EDWIN SMITH BRITISH LANDSCAPES
‘You can’t fault Edwin Smith’s eye. There’s not a single photograph in the RIBA’s extensive collection that is not beautifully composed. So to choose just 12 for this calendar was a personal, intuitive process. These are my choices. Each spoke directly to me, each happens to be a British landscape. The way he captures the spirit of place takes me right there. I love that he chose subjects that seem modest, even unpromising, then transformed them with technical assurance and vision. His images of Britain have a truth I recognise and feel at one with.’
– Margaret Howell
MILANO RUG BY MOURNE TEXTILES
“Of the rugs which I have seen, only yours have got enough character as a background for my new designs of furniture to be exhibited at ‘La Triennale di Milano’, please can you weave for this exhibition a rug of approximately nine by seven feet”. Taken from a letter by Robin Day to Gerd Hay-Edie, 1951.
OPEN HOUSE LONDON RAMBERT, 99 UPPER GROUND, SOUTHBANK
‘This year we needed to move our women’s London Fashion Week show to accommodate the growing number of guests. I knew I wanted something with the working space and spirit of our Wigmore Street shop and that’s hard to find. So my thanks go to the team at Open House London Weekend for suggesting Rambert. This recently opened building is a functional space with strong associations of movement, energy and style. After all, I design my clothes with just that kind of freedom, life and natural grace in mind. What better place to show them than where dance is made?’
— Margaret Howell
THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF EDWIN SMITH
In support of RIBA’s (Royal Institute of British Architects) new exhibition that opens today, Ordinary Beauty: The Photography of Edwin Smith, Margaret has curated an online gallery of her favourite images from the exhibition.
ARCA LIMITED EDITION
SILKSCREEN PRINTS ILLUSTRATIONS BY WALTER WARTON
On display and for sale at our Wigmore Street shop for the duration of the Slacklands exhibtion.
Single colour silkscreen print, A1 (841 x 594mm) 300 gsm uncoated paper. Limited edition of 20 of each illustration.
SLACKLANDS A GUIDE TO RURAL CONTEMPORARY ARCHITECTURE
9 MAY – 1 JUNE
The first book from ARCA, Archive for Rural Contemporary Architecture, SLACKLANDS by Corinna Dean challenges conventional aesthetics by inviting the reader to take a journey to uncompromising rural structures, to contemplate their uneasy existence and reflect on how these buildings have impacted on the surrounding natural environment.