In Bed With Damien Hirst
If you’ve ever visited Devon, you already know why its most famous resident, Damien Hirst, loves cashmere. The county, beautiful as it may be, could well be where the term “English damp” originated: The place is so bone-chilling, residents snuggle around their wood-burning stoves even in summer.
But even if you’re not chained to your oven season in and season out, you may find yourself hankering for one of Hirst’s new cashmere blankets, which go on sale at his gallery, Other Criteria, today. Loomed in Scotland of 100 percent cashmere and hand-finished (though, sadly, not by the hand of Hirst himself), the blankets feature icons from his “New Religion” series: skulls, chalices, and praying hands. (Baby blankies these aren’t.) Ever the businessman, Hirst calls them “unlimited editions”—in other words, keep buying, and he’ll keep making. But even so, at £975 (about $1,590), they’re a far sight cheaper than his usual multimillion-dollar pieces. Recession-friendly YBA? Not exactly, but these will be easier to integrate into your decor than a preserved shark.