Paul Smith: Finding Inspiration

Paul Smith: Finding Inspiration

F rom his globally renowned brand, which this year celebrates its 50th anniversary, to his legacy in reinventing modern suiting and his iconic signature stripes, Sir Paul Smith is synonymous with the very best in British design.

Ahead of a live-streamed talk from Sotheby's London, the legendary menswear designer has selected his highlights from Sotheby's Made in Britain sale, choosing works which particularly inspire him.

Showcasing exceptional art and objects created in Britain in the 20th and 21st centuries, the sale is open for online bidding until 16 September and includes photographs by Terry O'Neill, prints by David Hockney and a breathtaking cast of Lawrence Holofcener’s iconic Allies sculpture featuring Sir Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt.

The sale coincides with the publication of a stunning new book from Phaidon, in which Sir Paul celebrates 50 years by choosing 50 objects that have inspired him through his legendary career. Ranging from personal family photographs to the Filofax to a Toio floor lamp by Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, each object has a particular significance to Smith in informing his creative process. His saying that ‘you can find inspiration in everything’ means that he is as likely to draw inspiration from everyday life as fine art.

Paul Smith, edited by Tony Chambers, with a foreword by Jonathan Ive, Phaidon

Sir Paul will be going live on Sotheby’s Instagram at 4:30pm BST on Monday 14 September to tour the London galleries. He'll be discussing creativity and innovation in great British art and design, as well as the new book.

Paul Smith, edited by Tony Chambers, with a foreword by Jonathan Ive, Phaidon; Object 05: Domus magazine, 1967 (pages 44-45)

Paul Smith, edited by Tony Chambers, with a foreword by Jonathan Ive is published by Phaidon on 1 October. Visit

Main picture credit: courtesy and copyright © Paul Smith

Modern British & Irish Art

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