Studio Voltaire’s art and design store is popping up in Mayfair
The not-for-profit gallery’s House of Voltaire opens at Cork Street Galleries, with over 150 new and exclusive works on sale in the temporary space
Studio Voltaire’s pop-up art and design store is taking up residence in London’s Mayfair, returning to the same space on 31 Cork Street it previously inhabited in 2016. From tomorrow, 26 September, over 150 new and exclusive artworks will be on sale at House of Voltaire, including limited-edition prints, clothing, homeware, furniture, books and objects by leading artists and designers.
In the same democratic spirit as Keith Haring’s Pop Shop and the Bloomsbury Group’s Omega Workshop, House of Voltaire endeavours to make art more accessible than ever to everyone. Linder Sterling has designed an exclusive capsule collection of tableware spanning dinner plates, napkins, tablecloths, glassware and ceramics in her characteristically explicit (sure to be a talking point among dinner party guests). Elsewhere, Ryan Gander has captured ‘the scent of the artist’s hearth’ in a heady candle, while the prospect of cleaning the kitchen has never quite seemed so appealing thanks to Wilma Johnson’s hand-painted dishwashing gloves.
Camille Henrot and Laure Provost are among the latest contributors to House of Voltaire’s ever-popular artist’s blankets, which also features lambswool editions by Michael Craig-Martin, Nicolas Party and more. Monster Chetwynd, Anish Kapoor and Antony Gormley (who has a major show around the corner at the RA) have also donated unique artworks. Shoppers can also snap up bespoke homeware by Simone Rocha and Rottingdean Bazaar or special editions by the likes of Jeremy Deller, Cory Arcangel, Lisa Brice and Wolfgang Tillmans, with prices ranging from £1 to £60,000 (an Edmund de Waal artwork is the most expensive in the shop).
All proceeds directly support the charity’s exhibition and education programmes, and this year marks a pivotal moment in Studio Voltaire’s fundraising efforts. Its transformative £2.4 million scheme will provide 42 per cent more affordable artists’ studios and increase public spaces by 233 per cent. The Studio Voltaire Capital Project will also establish a dedicated learning and events space, two artists’ apartments, a public courtyard garden and café, and, more thrillingly, the first-ever permanent House of Voltaire in Clapham.
Eagle-eyed patrons at the Cork Street pop-up may also spot some familiar faces, as creative luminaries from the spheres of art, design, fashion and music will be guest shopkeeping and curating a series of special talks and events throughout the store’s run. If a pilgrimage to London isn’t on the cards before 21 December, then head to House of Voltaire’s website instead where all special editions and products are available with worldwide shipping. §