When you go to a gallery, there’s usually some sort of barrier (real or supposed) between you and the art, which is what makes the Saatchi Gallery‘s new collaboration with Hyatt Regency London The Churchill (a central London five-star hotel) all the more pleasing. Many of the bold works in One Giant Leap are new to the Saatchi collection and haven’t been seen elsewhere), but here they are – in the lobby, in the restaurant, even disguised as a flower display. They have the effect of completely modernising what is a classically decorated space. I loved Boo Ritson‘s photographs (seen above, to the right of the giant hippo, of course), they made me want to sit for her, slathered in paint. Guests might be taken aback by Martin Honert’s giant Reisen sculptures, though, which loom like Neanderthal man in Uniqlo. They make you remember what it was like to inhabit a child’s world, looking up at adults. There are also works by Dexter Dalwood, Chantal Joffe and more.
And the exhibition doesn’t stop on the ground floor. You can also sleep in the Saatchi Suite, surrounded by more specially selected works. The bathroom is tiled in soap – an installation by Celine Fitoussi, just like this. It looks brilliant, look out for this in a future issue of Livingetc! But, to us design-lovers, the furniture and lighting in the suite is just as much of an artistic statement. And it’s a very good statement, being key pieces from Fritz Hansen. The Egg! The Swan! The Kaiser Idell! The Favn! This suite is my dream flat. Book in here from 1 February to 30 April. Mo, acting news editor.