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Studio Voltaire fills a Melbourne townhouse with art

London arts organisation Studio Voltaire has set up its first Australian outlet in an historic Melbourne townhouse.

House of Voltaire takes over three-storeys of the Le Louvre building – formerly a fashion boutique, now owned by developers QIC Global Real Estate – hosting a pop-up collection of homeware and garments by the likes of Jeremy Deller, Roksanda and Camille Henrot, as well as pieces by Australian artists.

Built in 1855, the townhouse is the last remaining building of an original terrace of four structures on Collins Street – now towered over by glass and steel skyscrapers.

Studio Voltaire has scattered artworks throughout the house’s dark green interior, which was created by longterm collaborators A Practice for Everyday Life. Colour-blocked ceramics by Roksanda are displayed on tables, and a large black-and-white tapestry by Australian artist David Noonan is placed at the foot of a staircase.

Many of the items are limited editions, including an exclusive capsule clothing collection, and sales will support the not-for-profit organisation’s charitable and educational initiatives.

Courtesy of Studio Voltaire
Sean Fennessy

The townhouse will also host an in-store restaurant, which has been hung with etchings by Pablo Bronstein and framed photographs by Simone Rocha and Kim Gordon.

House of Voltaire’s Melbourne pop-up will run until 24th July.

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