beacons: Max Fraser

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Spent the afternoon with a gravedigger at Highgate Cemetery. This headstone by artist Patrick Caulfield topped it!

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Date night

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A handful of architectural journalists in 1979. Recognise any of them?!

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My dad kept this supplement from 1965, prior to the UK joining EEC in 1973. I guess I should keep the supplement to be published in March 2019

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Mini Maxi

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My dad was an architect but it turns out he designed some posters on the side. This would have been done in late 60s. He was definitely left-wing so this messaging is a bit strange....

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Just found my detailed analysis of the Eurotunnel which I did as a geography project aged 11. Teacher gave me an A+. I’ve always been pro-Europe. Mega encouragement from my father....

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City limits #leadenhallbuilding #london

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I always knew my dad was front cover material. Farewell dear man. See you sometime ❤️❤️❤️

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New life old life

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Unwinding 75 years of my father’s life across 3 nations begins now

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Sweet lovely handsome man. Thank you for the gift of life. No more suffering now. Send her all my love #papafraser

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I’ve been admiring the beautiful layered remnants of old advertising posters at Euston Square station. It seems someone else has too #eustonsquarestation #london

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Multiple living beings worked together to consume the world’s resources to inflict this famine of beauty into the paths of other beings in hospitals across the globe. Some might...

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Day 8 in bleakland #papafraser #fuckcancer

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Spending all day everyday in hospital with my dad can get boring so I’ve started photographing stuff. I’ve become fascinated by signage and general bleakness of this place. Designers...

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Wasabi KitKats hand-delivered from Tokyo by @markdytham

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Current mood

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Another day for u and me in AMU #papafraser #fuckcancer

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Renewed purpose for London’s Evening Standard #snow #london

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Room with a view, courtesy of the NHS #UCH #london

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Blanketing the brutalism #barbican #london

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Let there be light #UCH #london

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Barbican blizzard

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Blood. Donate it. If you’re healthy, you can spare it. If you’re not, it can save you.

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Hospital furniture design. Any designers sick of designing ‘luxury’ chairs, here’s your calling

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Surreal. Didn’t expect to be on this flight a few hours ago. Homeward bound. Hold tight papa

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The aliens landed #sanaa #gracefarms #newcanaan #connecticut #usa

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Grace Farms, designed by SANAA and opened in 2015 #gracefarms #newcanaan #connecticut #usa

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Another pesky tourist. Had to be done #grandcentralstation #nyc #usa

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❤️ #nyc #usa

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Zippin’ into Manhattan #NYC #USA

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Hopping on one of these antiques and heading to the land of trigger-happy white guys

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Fancy a line

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We had a surprisingly good chat earlier about Trump, Brexit and the most effective wooden spoon carving techniques #barnthespoon #stepneycityfarm #london

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I spent my Sunday making wooden spoons with an axe and two knives, starting with crude blocks of poplar wood and ending with... well, two spoons! The teacher was @barnthespoon who made...

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Hospitals, the doors to which swing life inwards and outwards, are places of hope underpinned by uncertainty, occasional despair and inevitable miracles #bartshospital #london

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Drifting #canallife #London

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Fading ace

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Ye olde London #clerkenwell #london

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2018, Hackney, London, not-so-United Kingdom

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Hayward #haywardgallery #london

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Gursky #haywardgallery #london

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Climbed it #bouldering

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Man and dog

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The name of a new real estate speculation project, I mean a ‘mixed-use development’ #shoreditch #london

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During an interview about London for United Airlines’ inflight magazine, I spontaneously took the journalist to the exquisite 12th century Great St Bartholomew church. Visit this...

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Nobility

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Nearly roadkill. Maybe dinner.

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R&R at Babs

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Backstreet London pub

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For real

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A sentiment shared by many talents #Basquiat

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Sky dance

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Back in 2014, I bought Lucienne Day’s old cookery cards and hand-written recipes at the ‘At Home with the Days’ auction at twentytwentyone. The set feels like a very personal...

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Smokin’

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A bientot #jura #france

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Last day of the year is as warm as spring #jura #france

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Winter dusting #Jura #France

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London grey

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Apple would probably label this as progressive. Personally I’d go for irritating

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Retired firefighters

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Brutalist beacons #Barbican

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The sun shines on the new Maggie’s Centre at Barts Hospital. Just come from a meeting there to discuss fundraising activities for the charity in 2018 #maggies #joyofliving #maggiesbarts

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In front of me: a great view of the City of London skyline. Behind me: a room of 8 patients inviting a lifesaving poison into their veins. Below me: the new Maggie’s Centre, a place...

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Remains of dismembered snow people

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Today, @maggiescentres opened their 2nd centre in London (22nd in total) at Barts Hospital, designed by Steven Holl Architects. It was a proud moment: earlier this year, @ayns_munz...

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London pigeons have no respect for the police

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Safe T

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Heading into BBC Broadcasting House for my debut on Radio 4. Tune into Front Row live broadcast when I’ll be talking about Anish Kapoor’s 2018 design of the Brit Awards statuette,...

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Reflecting on my visit to Hull, the UK City of Culture 2017. The city’s status this year is visible everywhere and the local economy has apparently benefited from the increased footfall,...

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My dad was part of the architectural studio that designed this rather brutalist tidal surge barrier in Hull which opened in 1980. He’s understandably proud of the protection it affords...

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Ex-car assembly robotic arms doing a choreographed dance in the snow using mirrors and light. ‘Where do we go from here’ installation by @jasonbrugesstudio as part of @2017hull...

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I’ve just joined the dart team and I’m only wearing a t-shirt and Reebok classics #ukcityofculture #hull

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Downtown Hull #ukcityofculture #hull

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Judges announced for 2018 Restaurant & Bar Design Awards comprising of 40 (mostly white) men and 4 women. Yup. In 2018. #shameonyou

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I finally got round to buying one of these ‘w153 Île’ lights designed by Inga Sempé for Wästberg. From the moment it launched I’ve wanted one, drawn to this characterful little...

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Black Friday #london

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Best exhibition title EVER #boomforreal #basquiat #barbican

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Goldie at the Roundhouse #goldie #roundhouse #london

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For the past 8 weeks, I’ve been in a different country every weekend. Take me home Emirates #Dubai #UAE

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Cranes. A great business to be in right now in Dubai. For now at least #Dubai #UAE

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The birth of another monument of speculation #dubai #uae

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I was part of the editorial board selecting design pieces from 15 Middle Eastern countries for inclusion in this ‘Abwab’ showcase for @dubaidesignweek The structure is designed...

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Fluttering flags #dubai #UAE

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Kite beach #Dubai #UAE

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So relaxing by the pool #dubai #UAE

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Cubist white plains against a seemingly random criss-crossed dome #louvreabudhabi #abudhabi #UAE

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Just in case #louvreabudhabi #abudhabi #UAE

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Pigeons will become the VIPs of this roof #louvreabudhabi #abudhabi #UAE

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Louvre Abu Dhabi #louvreabudhabi #abudhabi #UAE

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Louvre Abu Dhabi #louvreabudhabi #jeannouvel #abudhabi #UAE

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Burjbrella, coming to the market soon #burjkhalifa #Dubai #UAE

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UFO attack #dubai #uae

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Construction everywhere in Dubai. Build build build but who fills these spaces? One year ago, the water on the right in this pic didn’t exist #Dubai #UAE

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26000 litres of danger