Power and Production: young British designers celebrate the Festival of Britain

The design and architecture collective, Black Country Atelier, presents three photographic and film installations celebrating British ingenuity today
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Adrian, from the series Eureka Britain by Black Country Atelier. Photography Georgie Clarke

1 / 18 Adrian, from the series Eureka Britain by Black Country Atelier. Photography Georgie Clarke

Wayne, from the series Eureka Britain by Black Country Atelier. Photography Georgie Clarke

2 / 18 Wayne, from the series Eureka Britain by Black Country Atelier. Photography Georgie Clarke

Architecture students with RIBA London: Festival Bandstand

3 / 18 Architecture students with RIBA London: Festival Bandstand

Architecture students with RIBA London: Festival Bandstand

4 / 18 Architecture students with RIBA London: Festival Bandstand

Architecture students with RIBA London: Festival Bandstand

5 / 18 Architecture students with RIBA London: Festival Bandstand

Architecture students with RIBA London: Festival Bandstand

6 / 18 Architecture students with RIBA London: Festival Bandstand

Philip, from the series Eureka Britain by Black Country Atelier. Photography Georgie Clarke

7 / 18 Philip, from the series Eureka Britain by Black Country Atelier. Photography Georgie Clarke

Black Country Atelier: Eureka Britain

8 / 18 Black Country Atelier: Eureka Britain

Black Country Atelier: Eureka Britain

9 / 18 Black Country Atelier: Eureka Britain

Billy, from the series Eureka Britain by Black Country Atelier. Photography Georgie Clarke

10 / 18 Billy, from the series Eureka Britain by Black Country Atelier. Photography Georgie Clarke

Andrew Lock: Staircase

11 / 18 Andrew Lock: Staircase

Andrew Lock: Staircase

12 / 18 Andrew Lock: Staircase

Merlyn, from the series Eureka Britain by Black Country Atelier. Photography Georgie Clarke

13 / 18 Merlyn, from the series Eureka Britain by Black Country Atelier. Photography Georgie Clarke

Black Country Atelier: Industrial Estate, fly-poster project

14 / 18 Black Country Atelier: Industrial Estate, fly-poster project

Keith, from the series Eureka Britain by Black Country Atelier. Photography Georgie Clarke

15 / 18 Keith, from the series Eureka Britain by Black Country Atelier. Photography Georgie Clarke

Black Country Atelier: Industrial Estate, fly-poster project

16 / 18 Black Country Atelier: Industrial Estate, fly-poster project

Black Country Atelier: Industrial Estate, fly-poster project

17 / 18 Black Country Atelier: Industrial Estate, fly-poster project

Joel, from the series Eureka Britain by Black Country Atelier. Photography Georgie Clarke

18 / 18 Joel, from the series Eureka Britain by Black Country Atelier. Photography Georgie Clarke


Celebrations to mark the 60th anniversary of the 1951 Festival of Britain are underway at the Southbank Centre, the original site of the definitive event that set the course for post-war British design.

Phaidon.com's contributors, Black Country Atelier (BCA), a young architecture and design practice, are presenting a series of unique and intimate depictions of British industry today, captured by photographer Georgie Clarke. Three installations present small hives of manufacturing, repair, adaptation, taking place in private sheds and kitchens, indicating a shift away from big production lines.

Andy Lo Po has photographed scenes from The Festival of Britain (included in this gallery); the four-month long event, with site-wide installations and exhibitions, will no doubt keep you coming back for more (until 4 September).


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