New business showcases a cursed monkey, James Dean’s car window and a stuffed camel

An entrepreneur from the Driffield area is set to launch a new art gallery and upmarket store in Beverley this Saturday, featuring one-off art pieces,

Tuesday, 3rd December 2013, 10:10 am
design maffia

oddities and bespoke furniture sourced from across the world.

William M McLoughlin’s Design Maffia will be both a gallery and an open working studio, bringing to the town alternative art pieces which he claims will be unlike anything else in the north of England.

The company was founded by furniture designer Mr McLoughlin and illustrator and artist Calvin Innes.

“We’re both local artists and we want to bring something unique and unusual to Beverley” said Calvin.

Some of the pieces currently displayed in the gallery include a cursed monkey which was owned by the French royal family, a window from actor James Dean’s car and a collection of original canvasses, as well a vintage Louis Vuitton handbags and luggage.

Also displayed will be a collection of high end tables, desks and seating, handmade from industrial materials.

Artwork is being brought in from across the globe, with the hope that it will draw in more artists to the region and make the area a hub for modern art.

“We’ve got artists and art lovers coming in from all over the globe to Beverley. We’ll be showing them around this historic town, which will hopefully increase tourism in the area. We’ve also got some celebrities interested in our bespoke furniture, so you might see a few walking around” said Calvin.

The launch is being held this Saturday from 12 noon at the gallery in Beverly’s Georgian Quarter.

A champaign reception and food by a Michelin Star chef will be greeting guests.

Aside from the work which is being displayed, Design Maffia will offer customers bespoke furniture for offices and homes. Ones which have already been created include a Range Rover desk and a 747 Jet which has been converted into an office space.

The launch of gallery is only the start of a long term plan to bring more art to Beverley.

“We believe that with the launch of the gallery, we will be able to attract more artists to the area and further establish East Yorkshire as having a thriving artistic scene,” said Calvin.