9 March 2011
by Ellie Smith
When Anthony Burrill recently sent me images of a pavilion he’s created with Michael Marriott in Milan I was tempted to skip the Furniture Fair this April to visit this exhibition. The wooden building was built using reclaimed materials from their previous collaboration ‘The Right Kind of Wrong’ at the London advertising agency Mother. The finished structure has an inviting chalet feel about it and houses a collection of Anthony’s woodblock and screen-print posters from the ubiquitous ‘Work Hard and Be Nice to People’ to the more recent ‘Oil and Water Don’t Mix’, which was created following last April’s BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico as part of the fundraising for the clean-up. It’s great to see Anthony and Michael working together again building on their previous collaborations including the British Council project in Korea ‘Happiness for Daily Life’. With Anthony about to host an open studio at ‘Pick Me Up’ at Somerset House and his inclusion in Design Week’s ‘hot 50 in 2011’, and Michael's upcoming contribution to the Festival of Britain Sixtieth Anniversary celebrations at the Southbank - we’re looking forward to more opportunities to see their distinctive work in exhibitions and collaborations.
The pavilion forms part of the ‘Graphic Design Worlds’ exhibition at the Triennale Design Museum in Milan curated by Giorgio Camuffo. The exhibition seeks to show work by some of the most interesting graphic designers in the contemporary international scene and other UK contributors include Åbäke, Zak Kyes and Emily King. The exhibition runs from 26th January - 27th March 2011.