Inspired by influential artist shops of the past, such as Keith Haring’s Pop Shop and Bloomsbury Groups’ Omega Workshop, House of Voltaire is a cult hybrid fashion atelier and artist shop as well as an innovative way to raise funds for the Studio Voltaire activities. With a strong online presence as well as biennial temporary boutiques that “presents artists and designers of world notoriety”, House of Voltaire sells unique art works, limited editions, homewares, clothing, and publications from £1 to £50,000 with the idea that art should be accessible for everyone.Located inside a townhouse on 80 Collins, Melbourne was treated to unique artworks, limited edition clothing, objects and homewares made by world-renowned contemporary artists and designers. Capsule collections launched simultaneously, exclusively made by fellow Australians P.A.M, Lucy Folk, Tom Polo and Hany Armanious as well as a large scale tapestry by David Noonan and lambswool blankets by Parisian artist Camille Henrot. In addition, works and pieces by artist Eddie Peake and designer Roksanda graced the walls and shelves. For the evening goers, Ides chef Peter Gunn created a special dining experience called The Dining Table, which was only host to as many as twelve guests at one time in an intimate environment.
“House of Voltaire merges art, design and fashion in often playful ways fostering cross-disciplinary collaborations by designers and artists ”