The Hospital Club Bedroom designed by Russell Sage Studio

Planet Mark certified members’ club The Hospital Club, designed and opened 15 brand new bedrooms in the famous Club in Covent Garden in January 2015. These are no ordinary bedrooms; in each room the art has been individually curated by emerging artists and every bedroom has been designed and furnished using recycled and re-used materials by Russell Sage Studio.

We had a chat with Russell, Interior Designer and Founder of Russell Sage Studio to find out how he has created the most luxuriously imaginative and sustainable bedrooms we have encountered.

Russell Sage Studio and The Hospital Club

Planet First

Hi Russell, can you tell us a bit about how you work? Where do you find these incredibly individual pieces for the room?

Russell

Russell Sage Studios specialise in antique interiors.

We have a warehouse in the West County that is full of bits of old churches, thousands of chairs and all sorts of furnishings that we have collected from across the UK, mostly from salvage yards and boot sales. We have a huge inventory and I have a photographic memory which allows me to match the best pieces for each project.

Planet First

And who do you usually work with?

Russell

We work with all sorts of clients, from large commercial property developers to the organisations like the National Trust.

Planet First

It must be great working with an organisation like The Hospital Club where creativity is at their core.

Russell

We have been working with The Hospital Club for the last five years, starting on the second floor and working our way through the building. Our latest project has been the bedrooms. The Russell Sage Studio team all have the same vision for what we can achieve. We hope these bedrooms will inspire people to think about sustainability and how products can be used creatively to extend their life.

Planet First

And sustainability obviously fits into that system of reusing materials. Do you consider this in your work?

Russell

I have a sense of what can be done to revive old materials and objects, it comes naturally to me. Sustainability is a way of injecting character into a building. We rip things up and change them into something else. We extend the life of products, for example, for one client we have just created work stations out of discarded pianos.

Planet First

Can we create more sustainable buildings?

Russell

Many buildings are designed as simply as possible. We are surrounded by glass properties, all designed with the same format and without considering how to integrate into the local environment, which means that practicality and long term financial investment are lost. Better spaces drive revenue and using reclaimed materials with high sustainability value contributes to this hugely.

By ThePlanetMark Friday, March 20, 2015

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