Plinth: a London pop-up of artist-designed wares

From silk scarves to concrete sculptures

For five weeks only, a Georgian townhouse opposite the British Museum in London’s Fitzrovia is set to become a very different sort of shop. For starters, all the display cabinets and furniture – including reclaimed and vintage pieces (from designers such as Alvar Aalto and Arne Jacobsen) – will be for sale. But the star of this pop-up is, of course, the products themselves, all of which have been created by exciting art-world names.

Plinth, a publisher “of unique products and limited editions by leading contemporary artists”, has teamed up with Birmingham’s Ikon Gallery to produce a new range – from ceramics to silk scarves to table-top sculptures – that will be launched on February 11 on the ground floor of the Fitzrovia gallery-cum shop. Brazilian artist Beatriz Milhazes’s offering, Love and Peace (2015, edition of 100, £450), is a vibrant ceramic plate that chimes with her colourful, kaleidoscopic collages, prints, paintings and installations, while Chinese artist Ding Yi has translated one of his paintings – which since 1988 have been made up of just two motifs, “+” and “x” – into a square silk charmeuse scarf, Appearance of Crosses 2015-11 (2015, edition of 500, £250).


Three renowned British artists are also involved in the project. Sculptor Richard Deacon, who won the Turner Prize in 1987 and had a retrospective show at the Tate in 2014, is best known for his large-scale, curvilinear forms; here, however, his concrete piece, Icon (2015, edition of 50, £2,800) is not only small (292mm x 217mm x 37mm), but straight-ish in shape. Islington-born Richard Wilson, the creator of Europe’s longest sculpture, Slipstream at Heathrow Airport, is represented by abstracted ceramic sculpture Still Life Jug (2015, edition of 50, £3,000), and Cornelia Parker, who blew up a garden shed to create her famous installation Cold Dark Matter: An Exploded View, gives us STOP (2015, edition of 50, £1,000, second picture), an embossed enamel sign that says, simply, what the title suggests.

The rest of the space will give way to a further selection of artist-designed wares, from a fine bone china mug by YBA (Young British Artist) Gavin Turk to vibrantly patterned umbrellas (£85, third picture) by fashion designer Nigerian-born Duro Olowu (not strictly an artist, but still the umbrellas are very nice). There’s also a Brass Tooth (2009, edition of 80; £2,250, first picture) by David Shrigley, which could be used as a paperweight, or, as the artist suggests, “for cracking nuts”.


The full range will also be available online and proceeds from will support Ikon’s 50th Anniversary Investment Fund.

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