We’ve been licking our lips in anticipation of the opening of PLY since last summer, when the front window of the then-unfinished pizzeria hosted an exhibition of pizza-themed films by seven international creatives. Fast forward a few months and it’s all systems go at the restaurant in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, with the magnificent mirrorball oven turning out pizzas like there’s no tomorrow and art continuing to play an important role in the production.
PLY’s creative partner Instruct Studio sprinkled their stardust over both the interior and branding. Behind the screens of the PLYin90seconds window exhibition, the construction and design teams have been beavering away on the 5,500 sqft former textile warehouse, stripping back and then whitening the walls to allow the introduction of fresh new colours and a suitable backdrop for the rotating art selection. Furniture varies between classic Eames designs and pieces custom made in Manchester, and Salford firm Workroom Industries collaborated with Instruct to fabricate various features including lightboxes and signs. Layla Sailor, one of the original exhibitors, provides a permanent artwork collection, while the other PLYin90seconds artists will hold individual shows throughout 2015. The big-headed and bug-eyed creations of Will Broome are the inaugural guests to join Sailor’s work on the PLY walls — catch the London-based artist till 30 June.