Sketch's 2014 interiors. Photography: Ryan & Robert

When it comes to instagramable interiors, London’s Sketch restaurant and gallery tops the list, having slung ‘millennial pink’ into the stratosphere of design history. Following its refurb by India Mahdavi and Yinka Shonibare this spring, its original pink velvet chairs are auctioned off on 1st Dibs.

Sketch founder Mourad Mazouz first tapped Mahdavi to reinvent the interiors of the gallery and restaurant in 2014. The French architect and designer drenched its spaces in rosy hues to offset the illustrations of British artist David Shrigley.

The Charlotte armchair. Photo courtesy of Sketch London / 1st Dibs

‘I don’t want to sound like I’m boasting, but I changed the way people thought about pink,’ she said of the space.

Her Charlotte armchair is named after the Charlotte cake, with its plump sponge fingers and decadent filling. This week, 30 of them, upholstered in plush pink velvet from Pierre Frey, are on the auction block – and some have starting bids of just £100.

Bidders will have to be quick, though – the auction only runs for seven days.

And while millennial pink has been ushered out at Sketch, Mahdavi and Shonibare’s gilded vision picks up the mantle. See more on their collaboration and the London restaurant’s new interiors.


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