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Archive for November, 2009

25 Nov 2009

Bauhaus

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A new hotel opens its doors in aberdeen

A brand new city centre hotel with a difference opened to the public last week.

The 40-bedroom Bauhaus hotel and Yatai Japanese kitchen, the brainchild of local businessman Nick Garrett, is situated in Langstane Place, while poignantly, the inspiration who was behind the design of the concept was architect Bob Fitzgerald, who sadly passed away earlier this month. I worked with Bob and Nick on the artwork for the walls and have supplied around 80 canvasses and acrylic displays in sizes from 400×400 to 2 metres and larger done in canvasses split into sections. Some of this has been from artwork we created in Photoshop and Illustrator.

This is one of many jobs where I worked closely with Bob, who has been a friend for over 25 years. Click here to see some of Bob’s projects.

To learn more about Bauhaus, go to their website here. I have taken the photographs while the building was in progress but now that it is open, I will be taking more shots of the hotel including Yatai and the two bars, and I will post them in the Blog next week. Bauhaus is a unique concept: –

As general manager Sylvia Simpson explains, the bauhaus offers something unique at affordable prices.

“the five levels above the ground are each colour co-ordinated in yellow, red, blue, grey and black, an effect that continues through to the exterior lighting which results in a spectacular appearance at night.

“we are also absolutely delighted to have persuaded renowned chef John Jones to relocate the extremely popular Yatai Japanese kitchen to within the hotel complex right in the heart of the city and of course the restaurant, now double the capacity compared to its previous location, will be available to non-residents.”

Once all the artwork I have supplied is delivered and fitted, I will add a separate post to this blog featuring this.

25 Nov 2009

Bob Fitzgerald

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Marcliffe at Pitfodels

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Simpsons, Queens Road, Aberdeen

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Soul Bar, Union Street, Aberdeen

Bob Fitzgerald

On the 10th November, Bob Fitzgerald sadly died a very short time after being diagnosed with cancer. Last Tuesday (17th November) his funeral took place at Rubislaw Church. It was a good send off for Bob with the Church struggling to accomodate the huge number of people who wanted to pay their respects to a very well liked and admired man.  His talent and flair was legendary and many of the best known venues in Aberdeen were designed by Bob – The Marcliffe, Simpsons, Soul, Dizzys, the Albyn, and many many  more. Recent notable jobs have included The City Bar and 6 Queens Road, both of which earned him Civic Awards. Very sadly he did not get to see his last big job, The Bauhaus Hotel (click here to see Bauhaus) but one of his colleagues did show him photographs while he was in hospital, and it is a great design and demonstrates Bob’s unique talent.

I will really miss Bob – for the last 2 years, I have worked a  lot with him and spoke to him nearly every day. I had known him for over 25 years and always thought he had a great talent but working closely with him, totally convinced me that he was a very creative special guy and these plaudits are not because he is not here, as I said the same many times over the years. My thoughts are with his wife Kate, and his two daughters, Emily, and Chloe.

His work speaks for itself and I prepared a slideshow of a small selection of his work to show at the wake at Simpsons last Tuesday. Click here to see this presentation.

I have several Blog posts planned showing digital wallpaper and other display assignments, and as most of them were done with Bob, his name will feature many times in this blog.

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