Designer    Case Study 07 Mar 2018

We delve behind the design of notorious London restaurant, sketch, and its futuristic bathroom

Originally, sketch’s home, 9 Conduit Street in London, was designed by James Wyatt in 1779 and has previously been the headquarters of the Royal Institute of British Architects before later becoming the London Atelier of Christian Dior. With this series of commissions, sketch continues to contribute to the building’s heritage as a destination for experimentation in design, art, architecture, and interiors.

Eclectically designed spaces at sketch include the Lecture Room and Library, the Parlour, the Glade, the Gallery, and the East Bar (featured) – a spaceship-like bar that sits below a gathering of bathroom pods, which were designed by Mourad Mazouz and Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance.

The pods are bespoke-made from fibreglass, crafted into a smooth shuttle-like shape to match The East Bar, and painted white to stand out against the multi-coloured ceiling. Inside they contain minimalistic fixtures, built in to a smooth white backing unit.

Over the past decade, due to Mazouz’s commitment to art and design, the venue has hosted over fifty exhibitions of artists’ visual work including art by Carsten Nicolai, John Baldessari, Jonas Mekas, Mary Ellen Bute, Charles & Ray Eames and Michael Nyman and more recently Martin Creed and David Shrigley as part of its new long-term programme of artist-designed restaurants for the Gallery. David Shrigley collaborated with India Mahdavi who conceived the striking, mono-chromatic and comprehensive interior.

In 2002 sketch was inaugurated by restaurateur Mourad Mazouz and Masterchef Pierre Gagnaire, as a destination for food, art and music. The Lecture Room and Library was awarded its first Michelin star in 2005 and in 2012, the restaurant won its second Michelin star, which it retains today.

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