Forget gyms and spas; it's luxury wellness clubs that are the latest trend, with ones popping up in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and more. But the newest one set to open this month in Chicago is trying to take that health hub idea to a new level through its design and unique offerings.
BIÂN's mission is to address each member's personal fitness, recovery, nutritional, and medical needs by creating a custom program with a team of integrated professionals. That goal is also accomplished by creating a stunning space to promote holistic healing.
Encompassing more than 25,000 square feet in Chicago's River North neighborhood, the United States' oldest mail-order firm's former headquarters was revamped by interior designer Karen Herold, the principal at Studio K Creative. She curated the club using a neutral-toned palette of white oak and beechwood materials with accents of petrol indigo blue and carved out one-of-a-kind spaces.
Onsite you'll find a dedicated listening room and a nap room. The listening room will feature the same soothing natural hues with cutting edge audio equipment that will play a daily rotating selection of records hand-selected by partner Kevin Boehm. Meanwhile, for those who want to zen out, the nap room will feature Hastens beds, one of the world's most luxurious mattress companies.
Another stand-out design element is the Atrium Apothecary Table. This references the communal character of the space where members are greeted with a welcome desk that takes the form of a round apothecary table.
As far as offerings, BIÂN will provide new and standard therapies such as infrared sauna, cryotherapy, acupuncture and acupressure, cupping, and more. There's also a steam room with a cold plunge pool and fresh eucalyptus.
BIÂN will be the latest wellness club to open after The Well and Rise by WE in New York, The Assemblage in San Francisco, Remedy Place in Los Angeles, BlakeSt. in Arkansas, and The Wonderer in Charleston became popular. And to keep it even more intimate, they're only opening spots for 400 people.