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House of Voltaire

House of Voltaire - Shop, London

A temporary shop selling a diverse selection of works, limited editions and original pieces by leading contemporary artists and designers in support of Studio Voltaire.

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Contemporary art space, Studio Voltaire will open its celebrated temporary shop, HOUSE OF VOLTAIRE, in Mayfair from 21 November ­– 15 December 2012.

On sale will be a wide range of original works, editions and collaborations produced by leading international artists and designers, with the proceeds of which will raise much needed funds for Studio Voltaire’s renowned gallery and education programmes.

House of Voltaire draws inspiration from the concept of fashion ateliers as well as artist’s shops, most notably Keith Haring’s Pop Shop and the Bloomsbury Group’s Omega Workshops. The shop will sell works by both established and emerging artists, many of whom have been previously supported by Studio Voltaire. A wide range of works will be available including limited edition prints, unique works and a series of specially commissioned home wares, clothing and accessories. With prices ranging from £1 to £40,000, there will be something for everyone at House of Voltaire.

Special fashion and art collaborations include:
Bandanas by Linder & Richard Nicoll, t-shirts by Eddie Peake & Lulu Kennedy, paper dolls by Peter Jensen & Laurie Simmons, printed t-shirts by Princess Julia & James Long, silk scarfs by LHHR_ & Anselm Reyle, cashmere scarfs by Francis Upritchard & Peter Pilotto, a unique collage by Rupert Sanderson & Margot Bowman. House of Voltaire will also include contributions from designers Mary Katrantzou, Opening Ceremony, Stephen Jones and Roksanda Ilincic.

Anselm Reyle & LRRH_ for House of Voltaire, Untitled 2008, 2012, 110x 110 cm digital printed silk drape, Edition of 100 + 10 AP, £320

Exclusive artist made/designed products include:
'God Bless David Bowie' shopping bags by Jeremy Deller, woolen blankets by Matthew Darbyshire, Paulina Olowska, Jessica Warboys & Renee So, printed paper fans by Anthea Hamilton, wallpaper by Marc Camille Chaimowicz, hand blown carafe and glasses set by Martino Gamper, a silk scarf by Mark Titchner, beach towels by Julie Verhoeven and a take away dinner by Oscar Murillo.

Jeremy Deller for House of Voltaire, God Bless David Bowie Shopper, Double sided screen printed bag, £30

Donated artworks include:
A photograph by Rosemarie Trockel, a watercolour by Tomma Abts, a work on paper by Allora & Calzadilla, a sculpture by Michael Dean, original strips of film from Tacita Dean's FILM Tate Turbine Hall commission, a small scupture by Sarah Lucas, an etching by Elizabeth Peyton and a collaboration between Ketuta Alexi-Meskhishvili & Andro Wekua.

Rosemarie Trockel, Wearing Propaganda, 1996/2012, digital print on alu dibond, 50 x 60 cm, Edition 2/3, Valuation: 50,000 euros

Throughout the month, a roving cast of characters and familiar faces from the arts and fashion worlds will be fronting and staffing the shop, as well as various events and ad hoc happenings taking place on site. Confirmed shopkeepers include James Franco, Margot & Fergus Henderson, Valeria Napoleone, Julie Verheoven, Anthea Hamilton, Alice Rawsthorn, Mel Agrace and Russell Tovey.

Taking place in a converted Edwardian stables, the shop’s interior will be designed collaboratively by 6a architects and Simon Jones, two of the most exciting young practices working today, with APFEL (A practice for everyday life) designing the graphic identity.

House of Voltaire came about from an original idea from Studio Voltaire’s Director, Joe Scotland who explains: “We are really excited to be opening a temporary outpost in the heart of Mayfair again. House of Voltaire is a wonderful opportunity to raise money for Studio Voltaire’s artistic community and public programmes.”

Key support has also been provided by Outset Contemporary Art Fund, with whom Studio Voltaire have collaborated previously. Director Candida Gertler said: “We are delighted to be developing this innovative fundraising initiative with Studio Voltaire which will enable them to continue their outstanding support of London’s artistic community.”

Press Enquires: Emily Marsh on +44 (0) 207 622 1294 or

Press Preview: Tuesday 20 November 2012, 12 – 2pm
VIP Preview: Tuesday 20 November 2012, 2 – 6pm
Preview: Tuesday 20 November 2012, 6 – 9pm

House of Voltaire - Shop
17a Adam's Row, London W1
Hours: Monday – Sunday, 11am – 7pm, Sunday 12 – 6pm

House of Voltaire
dal 19/11/2012 al 14/12/2012

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