The Collectors- Aidan Gutteridge
MOOi is a leading architecture practice based in Cambridge. Their approach is influenced by the principles of Dutch design and the name, pronounced ‘moy’, connects with their Dutch roots. MOOi means ‘all things beautiful’.
The practice has earned a reputation for contemporary, sustainable design with extensive experience working on projects across a range of market sectors, including projects for The University of Cambridge and its Colleges, private residential new build and redesign commissions, multiple residency development projects and commercial offices.
MOOi is owned by Cambridge resident Aidan Gutteridge, father of two young sons and a collector of contemporary art. Aidan and his wife Anja have visited the fair every single year, often bringing their boys with them. In 2013, the inaugural fair, they walked into the halls and something happened that they weren’t expecting- they both fell in love with a pair of iconic screen prints by the celebrated ‘Street Artist’ Pure Evil. “They were on the second stand we visited and, although we weren't actively looking to buy anything, we knew we had to have them straight away, it would have been impossible to have walked away from them!”
‘Mel Ferrer's Nightmare’ & ‘Prince Philip's Nightmare’ now grace the wall of their very lovely apartment on Hills Road. What attracted them to the prints? “The bright colours and the originality of the images, the prints are large and eye catching and a real talking point for everyone who sees them. They're unexpected and slightly unnerving, we love them!”
Aidan and Anja were reassured by the experience of buying from experienced professionals at Cambridge Art Fair. “The buying experience was easy and quick - we were instantly drawn to the prints, liaised with the dealer and purchased them a few minutes later. We took them home with us and had them hung straight after returning from the fair!”
They’ve had a high opinion of the event ever since that first experience in 2013. “The art fair is a fantastic Cambridge event. If you're looking to make an art purchase you're unlikely to find a more comprehensive range of art in one place. We can't wait to see what we discover at the fair this year…”
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