The term Brutalism was derived from the French ‘Béton brut’, or raw concrete, and the expression became associated with a movement emerging in postwar British architectural offices.
The British public share a love-hate relationship with this strong architectural language. The monumental Preston bus station by BDP is the most recent dispute on the value of Brutalist architecture.
Significant buildings such Robin Hood Gardens and Birmingham City Library await demolition. Others such as the ‘Get Carter carpark’ by the Owen Luder Partnership have already been eradicated.
Read below some further information by Simon Phipps whose new blog dedicated to post-war and brutalist buildings can be accessed from here.
Brutalism’s properties were characterised by the critic Reyner Banham in the Architectural Review, December 1955:
1, Formal legibility of plan;
2, Clear exhibition of structure,
3, Valuation of materials for their inherent qualities “as found”.
Banham further argued that great architecture derives from the correct interaction of structure, function and form whilst also requiring a necessary conceptual element in order to have ‘memorabilty of image’.
Although the brutalist tendency in post-war British Architecture has been assailed both by derision and real antipathy, Brutalist Architecture as realised by such practitioners as Erno Goldfinger, Sir Denys Lasdun and Rodney Gordon is now universally recognised for it’s expressed structure and exposed materials of concrete, block and brick. These qualities sitting alongside a-formality and anti-geometric plans allow for the necessary conceptual content that makes some of these building ‘great’ and provides ‘memorability of image’.
Simon Phipps photographed a number of buildings that sit within a loose Brutalist principle and rather than present them as photographic prints have produced them as monochrome images printed directly onto an aluminium substrate. I felt this would capture the idea of ‘valuation of materials “as found”, whilst aluminium also resonates with concrete as a material in it’s visual neutralness.
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twentytwentyone have sourced a diverse range of new lighting designs.
To supplement existing collections we have revitalised displays with new partners, classic designs and the latest contemporary lighting.
We are offering free nationwide delivery on all lighting orders placed online and instore. This offer extends to 1st December 2013.
This calendar was designed in 1966 by Massimo Vignelli and taken that year into the Design collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
After 46 years, a design from the sixties endures as an example of excellence in modern graphic design and finds its place in today’s homes and business environments.
Measuring three feet by four feet, the Stendig wall calendar consists of twelve sheets printed on sixty pound weight offset paper stock. In random order, the calendar sheets for some months are reverse printed producing a black background with white letters and numerals with other months printed in black on white background. The sheets are perforated along a line just under the binding strip to allow them to be torn away neatly.
The binding strip of the calendar has three matte black finish metal eyelets to facilitate easy hanging.
Philip Pearce established Shanagarry Pottery in 1952 and produced hand thrown earthenware at a time when decorated bone china was commercial.
The ‘Shanagarry’ range was developed in 1962. It originated in Philip Pearce collaborating with his son who was undertaking an apprenticeship with him, where he developed the distinctive black and white style that made this range stand out.
We are now showing Shanagarry Irish earthenware pottery at the shop.
Two of our favourite manufacturers joined forces today: Vitra acquired the Finnish company Artek.
Proventus CEO Daniel Sachs, former owner of Artek, explains the decision of the transaction: “Vitra has the ideal corporate culture, know-how and industrial resources to take Artek to the next level.”
Vitra welcome Artek as a new member of the Vitra Family and provide more details in their press release.
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