Clerkenwell Design Week 2012 / London / May 2012

This year I was commissioned by Elspeth Rae at Clerkenwell Design Week to cover the annual three day festival in London and to get photographs of as much of the exciting designers, creations and activities as possible. The weather came good for us and it was three days of solid sunshine. I was working alongside two other photographers, Mark Cocksedge and Ashley Bingham with Phillip Vile covering the evening events (so Mark, Ashley and I could relax and have a beer!). Generally speaking, I work alone on jobs (occasionally with an assistant with me) so working in a team was a bit of a novelty for me and I really enjoyed it. Between us, we worked three very long days, covered a helluva lot of stuff and had a good time doing it!

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The Shingle House / Dungeness / February 2012

Two years ago the writer and philosopher, Alain de Botton set up Living Architecture. de Botton is the author of a number of books on subjects as diverse as love, travel and philosophy but it was after the publication of “The Architecture of Happiness” and the subsequent tours and talks he did, that he became convinced of a “desire to shift perceptions of modern architecture”.

From the Living Architecture website… “We wanted to allow people to experience what it is like to live, eat and sleep in a space designed by an outstanding architectural practice. While there are examples of great modern buildings in Britain, they tend to be in places that one passes through (eg. airports, museums, offices) and the few modern houses that exist are almost all in private hands and cannot be visited”

Living Architecture exists to give people the chance to holiday in exemplary examples of modern architecture, commissioning some of the finest architects in the world, in the hope the public might start to warm to the contemporary again.

Last month a group of us went to stay at NORD Architecture’s Living Architecture project in Dungeness; The Shingle House. NORD are a young Scottish practice with a great reputation for strong and striking buildings and this house is no different. I was asked to write a guest post for Collate’s blog on my stay there, where I go into lots of detail about the architecture and philosophy behind the home as well as what it was like to stay there. Rather than repeating that, I’ll just point you in it’s direction. You can read that post in full by clicking Two years ago the writer and philosopher, Alain de Botton set up Living Architecture. de Botton is the author of a number of books on subjects as diverse as love, travel and philosophy but it was after the publication of “The Architecture of Happiness” and the subsequent tours and talks he did, that he became convinced of a “desire to shift perceptions of modern architecture”.

From the Living Architecture website… “We wanted to allow people to experience what it is like to live, eat and sleep in a space designed by an outstanding architectural practice. While there are examples of great modern buildings in Britain, they tend to be in places that one passes through (eg. airports, museums, offices) and the few modern houses that exist are almost all in private hands and cannot be visited” Living Architecture exists to give people the chance to holiday in exemplary examples of modern architecture, commissioning some of the finest architects in the world, in the hope the public might start to warm to the contemporary again. Last month a group of us went to stay at NORD Architecture’s Living Architecture project in Dungeness; The Shingle House. NORD are a young Scottish practice with a great reputation for strong and striking buildings and this house is no different. I was asked to write a guest post for Collate’s blog on my stay there, where I go into lots of detail about the architecture and philosophy behind the home as well as what it was like to stay there. Rather than repeating that, I’ll just point you in it’s direction. You can read that post in full by clicking here.

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Conran at the Design Museum / London / February 2012

Last week, Conran & Partners commissioned me to head over to the Design Museum to document the exhibition they have on at the moment marking the life and work of Terence Conran. From the Design Museum’s website… “The Design Museum marks Sir Terence Conran’s 80th birthday with a major exhibition that explores his unique impact on contemporary life in Britain. Through his own design work, and also through his entrepreneurial flair, Conran has transformed the British way of life. The Way We Live Now explores Conran’s impact and legacy, whilst also showing his design approach and inspirations. The exhibition traces his career from post-war austerity through to the new sensibility of the Festival of Britain in the 1950s, the birth of the Independent Group and the Pop Culture of the 1960s, to the design boom of the 1980s and on to the present day”

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Small Batch Coffee / Brighton / March 2011

I’ve always wanted to get into drinking coffee, if not just to give me something I can rely on in the morning to give me a kick start. Unfortunately I just don’t like it, as much as I try. I don’t really even drink tea so my mornings take a while to get going because all I have is Shreddies, cold showers and orange juice to get me started. Anyways, those of my friends who do enjoy coffee tell me that Brighton based, Small Batch Coffee are great. They recently opened their new Coffee Shop on Wilbury Avenue in Hove and they got Chalk Architecture in to design the new space in a former flooring showroom (if memory serves me correctly?).

A lot of the building work was done by friends of Small Batch and a large proportion of the materials are seconds from other larger projects Chalk have worked on. You see this quite a lot on small projects like this with mixed results and it’s a great credit to Chalk and Small Batch that it looks so good here. The finishing and detailing is great, helped by some good design choices and some very high quality materials (the wood paneling is beautiful). The golden gnome stools are a cracking touch to.

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