Here’s what happened when we invited bestselling photographer, respected journalist and leading authority on design, Barbara Chandler for a day trip to Portsmouth.
Her companion? Esteemed industrial product designer and design director of Anglepoise® since 2003, the inimitable, Sir Kenneth Grange.
The occasion? The private unveiling of Barbara’s most recent exhibition, ‘Joy of Design’, launched last year at DesignJunction as part of the London Design Festival. This remarkable collection of portraits and reportage photography, featuring close-on seventy leading designers, has now moved to its permanent new home at Anglepoise® HQ in Portsmouth, with proceeds going to the Out of the Dark charity.
Before addressing the main event of the day, we invited our guests to accompany us on a tour of the great waterfront city of Portsmouth. It was a clear, sunny day, so ascending the Spinnaker Tower to take in the fantastic views was a must. We visited the University of Portsmouth to see ‘Changing Faces’, the recreation of an installation designed by Sir Kenneth for his 2011 retrospective show at the Design Museum in London, ‘Making Britain Modern’. We stopped by All About Tea to sample their delicious Portsmouth and Southsea Green Tea and to see how the tea bags are made, then on to Aspex Gallery to see the Creating Balance showcase, the result of a collaboration between Anglepoise®, the University of Portsmouth and local community Group, Strong Island in association with the creative community of Portsmouth. We rounded off the tour with a visit to The Beneficial Foundation Charity, which has been providing education, training and rehabilitation to adults in need in the area since 1979.
Last stop of the day was at Anglepoise® Head Office in Farlington, where Barbara was invited to officially open her ‘Joy of Design’ exhibition, with Sir Kenneth, local media, staff members and participants of the Creating Balance project in attendance.
What a day!