Market Day

A journalistic ‘current history’ of life inside the love-it-or-hate-it Market Hall in Shrewsbury.

Designed in 1965 by the award-winning architect David du Roi Aberdeen, the Brutalist style Market Hall building in Shrewsbury causes much contention. This record of the day-to-day from inside the landmark building reflects the people who use it.

The first Covid-19 Lockdown of 2020 dropped right in the middle of the project bringing an unexpected show of resilience from those involved recorded in the images.

Some see the building as an eyesore intruding on the surrounding architectural mix of much loved Mediaeval, Georgian and Victorian buildings. Others love it because of this contrast and its individuality.

The Pevsner Architectural Guide pronounced the new Market Hall “a good example of modern architecture”. With modern building materials of concrete, glass and metal being used, Pevsner talks of the “clean lines and simple forms. The town’s timber-framed traditions are evoked – the upper storey is jettied out on a reinforced concrete structure and faced with vertical black fins in an echo of close studding”.

We wanted the design to be dripping with references to the Pevsver synopsis; “clean lines and simple forms…vertical black fins in an echo of close studding”.

The strong, clean vertical lines outside are brought through to the layout using narrow full-length columns, stark white space and the Compacta typeface from 1963 with its industrial appearance, a popular genre in the early 1960s, used throughout.

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Violin Maker

Photobook: J. Batey | Violin Maker

There’s a workshop on Shrewsbury Town Walls unchanged for decades, a fascinating place, like stepping back in time.

We were invited to take photographs of the stacks of cases, racks of instruments, traditional tools and spare strings, so long as we didn’t interrupt Julian whilst he was working.

This book captures the atmosphere of the workshop.

Julian served his apprenticeship in Washington with Barry Oliver, a graduate of the Cremona School of Violinmaking.

After working with Rafael Carrabba in Seattle, he returned to work with his father in North Shropshire, an internationally renowned expert & dealer.

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TEN YRS LTR: Studio Book

Wolverhampton Arts & Heritage

Events & Exhibitions Guide

We were approached by the Museum to re-design their events guide.

It had to be clearer for visitors to follow and easier for them to find the information they needed.

We wanted to simplify the guide as much as possible and, working through all the things we found visitors wanted to know, we narrowed it down:

What is it?
Where is it?
When is it?
How much is it?

Another question was ‘will I like it?’ – you’d have to go there to find out…

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