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• NEWS: 28th of JUNE 2018 •
Escapism, All Sensory Experiences And Celebrating Women, How sketch Is Still Breaking New Ground 16 Years On
STORY BY: SARAH J. EDWARDS
PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF sketch
sketch was born in 2002, when our friend Mourad Mazouz along with French master chef Pierre Gagnaire transformed 9 Conduit Street, London W1 into one of the most out-of-this-world, go-to spots, where art, food, drink, music, design and style collide.
Now that London offers even more dining and social experiences to choose from, it’s important purveyors keep their discerning crowds committed. sketch has maintained a clever consistency, using subtle changes and intelligent allure for their all-sensory experience.
A gold-leafed ceiling, hopscotched hall, thoughtfully curated art and subtle sound effects play in places you may have never expected. That’s just the entrance.
Leaning into the historic background of the building, created by architect James Wyatt—born in 1746, he was a bitter rival of Robert Adam in the neoclassical and new-Gothic-style, it which once housed RIBA then Dior and sketch has always kept that creative energy alive.
Having hosted exhibitions featuring works by John Baldessari, Chris Levine and Charles & Ray Eames, the art shows calibre is impressive. On 5th July, sketch’s summer exhibition opens; ‘Women Empowered’ ‘a variety of works, all by celebrated female artists.’ Presenza has curated works from Eliza Douglas, Hannah Quinland and Rosie Hasting, whilst works by Dianne Harris, Lauren Baker and Denise Jones & Liliane Lijn will also be on show.
Dianne Harris, will present a holographic installation which, ‘aims to heighten the awareness of human potential and question the self-imposed limitations of individuality that serve to confine the very nature of our ideas, thoughts and being.
The show will also include a series of talks and ‘The Millicent Fawcett Room’ – a two Michelin star private dining room located in The Lecture Room & Library. On July 17, 1869, Dame Fawcett spoke at a public meeting held at 9 Conduit Street calling for the enfranchisement of women, her first of many speeches on the subject. She went on to become a champion of women’s equality and her efforts were recently recognised with a monument in Parliament Square – unveiled this April by Prime Minister Theresa May.’
Not at all shy where designed is concerned, Mourad, along with designer Gabhan O’Keefe have recently re-decorated the Lecture Room for the first time since sketch’s inception. Shades of orange, purple and crimson, ivory walls, studded, silver thread, ornate plasterwork ceilings, crystal-encrusted bathrooms showcase the grand rooms. The Lecture Room and Library serves three course meals from a frequently changing menu, using the freshest produce.
Back on the ground floor, you’re welcomed by a vast selection of high-end teas and cakes in The Parlour by day, cocktails and dancing at night.
Green and floral vibes take you out of the city while you dine in The Glade and the most flattering, candy-floss pink throughout The Gallery restaurant—has become the most Instagrammed restaurant in the world. Hidden off to the side is the super exclusive West Bar, where you mustn't even whisper your secrets.
sketch is as magic as fresh as ever. Merci beaucoup Monsieurs Mazouz et Gagnaire.
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