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Astragal: Turner Prize winner assembles its goods for sale

Assemble Granby Rock table
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The first products set to be made in Assemble’s Granby Workshop have gone up for sale. Buyers can now pre-order items which are to go into production in the community-run space from the end of January.

Artefacts being produced include block-printed fabrics, chairs, door handles and light pulls made from sawdust, lampshades, and furniture and other household items made from local construction waste aptly named Granby Rock.

The architecture collective won last year’s Turner Prize for its work on the Granby Four Streets project in Liverpool and displayed the first prototypes of the items made in the workshop as part of the art prize’s exhibition in Glasgow.

All income raised from the sale goes back into the workshop and its work with young people in the area.


… as Herzog de Meuron sets out its own stall

Herzog   de Meuron coathanger

Herzog de Meuron coathanger

Meanwhile  Herzog and de Meuron has launched a website selling furniture and other items developed by the practice.

The online shop sells coathangers, stools and lighting by the Swiss firm from projects dating as far back as 2002.

Cork stools developed in collaboration with artist Ai Weiwei for the 2012 Serpentine Pavilion are on sale for £480, while less financially blessed collectors can bag a coat hook turned from wood for £35.

It’s probably not a bad time to be buying designer furniture. A change in UK copyright laws means designs will be protected for 70 years after their creator’s death, compared with the current 25 years, giving a likely boost to the value of classics.


Avian architectural criminals captured

Gloucester Crescent pigeons

Gloucester Crescent pigeons

The idea of ornament as a type of architectural crime is due to be explored next week at a Turncoats debate featuring artist Pablo Bronstein, and chaired by Ordinary Architecture co-founder and former FAT partner Charles Holland.

But will they consider how nature itself can spontaneously and naughtily add decoration to an otherwise austere facade? This photograph snapped by local architect couple Ed and Margot Jones shows AHMM’s north London residential scheme Gloucester Crescent topped by a new ‘faunal cornice’ made up of pigeons.

Drawn to the light

Litre of light mick stephenson kings cross

Litre of light, King’s Cross, by Mick Stephenson

Last weekend’s Lumiere London festival of light installations and illuminated landmarks proved more popular than its organisers anticipated.

King’s Cross station had to be evacuated, and installations were switched off on Saturday night after huge crowds turned out to see the illuminations.

Organiser Artichoke took to Twitter to warn off the crowds, asking visitors to come back on Sunday. The free festival featured more than 30 light installations from artists including Patrick Warrener, Benedetto Bufalino and Benoit Deseille.

Protect and survive: 80s nuclear shelter listed

entrance to bunker

Entrance to bunker

IThe listing of a 1982 nuclear shelter in a private wood in Taverham, near Norwich, must go down as one of the most minimal structures to win statutory heritage protection.

 Externally all that can be seen of the bunker, built over six months by Noel Barrett for his family, are some air vents and a thick metal door.  

Inside, however, the bunker includes such domestic comforts as a spa bath, wood panelling and carpeting.

Historic England listing team leader Tony Calladine said: ‘This is a rare example of a private nuclear shelter as very few are known to survive.

‘It vividly illustrates public anxiety during a period of heightened tension towards the end of the Cold War.’



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