In the 1970s, manager Malcolm McLaren asked a young Ben Kelly to refurbish a basement rehearsal room for The Sex Pistols in Denmark Street, London, which McLaren had bought from Badfinger. Ben Kelly went on to become an enormously influential and original, independent designer whose work has included private houses, shops, nightclubs, showrooms and furnishings, established throughout the 1980s and 1990s in London. Among his best-known projects have been the much-imitated Manchester nightclub, the Haçienda, the Smile hairdressing salon in Chelsea, and the colourful entrance to the underground Gymbox in London. All show the obsessive attention to detail characteristic of the Kelly style, and which is also expressed in this book, art directed by Peter Saville, a collaborator on several award-winning graphic projects, including their record sleeve designs for Factory Records, whom Kelly worked for on many projects (the Haçienda of course being one of them).
Kelly uses this book to examine the way design evolves, to record the influences on his work, and to explore the relationship between art and design. Ben Kelly has twice won D&AD awards for graphics, and this book is another outstandingly designed object under the talented Peter Saville. It encapsulates a design practice at an important transitional period in British design, developing through Punk Rock via Post Modernism and into High-Tech, Industrial and beyond.
Catherine McDermott introduces Kelly, and provides a catalogue of his work.
First and only UK edition, published by Architecture, Design and Technology Press in London under their Design File series.
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