Sketch: a design history of London’s most famous restaurant

Melissa Bradford

Sketch needs little introduction. The London restaurant, bar and art destination founded by entrepreneur Mourad Mazouz in 2002 is best known for its imaginative interiors, created over the years in collaboration with leading designers and artists including India Mahdavi, Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance, Martin Creed, David Shrigley and Yinka Shonibare among many more, with contributions to the spaces by Mazouz himself.

Sketch: 20 years of creative experimentation 

Sketch london gallery 2002

The Gallery at Sketch by Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance and Mourad Mazouz, 2002

(Image credit: courtesy Sketch)

Sketch was born out of a creative friendship between Mazouz and French chef Pierre Gagnaire. Together, they opened the space as ‘a destination for experimentation’, taking over a 1779 building designed by James Wyatt. A storied location, 9 Conduit street hosted a variety of institutions over the years, including the Royal Institute of British Architects and a headquarters of the suffragette movement in the early 20th century, while at some point it served as the London atelier of Christian Dior. 

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