David Hockney and The Yosemite Suite

David Hockney and The Yosemite Suite

David Hockney's Latest Exhibition: The Yosemite Suite

Artist David Hockney is showcasing a new series of work at New York’s Pace Gallery this summer, which consists of over 20 works created completely on an iPad. 

A Late Legend

A Late Legend

The Life and Work of the Late Robert Brownjohn - Iconic Graphic Designer

“What is graphic design?”
“I am.”

'Always Be Knolling'

'Always Be Knolling'

The Definition of Knolling and its Place in Design

The term knolling was first coined by Andrew Kromelow, a Janitor who worked at Frank Gehry’s furniture fabrication shop back in 1987. It came about as Gehry was designing chairs for Knoll, a company famous for Florence Knoll’s angular furniture. 

UPLIFTING ARCHITECTURE

UPLIFTING ARCHITECTURE

New Maggie's Centre is Built Around the Concept of Uplifting Architecture

Maggie’s was founded by and named after the late Maggie Keswick Jencks, who died of cancer in 1995. Like her husband, architectural writer and critic Charles Jencks, she believed that buildings could have the ability to uplift people. 

'RAINBOW TOWN'

Following a recent trip to Reykjavik we were inspired by the colourful corrugated iron houses, called bárujárnshús. Wide use was made of this cheap metal cladding in reconstructing the city following a devastating fire in 1915. When heavily insulated, this galvanised and corrugated iron over a timber or concrete framework provides a very durable building material in the harsh Icelandic climate. Reykjavik residents are then free to decorate their houses with an array of rich and distinctive colours. From the tallest local vantage point in the tower of Hallgrimskirkja church, the cityscape resembles a rainbow-coloured toy town.

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FOOD ON THE MOVE

2016 sees 50 years since one of the first motorway service station opened on the M1 at Leicester Forest East. The dining experience was premium, with 'The Captain's Table', a Terence Conran designed, silver-service restaurant. It conjured up the glamour of travel at that time, with visual triggers of an ocean liner, panoramic views, waiters in sailor suits, a pianist on a Baby Grand Piano and even an open air balcony. Fast-forward half a century and most UK service stations are sad mash-ups of multiple fast food outlets. 

An exception to this are the motorway services at Tebay run by the Westmoreland family. Opening not long after Leicester in 1972, local farmers John and Barbara Dunning, set up Tebay Services in partnership with local bakers when the new M6 cut through their land in the Lune Gorge in Cumbria. It was the first family-run motorway service station on the UK road network, with a small 30 seat café serving home cooked food.  Nowadays, their environmentally-sound, award-winning services are crafted from local stone and timber, sit comfortably in the surroundings and use locally-sourced produce which continues to support the surrounding community. 

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AN EARLY INTERACTIVE WINDOW DISPLAY IN NYC

"I'd give up my spaghetti for this here Olivetti"  written by Toni Kosover, stylist for fashion magazine Seventeen.

In May 1954, Olivetti bolted a Lettera 22 portable typewriter to a stand on the sidewalk outside its new New York City showroom on Fifth Avenue, near 47th Street. In less than a year, over 50,000 passers-by had stopped and used the machine to write something candid. The renowned Life Magazine photographer Michael Rougier set up a screen to discreetly capture images of some of the people who paused to try out the Olivetti. 

Interestingly, more than half of those who used the Olivetti had typed the phrase: "Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of the party”, which was a well-known practice text from Charles E, Weller’s 1867 course for aspiring typists.

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CULTURA OLIVETTIANA

“Design is a question of substance, not just form…it’s a tool a company uses through its products, graphics, and architecture to convey an image that is not just simply appearance but a tangible reflection of a way of being and operating.”  (Adriano Olivetti, who pioneered Olivetti SpA’s unique approach)

The company hired some of the 20th century's greatest creative and intellectual minds, including: Mario Bellini, Ettore Sotsass, Perry King, Giovanni Pintori, Carlo Scarpa, Louis Kahn, Renzo Piano, Milton Glaser, Walter Ballmer, Egidio Bonfante

Olivetti's graphics and advertising were eye catching, fun, bright, bold and inventive. Their showrooms were consumer-friendly and engaging retail spaces, presenting the range of products in a gallery-like environment.

Their iconic products included the Lettera 22 and the Valentine -  portable, easy to use, fun to use and beautiful-looking.  "When I was young, all we ever heard about was functionalism, functionalism, functionalism,” said Sottsass. “It’s not enough. Design should also be sensual and exciting.” The Programma 101 (arguably the world's first desktop computer), "was a machine designed to be part of your personal entourage." Mario Bellini

Olivetti also had a strong influence on its corporate architecture, particularly in Ivrea, where the company has its roots. Their workspaces and factories were visionary in being socially-responsible, desirable places to work. 

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24 DAYS OF LEVER STREET

Two of our neighbouring agencies True North and Sheila Bird, have developed a seasonal design-meets-charity initiative this Christmas with the launch of a Giant Advent Calendar. The '24 Days of Lever Street' is the name for this stunning installation in Manchester's vibrant Northern Quarter.

Each day a new and unique Christmas-themed illustration is unveiled, specially designed by some of the design and creative teams based in the building.

Limited edition colour prints of each window are available to buy and all profits from print sales will be donated to Wood Street Mission, a charity which helps children and families living in poverty.

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WHITE ATELIER BY CONVERSE

Converse has opened their first official store in Harajuku, Tokyo. In addition to offering ranges of men's, women's, children's and babies shoes, there will also be limited edition items that can only be bought in Japan. In the basement customisation area you can design your own all white ALL STAR shoes, even adding a selection of infamous “Brooklyn Charms” - from the Williamsburg's premier jewellery shop in NYC.

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WITH LOVE PROJECT

'With Love' is a web site dedicated to finding people who produce things with a passion and purpose. It is curated by Chris Roberts and Rob Evans and covers their search to find individuals who truly care about what they do and what they produce. Asking one single question along the way... "Why do you do what you do?” 

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