20 April 2012


Rick Poyner has just posted a fascinating article on the Design Observer website about the work of photographer Philip Sayer, focusing particularly on his iconic portraiture throughout the 1980s for Blueprint magazine. Sayer has a long standing relationship with Marsden Woo and his own new website, the launch of which lead to Poyner's article, was designed and built by our Creative Consultant Alida Sayer.

'Like a lot of viewers, I first encountered Sayer’s photographs in the pages of Blueprint in the 1980s.... (the magazine) had over-sized pages so the pictures needed to work hard to justify all the space they were given and the cover, always a portrait in the early years, was the most critical of all. Sayer, an associate editor, became a master of the magnetically appealing cover shot....
Sayer was... an image-maker whose way of shooting people defined the classic look of Blueprint in those years, helping to give it a visual impact and an editorial presence that it has never equaled since.'
Words © Rick Poyner, from the article published 20 April 2012 on the designobserver.com website

Follow this link to view the article in full: http://observatory.designobserver.com/entry.html?entry=33738
Philip Sayer's website: http://www.philipsayerpartnership.com/

Arata Isozaki. Photograph: Phil Sayer. Art editors; Simon Esterson & Stephen Coates. May 1988

12 April 2012


Bob, the international magazine of space design, based in Korea, has just published a beautiful double-page spread about Patrick Mifsud's recent exhibition in our Project Space, 'On Different Levels'. The show was also voted one of the top ten recent installations by online readers of Dutch architecture and interiors magazine Frame.


Frame online news

Article © Bob magazine

Cover © Bob magazine

10 April 2012


Marsden Woo Gallery's Creative Consultant and associated artist Alida Sayer has just re-launched her website for 2012, which features a new design and a selection of her latest animated pieces along with some previously unseen images from past projects. Her work has just been featured in two new books; 'Lettering: A Reference Manual of Techniques' by Andrew Haslam (Laurence King, UK) and 'Typoholic' (Viction:ary, Hong Kong) and is also due to appear in an upcoming title by German publisher Gestalten this summer.

Please follow this link to view the new site: www.alidarosie.co.uk

Still from 'You have all the time in the world' (2012)
© Alida Rosie Sayer

Still from 'I woke up feeling strange' I (2011-12)
© Alida Rosie Sayer

3 April 2012


We have just posted our new 2012-13 Exhibition Programme online. Some really exciting shows coming up over the next year, including dramatic ceramic vessels by Ken Eastman, which will see us up to the summer, followed by Nao Matsunaga's autumn solo show of brand new mixed media work. Our first Project Space to main gallery transition comes in the form of sculptor Owen Bullett, who will be taking over the upstairs space throughout November and December. The Project Space, curated by Tessa Peters, will continue to explore all that is up and coming with planned shows featuring curious biomorphic ceramics, an experimental immersive typographic environment, innovative furniture and extraordinary design objects.

To download a copy of the full programme (pdf) please click here

Please also note our Easter opening times - we will be closed on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th April, but open as usual from Tuesday 10th.