A date I have saved in my calender is the 2nd of December. A chance to go and have a little cake and cup of tea at the Sketch pop-up café at the Royal Academy of Arts.
Master chef Pierre Gagnaire has created a menu of gourmet dishes and drinks inspired by Parisian café dining, which will be available Monday to Sunday from 10.00am until 6.00pm, with a late opening until 10.00pm on Fridays. The interior of the café however is what I’m excited for, I can’t wait to see the collaborations of Mawi jewellery and Linda Farrow integrated in the design of the inspirational decor. The bespoke Café tables will be covered in layered materials, which, when placed together, will form a patchwork of textures and colours. Each one will sport an array of functional accessories adorned with jewellery, such as the powder blue ‘helmet’ overhead lamp, complete with Mawi chandelier earrings operating as light switches and Linda Farrow sunglasses. Alongside the bright monochromes and stripes of the Café interior, the Parlour Café will be softened with a series of humorous re-inventions of the classic and perennially chic trench coat, designed by Oscar Quiroz. Screens, cushions and part of the counter will be furnished with the coat material, embellished with buckles, buttons and vents.
In addition, sketch has collaborated with Harper’s Bazaar, to showcase a selection of photographs in the Café, all of which were art directed by renowned artist Dinos Chapman. These images, some of which have been published as cover shoots for the magazine, feature supermodels Natalia Vodianova and Claudia Schiffer. The first series of shots, entitled ‘Capturing Claudia’, present the art-loving supermodel as a Forties-style heroine and the second selection of Natalia Vodianova feature her as a Joan of Arc character encased in shining armour.
Admission is £7 and the pop-up café is running alongside and is inspired by the Royal Academy’s exhibition, GSK Contemporary – Aware: Art Fashion Identity, which will focus on how artists and a number of designers examine clothing as a mechanism to communicate and reveal elements of our identity. The exhibition presents work by Marina Abramovi?, Hussein Chalayan, La Maison Martin Margiela, Alexander McQueen, Yoko Ono, Grayson Perry, Cindy Sherman Hon RA, Yinka Shonibare, Gillian Wearing RA, and Yohji Yamamoto, amongst others.
Here is a sneak peak of the set up.