Sketch by
Martin Creed

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Slideshow: no two items of furniture or pieces of tableware are the same in the dining room that British artist Martin Creed has designed at London restaurant Sketch.

Sketch by Martin Creed

The Gallery is the first in a series of artist-designed spaces planned at the multi-restaurant venue.

Sketch by Martin Creed

Marble tiles zig-zag across the floor, while squares and stripes are painted in bold colours across the walls.

Sketch by Martin Creed

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Sketch by Martin Creed

Photography is by Ed Reeve.

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Martin Creed at Sketch

"I want the whole world to be in it"
Martin Creed, 2011

Turner Prize winning artist Martin Creed has transformed the Gallery restaurant at London’s iconic Sketch, in the first of a new long-term programme of artist-conceived restaurants at the venue. The project seeks to blur the boundaries between art, food, design and functionality. Martin Creed at Sketch launches today, 1 March 2012, coinciding with Sketch’s 10th anniversary and a pivotal year for London as a cultural centre.

Sketch by Martin Creed

Through a series of new works both functional and decorative, Creed has created an environment that is at once as an exhibition, an artwork, a restaurant and an Events space. Exemplary of the logical and welcoming systems that recur throughout his work, the floor, walls and furniture take the form of new artworks inspired by the boundaries of art and functionality.

Work No. 1347 consists of 96 different types of marble, in a formation of zigzagging lines across the floor, along with a series of paintings and large-scale wall paintings. Work No. 1343 is a new work specially made for the restaurant in which every single piece of cutlery, glass, chair and table is different. This work brings together a mix of the mass produced and handcrafted, from classic antiques to contemporary design from all around the world.

Sketch’s co-founder and three Michelin starred chef Pierre Gagnaire has designed a new menu in unison with the artist’s concerns, allowing freedom to experiment and create dishes directly influenced by Creed’s artwork. The series of artist restaurants at Sketch will look to establish a forum for artists’ imaginings and innovations in art, design and social space, creating playful propositions for interaction with art in the public realm.

Sketch by Martin Creed

Sketch was inaugurated in 2002 by restaurateur Mourad Mazouz and masterchef Pierre Gagnaire. Mazouz’s commitment to art and design led to the establishment of Sketch Gallery Foundation as a non-profit arts organisation and Sketch has hosted over fifty major exhibitions of moving image over the last decade including work by Carsten Nicolai, John Baldessari, Jonas Mekas and Sylvie Fleury, as well as numerous off-site projects such as the CINACT series at The Gate Cinema in collaboration with Serpentine Gallery. Since 2006 the exhibitions programme has been curated by Victoria Brooks.

With this new initiative sketch continues to contribute to 9 Conduit Street’s rich heritage as a destination for experimentation in design, art and architecture having previously housed the headquarters of RIBA and the Atelier of Christian Dior.

  • steef

    I would have to wear sunglasses to eat there.

  • tanyatelford

    i wish there was a photo panning the whole space

  • 1plus2minus3

    It looks like a furniture thrift store, not an ugly one though.

  • douglas

    If bringing "together a mix of the mass produced and handcrafted, from classic antiques to contemporary design from all around the world." is in any way meaningful or to be considered art, then the average interior designer is light years ahead of Creed.

    Martin Creed is one of the worst Turner Prize winners ever. I find his work utterly tedious and without anything remotely clever to say. His spellbound advocates seem infected by a collective critical cowardice, and their justification of Creed the epitome of pretentiousness.

  • Rodion Romanov

    The wall with the big red X reminds me of my Powerpoint97 failed slideshows. :P Me gustó, en general.