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Period pieces A comprehensive exhibition of Art Nouveau objects was recently mounted at the Grosvenor Gallery in London and it provided a useful opportunity to reassess the movement. The work of Alphonse Mucha was well represented: the Mucha panel, far right, embodies the Japanese motifs to which the Art Nouveau style owed so much, and the swirling tendrils which are always associated with the French manifestations of the movement. Flower forms decorate the French ormulu oval bowl, right, by F. Deton. About half the exhibits were from the collection of Martin Battersby.
Scholarship results The winners of the first Midlands Design Scholarships are Alan Howard-Baker and Brian Swinbanks. They will spend a month in America this year visiting exhibitions, industrial companies, schools and colleges, and meeting American designers. To qualify for the scholarships, entrants had to submit a design for something to be used in the home. Mr Howard-Baker, who is a staff designer with Parker Knoll, was selected for his design for a show wood easy chair upholstered in black pvc, far left.. Mr Swinbanks' winning entry was a constructional toy consisting of lengths of wood with a hinged joint, left. At present a final year student in the school of industrial design at Birmingham College of Art and Crafts, Mr Swinbanks intends to make a career in toy making. There were more than 60 entrants for the scholarships, which were organised by the English Speaking Union in association with the Midlands Arts Centre for young people in Birmingham.
Building for people One of the most interesting, and certainly one of the best presented, exhibits at the Building Exhibition held at Olympia recently was the combined Government display. Seven departments - Education and Science, Health, Housing and Local Government, Labour, Technology, Scottish Development and Public Building and Works -formed a joint display which aimed "to illustrate how, with correct planning and study, building can make its proper contribution to the well being of society". The Department of Education and Science contributed to the display a scale model of a small primary school, illustrating how every part of the building is designed to contribute to the total learning environment. There was also a full size model of an activity bay in the infants' section of
the school, illustrated Jeff, showing how furniture of proper design and dimensions can work with the building to provide teachers and children with a practical and attractive environment. The combined Government stand was designed and produced by the Central Office of Information exhibition division and co-ordinated by the Ministry of Public Building and Works.
Graphic design An exhibition given the title The Ruthless Logic and Free Imagination Show was organised recently by the art department of the Welsh Committee of the Arts Council. The text was written by Christopher Bradshaw, and the exhibition was designed by the students of Hornsey College graphic design department, led by John Shawl The core of the exhibition is a group of 20 panels, one of which is shown far right, on which the single line text is illustrated and expanded by a series of collages consisting of photographs, magazine illustrations and original graphic work. The text and illustrations aim to present the principles and problems of graphic design. The poster, left, was also designed by the college, and represents the idealised designer, a man with "practical and technical grip and possessing ruthless logic, free imagination and will". The panel, right, is part of the entrance to the exhibition and is decorated with two revolving discs.
Graphics and the church Before his ordination, the Rev Harold Wilson was a graphic designer, and his early training and interest in graphics, among other reasons, led him to commission a new house style for Salisbury Theological College on his appointment as principal early in 1965. Keith Murgatroyd, the designer commissioned, has produced a house style, illustrated right, which effectively gives the college a twentieth century image. The cross symbol replaces the Victorian neomedieval coat of arms formerly used. The redesign of all the printed material for the college is now complete and plans for the design of vestments, also to be produced by Mr Murgatroyd, for the college chapel are now under way. These will probably incorporate the new symbol. Salisbury is the first Church of England theological college to carry out a project of this sort, and it is attracting much attention. It will be interesting to see if other colleges follow Salisbury's lead. Apart from his work on the new house style for Salisbury, Mr Murgatroyd recently designed a letter heading for St Deniol's Library, Hawarden, Chester, which was awarded first prize in the letter press section of the British Stationery Council's 1965 Letter Heading Competition. Mr Murgatroyd's work was also given a second prize and two certificates of merit in the same competition, and awarded the overall prize.