Spirit of Eden
A certified London institution, Clerkenwell’s Sessions Arts Club is best known for its exquisite menu and decadently sexy interior. Arguably the chicest decor on the city’s food scene, the 18th-century Grade II* listed building is awash with pristine white tablecloths, elegantly distressed woodwork, chandeliers, a grand piano and plants aplenty. This month, however, the restaurant is getting a makeover from Toogood founder Faye Toogood and co-founder of Sessions Arts Club, artist Johnny Gent, decorating the restaurant space and staff uniforms.
Photography by John William
As the multidisciplinary brand’s expertise spans fashion, interior design, homewares and fine art, Gent and Toogood found common ground in the form of creative experimentation, unearthing a shared love of Scotland’s rugged landscape. An abstract interpretation of Jonny’s Scottish studio, Boath House, now sits hand-painted atop staff uniforms in vibrant hues of pastel pink, royal blue and lime green.
Meanwhile, similar visions take over the club’s usually subdued interior as dramatic statement curtains drape across the dining space, signature Toogood furniture pieces are dotted throughout and Faye’s artwork is applied to the flip side of the menu. She explains, “The team at Sessions are fluid, fun and fabulous. The word uniform feels a little stodgy for Jonny’s gang. I’m inviting each individual to express something about who they are.” And Johnny is in agreement, encouraging his team to “cut it up, turn it upside down, strut their stuff.” If you’ve never been to Sessions Arts Club, now is most definitely the time.