Today I downed tools and went to the Hayward Gallery's off-site exhibition 'The Infinite Mix'. An amazing pop-up show of 'Audio-Visual' art with, surprisingly for a building still derelict in parts, a very stylish café/bar as part of 'The Store'.
'The Store' which is described as offering "a new kind of experience fusing art, music, food, fashion, broadcasting and work" contains a creative hang-out with views of the Thames, as eclectic and surreal as the A/V pieces in the galleries.
Just as the disparate exhibits form a coherant exhibition so too does the collection of furniture and decor here. This "mix and max" design style combines different eras and styles linked by luxe materials (marble, linen, velvet, wool, wood, perspex and glass) and lush planting which is ingeniously hanging in the old suspended cable trays. This all contrasts and yet compliments the stark architectural featues of the building - a kind of plush Brutalism.
It's not clear how long the space will be around for, whether it's semi-permanant or permanant, so go now for the Art, wifi, food and gorgeous interior design.
The Store, 180 The Strand, London, WC2R 1EA
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