david shrigley lines sketch restaurant's pink walls with 239 original drawings
david shrigley lines sketch restaurant's pink walls with 239 original drawings
jun 11, 2014

david shrigley lines sketch restaurant's pink walls with 239 original drawings




british artist david shrigley has re-imagined the eclectic london restaurant, sketch, with primarily pink interiors and his own personal drawings, which line the surrounding walls. the site hosts 239 new works, the largest presentation of original shrigley drawings to date. the illustrations thematically consider motifs of life, death and beyond, which offer points of departure for diners to muse on. the exhibition continues onto the restaurant tables with bespoke ceramic tableware — manufactured by british brand caverswall — featuring shrigley’s trademark mordant drawings and texts, making the meal itself a site-specific sculptural work.

david shrigley sketch restaurant
the restaurant’s interior design has been completed by india mahdavi
all images courtesy of david shrigley




shrigley humorously says of the ceramic-ware, ‘it will be the first artwork that I have made that can go in the dishwasher. it will be very clean artwork. clean artwork is good artwork, in my opinion.’


the gallery at sketch has been refurbished by paris based architect and designer india mahdavi, who has created a backdrop for shrigley’s artwork. a monochromatic pink canvasses the walls and velvet-covered furniture surrounds the tabletops. the classic design creates a deliberately playful contrast with the witty art works. additionally, fashion designer richard nicoll has created bespoke uniforms for the restaurant staff to wear — for women: the design is a play on nicoll’s signature t-shirt dress silhouette; for men: a grey boiler-suit.

david shrigley sketch restaurant
the walls have been lined with site specific illustrations drawn by the artist

david shrigley sketch restaurant
ceramic-ware with shrigley’s distinctive mordant drawings and texts are used throughout the restaurant

david shrigley sketch restaurant
tea set features short phrases surrounding the themes of life and death


  • this is the grand budapest hotel restaurant 🙂


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