Following the success of the previous editions in Paris and Beirut, the 5th edition of SQUAT opens to the public in collaboration with Nilufar Gallery.
To launch the inaugural London edition Nina Yashar has teamed up with Shalini Misra and Mehves Ariburnu, Director and Creative Advisor at Shalini Misra Ltd respectively.
SQUAT London present unique design pieces from Nilufar Gallery’s collection along with a selection of remarkable artworks, transforming one of Shalini Misra’s development projects – a 230 sq m Victorian lateral corner apartment located in the heart of Mayfair – into a high-concept decorative living space.
The first floor apartment has been temporarily taken over by Milan-based gallerist Nina Yashar of Nilufar Gallery fame, London-based interior designer Shalini Misra, and art collector/gallerist Mehves Ariburnu. Unlike its predecessors, which took place in both apartments and gallery spaces, the London incarnation is the first to happen in an entire home. “It’s the first time we’re doing it with proper beds,” Yashar says.
Rossana Orlandi relishes the refreshing opportunity the pop-up provides: “This is the ideal way of showing my collection,” she says. “In a gallery, combining pieces like this would just look strange.”
Snapped up by Misra and her business partner Ekta Varma in the autumn of 2015, the central London property used for Squat #4 had been barely used for almost four decades and was in need of major TLC. The pair immediately recognized its potential. “It’s unusual for a period home in the center of London,” explains Varma, “because it has windows everywhere and there is natural light coming in from all sides.”
Wandering about the home is a tactile, intimate, and rewarding experience, but it is also undeniably a commercial exercise for Yashar, Misra, and Ariburnu. “Everything you see is for sale,” says Ariburnu. “The apartment, the pieces, even the bed sheets, and towels are for sale.” Hopefully someone will buy the whole lot, they all agree. NB: They’ve valued the collection of design objects at £1.5 million, and the home will soon be listed at £10.9 million.