Once upon a time, members’ clubs had discreet doorways and were a quiet social escape. Then came Soho House, which changed the tone and opened the field to professionals from creative industries. Now that the lines between work and life are blurred by hyper-connected living, new clubs are bringing a mix of members’ club and co-working space to those whose work life interlinks with off-duty fun. The latest of these is Spring Place in New York.
And, if the fashion world is the beau monde’s most visible clique, then Spring Place is set to be the most stylish of work hubs. The work-meets-social club is being launched by one of New York’s best-known fashion production hubs and creative agencies, Spring Studios, in Tribeca, and combines access to studios, desks and creative connections with the kind of skyline vistas that deliver a heady hit of New-York-state-of-mind. Naturally, it has founding members with style pedigree, including CFDA president Steven Kolb and Marco Gobbetti, CEO of Céline, to name two.
Spring is set in the 140,000sq ft former Verizon building on St John Street, near the Hudson, and was converted by Aldo Andreoli, founding principal of AA Studio. Defined by soaring ceiling heights, brutalist concrete and blackened steel, the space has hosted New York Fashion Week, the TriBeCa Film Festival and the Independent Art Fair. The club’s conversion of three floors (two floors of workspaces sandwich one of social rooms) has introduced chic, modern interiors into the building’s minimalist skeleton. Midcentury furniture and an eye for accents give it a cool ambience. Downtime cornerstones are a 10,000sq ft rooftop and private cinema, but it’s the in-house IT support that’s likely to attract the hardworking crowd.
The membership fee for locals starts at $900 per month ($600 for under 30s). For non-locals who are regularly in town, the traveller fee is $300 per month, and for people who don’t need desk space, the social fee is $250 per month. There’s also an initiation fee of $2,000, and the club has yet to decide the charge for a resident membership for companies that need a dedicated desk for up to eight people. All memberships give access to social spaces and a cultural events programme. There are also favourable rates on hiring studio space or edit suites for post-production.
Next in Spring’s sights is LA, where it’s converting a building in the Arts District, and founders Francesco Costa and Alessandro Cajrati Crivelli are on the hunt for suitable spaces in London, Paris, Milan, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Miami, São Paulo, Buenos Aires and Madrid.