I was delighted when my agent Greene & Heaton asked me to make something to celebrate their 50th Anniversary. Their celebration took place last Tuesday 12th March at the Bush Theatre in West London. The space was a large grey and brick industrial space used for performances and I put together a 5 metre long bar made waterproof on the top surface by adding vinyl tape and then behind which was a big 50 graphic ‘birthday card’ I had really dedicated help from Chris Wellbelove who said that building the bar and making the decisions about the tape was the most creative thing he’d ever done. This made me very happy. We finished it just in time for him to get changed. One person from Greene and Heaton said that it was going to be the most trendy publishing party in a long while….but hey! I guess you’re only 50 once!
Here are the photos at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London last friday for the late night special on Furniture. I showed eight of the Balance chairs in total, four in each of the the circular ceramics rooms. I was excited to show this many in this location and although like the images show the background was quite busy, spatially the chairs worked well and people seemed to be captivated and it was good to see a lot of people trying to figure out what was going on. Some people thought it was very mathematical others thought that it must be something to do with the holes. Whilst my aim was never to confuse people, as always I like to try and get people to examine what they are really seeing.
A couple of Saturdays ago I visited Nottingham (very early train) with Gemma and Magnus from the Sorrell Foundation to deliver a drawing masterclass to participants of their fantastic programme called The National Art and Design Saturday Club. It was one of those snowy days so we started a little later than usual i suspect. But we were quickly underway and most of the participants who were aged 14-16 stepped up to the challenge and worked really hard to draw the plans an elevations of an archetypal hotel room. They dressed in black so they could take photos of themselves against the backdrop they had just drawn at 1:1 scale. Possibly a little ambitious in the time, 2 hours, but I’d rather that then something that was too easy…..right?