Concrete Evidence

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Concrete Evidence


Lamacraft, Jane, Eye : The International Review of Graphic Design


It is not unusual for the work of artists and designers to make the transition to tableware, as a visit to almost any museum shop makes clear. William Morris mug, anyone? Edward Bawden bowl? In the case of Hannah Dipper and Robin Farquhar, it has been the other way round: the pair's architectural illustrations are familiar from their People Will Always Need Plates chinaware, popular with designconscious consumers since 2004.

Now we have London Buildings: An Architectural Tour (Batsford, £9.99), a book of Dipper and Farquhar's precise, crispy-clean line drawings. There are 44 images, each dedicated to a place particularly loved by the designers, including Kensal House (right) and Battersea Power Station (on the cover, above left). Tourist traps are notably absent, so no London Eye, no Nelson's Column. Classical architecture is represented (Wren, Nash, Soane) but it is the often derided concrete towers and brutalist icons - Centre Point, Barbican, Goldfinger's Trellick Tower - that seem closest to the authors' hearts. …

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