The Gallery at sketch London has become something of an institution for those who love fine dining and modern art. Thanks to David Shrigley, the celebrated British artist, the Gallery restaurant was transformed back in 2014 into the iconic space it has become today. The refurbishment was also thanks to Paris based architect and renowned designer India Mahdavi, who created the perfect backdrop for David Shrigley’s artwork.
A total of 293 works line the restaurant’s powder pink walls, forming the largest group of original drawings David Shrigley has ever exhibited. The collection follows David’s regular grand themes of life, death and beyond, offering points of departure for diners to muse on. The gallery extends to the dining tables, where David has utilized this extra exhibition space for the presentation of further work by himself and Master Chef, Pierre Gagnaire. The work comprises ceramic tableware, manufactured by British heritage brand Caverswall featuring Shrigley’s distinctive mordant drawings and texts, in a holistic interaction with Gagnaire’s food.
India Mahdavi created a clean and simple interior, which instantly updated the archetypal brasserie design with the uber contemporary splash of pink on both walls and velvet-covered custom-made furniture. First revealed back in July 2014, the updated interior was a project India was delighted to work on, as she explained; ‘The location and space are the starting point of any of my projects and each project is like an open question, for which there is a unique answer. Each project tells that inner story.’
sketch isn’t just known for its pink Gallery space, it has several dining areas each as unique as the last. There is the beautifully striking enchanted fairy tale forest, or The Glade. Inspired by a single image from an early 20th century communion card, artists Carolyn Quartermaine and Didier Mahieu create a decoupage forest in a room where everything has been tailored to the space and exquisitely handmade. The perfect setting for afternoon tea, the magical interior surrounding the woodland bar is also ideal for comfort food and evening cocktails. The world revered artists took their inspiration then re-painted, enlarged and reversed the design, printing it onto hundreds of metres of paper. Each piece has been hand-cut and découpaged to the walls. Within this forest delicate ’50s rattan furniture from the South of France adds to the atmosphere creating a modern fairy-tale romance.
If dining in an enchanted forest isn’t quite for you then perhaps the Parlour may be more your scene. Home to the finest delicacies of the sketch chefs, the quirky and eccentric patisserie has a variety of Louis XV seating available for guests to lounge upon. Created to evoke the ambience of a comfortable living room, there are over 60 different fabrics in shades of rose pink, oranges and dogtooth prints. The space is eccentric and colorful, eclectic sofas sit alongside a mixture of Victorian, Louis XV and French day beds. Bronze walls are complemented by reams of sumptuous crushed velvet and animal heads that appear from behind curtains.
Leading interior designer Gahban O’Keefe created the sophisticated and luxurious Michelin star dining space The Lecture Room & Library. A spacious and relaxing atmosphere can be found here, the perfect setting for ‘tasting’ and ‘a la carte’ menus are devised by French Master Chef Pierre Gagnaire, offering a unique breadth of ingredients and a complexity of combinations. Awarded its first Michelin star in 2005, in 2012 The Lecture Room & Library restaurant won its second Michelin star, which it retains today.
This iconic restaurant has art and design running through its heritage. Its home, 9 Conduit Street, was designed by James Wyatt in 1779 and was the headquarters of the Royal Institute of British Architects before later becoming the London Atelier of Christina Dior.
Founded in 2002 by restaurateur Mourad Mazouz and three Michelin starred chef Pierre Gagnaire, sketch has become the destination for food, art and music and continues to contribute to the building’s heritage as a destination for experimentation in design, art and architecture. The venue has hosted over fifty exhibitions of artists’ moving image over the past decade, including works by Carsten Nicolai, John Baldessari, Jonas Mekas, Mary Ellen Bute and in recent years Turner Prize winner Martin Creed and Turner Prize Nominee David Shrigley. This collaboration with the world’s finest artists is set to continue as part of the long-term programme of artist-designed restaurant for the Gallery.