London Design Festival: Committee opens a café 02.10.09

words Anna Bates

Deptford-based design duo Committee usually spends its time fishing for consumer tat in flea markets. But in the last few months it has been hunting down the best coffee, ice cream and cakes in London, for the opening of a cafe-cum-gallery called Gallop.

Meticulously tiled with an odd mix of leftovers from “practically every tile manufacturer in the country”, the interior has the same charm as Committee’s products. To add a bit of weight, they invited artist Barry Sykes to produce work for the space: greeting visitors is a sign reading “Relaunch Announcement Sculpture”. The cafe also includes a one-seat cinema, and the studio’s full collection of Plastic Relics – a series of intriguing plastic ornaments from an imaginary, post-apocalyptic era – are on display.

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