Nick Knight and David Chipperfield on BBC Radio 4

19 July 2019

Nick Knight and Sir David Chipperfield discuss their pasts and artistic practices.

Nick Knight and Sir David Chipperfield discuss their pasts and artistic practices.

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On 19 June 2019, Nick Knight was invited onto BBC Radio 4 to speak with architect Sir David Chipperfield in an instalment of the Only Artists series. The pair spend thirty minutes in discussion of their pasts, artistic practices, and the cultural shifts they have seen during their careers. Knight and Chipperfield – whom Knight commissioned to design his family home in the eighties – begin by reflecting on what drew them to their chosen practices, before Knight elucidates the beginning of his career and his fascination with the Skinhead culture of the seventies and eighties.

Speaking in Knight's very own home, the pair outline the history of the house, and the backlash it faced locally for the modern aesthetic. Originally owned by Knight's father, the house sits adjacent to a playing field, the view of which Chipperfield incorporated into his design. Honing in on their respective industries, Knight and Chipperfield examine the ways in which fashion is viewed, the changes in the architecture world, and the creative sector's increasingly profit driven focus.

Listen to the conversation in its entirety here.