Gilles-Marie Oppenord

Gilles-Marie Oppenord, Recueil de plusieurs morceaux d'architecture des differents maitres italiens, 1698. HHL f.1 (Seq 3)

The Houghton sketchbook’s high degree of finish, alternating between pen and ink or washes over graphite, and its detailed annotations (often exceeding in specificity and formality anything Oppenord would need for personal use) suggest that it may have been meant to be published or presented to his patrons, if not as a gift then as reassurance of a decision well made. – David Pullins

William Butterfield

Butterfield, Babbacombe Thumbnail

His favoured presentation system was based on a set of volumetric sections in which a layer of shadowy one-point perspective behind the plane could reveal the essence of what lay beyond. His methods render the contract drawings completely in character with the intention of the built work, in their use of colour and line, in their uniformly crafted calligraphy, and in their two-dimensional synopsis of the underlying spatial logic. At the same time, Butterfield gave unrivalled attention to how his drawings were laid out on a page and how they would communicate his first principle of design: that the building be seen and conceived as a whole and built with a unified approach to construction, proportion and detail. – Nicholas Olsberg

An idle (and very fanciful) speculation on the origin of a drawing

P. O'Neil, Kitchen design, c. 1955, DM 2944 IN SET

With this drawing as ammunition she hoped to persuade Todd that their budget would stretch to the checklist of desirable items she had instructed Paddy O'Neil to include in the drawing: Venetian blinds to hide the view of the next block’s fire escape, the big fridge with freezer section, the patterned Congoleum flooring she had seen advertised in Life, the fitted cupboards with the open curved shelf-end forming a room divider between the cooking and eating in the dinette. Here, pride of place, she planned a glass-topped table – this was pushing the boat out, but everyone else had Formica. She’d picked a chrome chair and stool set upholstered in buttoned orange vinyl with a banquette to match. This she had co-ordinated with the orange on the flooring. The whole thing looked just like a fancy magazine. – Philippa Lewis

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