News from Played in Britain
Pools, people and purpose
September 18 2009
Inspired by Played in Britain publications Great Lengths and Liquid Assets, top fashion designer Margaret Howell has joined with the RIBA Trust and London Open House to stage an exhibition on 20th century lido and swimming pool design at her Wigmore Street branch in London. [Continued...]
The exhibition, which was launched last night with lectures by Ken Worpole (author of Here Comes the Sun) and Keith Ashton (of S&P Architects, sponsors of Great Lengths and Liquid Assets), features a selection of archive images from the RIBA Trust and from contemporary sources, accompanied by text provided by Played in Britain authors Dr Ian Gordon, Simon Inglis and Janet Smith.
A keen swimmer herself - at the threatened Ladywell Leisure Centre in south London - Margaret Howell's work and aesthetic approach has long been characterised by her interest in post war design, and by the ethics and philosophy of those who have promoted swimming in the public realm. Both Great Lengths and Liquid Assets, she told a packed audience at the exhibition launch, are 'beautiful books' which inspired her to propose this event to the Open House organisers.
The exhibition, which is free to the public, runs during shop hours from September 23rd to October 7th and is at Margaret Howell, 34 Wigmore Street, London W1U 2RS.