Drawing attention


You’re invited along to the Morgan showroom to view entries to the FX Drawing Competition, sponsored by Ecophon.


FX

Words by Theresa Dowling

FX celebrated its latest drawing competition with the first of two exhibitions at BDG architecture+design in the summer at its fabulous offices on the river Thames.

David Price’s evocative landscape was chosen by Will Jones from Ecophon as his favourite, for its descriptive drawing skills and memories of childhood villages in Cornwall. David Price is head of his own architecture practice, David Price Design
David Price's evocative landscape was chosen by Will Jones from Ecophon as his favourite, for its descriptive drawing skills and memories of childhood villages in Cornwall. David Price is head of his own architecture practice, David Price Design

Elles Middeljans’ work was chosen by Natasha Bonugli of BDG architecture+design. Artist Elles Middeljans works as Studio Ellessi
Elles Middeljans' work was chosen by Natasha Bonugli of BDG architecture+design. Artist Elles Middeljans works as Studio Ellessi

But if you missed this there's still time to catch it at our next showing, during London Design Festival at the Morgan showroom in Clerkenwell.

The competition was staggering in its diversity, with submissions from product designers, interior designers, textile designers, architects, and indeed freelance illustrators and designers and fine artists.

Chris Eckersley’s dynamic drawings of the Pazzi Chapel in the Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence, as chosen by Trevor Flynn from Drawing at Work. Chris Eckersley is a freelance furniture designer

Chris Eckersley’s dynamic drawings of the Pazzi Chapel in the Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence, as chosen by Trevor Flynn from Drawing at Work. Chris Eckersley is a freelance furniture designer
Chris Eckersley's dynamic drawings of the Pazzi Chapel in the Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence, as chosen by Trevor Flynn from Drawing at Work. Chris Eckersley is a freelance furniture designer

As the competition was open to all, and free to enter, it wasn't a surprise that we also uncovered drawing skills from the shy and the unknown in our industry.

Katerina Zachariades of Morgan Furniture chose Gary Schuberth’s striking tonal drawing as her favourite. Gary Schuberth is an architect
Katerina Zachariades of Morgan Furniture chose Gary Schuberth's striking tonal drawing as her favourite. Gary Schuberth is an architect

Javier Artadi
Javier Artadi

While drawing is a skill traditionally taught in art school, it's not that common for it to be used in day-to-day business until Trevor Flynn, from Drawing at Work, pioneered a renaissance in the design industry with drawing workshops at practices around the UK.

Nic Pryke
Nic Pryke

Allistair Covell
Allistair Covell

So add in the fineart factor and bingo, we have a brilliant exhibition. There was no curating as such, because FX wanted to represent at least one drawing per entrant, but with more than 300 entries we were running out of wall space!

Anette Taylor
Anette Taylor

Gordon Byrne
Gordon Byrne

We asked our four 'judges' to select their personal favourites from the exhibition, and we have included them on the next few pages.

We also grabbed a few VIPs on the first opening night to make a video, so please have a look at what they have to say about the show on our website Design Curial - Google 'FX and Ecophon drawing exhibition video'.

Eline Johansen
Eline Johansen

Stephen Lees
Stephen Lees

Our next showing is at the Morgan showroom during London Design Festival, from 21 September until 1 October, and we'd love you to see you there.

Morgan Furniture is hosting a party for us, but places are nearly full. If you'd like to attend the show's private view (and party) on 22 September, make sure you email Daphne to be added to the guest list.

Lorraine Simoes
Lorraine Simoes

Sam Castling
Sam Castling

Places are necessarily limited, and so there's a very strict guest list. So please send an email with your name and practice to daphne@ morganfurniture.co.uk

We look forward to seeing you!





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