To mark the centenary of the death of the arts-and-crafts architect Philip Webb, we were asked by the National Trust to design and install an exhibition in his first independent commission, the house he designed for his lifelong friend and colleague William Morris.
Working closely with the property team and curator, in less than eight weeks from our first meeting we designed and commissioned display cases, created a design scheme for the exhibition graphics, and produced finished artwork which was printed and installed in time for the press launch (the main exhibition case is without its cover here for the benefit of press photographers).
The exhibition is now open, and is planned to remain at Red House for several years. We’re also looking forward to telling more of Webb's story later this year at his other house now in the care of the National Trust, Standen in West Sussex.
The exhibition includes a collection of Webb’s personal possessions, including architectural drawing instruments and paints, which he bequeathed to the photographer and publisher Emery Walker. The graphics have been typeset in the beautiful Doves Type, created by Edward Prince for the Doves Press, which Walker founded with Thomas James Cobden-Sanderson. The story of the dispute between the two men which led to Cobden-Sanderson's bizarre, nocturnal disposal of the original metal type makes fascinating reading. The italic version of the typeface was kindly provided by Torbjörn Olsson.
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