Thursday, 28 February 2013

David Mabb

David Mabb’s work uses appropriated images, fabric, wallpaper, photographs or paintings as his starting point. Fabrics have been used for their cultural and political signification. He uses commercially reproduced copies of William Morris original textiles and wallpaper and over paints sections of them, selecting and (re)presenting them like flowers laid out on a collector’s/botanist’s specimen tray. These works allude to both the utopian projects of Modernism and William Morris’ Arts and Crafts movement. Mabb’s video work, such as ‘A Closer look at the life and work of William Morris’ parodies the documentary, in particular, the use of the rostrum camera image of the ‘artwork’ and the close-up.

Fletcher, Forbes & Gill

This announcement for the merger of designers Fletcher, Forbes & Gill (1962) features split pages so that photos of the three men can be merged. A different incarnation of this design firm would become Pentagram in 1972

Found online :

Sunday, 24 February 2013

Gathering time...

Some more logo spotting. Looking forward to sharing some news about this soon.

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

One read leads to another...

Marwood studio is currently 'on location'. It works well. It means more space, thoughts, fresh air and somehow more hours in the day. This creates the perfect time for researching and reviving -  getting ready for the next season. 

Reading an old copy of Gentlewoman meant coming across Asif Khan's name again today. It was an interesting interview with his fellow architect/collaborator, Pernilla Ohrstedt. Working on a freelance design job a couple of years ago meant we worked in the same studio as Asif. His screensaver image was intriguing at the time and much more interesting than the job in hand. It turns out it was this image...

Harvest by Asif Khan 

His work seemed busy, exciting and as already mentioned... intriguing. We love collaborating at Marwood... Pernilla said it well when she said that she prefers sharing ideas, creating something with someone else. Projects we have created with others (Russell Weekes, Sam Kerr, E-i-B, Other Shop... and others to come in 2013) have always held more heart in a way.

So, just out of appreciation.. here are some beautiful images of the latest collaboration that Asif Khan has worked on with Swarovski. Link here for more - a lot more. Enjoy. Be inspired. We were.

This immersive installation, designed in collaboration with Swarovski Crystal Palace, explores the relationship between the refractive qualities of crystal, light, nature and architecture. Inspired by the optical properties of water particles in the sky, which form ice crystals, the installation recreates the illusion of the 'ice halo' phenomenon in the sub-tropical climate of Miami Beach. Atmospheric phenomena such as ice halos, were used as part of weather lore as an empirical means of weather forecasting before meteorology was developed.
Parhelia, derived from the Greek for "Beside the Sun", incorporates over 1 million Swarovski crystals in an architectural structure nearly 6m high and features crystallised halos that appear to move about the exhibition space. Inside the structure, a geometric design is reflected infinitely in the honeycomb crystal panelling. A skylight allows natural light to interact with the architecture, thereby creating a dynamic visual display that changes from day to night. Parhelia explores the sensory influence of crystal, and their phototropic effect on humans.


Researching. Gathering. Thinking. Finding. Resuming. 

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Marwood X Touba X Zaha Hadid

Last night we took part in a press evening at famed architect Zaha Hadid's studio in Clerkenwell. We took some photos of the space to share with you as it was a perfect setting to show off the latest wears by TOUBA's Showroom Next Door designers. Marwood is now showing our collections with them as well. It was a great evening to be a part of. 

 A peak through the ground floor window to the basement where 
the Marwood colours came to life in the monochrome space. 
This space will be open to the public in a few 
months and we recommend going to check it out. 

Monday, 11 February 2013

Copenhagen Travels

Last week we got back from Copenhagen where we took part in a new installation called the 'Crystal Hall' based in the CIFF fashion fair. It was curated by a Paris based team along with the CIFF organisers... thanks to them all. They created a space that we were very proud to be a part of.
Marwood plinth - showing a glimpse of our range.
The pop-up STORM boutique in the background.
Fancy fish and chips.
Cocktails by night...
Furniture by day...

We are definite fans of Copenhagen.
Looking forward to our next visit...

Saturday, 9 February 2013

Kate Jackling

Morning coffee with a backdrop of photos by 
Kate Jackling this morning. Lovely work. 
See more here...

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Mr Elijah Wood - Paper Plane

It was very nice to open the Mr Porter newsletter today and see that Elijah Wood has become their latest actor to take the leading part in a Mr Porter short film. We were even more interested by the Marwood tie that he adorned throughout. The SS13 Marwood 'charcoal ink' coloured 'Wave' design that was created from the collaboration with artist Toni Davey

Buy the Marwood tie here:
Marwood image of the Wave tie design in 'charcoal ink' 
was shot by Kate Davis and art directed by Sam Kerr