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‘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
Profits from the sale of this calendar will be donated to Open-City.
The RIBA exhibition Ordinary Beauty: The Photography of Edwin Smith is now on and runs until 6 December 2014. Learn more about the exhibition here.
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“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.
Mourne Textiles has reissued the 1951 La Triennale di Milano rug designed by Gerd Hay-Edie, founder of Mourne Textiles. The Milano rug is included in the Mourne Textiles collection available at Margaret Howell. Hand woven on the original loom, using the same materials and techniques Gerd used over sixty years ago, each rug takes 3 weeks to complete. The reissue design is produced on a linen warp, combining looped wool yarns and hand twisted unspun fleece to create a rich surface effect.
In 1950 Gerd showed her first collection of rugs to The Design Council in London, her designs were accepted by the Council and photographs sent to leading designers, including Robin Day, for consideration in future commissions and collaborations. Robin Day first presented Gerd’s designs in 1951 at La Triennale di Milano and The Festival of Britain, the new rug was shown in an exhibition room set alongside Robin Day’s furniture, etched panels by Geoffrey Clarke and ceramics by Hans Coper and Lucie Rie.
100% Wool/Linen/Unspun Hand Twisted Fleece. 175 x 117cms
Available to order at our 34 Wigmore Street, London shop.
Mourne Textiles has been weaving for over half a century from their workshop at the foot of the Mourne Mountains in Northern Ireland. The family business was established by Gerd Hay-Edie, a Norwegian design pioneer who became a noted creative force in the mid-century design movement, working on collaborations with Robin Day for Hille, Terence Conran and Liberty to produce bespoke upholstery fabrics and rugs. Gerd’s interpretations of traditional Irish tweeds were admired by the fashion industry and used to produce innovative clothing fabrics for Irish designer Sybil Connolly in the mid 1950’s.
Today Mourne continues to source yarns from Donegal, custom dying the wool and linen to match the heritage pieces originally created by Gerd, thereby ensuring modern production remains true to the history and traditions of the workshop. The yarns are intrinsic to Mourne’s Irish-Scandinavian roots, providing a warm, rich and textured quality to contemporary designs, each a testament to Gerd’s classic and timeless style.
View more items from Mourne Textiles here.
‘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 Rambert building, designed by Allies and Morrison Architects and completed in December 2013, will be open to the public on Saturday 20 September during this year’s Open House London Weekend. Rambert is Britain’s national dance company.
Open House London is the capital’s largest annual architectural festival, buildings and public spaces of all types and periods are accessible, free of charge, to encourage greater public appreciation of urban spaces and the built environment. Open House London Weekend 20–21 September 2014.
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.
‘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. 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
View the online gallery here.
Margaret Howell has produced a 2015 calendar in conjunction with the exhibition. The calendar is available to buy on our website.
Ordinary Beauty: The Photography of Edwin Smith. RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London W1
10 September – 6 December 2014
More information here