Alan Fletcher - wake up at the back. Pay attention.
The Alan Fletcher exhibition started at the Design Museum yesterday. I've had a busy weekend, lots of functions to go to, you know the kind of thing. But this morning I had literally an hour to spare. So I thought I'd race down to the Design Museum, rush through the exhibition and race home again. It's OK, I'm planning on going a lot and I like visiting museums for a short amount of time. I like challenging them to interest me.
And it was fantastic.
You know how you get excited about stuff and then the actual experience doesn't quite live up to it? England's performance in the World Cup, a new Oasis album, Hollywood blockbusters, all spring to mind. The Alan Fletcher exhibition is the opposite of that. By God it's good. Short (this is the Design Museum) but brilliant.
Lots of stuff from the early days. Lots of stuff that isn't in Beware Wet Paint or Sideways. Lots of commercial stuff that I hadn't seen before. Lots of big stuff. A six foot Reuters logo with the holes cut out. Collages made for Paola.
(That's Alan on the left. I can't help thinking the world would be a better place if creatives dressed like this now, and not like thirteen year olds at a surfer themed fancy dress party.)
You're getting excited aren't you? Sadly after this photograph my camera died. So you'll have to wait for a full review. That's a big, big shame because there was loads of stuff I wanted to share with you, my beloved listeners. Sorry about that.
At the exhibition you get given this lovely thing all about Fletcher. You know those things you get at museums. This one is a little different.
It has all the text and info and stuff.
It also has ten wonderful pictures from inside his home/studio.
This reveals so much about the man. How the boundaries between work and home blur so completely if you're passionate about your job. It reveals the amazing magpie like brain he had and it makes you wish your house / studio looked like that.
I've decided that I'm going to make it my mission to get as many non-designers as I can down to the Design Museum. All you need is an hour to spare and seven of your English pounds. Russell, fancy having a coffee morning there?
I will go back and I will take more pictures and write a fuller review soon.