Furniture Manufacturers Association Building for High Wycombe poster by Archigram - special edition


Artist: Archigram

This special edition print, embossed with an archigram stamp and certificate of authenticity, celebrates the work of the radical Archigram gang. 

Giclée print embossed with the Archigram Archives stamp. 330 gsm Somerset Enhanced Velvet paper. Special edition approved by the artists and complete with certificate of authenticity.

Approximate dimensions: The image area measures 35 × 52 cm and comes with a border containing the artist name and print title near the bottom edge of the paper.

Archigram were Warren Chalk (1927-1987), Peter Cook (1936- ), Dennis Crompton (1935- ), David Greene (1937- ), Ron Herron (1930-1994) and Michael Webb (1937), were especially active during the years from 1961 to 1974. The London-based group anticipated the global inter-relatedness of culture and technology and thus had an immediate influence on architectural discussions world-wide. The significance of their work for the international community of architects has long been recognised; in the early nineties they were back in the focus of debates about future urban life. Archigram’s ideas responded to space travel and moon landing, subculture and the Beatles, science fiction and the new technologies of the sixties and seventies. Their historical inspirations came from architect/artists such as Buckminster Fuller, Bruno Taut or Friedrich Kiesler. As a result, they created radical – often shocking – alternatives to cities, houses and other architectural archetypes. The pluralism of architectonic vocabulary, which is so typical of Archigram, includes collages of advertising images from the world of consumer goods, conglomerates of cities reminiscent of spaceships, or metaphor drawings on robotics and organic cityscapes. Their radical re-definitions of flats as “Capsules”, of cities as “Plug-in Cities” or “Walking Cities” (both 1964), and an aesthetic formal vocabulary that goes beyond functionalism had its repercussions on the contemporary art and subsequent avant-garde architecture not only in Europe but notably also in Japan and America. Japanese, American and Austrian architects in particular were in touch with the group again and again in spite of differences in their architectural approaches.

Of this image, Mike Webb recalled: "At the sketch stage I adopted this form for the building before the exact technique by which it was to be made had been decided upon. Thus it was conceived primarily from an aesthetic point of view without any definite structural idea. In this lies the basic fault of the building and although the effect of taking the design through to the working-drawing stage has altered its appearance almost beyond recognition, it still retains much of the original artiness." (Mike Webb in 'Concerning Archigram', edited by Dennis Crompton.)