The Double Club is a Carsten Höller art project by Fondazione Prada.
Located in an old Victorian warehouse just beside the Angel tube station, The Double Club opened on 21 November 2008 and closed on 12 July 2009, offering a unique approach to entertainment and hospitality, as well as creating a dialogue between Congolese and Western contemporary music, lifestyle, arts and design.
Open for a limited duration, The Double Club was not only a vibrant new public space in London but also an alliance of two cultures in real life that facilitates cross-pollination without any attempt of fusion.
The Double Club consisted of three spaces: Bar, Restaurant and Disco. Each space is divided into equally sized Western and Congolese parts on a decorative and functional level, generating an inspiring perspective on double identity as well as on cultural coexistence.
The different sections were conceived and designed to represent the most challenging elements of both cultures, encompassing music, food and visual aesthetics.
The project, which was fundamentally experimental in character and with 50% of the profit donated to City of Joy/UNICEF, challenges the artistic content and its positive contribution to the understanding and dialogue with contemporary expressions of African culture, which is of critical relevance in this moment.
Carsten Höller (b. Brussels, 1961) is a German artist working and living in Stockholm, Sweden, whose recent installations include Test Site, the giant slides at Tate Modern in London (2006-07) as well as Revolving Hotel Room at the Guggenheim Museum in New York (2008).
Clemens Weisshaar, Reed Kram
Carsten Höller invited Clemens Weisshaar and Reed Kram to join him in the design of the Western sections of the Double Club. Their office, KRAM/WEISSHHAAR engages in the design of spaces, products and media and their work is included in design collections worldwide such as the Museum Of Modern Art, New York and the Centre Pompidou, Paris.
Jan Kennedy has been consulting on special projects for Prada for over ten years. In 1995 he opened the acclaimed Michelin starred restaurant Quo Vadis, before opening the seminal Pharmacy with Damien Hirst in 1998. He was the co-founder of the legendary dance music club We Love Sundays at Space (Ibiza).
Operating partner food—beverage, music:
Mourad Mazouz is the Operating Partner and host of The Double Club. He is the founder of successful restaurants in London such as Momo Restaurant Familial and Sketch, as well as 404 in Paris and Almaz by Momo in Dubai. He is also founder of Mo'Zik, an innovative record label.
Richard Mortimer, Mathieu Massadian
Reginal Kudiwu, Popol Mukelenge, Stern Music
The Double Club endorsed a non-membership policy and there was no entry charge.
The Double Club was made possible with the
support of Guaranty Trust Bank PLC, Nigeria