As Bruton Place fills with the scent of arabica, we open The Café, SHOWstudio Shop's latest exhibition exploring the influence of coffee and café culture on society, art, fashion and film. The evening began with Keith Tyson and Mother of Pearl's Maia Norman discussing their collaboration (the results of which are now part of a special in-house pop-up) over coffee from the freshly installed Prufrock bar. Over the coming weeks, Prufrock's wares will be fuelling a programme of conversations with various figures from the worlds of fashion, fine art and film with the discussions streamed live on SHOWstudio.com.
Sanctuary, fishbowl, parliament and stage, the café has also inspired works by milliner Piers Atkinson via a number of extraordinary neon headpieces and Diem Chau's embellished porcelain vignettes. Also featuring works by Steven Meisel, Nick Knight, Ed van der Elsken and Robert Doisneau exploring the ever-intriguing frequenters of what are the most democratic yet intimate of public cultural forums, SHOWstudio invites you to stop by and remind yourself of the café's eternal appeal and constant inspiration.