Exercises in Seating by Max Lamb

“Max’s processes can be distilled into either addition or reduction: building, moulding or growing; carving, cutting or removing… by exposing these methods, he invites a connection with the finished object, he gives a sense of its material and emotional value.” Sarah Simpkin, Exercises in Seating Sometimes, I work with architects and designers to conceive, writeContinue reading “Exercises in Seating by Max Lamb”

You look creative, but you sound like a bank

How understanding tone of voice can help architects, designers and creative businesses win work and get noticed. When I go into an architecture practice as a freelance writer, one of the first things I do, after a good nose around the projects, is get a sense of their tone of voice. In some cases, thisContinue reading “You look creative, but you sound like a bank”

A House in a Garden by Foster + Partners: Singapore, 2003-2008

“The water seems to originate in the pond and flow beneath the house. It was important that we gave the impression of a source. This is an illusion – part created, part imagined – and forms a visual link between the different parts of the building.” David Nelson, Foster + Partners Singapore has an eclecticContinue reading “A House in a Garden by Foster + Partners: Singapore, 2003-2008”

Pilgrimage: Leça tidal pools, Álvaro Siza

Simple pleasures – sun, sand and concrete We didn’t set out to do a series of ‘design pilgrimages’, we were just trying to find somewhere to go on holiday. If we started with a building we both wanted to visit, there would be fewer decisions to make. Looking back in 2021, overwhelming choice was aContinue reading “Pilgrimage: Leça tidal pools, Álvaro Siza”

Pilgrimage: Naoshima, Japan’s art island

“Naoshima is a small, beautiful, somehow sad little island. A tiny town in squares and patches. On one side, beginning several feet back from the sea, a ruined shrine, a general store, a shaved-ice shop. The sadness comes perhaps from the loneliness – in the early afternoons, there never seems to be anyone on theseContinue reading “Pilgrimage: Naoshima, Japan’s art island”

URUSHI IS NOT ALONE, Max Lamb

“Urushi doesn’t usually work with deadlines. It takes the time it takes, and the customer or commissioner is called when it is finished. This is an unknown date, by which time it is quite possible one has forgotten that one ordered the object…” Charlotte York, Max Lamb in Wajima That’s a little how I feltContinue reading “URUSHI IS NOT ALONE, Max Lamb”

Barbican Conservatory, Luke Hayes

Built between 1965 and 1976, the Barbican Estate was designed to repopulate the post-war City of London. Nowhere has its Brutalist vision of utopia taken root more than in the conservatory, which was added later, in 1980, to disguise the theatre’s 100-foot fly tower and improve views for residents. The concrete fly-tower is surrounded byContinue reading “Barbican Conservatory, Luke Hayes”

Two Cities: Tokyo & Chicago, Luke Hayes

“Tokyo and Chicago, vast cities on opposite sides of the globe. These photographs are my first impressions of each, taken on assignments in 2009 and 2010. Despite being 10,000 kilometres apart, there were similarities. The images attempt to capture some of these parallels, the views that the people living there have stopped seeing – theContinue reading “Two Cities: Tokyo & Chicago, Luke Hayes”