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Mies In London by OK-RM

Opinion by Richard Baird

Mies In London published by Real Foundation and designed by OK-RM

Mies In London is a project by Real Foundation that seeks to document modernist architect Mies van der Rohe’s only design for the United Kingdom, Mansion House Square; a bronze tower and grand plaza located at the heart of London opposite the bank of England and commissioned in 1962 by Lord Peter Palumbo. Following a long struggle with Royal and political concerns, as well as an increasing disfavour for modernism within the public consciousness, the project was halted by an inquiry in 1984 with many of the details and artefacts lost to time.

Through careful research and collaboration with RIBA, the CCA and Drawing Matter over three years, editor Jack London and co-editor Yulia Rudenko have brought to light the inside and out of Mansion House Square as envisioned by Mies. The project is an interesting and ambitious example of Gesamtkunstwerk / Total Project. This is expressed by Real Foundation in their own practice and material response through a combination of book and objects; an ashtray and door handle. The book, designed by OK-RM, chronicles and presents the grand architectural gesture and philosophy for the site using the arrangement of content; documents and images with extended captions as a narrative tool.

This article, in a break from convention and with a desire to experiment editorially, has two interwoven parts; the familiar format looks at the micro (the graphic and the material), while inset italics explores the more meta. These can be read independently or sequentially.

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Hands On: Real Review by OK-RM, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird

BP&O takes a hands on look at quarterly magazine Real Review, a collaboration between by OK-RM and Jack Self

Real Review is an award-winning quarterly magazine that pursues what it means to live today through analysis, evaluation and enquiry. It is a collaboration between London-based design studio OK-RM and editor Jack Self, the founder of architectural practice and cultural institute Real. Real Review offers wide ranging comment on a variety of topics, is presented in a compact format and mixes dense text, image and moments of space with the intention of being an efficient, economical and readable format.

In the third of an ongoing series, which follows reviews of Snøhetta’s Folk+Form and Blok’s Rain, Gravity, Heat, Cold by Blok, BP&O takes a hands on look at Real Review.

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Antenne Books by OK-RM, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding for Antenne Books by OK-RM, United Kingdom

Antenne Books is a London based distributor of independent publishers with a web shop that covers art, photography, design, illustration, theory, writing, fashion and culture. Their extensive catalogue of books, magazines and journals includes work by authors and artists such as Matt Lambert and Lutz Bacher, and the publishers Lodret Vandret and The Renaissance Society, amongst many others. Antenne Books recently worked with graphic design studio OK-RM to develop a functional platform for displaying and offering their publications to a growing audience, and a visual language rooted in simplicity.

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