By thephillyegotist / /
Fitler Club, Philadelphia’s most sought-after members-only club, is the latest recipient of the coveted Surface Travel Award for the “Private Members’ Club” category. As one of the most competitive categories, finalists included The Conduit, designed by Cavendish Studios and Russell Sage Studios for people passionate about driving positive change, Annabel’s, the legendary members’ club in London, which recently underwent a lavish £55 million redesign by internationally acclaimed Martin Brudnizki Design Studio, and DUMBO House, Soho House’s first club in Brooklyn.
The Surface Travel Awards have become one of the most prestigious honors in the design and travel industries and celebrate the best of the new spaces and products that enhanced traveler’s experienced this year, so this is a tremendous honor. This year’s panel of distinguished judges included chef and restaurateur Daniel Boulud, Isolde Brielmaier, the Executive Director and Curator of Arts, Culture & Community at Westfield (where her primary focus is the Oculus at Westfield World Trade Center), architect Suchi Reddy who has worked with the likes of Ai Weiwei on an addition to a residential property in the Hudson Valley and product designer Lee Broom, who has collaborated with leading global brands including Christian Louboutin, Mulberry, Bergdorf Goodman and Wedgwood. The judges reviewed numerous projects from around the globe through the lens of exceptional design.
“The most ambitious members’ club project we’ve seen in recent years is not in New York or London, but in Center City Philadelphia where a 136,000-square-foot complex occupies a former Hudson Motor Car factory on the Schuylkill River. With five bars and restaurants overseen by Philly chef Marc Vetri, a movie theater, 14 hotel rooms, and a massive fitness center—with a rooftop pool and recreation deck still to come—it represents a swaggering challenge to rivals like Soho House. Throwing down the gauntlet is David Gutstadt, formerly with Equinox Hotels, whose vision was to amplify that brand’s wellness/hospitality mashup with a coworking element and a strong dose of exclusivity. For a strong design POV, he tasked to Matthew Rosenberg of LA’s M-Rad and Fitler design director Amanda Potter. The look combines Mad Men modernity with the raw surfaces of the building’s industrial backstory, with pieces by Joseph Beuys, Alex Katz, and Adam Pendleton supplying artistic adornment.” -SURFACE MAGAZINE