Street Art Comes Inside
Street art came off the streets and entered the art gallery a while ago: its combination of vibrancy and a gritty urban undercurrent has proved a magnet for contemporary collectors. It’s now seducing interior designers, too: Pierre Frey has a new collection designed by Paris-based American Torrick Ablack, aka Toxic, a veteran street artist who was part of the same collective as Jean-Michel Basquiat in the early 1980s. Toxic has designed a wallpaper, a printed linen and – most striking of all – ‘No Toys Allowed’, a panoramic wallcovering measuring 3.5×2.5m. It’s pictured here with Poliform’s ‘Mad King’ chair and cushion in ‘Balthazar’ (3581/06) by Jim Thompson at Fox Linton.