The elite London nightclub Crystal, whose patrons include Princes William and Harry, is set to unveil new interiors by Beirut-based Gatserelia Design.
Nottingham design group Glover & Co is project managing the redesign and applying UK regulations to the drawings, but is not contributing creatively to the project.
Gatserelia founder Gregory Gatserelia claims that Crystal director Ronald Homsy approached the interiors group directly to revamp the club on the strength of the pair’s existing professional relationship. Gatserelia designed the club’s original interior in 2006, installing a macassar ebony bar and tables.
The new look makes extensive use of satin-polished and brushed metals, and features colour-changing walls detailed with Middle Eastern calligraphy.
‘The colour palette is dark but accented with gold upholstery and bright metal cladding on columns and bars,’ explains Glover & Co founder John Glover. ‘The interior is now much more luxurious than before,’ he claims.
The original ceiling featured a wave-shaped lighting installation composed of thousands of crystal rods that reports at the time claimed cost £2m and required a technician to operate. This feature is being replaced by a ‘very interestingly shaped’ sculptured metal ceiling, says Glover.
Crystal will reopen either at the end of September or the beginning of October.