To celebrate Soho House's 25th anniversary, our second Editions collection features work inspired by eight artists' favourite Houses. From Sue Webster’s Shoreditch ‘spidergram’ to Karin Apollonia Müller’s seascape collage drawing on her time at Little Beach House, Malibu, these works are firmly rooted in their locations and the experiences of the artists there. We asked Head of Collections Kate Bryan to tell us more about the artists she commissioned and what makes the Soho House art collection so special.

'In the first collection we championed our fabulous young talent; this time we broadened it, we’ve gone from younger artists like Danny Augustine and Rose Blake all the way through to museum level artists like Sue Webster. I wanted to make the art very much about the DNA, the history and ethos of Soho House. It’s our 25th anniversary so it felt like a nice moment to have a conversation with the artists and for them to make a work which was a love letter to their favourite House.'


Bernat Daviu

'Bernat’s practice encompasses painting, costume-design, performance and video. He explores affinities and paradoxes that oscillate between the absurd, the ironic and the romantic. He gave us this joyous, bold depiction of Barcelona and it really is his language, it’s not a step removed from what he already does, so what he was doing was this lovely dance between representing Barcelona for us but also keeping it as part of his body of work. We’re getting something really special that otherwise wouldn’t exist.'

Stephanie Sin

'One of my favourites is Stephanie Sin, an artist from Hong Kong. When we gave her the project, instead of asking for photographs of the House that she could use for inspiration, she took the floor plan. These are the plans that our design team and I work with as we navigate the building site before it exists as a House. I like the fact that she went back about ten steps before the House even existed and turned it into a very recognisably Asian abstract pattern, a bit like lai see packets. She played around with a language which is very much from Hong Kong visually, but the infrastructure of what Soho House is, as we build it. It was a beautiful marriage.'

Sue Webster

‘Sue IS Shoreditch House, she’s been there since the very beginning, her studio is within spitting distance, she swam on the rooftop every day, she knows the ins and outs of the building in a way that I’ll never be able to, she’s really lived it. She came up with this fantastic spider diagram which gave you a visual mental map of that area for her and the significance of Shoreditch House with lots of other stuff. Only Sue could have come up with that, not just in its visual presentation, with this conceptual, witty approach, but also in how personal it was – it’s an insight into her relationship with that place.’

Danny Augustine

‘Danny’s piece in the first collection was such a success, of course we wanted to invite him back. He is at Soho Farmhouse all the time, it’s his neck of the woods. He only moved there a couple of years ago and Soho Farmhouse became the jumping off point for creating a community in a new place. I love his work because it’s a real love letter to Farmhouse. It’s not this farm-like image, it’s very graphic, stylised, quite sexy and it’s very typically Danny Augustine in the sense of playing around with found imagery and creating this duality. It’s what you’d expect from Danny except that it’s very much about Soho Farmhouse.’

Julie Verhoeven

'Julie is the kind of artist who always excites me, who’s always experimenting. She’s got this very sophisticated punk language and that’s what she really brings to bear in this piece about Mayfair. She was a slightly unexpected choice because of this anarchic spirit of her work and I really think it’s a great love letter to Mayfair because she’s gently poking fun at what we think Mayfair is and then opening up the door to Little House Mayfair and revealing something entirely different.'

Karin Apollonia Müller

'Little Beach House could have been quite cliched in imagery because it is so sexy with the beach… so Karin had to tread a really fine line and what she did was create something very much like you felt you were seeing the House through veils, through transparencies. It’s a very modernist House, it’s made of glass so she echoed that without being too literal. I look at that work and I’m there looking at the sea, in the sunshine. It’s definitely the kind of work made by someone who’s very familiar with that particular site.'

George Byrne

As artist in residence at Soho Beach House, Miami, Sydney-born George Byrne made a series of photographs of the area surrounding the House. This piece is one of those photographs; the others were exhibited at the House during Art Basel. 'George Byrne is known for the extremely sexy, reduced amazingly pared down visual language in his photographs. He typically does these things in LA and then when we saw the work that he’d been making in Miami we knew that we needed to ask him to represent Soho Beach House. He portrays this aerial view of the swimming pool, it’s a complete fantasy, you just want to dive into that image. It’s the kind of image which only George would take in the way that he’s reduced the frame of reference down and made the composition so stylised. Who doesn’t want to get in that swimming pool, particularly in George’s vision?'

Rose Blake

‘Rose Blake is one of the younger artists in our collection. She’s got this fantastic vocabulary that really speaks of pop art and of illustration, she sits somewhere in between. Her language is so versatile and adaptable and she loves The Ned, she’s spent a lot of time there swimming as one of its great artist members. She was the perfect choice and I think she’s executed the Ned skyline beautifully, she hasn’t made it romanticised or too much of a cliché of a London skyline, it’s very much her distinct point of view. I think it shows you the community vibe that the Ned managed to create, even in the middle of the City of London.'

Soho Warehouse Downtown LA

Take in the view of Hollywood from the rooftop pool at Soho Warehouse Downtown LA