A Modernist in Suburbia: Kenneth Wood Architect (1921-2015)

Gilly Booth/Hijack & Fiona Fisher supported by AHRC


It is with much pride and fondness that we remember the architect Kenneth Wood who passed away in early January 2015. Wood’s work is reassessed in Dr Fiona Fisher’s forthcoming book, Designing the British Post-War Home: Kenneth Wood, 1948-1968, which will be published by Routledge later in 2015.

A Modernist in Suburbia is a short film, directed by Gilly Booth/Hijack written and researched by Fisher, which examines Wood’s wider career and features Stanley Picker’s impeccable late-modernist house in Kingston upon Thames.

The film was publicly premiered at the Stanley Picker Gallery in 2012 as part of The Occupants: Contemporary Perspectives on the Picker House, alongside works by artists Cullinan Richards, Matthew Darbyshire, Andy Holden, Elizabeth Price and Bridget Smith and writer/curator Tom Morton.

A fully illustrated book entitled The Picker House and Collection: A Late 1960s Home for Modern Art and Design (Philip Wilson Publishers 2012), with essays by Jonathan Black, David Falkner, Fiona Fisher, Fran Lloyd, Rebecca Preston and Penny Sparke, is available directly from the Stanley Picker Gallery at the special price of £25.