Plinth: a new platform for artist-designed products

In collaboration with Ikon Gallery, Plinth is a new pop-up space set over four floors of a central London Georgian house. Inside is a range of limited editions and artist-designed products from the likes of David Shrigley, Julian Opie and Cornelia Parker

Cornelia Parker, 'STOP', 2015. Embossed enamel sign with hand-painted white lettering. Signed, limited edition of 20. Plinth Ikon 50 Edition. £1,000

Plinth was set up by Chloe Grimshaw and Paul Franklin as a means of showcasing a carefully curated collection of intriguing objects and products by leading contemporary artists in a suitably stylish setting.

Pop-up gallery Plinth is located in a 17th Century house near the British Museum in London
Pop-up gallery Plinth is located in a 17th Century house near the British Museum in London

The space is a listed Georgian house with many of the original fixtures remaining, so that Plinth’s wares are displayed in and amongst vintage furniture and homeware, or propped up on marble fireplaces. A studio space will host workshops at talks.

Duro Olowu, 'Black and white umbrella'. Edition of 1,000. Published by Outset. £65
Duro Olowu, ‘Black and white umbrella’. Edition of 1,000. Published by Outset. £65
Liliane Lijn, 'Liquid Koan', 2003. Translucent resins. Edition of 30. Published by The Multiple Store. £1,450
Liliane Lijn, ‘Liquid Koan’, 2003. Translucent resins. Edition of 30. Published by The Multiple Store. £1,450

“Beautiful furniture, armchairs, little coffee tables… It should be a place where people come to speak about art and relax,” says Ikon’s Director Jonathan Watkins.

David Shrigley, 'Brass Tooth', 2009. Solid polished brass, wooden box. Edition of 80. Published by The Multiple Store. £2,250
David Shrigley, ‘Brass Tooth’, 2009. Solid polished brass, wooden box. Edition of 80. Published by The Multiple Store. £2,250
Julian Opie, 'Sheep', 2014. Pure wool blanket. £450
Julian Opie, ‘Sheep’, 2014. Pure wool blanket. £450

Many of the products are functional – such as Julian Opie’s woollen Sheep blanket – with the underlying idea being that Plinth offers the opportunity for aspiring collectors to own a piece of contemporary art at (in art world terms) an entry level price.

Fiona Banner, 'Table Stops', 2000. Glazed ceramic, boxed. Limited edition of 100. £2,250
Fiona Banner, ‘Table Stops’, 2000. Glazed ceramic, boxed. Limited edition of 100. £2,250. ” ‘Table Stops’ are abstract points of focus. Like tableware, or executive toys, they are to be handled and moved around,” says Banner
Fiona Banner, 'Table Stops', 2000. Glazed ceramic, boxed. Limited edition of 100. £2,250
Fiona Banner, ‘Table Stops’, 2000. Glazed ceramic, boxed. Limited edition of 100. £2,250

Plinth is at 44 Great Russell Street, London WC1 until March 19

Image shown top: Cornelia Parker, ‘STOP’, 2015. Embossed enamel sign with hand-painted white lettering. Signed, limited edition of 20. Plinth Ikon 50 Edition. £1,000

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