The second Soho Home Editions collection launches this week exclusively to members to mark 25 years of Soho House. A series of eight limited-edition prints, each contributing artist was tasked with making a piece inspired by their favourite House, with the results ranging from Sue Webster’s Shoreditch ‘spidergram’ to Karin Apollonia Müller’s seascape collage drawing on her memories of Little Beach House Malibu.
‘This time I wanted to make the art very much about the DNA, the history and the ethos of Soho House,’ says head of collections Kate Bryan. ‘It’s our 25th birthday this year, so it felt like a nice moment to have a conversation with the artists and for them to make a work that was a love letter to their favourite House.’
Art has always been part of the Soho House story, from the anarchic early days at 40 Greek Street when artist Sarah Staton left her work on the walls, only to come back months later to find Damien Hirst had bought some, leaving a cash-stuffed envelope behind the bar in payment. Today it’s the largest private art collection of its kind in the world, with over 5,000 works on permanent display to members worldwide.
‘Soho House has a fantastic art-loving audience and artists like to be within that kind of community,’ adds Bryan. ‘It doesn’t matter how much your work sells for, there’s something special about relationships that were formed when you were in your twenties or thirties. Sue Webster, who’s now a museum-level artist, is a good example of that.’
Recent years have seen the introduction of video art, installations and colour, along with specifically curated rooms at Houses around the world. For instance, there’s a room full of works dedicated to the moon landing at White City, while the history of Dutch self-portraiture sets the theme in Amsterdam.
Not sure which Edition to invest in? Here Kate explains why she commissioned the eight artists featured in our second collection.