20 September 2012

Morag Myerscough

by Patrick Baglee, New York Editor

Morag Myerscough. Photo Kathryn Cross

POINT London speaker, Morag Myerscough is one of the UK’s most respected designers. Born in north London she studied graphic design at Central St Martins, and then completed an MA at the Royal College of Art, and was initially inspired to create large scale ‘supergraphics’ after seeing an exhibition of stage sets by David Hockney.

Zynga employee cafe and above Zynga interior. Photo Dean Kaufman

The approach – to think less about the graphic challenge of marketing (designing the programme cover), and more about the total context of the work (the set on which the narrative is performed) has guided her work ever since. Her first large scale work, commissioned by the Science Museum, was 230 metres long.

London College of Communication (LCC) designs for the exterior courtyard and stools inspired by a 1989 Letraset catalogue

In 1993, she started the award-winning Studio Myerscough, a multi-disciplinary practice best known for its work in the integration of graphics within architectural settings. Highly acclaimed projects include Westminster Academy which won the 2008 Design Week Award for Wayfinding and Environmental Graphics; the Kentish Town Health Centre which won multiple plaudits, including a RIBA and Civic Trust award, and, the wayfinding for the Tea Building in Shoreditch – a hub for the creative community in East London. She is passionate about the responsibility and impact of helping people move through a space, and how they might feel as a result.

Movement Cafe Greenwich, London

Not everything she creates is necessarily an interior or exterior space: she has designed Swatch watches and food collections for Conran. In 2002 Morag opened the gallery and shop ‘her house’ which plays host to art, her extraordinary collection of chairs, and the occasional party. She has lectured all over the world, including Malaysia and Canada and has been awarded by D&AD, Design Week and the ISTD .

Along with Martyn, Luke, Isabel and Claire, Morag is a member of the graphic Supergroup. Her loves are chairs, and Lemmy.