Architectural Perspective and Sketch of Spencers Wood Congregational Church Youth Club (near Reading)with another of a Proposed Snack Bar for Maiden Erleigh Youth Club (Earley, near Reading)
Two brightly coloured designs in pencil, ink and gouache showing the Spencer Wood club from different angles. With two tracings in ink and a small collection of newspaper articles. Each drawing measures 770x520mm. Signed and dated 6-4-61. The club was converted by Nelson from the garage of the church’s Manse House. Its small kitchen, known as the ‘galley’, was based on Nelson’s experience as a designer in the aerospace industry. Austrian born he is best known now for his classic lighting designs of the 1960s. The designs are interesting for their economical use of space and their decorative schemes, which are aimed at the emerging demographic of the ‘teenager’. Nelson lived in the same village and this project - carried out in conjunction with the teenagers themselves - shows his involvement with the local community. A third separate drawing is signed and dated 7-2-1963. 560x330mm. Striking modern design featuring panels of bold colour typical of the Sixties and executed in pencil and crayon.
Author Peter Nelson