Client: The Crown Estate
Artist: David Thorpe, Studio Swine, Studio Weave
Partners: Adam Kershaw, Jason Marks, Mike Smith Studio, Millimetre, Workhaus Furniture Location: London
Services: Art in the Public Realm, Cultural Placemaking, Embedded Arts, Street Furniture
A series of public artworks have recently been unveiled at The Crown Estate’s landmark development St James’s Market, built in partnership with Oxford Properties. Renowned artist, David Thorpe, and leading design studios, Studio Weave and Studio Swine have created unique installations for the space, which draw on the area’s historic reputation for master craftsmanship, contemporary art and best in class retail for inspiration. Curated and managed by Futurecity, Studio Swine’s unique benches, Pipe Bench, Shoe Bench, Shirt Bench and Tie Bench, and Loom Chair & Stool, David Thorpe’s ornate hand-made leather and ceramic panels, End Papers and Book Ends, and Studio Weave’s exquisitely designed pavilion, The Safe Deposite, collectively bind the history and characteristics of the area with the new scheme and carry the legacy of St James’s long into the future. For more information, please see here.
Selected Press: The Telegraph: Reinventing St James’s by design; Wallpaper*: Bench marks: Studio Swine is sitting pretty in London’s St James’s
Photography © Polly Braden
“St James’s has a rich cultural heritage focused around high quality craftsmanship, and this is something we wanted to put right at the heart of our vision"