Manchester has always had a rainy reputation. But with rain and cold weather comes the need for cosy, warm and welcoming establishments. To coincide with this week’s Hibernate at Home Interior trend, we took a trip to our native Manchester City Centre to see the cosy, cushty and welcoming Cosy Club in Manchester’s Corn Exchange.
The Cosy Club is a stones throw away from Manchester’s Victoria Station and sits snug in the middle of two popular shopping zones, Cathedral Approach and the Arndale Shopping Centre. The Corn Exchange is a magnificent grade 2 listed building dating back to the 1900’s. After an extensive refurbishment in 2014, the Corn Exchange changed from a dated retail outlet to a top dining destination. The Cosy Club was the first establishment to open as part of the £30 million redevelopment project, offering a menu of hearty comfort food and brunch options as well as sandwiches and tapas. A selection of coffees and cakes is available as well as cocktails and spirits. Operated by Loungers Limited, a neighbourhood style cafe and bar franchise that offers an informal dining environment for families and friends.
Cosy Club Interior – Stairwell
Mingle your way through the vibrant outdoor seating area that flows out onto Exchange Square and just in view of the stepping stones water feature. If you choose to sit outside you’ll be offered some comfy throws to keep the crisp Northern air at bay. This is a thoughtful and welcoming addition which sets the scene for the rest of the establishment. Once inside the glass fronted reception area, you’ll find a smart stairwell together with a lift option. A collection of vintage fringed lamp shades suspended in clusters above the stairwell give a charmingly warm welcome.
A hint of deer taxidermy gives the entrance a peculiar and eclectic vibe. Damask style red and cream wall décor with a woodland rabbit theme reinforces the warm and welcoming vibe. Whilst further up the stairwell the walls have been stripped back to reveal the original staircase and stunning olive tones tiles, this gives a warm sense of nostalgia, in-keeping with the cosy theme.
Cosy Club Interior – Bar Area
From the magnificent staircase you are greeted with the main bar area, a large open area with a traditional bar. The original glass dome ceiling gives the space a natural light whilst warm terracotta red walls keep the cosiness alive. There’s definitely an eclectic feel about the place, vintage portraits in antique brass and gold framing mingle with more Gazelle and Deer taxidermy. The eclectic style flows through to the seating area too with an assortment of vibrant coloured leather and suede arm chairs and old school lab stools. Warm wood flooring keeps the establishment feeling cosy and homely.
Cosy Club Interior – Dining
For a bite to eat and a more intimate experience there is a separate dining room. With floor to ceiling windows and olive floral green décor, exposed red brick and industrial piping, this room mixes vintage flare with industrial chic. Again, an eclectic mix of furniture makes up the eating area, coloured tables sit along side original wood chairs.
Cosy Club Interior – Lighting
Lighting plays a big part in the interior at The Cosy Club. A mixture of vintage cut glass wall lights, crystal basket chandeliers, antique style fringed shades and industrial pendants reinforce the eclectic design. This illuminating mixture creates a warm and welcoming ambience.
To recreate the décor and ambience of The Cosy Club in your home, it’s key to keep to a warm palette. A red and terracotta base through the use of pattern and wallpaper or paint is ideal. Choose an accent wall for this colour as to not overwhelm the room. A mixed style of lighting such as industrial pendant and crystal chandeliers will give a laid back and eclectic style. Our new Large Crystal Basket Ceiling Pendant together with a squirrel cage pendant will reinforce this style. Antique brass finished accessories and lighting is a must for a cosy autumnal décor. Create a feature wall by placing vintage and antique brass picture frames and mirrors together in a haphazard manner. Mix in deer heads if you’re a fan of the taxidermy look, if not then faux deer antlers are a big trend this year and will look great during the festive season. We’ve pulled together a look book of inspiring interior ideas to help you recreate this cosy, laid back look.
Thank you to Ben for letting us feature The Cosy Club in this weeks City Guide. For more information on any of our interior lighting featured in this post please contact our Litecraft Customer Enquiry Centre or comment below.