David Shrigley at Sketch 15.06.14

A dining room doused in candy floss pink makes an unlikely backdrop for David Shrigley's acerbic art at London restaurant Sketch

The velvet banquettes, copper lighting and swivelling club chairs of the re-designed restaurant space at Sketch look like they'd be more at home on a Hollywood film set than in a space dedicated to the drawings of David Shrigley – but the combination has a pleasingly subversive effect.

Shrigley is known for his dark humour and crude cartoons – 245 of which are displayed in salon-like rows on three sides of the space.

Paris-based architect and designer India Mahdavi has provided the plush pink setting – "It's like Barbie came to dinner," she says – which is influenced by the glamorous Beverly Hills Hotel.

Only when guests observe Shrigley's drawings in detail do they realise not all aspects of their dining experience are as tasteful. The artist has designed 20 pieces of tableware for the restaurant, but the rest of the details are down to Mahdavi, who had just one week to install the bespoke furniture and lighting.

Only the marble parquet floor from Martin Creed's previous tenure at Sketch remains.

 

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Riya Patel

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Only when guests observe Shrigley's drawings in detail do they realise not all aspects of their dining experience are as tasteful

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