by Soho House

28 March 2014
Book review – Eat, Drink, Nap by Soho House

Eat Drink Nap
By Soho House
Preface Publishing, £30

Soho House is renowned for creating relaxing and stylish spaces, where guests instantly feel both glamorous and comfortable. It is an ethos that has been eminently successful and enabled its founder Nick Jones to build up a portfolio of 11 clubs, seven hotels and 14 restaurants across Europe and North America.

That spirit has now been captured in this new book, which is something of a rather beautiful, coffee table tome.

The biggest attraction of this book comes in the insight into the thought process behind the design of the Soho House properties, all individual in style and all very representative of the location in which they sit, whether it is London, Berlin or New York.

From the original Soho House in London's Greek Street, the intention has always been to work with the history of the building, incorporating furniture and lighting that are in tune with the space. So, at Soho Beach House in Miami, 1940s postcards of the building have inspired mirrored cocktail cabinets and hand-made, colourful Cuban tiles; while at Soho House New York, located in the Meatpacking District, exposed brick walls, floorboards and roof beams are the key look throughout.

The design is never over-wrought, is occasionally a little quirky and always interesting: it is essentially very much about creating comfortable places to eat and stay.

With stunning photography from Jean Cazalas, Mark Seelan and Chris Tubbs, this is a book packed full of ideas and inspiration from anyone wanting to gain a glimpse of the look and feel of such a distinct and recognised business as Soho House.

By Janet Harmer

If you like this, you might enjoy these:
• A Living Space
, Kit Kemp
•English Decoration, 
Ben Pentreath
•Decorating with Style
, Abigail Ahern

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