Total works of art: we round up restaurants and bars conceived by artists as 'Gesamtkunstwerke'

David Shrigley's restaurant design for London's Sketch
(Image credit: David Shrigley)

Spurred on by David Shrigley's restaurant design for London's Sketch, we've dug into our archive to round up a gang of artists who have stepped away from the gallery to re-imagine hospitality spaces as all-encompassing works of art. Shrigley's Sketch creation follows on from Martin Creed's design for the same space (pictured), for which he paved the room with zigzagged, multi-coloured marble flooring, and fitted it out with an eclectic assortment of multi-hued furniture and tableware - with each piece being unique.

Frieze Art Fair in New York

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Last year's Frieze Art Fair in New York saw German artist Tobias Rehberger transplant a dazzling version of his favourite Frankfurt drinking den into Chelsea's Hôtel Americano. Rehberger's smart replica, Bar Oppenheimer, featured the identical proportions of the Frankfurt bar, but came emblazoned with striped graphics, dubbed 'dazzle camouflage'.

a basketball court on Miami's oceanfront

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Designed by artist Ry Rocklen, Absolut's trophy 'Art Bar' installation at the 2013 edition of Art Basel Miami Beach was one of the triumphs of the vodka brand's ongoing pop-up bar series. For 'Night Court' - the most extensive manifestation of Rocklen's 'Trophy Modern' collection to date - a basketball court on Miami's oceanfront was transformed into a bouncing bar scene, featuring bleachers, a ping pong and chess table, all made from trophy parts

Piero Golia launched Chalet Hollywood

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Artist Piero Golia launched Chalet Hollywood in 2013 as a gesamtkunstwerk that repurposed an abandoned storage area in Los Angeles into a low-lit, intimate members' club. Golia enlisted architect Edwin Chan to blend the aesthetics of cabaret with an alpine mountain getaway, carving out a late night LA escape. 

Prada Oasis Damien Hirst

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To celebrate the arrival of Damien Hirst’s ‘Relics’ retrospective at Doha’s Al Riwaq Exhibition Space last year, the British artist teamed up with Miuccia Prada to create a desert mirage in the form of a pop-up juice bar in Qatar. Located within a nearby Bedouin tent, the ‘Prada Oasis and Damien Hirst’s Pharmacy Juice Bar’ came decked out as a drug store, acting as a reinterpretation of the artist’s late 1990s Pharmacy restaurant

David Lynch Cinema

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Private Parisian members' club Silencio was conceived by film director, and visual artist David Lynch to act as a temple of the arts, housing a bar, library, cinema screen and stage for private performances. Located in the Paris neighbourhood of Montmartre, Silencio opened in 2011, with interiors resembling Lynch's film sets from Lost Highway and Mulholland Drive

Melina Keays is the entertaining director of Wallpaper*. She has been part of the brand since the magazine’s launch in 1996, and is responsible for entertaining content across the print and digital platforms, and for Wallpaper’s creative agency Bespoke. A native Londoner, Melina takes inspiration from the whole spectrum of art and design – including film, literature, and fashion. Her work for the brand involves curating content, writing, and creative direction – conceiving luxury interior landscapes with a focus on food, drinks, and entertaining in all its forms