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Afternoon Tea: 12:30pm - 4:30pm (Mon-Sun)
Dinner: 6:30pm - 2am (Mon-Sat), 6:00pm - 12am (Sun)

Clean artwork is good artwork.

Celebrated British artist, David Shrigley, has transformed the Gallery at sketch as part of a long-term programme of artist-conceived restaurants. Open for afternoon tea and dinner the project follows the huge success of artist Martin Creeds restaurant commission at sketch in 2012.

239 new works line the restaurant’s walls, forming the largest group of original drawings David Shrigley has ever exhibited.

India Mahdavi, who has created a backdrop for David Shrigley’s artwork, conceived a soothing, monochromatic, strikingly comprehensive interior. The classic, almost bourgeois design invites a deliberately playful contrast with the witty, outré art works; all is most certainly not what it seems. While matching sketch’s delight in the avant-garde, this harmonious disorder breaks with the Gallery’s usual eclecticism.

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India Mahdavi: Born in Teheran to an Egyptian mother and an Iranian father, a childhood spent between Massachussetts, New York City, Heidelberg, Vence and Paris, India Mahdavi is like her style: polyglot and polychrome. Mahdavi graduated in architecture (DPLG), industrial design, graphic design and furniture design, before becoming Christian Liaigre's artistic director for 7 years.
She opened her studio in 1999, rue Las Cases in Paris and worked on her first projects -residential and public- in London, New York, Miami, Hong Kong, Las Vegas, Milan, Sydney, Mexico.

Her signature has become a reference for renowned hotels and restaurants such as Condesa DF in Mexico, on Rivington in New York, Monte Carlo Beach in Monaco, the Coburg bar and Hlne Darroze's restaurant at the Connaught in London, suites at the Claridge's in London, Htel Thoumieux in Paris, Htel du Clotre in Arles, Caf Franais in Paris (Place de la Bastille) in collaboration with M/M (Paris) and L'Apoge Courchevel co-signed with Joseph Dirand. Recently named to Architectural Digest's 2014 AD100 list, which honors the world's top talents in architecture and design, and granted a special award for international creators by AD Spain's AD Award 2014, India Mahdavi is currently working on residential projects and restaurants throughout the world.

India Mahdavi

The exhibition continues on the restaurant tables:
Shrigley has understood the dining table as an auxiliary exhibition space, a platform for the presentation of new work by himself and Master Chef, Pierre Gagnaire.

The work comprises new ceramic tableware featuring Shrigley’s distinctive mordant drawings and texts, in a holistic interaction with Gagnaire’s food.
The meal itself becomes a site-specific sculptural work that references sketch’s location in the heart of London and invites diners to respond with their own thoughts and reactions.

In addition, fashion designer Richard Nicoll has been enlisted to create bespoke uniforms for the Gallery restaurant staff to wear. For the girls, the design is a play on Nicoll's signature T-shirt dress silhouette; for the boys, a smart, grey boiler-suit.

Richard Nicoll

"For the sketch uniform project I liked the idea of creating elegant and utilitarian uniforms for the staff that reference a diner look but in a very modern and sophisticated way" - Richard Nicoll - 1977-2016 - His life a beautiful memory, his absence a silent grief.

Richard Nicoll

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