On 18 April, Brutal London author Simon Phipps joined architect Justin Nicholls for a fascinating evening of Brutalism at Rye Books, East Dulwich.
We are delighted that Brutal London is a finalist for the British Book Design & Production Awards, Photographic Books, Art / Architecture Monographs. With photography and text Simon Phipps, book design by A Practice for Every Day Life, commissioned and edited by Ed Griffiths with production by Rebecca Gee, this is a very handsome book.
‘Its ideals, as realised in skilled and innovative design displaying in buildings such as Erno Goldfinger’s Trellick Tower and Denys Lasdun’s National Theatre, can invoke the sublime with their expressed structure, massed forms and exposed materials of concrete, block and brick.’
Simon Phipps on re-evaluating Brutalism for the Foyles blog.
We’re delighted that both Brutal London by Simon Phipps and The English Heritage Guide to London’s Blue Plaques feature in the Evening Standard‘s Christmas feature ‘The best books about London: books for real London lovers’.
I’m delighted to write that Brutal London, a collection of Simon Phipps’s photography of the Brutalist architecture of London, is published today.
It has been very heartening to see the reaction and support from many architecture and design enthusiasts online already, so thank you if you have been part of that. It’s also been great to hear from bookshops and other retailers who will be stocking the book, and I’ll be packing up posters today for those who want to display them. If you’re a retailer and would like one, please feel free to drop me a line at ed [at] septemberpublishing [dot] org.
I thought I’d pick a highlight from the book to showcase on the blog. It comes from my home borough of Wandsworth, and is accompanied below by Simon’s explanatory text. It’s a visually very striking spread with building information which really furthered my knowledge of the origins of the Brutalist movement.
We’ll be posting blogs and other bits of upcoming press here. I thought today I’d share a sentence by Simon which appears in a soon-to-be-published blog piece, and which echoes my feelings about the book entirely:
‘I am hopeful that the book will contribute by acting as an incentive for people to roam, to walk the city and give consideration to the great wealth of Brutalist and modernist architecture bestowed upon London by visionary architects.’
– Ed Griffiths, editor and publicist
We are delighted to announce that we will be publishing BRUTAL LONDON by Simon Phipps on 1 December. This is a collection of Simon’s stunning photography of inner London buildings in the architectural style of raw concrete known as Brutalism. Designed by A Practice for Everyday Life, an iconic, tactile and desirable book.
If you’d like to see Simon Phipps’s photographs before December, do call into his exhibition Béton Brut at The Foundry Gallery in Chelsea, London. Some photos have been strikingly screen printed onto brushed aluminium, and others are shown in a new light against backdrops of block colour in paints by – very fittingly – Les Couleurs Le Corbusier.
BRUTAL LONDON was commissioned and edited by Ed Griffiths, a freelance consultant we are very pleased to have onboard.