New showroom for sofa.com
with Sophie Amini Design we helped create a new showroom for the
rapidly expanding sofa.com. Reclaimed materials and fixtures were used
extensively in the transformation of this large, four metre high
industrial space. This height allowed us to install a mezzanine: a
weighty steel collar was designed and made to wrap around the existing
iron beam and elegantly support one corner of the floor structure. Work
included a kitchen, a sample station, swatch trolleys and desking.
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Dominic & Rebecca's bathroomIslington, London
We were commissioned by Dominic and Rebecca to design and build a bathroom for their period property in Islington. With over three metre high ceilings and a spacious footprint, the room was kept open and simple and finished with high quality materials throughout. A wet room shower was created by cutting away some of the floor joist to allow a slope into a slot drain. Solid walnut was used for the wall panelling and a large floating wall unit which was perimeter lit with concealed LEDs. A heated limestone floor completed the luxury.
- Fire Earth bath, WC and basin
- Hans Grohe Axor Montreux brassware in brushed nickel
- Wall mounted basin furniture in solid walnut and walnut veneered plywood
- Fired earth limestone floor and wall tiles
What a spectacular commission. Design and build a solid oak Mazot for the side of a mountain in Verbier, Switzerland. A mazot is essentially a small swiss hut, but here, its been interpreted as luxury accomodation. Made almost entirely from French Oak, it includes a sedum roof, wood burning stove, a little kitchenette, a wall hung toilet, and most sumptuously ... a heated leather floor!
Many thanks to Pat for entrusting us with this project and for the opportunity to install a piece of work in one of the most beautiful locations we have ever been to.
GLASS display cases for HEBbURN LIBRARY
Hebburn, Tyne and Wear
Working with artist Kathryn Hodgkinson this commission involved creating a number of display cases designed to resonate the stories, past and present, of the local community. These boxes were slotted into the library shelving system and involved back lit, multi layered, screen printed and UV bonded glass.
New showroom for the Natural curtain companyChelsea, London
from Suffolk, we were asked by the Natural Curtain Company to help set
up their brand new London showroom in conjunction with Sophie Amini
Design. The brief was complex as the space had to fulfill a number of
requirements including a new mezzanine floor to house the office staff
and clever storage solutions for the huge number of samples the company
need to stock.
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love me live with me
London & Newcastle upon Tyne
This project with Kathryn
Hodgkinson and Designed & Made from Newcastle upon Tyne saw an old
wooden cart transformed into a travelling exhibition which toured London
during the 2010 London Design Festival. A number of Designed & Made
members were specially commissioned to produce art objects and
curiosities for the cart. As an exploration into the relationship
between peoples and 'things', these objects were then offered to the
general public with the proviso that they pass them on to someone else a
week later and return to the Love Me Live with Me website to blog about
their experience. We were responsible for designing, making and touring
the cart with Kathryn.
"This is not a precious project, it is an experiment; an opportunity to interact and ask questions about people’s relationship with objects. In addition to the dispersion of specially commissioned pieces we will also use the cart to generate discussion and debate around the objects that we live with and love. This is also a project about trust and participation, its going to be really interesting to see how far these objects travel and who keeps the chain rolling."
We have just completed our week on the trail at London Design Festival. We have been giving away multiple items from our wandering market cart. Each recipient has been asked to live with the object and blog about it here. We are interested in the impact that the object might have had on a life for the week is it owned by somebody. We want to see photographs and hear words about the object as it moves around the country."
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Creative Partnerships / StaindropNewcastle upon Tyne & County Durham
part of the national Creative Partnerships project, the directors of
Cobalt Studios, of which Mark was a director, were combined with
Staindrop Comprehensive in County Durham to work with children in an
exploration into the nature of space. Over a number of sessions, the
young people were asked to visualise their ideas of what makes a space
and how it might become inspirational. The culmination of these studies
saw a number of full scale installations realised including a dome made
from green Ikea bins, a revolving bus stop complete with glitterball and
sound system, mobile triangular dens and a woven rope structure. The
work was presented in an exhibition at the Stephenson building in
Newcastle upon Tyne.
with Effie Burns and Kathryn Hodgkinson, this was another Creative
Partnerships project working with Southwick Primary school in a study of
'What is History' and in advance of their new school premises. Kathryn
and Effie sourced lots of old paraphernalia from the school to be housed
in a new museum on wheels, (co) designed and built by Mark. Whilst
acting as a home for these historic objects, the colourful boxes
contained suprises such as a counter balanced table top that dropped
down, a tea chest which could be pulled out and secret drawers.