About Plinth

Plinth publishes unique products and limited editions by leading contemporary artists.

We’ve always been fascinated by the space between art and design, how they intersect and can work together. Plinth was born from a desire to create iconic and affordable pieces with the provenance and personality of the artists we love; to bring a wider audience to contemporary art, and vice versa.

We’re really interested in the venues ‘Plinth' inhabits. While we ‘pop-up’ intermittently, we’re always online at plinth.uk.com, and the internet as a site accessible from anywhere in the world, for free, really appeals to our ethos. On the other hand (and thinking about venues more literally!) our first pop-up in Great Russell Street was staged in a run down Georgian town house opposite the British Museum. We curated the space much like one might decorate their own house, hanging work on the walls and propping editions on mantelpieces. Partly, this was about allowing the visitor to imagine the pieces in their own rooms, but it was also about interrogating that glass wall between the art-world and the personal. What is the difference between an ornament and a Sculpture with a capital S? Can’t people look at art on a living room wall, as well as in the classic white space? How about online?

In our second pop-up at 10a Thurloe Place, we were thinking about outside and inside. Our major commission was Florilegium SW7 by Jacques Nimki; a living english meadow spanned 650 square feet of our ground floor,  and in its midst we showed beautiful, handmade furniture from Raw Edges. We like thinking about categories, and blurring the lines between them. 

In May 2017, Plinth, Magnum Photos and publisher Thames & Hudson presented The Magnum Home, a pop-up space combining radical interior design with photography from the Magnum archive within 44 Great Russell Street, the venue in which Plinth launched. The exhibition, Just Kids: Magnum Photographers on Youth Culture, was curated by Ekow Eshun, and presented some of Magnum's most challenging material on the subject of youth. Throughout the building, young designer Yinka Ilori staged his characteristically vibrant interventions, designing rooms such as studies, bedrooms and salons to operate as fully immersive spaces. The photographs served as a catalyst for, and unifying force between, Ilori’s design and Eshun’s practice. 

Our talks and events programme - running both at our pop-ups and elsewhere - is a really key element of Plinth, and it’s deeply tied to our desire to demystify art, and to make it more accessible. The workshops are often run by the artists whose work we’re showing, and it means the public can meet the person behind the body of work, and often make their own. We’ve had talks from big names - Richard Deacon, Jonathan Watkins - but they’re held without ceremony, in relatively intimate settings. We do our very best to keep the events free to attend, too. Our website is full of interviews with artists and reviews of current exhibitions, also written with the aim to acquaint the audience with a world they might otherwise find intimidating.

The Founders

Chloe Grimshaw

Chloe worked as an art consultant and editor for the launch of a new art website in 2012. For this two year project, she curated talks with Grayson Perry and Martin Parr, interviewed the curator of Frieze Sculpture Park and wrote a series of interviews with leading Magnum photographers. More recently she worked on the launch of a new limited edition by British artist Yinka Shonibare. 

An established design, art and interiors journalist, she has written three books on design, interiors and lifestyle: New Country Style, Ibiza Style and most recently, the best-selling New London Style.  She is currently working on a new book for Thames & Hudson called ‘Creative Country.’

Chloe focuses on art direction and editorial content at Plinth, which ranges from commissioning photography of new art work, to interviewing established and emerging artists and reviewing current exhibitions. She is a member of Ikon’s London committee.

Paul Franklyn

Paul curates SohoCreate Festival in London, a festival of creativity that brings together in conversation an eclectic mix of celebrated artists, designers, playwrights and filmmakers.

His passion for contemporary art led him to consult on the launch of a new art website in 2012, to showcase the work of partners such as Magnum Photos, Tate, Marc Quinn and Damien Hirst. During this time, he also commissioned exclusive editions from Grayson Perry and Howard Hodgkin. 

With over twenty years experience in the music business, Paul commissioned many innovative video directors, photographers and musicians. As joint managing director and co-founder of Relentless Records (1999-2009), Paul also worked with artists such as So!Solid, Joss Stone and KT Tunstall and sold over 10 million records.

Paul sits on the board of the MacMillan De’Longhi Arts Trust and Ikon’s London Committee as well as being an Expert Partner for Creative United.