A design masterclass at our Mailbox gallery

It’s not just our artworks that are making a style statement; we’re equally as proud of our stunning galleries! Neo-Expressionist painter Domingo Zapata was given the tour of our new Mailbox gallery when he dropped by to create a bespoke mural (find out more below), so we caught up with our retail designer, Louise Barnett, to find out what gives our galleries their distinctive feel. 

How did you pick the colour schemes?  

For this project, the design team introduced new branding incorporating stripes in different colours. I used this as inspiration for the private office space and furniture. The gallery space uses rich red and dark blue velvet to create a luxurious feel, while the bright yellows and oranges complement the more contemporary artworks on display. 

What about materials?  

We wanted to create a luxurious feel, yet keep the gallery relaxed and welcoming, so we used a number of materials and textures. We used soft materials to contrast with the bare brick and dark wooden furniture.

For the Mailbox, how did you work with the space you had?  

The space is great, so we didn’t want to change it too much. We created different zones throughout the gallery but kept the flow of the space as it worked well. We start all of our projects with a design concept, which naturally evolves throughout the project. Our hospitality area, for example, was originally quite basic in the original design, but evolved into one of the gallery’s best features.

Were there any challenges in the design?  

With any project that starts as a concrete box, it’s difficult to envisage the final result. We worked hard on creating different ‘pockets’ of space which were more flexible, and that meant we could ensure that our gallery truly deserved its flagship title!  

How does the gallery represent the UK’s second city?  

The view from the gallery is a key feature as it shows off Birmingham and leaves you in no doubt as to which great city you’re in.  

What do you think is the gallery’s best feature?  

The Lorenzo Quinn beer pump is something which evolved as part of the bar design. We also love the office space (which can be made private), and the seating area showcasing the view of Birmingham. Our viewing room creates the feeling that you are looking at the art within your own home.  

DZA mural collage

Domingo Zapata's bespoke mural

Artist to the stars Domingo Zapata created a bespoke mural when he visited our gallery in April 2019. Famed for his Neo-Expressionist style, which is influenced by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Domingo donned his easel to create the one-off masterpiece. 

It's not the first time Domingo has painted an impressive mural! The same year, he painted a 15-story vinyl canvas in New York's Times Square.

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