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Future ICON

My take on a future ICON is not solely one individual contributor, but a culmination of people who I have labelled “The creative entrepreneurs.” These innovative risk takers will become societies future icons. History informs us of the influence individuals/ a combination of individuals can deliver to our society. Below I have stated some examples of symbolic characters who have assisted in sculpting our future for creative entrepreneurs…

Vivienne Westwood – an infamous British Fashion Designer, she along with Michael Mclaren is largely responsible for the creation of the rebellious Punk Era, she is furthermore renowned for her political activism.

Damien Hirst – internationally renowned “English artist, entrepreneur and art collector. He is the most prominent member of the group known as the Young British Artists (or YBAs), who dominated the art scene in Britain during the 1990s.” A prominent theme throughout Hirst’s iconic pieces is death and controversy. This is acutely depicted in one of his most acclaimed commissions displayed below named “The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living”

Paul Smith – considered by many, as the foremost British Designer. His style unmistakably depicts Englishness; in addition he “has the ability to anticipate, and even spark off trends not only fashion but in the wider context of popular culture. He manages to transmit a genuine sense of humour and mischief mixed with his love of tradition and the classics.”

Additional historical creative entrepreneurs in my opinion include: James Dyson, Josiah Wedgwood, and Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

It is my belief that the creative industries can become Britain’s most extensive and greatest export, and inevitably are the future for the sustainable growth of the economy. We are recognised worldwide for our creative and alternative ways of thinking, and by building on our creative strength and putting in place the support and platforms to fully commercialise and exploit our ideas, we have the ability to lead the world in many fields from design, fashion, film, art and communication.

The future ICONS of the creative industries should look to draw on our heritage and the great innovations of the past in fields such as engineering, science and the arts. If the expertise of these fields are harnessed, I truly believe that the future of the creative world will deliver some enthralling astonishments.

Tomorrow we’ll let Vicki introduce some creative talents who are bursting onto the scene…

Words Dan Ziglam

Damien Hirst builds New Eco Development in Devon


Damien Hirst, is turning his entrepeneurial expertise to property development. Yesterday he unveiled plans to build 500 eco homes overlooking the Bristol Channel. The 46 year old stated that he was “incredibly excited” about the Ilfracombe, Devon development, a project in which he hopes will create a national blueprint for environmental housing. Hirst is no stranger to business in the area, he already owns a restaurant, a studio used in the manufacture of his art and several other properties. The homes will feature wind turbines, photovoltaic solar panels and state-of-the-art insulation. The architects acting for his new company are ready to submit a planning applications by the summer with building work commencing early next year.

The announcement was made by architect Mike Rundell, at a planning meeting. Mr Rundell said: “I’m a representative of Damien Hirst. He owns 40 per cent of the land we are developing”. “He is a very successful artist and has very high ambitions for this project. He has a horror of building anonymous, lifeless buildings.”The houses would be built on land at Winsham Farm, just outside Ilfracombe, which Mr Hirst has made his home in recent years.

In 1996 Rundell worked with Damien Hirst to create Pharmacy – a restaurant in West London that won numerous design awards although it is now best known for the sale of its interiors in 2002 at Sotheby’s. In 1997 he founded Rundell Associates and started to concentrate on arts based projects that have included both residential work as well as art galleries and artist’s studios. In 2000 he worked with leading art dealer Jay Jopling to create White Cube, Hoxton, and in 2006 they opened a second White Cube in St James’s. This latter building was the first free standing new-build structure in the area for 50 years and has won several awards including the ECOLA (European Convention of Leading Architects) first prize in 2008.

Rundell Associates offers clients a uniquely personalised architecture and design service for projects of every size. Recent commissions have ranged from individual items of furniture to the masterplanning of a major new development in the West of England. Drawing on a wide range of backgrounds within the practice – where carpenters and stage designers work side by side with trained architects – we bring a fresh, practical and meticulously detailed approach to each project, taking time to understand the client’s expectations, the nature of the setting and the opportunities, constraints and possibilities presented by the brief. Rather than conforming to a ’house style’, each project is shaped through dialogue with the client, blending their aspirations and creativity with our own design philosophy; this collaborative process is an essential characteristic of their work.

Fundamental to their philosophy is that the designs should be simple enough to appear “inevitable” solutions to the client’s brief. Fashionable flourishes are resisted in favour of a timeless approach, where craftsmanship and painstaking design determine the final result. Details are carefully considered to ensure that the choice of materials, and their formal arrangement, properly complements their function. All projects share an atmosphere of precision and ingenuity, finding beauty in the elegance of design solutions rather than the purely decorative. We believe that this combination of creative collaboration, careful analysis and innovative thinking produces elegant buildings whose quality is evident. Via: [ArtLyst]

Constructive criticism: the week in architecture

Artist Damien Hirst plans to build 500 eco-homes, RIBA puts 250 years of housing on display and the notorious Heygate estate is transformed from urban film location into romcom residence

Whitworth Art Gallery to Host First Major UK Exhibition of Artists’ Wallpapers from Feb 6th

Allen Jones, “Right Hand Lady”, 1972. Courtesy: The Whitworth Art Gallery, The University of Manchester
The first major UK exhibition of artists’ wallpapers with work by over 30 artists including Andy Warhol, Sarah Lucas and Damien Hirst. Kitch ideas of home decoration are turned upside down as artists subvert the stereotypes of wallpaper to hit home messages about warfare, racism, cultural conflicts and gender.
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Damien Hirst Skateboards for Supreme

The skateboard decks designed by Damien Hirst for Supreme
Downtown New York culture institution Supreme releases a series of five individually designed skateboard decks designed by Damien Hirst featuring his spot paintings Via:[FADwebsite]