This is a quick shot of Lauderdale Tower I took on the way to see Digital Revolution the other day. Built in 1974, it’s an example of the brutalist style of architecture and is as beautiful as it is over-bearing.
One of the nice things about living in Bermondsey in South London is being surrounded by so many amazing things to do. Last weekend I took a little trip down to the Design Museum. At the moment there are three exhibitions on, Louis Kahn: The Power Of Architecture, Time Machines: Daniel Weil And The Art Of Design and Designs Of The Year 2014.
I wasn’t familiar with Kahn’s work before seeing it on display. The exhibition showcases his life’s work over the course of nearly half a century.
One of the highlights is a four metre tall (1:50 scale) model of his City Tower project planned for Philadelphia in the mid 50s but never built. The model was built by the Vitra Design Museum.
Daniel Weil’s collection of ‘Time Machines’ was fascinating, in particular ‘Clock for an Architect’. It’s hard to translate the finish in a photo but trust me it’s really a beautiful object.
One of the really nice touches is the use of phillips and flat head screws on the positive and negative sides of the battery holder.
The Designs of the Year exhibition showcases the best design from the past year and brings it all together in one exhibition. In their words:
“Now in its seventh year, Designs of the Year gathers together a year of cutting-edge innovation and original talent; showcasing the very best in global Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Furniture, Graphic, Product and Transport design.”
— Design Museum
Here’s a few of my favourites from this years show.
Volkswagen’s XL1 is the first car to do 100km to a litre of diesel
The brilliant Dumb Ways to Die
The vote tracker is a nice touch and really makes visitors feel like they are part of the experience. It’s hard to tell but the bars are made up of little pieces of yellow tape and are added to and updated to keep track of which exhibits are the most popular.
Nicely sums it up I think.
I took this from Blackfriars Bridge as I walked over to South Bank yesterday to meet a few friends for a drink, well, many drinks but that’s beside the point. Anyway, the point is I’m still amazed that you can get shots like this from the camera on a phone that’s 3 years old (iPhone 4S).
On a snowy December afternoon in 2010, I first walked through the door of 3 fish. A month later I started working there and ever since I’ve had the chance to work on some fantastically challenging projects with some really amazing friends.
The picture above is the stack of notebooks I found in my locker when I cleared it out the other day — although I’m sure there’s probably some more knocking about the studio. They’re tattered, torn, virtually illegible and thanks to a consistently escalating game of ‘let’s draw a cock on someone’s notebook’ contains some of the most majestic and imaginative cock drawings you can imagine. They’re also the most useful tools I’ve had access to and act as a reminder that the best work I’ve done wasn’t created sitting at an iMac.
I’ve loved my time in the fishtank and I’ve learned an unfathomable amount but like anything in life there comes a time for change. Next week I start at The Workroom and I can only hope I have even half as much fun there.