Located in the eastern wing of the Royal Academy of Arts’ historic Burlington House building, The Academicians’ Room is a private members’ club for Royal Academicians’ and members of the artistic community.
Revolving around the idea of a drawing room, the member’s only space acts as a meeting point for like minded creatives, with a sociable yet serene environment as eclectic and varied as the characters who inhabit it.
Art forms an essential part of the design as the room includes a selection of paintings curated by Royal Academicians. This includes pieces by Zaha Hadid, Tony Bevan and John Wragg. The artwork will rotate every six months and include special installations; to ensure the experience at The Academicians’ Room remains unique on each visit.
Photography by James McDonald
The design works with the grandiose architectural detailing created by Norman Shaw RA in 1883, as the open skylight bathes the room in light during the day, whilst in the evening the two-tiered chandeliers hanging from the ceiling trusses provide a sophisticated glow. Further original detailing can be found in the walls, pockmarked from when this room acted as the architectural hangings gallery and retained to show the great provenance of the Royal Academy.
A selection of vintage and bespoke furnishings, creates a haute-bohemian ambience, as the carefully chosen furniture collection includes 1950s Paolo Buffa chairs in original yellow velvet, 1960s library chairs in tanned leather and mid-century Italian dark green mohair chairs, with 1950s and 1960s floor lamps, all sitting on a colourful Mamluk rug. The bar provides a further addition to the interior, clad in antique zinc and complemented with antique brass bar stools.