Emma Johnson studied 3D design and craft and now creates functional homewares that are often based on architecture. ‘These designs have been inspired by the monumental and geometric architectural forms which make up the Hayward Gallery,’ Emma says. 'A vase reflects the towering pillars, cups take inspiration from the triangular overhangs and a jug is based on the heavy, asymmetric Brutalist shapes within the complex.’ Every piece is handmade by Emma in her studio in Brighton.
Will has created beautiful architectural sketch of Hayward Gallery and then hand screen-printed a limited edition piece in a rich pale gold, light grey and black. The result is at once recognisable and, with its shimmering sky, a kind of wonderland.
‘I like to research and discover more about these buildings, and to highlight their impact by spending time understanding and rendering their every detail,’ says Will. ‘Then, using screen-printing, I introduce striking areas of colour which offset against the detailed line.’
Ruth Holly is a Yorkshire-based designer who strives to design products that inspire the viewer to look longer and deeper at raw beauty. Much of her work is based on her own photographs which she develops using CAD, and digitally prints onto a mixture of paper, linen and cotton. ‘I wanted to create a sympathetic and tactile representation of the brutalist Hayward architectural features on a range of homeware and stationery products,’ she says. ‘The collection is so urban and raw looking, but with a soft feel. It was a really fun challenge.’
Benjamin Craven is inspired by everyday sights and occurrences, from the bright colours of the supermarket to architectural collisions. This shines through in the prints – and socks! – he has created for the Hayward Gallery Shop. ‘The brutalist building has so many amazing angles and textures to focus on,’ says Benjamin. ‘I decided to concentrate on the iconic robot face. . . these illustrations are very different; one is scenic, and the other is completely abstract but, in both, I’ve tried to capture the essence of what the building, its shapes and textures, mean to me.’
Paul Farrell is a graphic artist and printmaker working at his home studio in Newport, Wales. His bold, graphic style is the product of observing the world about him as simple form and colour.
Hayward Brutal is an exclusive design for Hayward Gallery inspired by buildings from the Brutalist period. It shows architectural details that have been repositioned. The overall effect conveys the open, accessible nature of Hayward Gallery, with its many walkways, staircases and viewpoints, resulting in a playful and ‘living’ piece of art.
Bethany Stafford is ceramic designer based in Sheffield. Taking inspiration from the iconic Hayward Gallery roof, Bethany Stafford has created a product that celebrates the simple, raw qualities of the building. These porcelain slipcast forms are interactive and can be rearranged to create new compositions. Handmade and polished, the individual pieces are designed to be held and explored.