Bauhaus Design Stencil and Drawing Template

Meet our new Bauhaus Design Stencil. Produced in a thick matt brass, the drawing template depicts the iconic styles from the Bauhaus movement; simply forms, geometric abstraction and balanced proportions. 

Like many design students, I remember learning of the Bauhaus movement and being inspired by its revolutionary approach.

The Bauhaus was a German Art school which unified fine art, craft and technology. It was founded by architect Walter Gropius 1919 whose vision was to reunite the applied arts and manufacturing to arrive at high-end functional products with artistic merit.

The schools teaching method carried the idea of a community of artists working together across all mediums of design; architecture, graphics, product, performing arts, applied arts and fine art.

The school operated until 1933 and had a major impact on art trends in Europe, United States and Canada for decades to come. Teachers and students of the Bauhaus faculty included artists Wassily Kandinsky, Josef Albers and Paul Klee,  graphic designer Herbert Bayer, architects Walter Gropius and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and designers Wilhelm Wagenfeld and Marcel Breuer.

Today, the Bauhaus style is one of the most influential movements in art, design, architecture and education.

This new design joins our existing range of Design Stencils which celebrate the artistic movements of Art Deco, Art Nouveau and Arts & Crafts. See all designs in the stationery section of out shop!

Posted on March 21, 2018 .

How to care for your house plants

 Image by Deanna @habitpattern.sf whose beautiful plant filled home I just love!

Image by Deanna @habitpattern.sf whose beautiful plant filled home I just love!

Like many people, I adore plants, quite simply because green has always been my favourite colour and plants can  totally change the feel of a room. Unfortunately I have struggled to keep many a house plant happy - big, well established Monstera’s have turned brown within weeks and the oh-so-easy-to-keep peace lily was drooping after days. For years I channeled my plant love into creating miniature growing kits that were super easy to grow and keep, but lets be honest, they don’t quite have the same impact as a beautifully tall Dracaena plant!

I’ve now started to take plant care more seriously, and what I’ve learnt is no plant will thrive without attention. There are no shortcuts, but after years of  searching for ‘easy to care for house plants’ and ‘why is my houseplant dying’ searches, I'm sharing my top tips on how to care for your houseplants as believe me, I’ve done a enough trial and error for most people.

Tips on how to look after your house plants

 House plant images from my favourite plant based instagram feed @ planthoarder_  by Siebeke Asselbergs. Check it out for lots of plant loving inspiration!

House plant images from my favourite plant based instagram feed @planthoarder_ by Siebeke Asselbergs. Check it out for lots of plant loving inspiration!

1. Before you buy
A simple rule. Know your plant and the space you want it to live in. So if you want a plant for your bathroom, buy plants that are suitable for a humid (and often low light) environment. Be aware of how much sunlight a room gets and look for plants that work for that room. 

2. When to water
Over or under watering is one of the main causes to leaves turning brown / yellow and the environment, season, temperature will affect how much water your plant needs. As a general rule I now water most of my plants only when the soil is dry. Push your finger into the soil  to check it is not damp then give it a good water until the soil is moist, but not soaking (you don’t want to drown the poor thing!). Many people suggest rainwater over tap water  (with the uk climate, this should be easy enough to get hold of!) 

Be mindful of the type of plant pot you are using. For example, a terracotta plant pot is more porous so it will retain more moisture  than a glazed ceramic or plastic pot. I once repotted my Monstera into a clay pot but it was never happy - Monsteras really dislike their roots being wet and after moving it around to different rooms, changing the watering frequency, giving it more light…then less light….eventually I changed the large clay pot, and it was forever thankful. 

If you can, choose one day a week (twice in summer) to routinely check and water your plants. It takes a few minutes and means your plant gang will never be neglected.

3. Soil Aeration
What? Yep, plants love to breath! Often the soil of the plant can get impacted and the roots start to suffocate. To aerate the soil, gently poke a chopstick or pencil into the soil. This will help oxygenate the soil as well as helping the water sink through evenly.

4. Dust and Mist
I was slow on the uptake to dust, always thinking it was too time consuming but it’s really worth the effort! Gently wiping the leaves with a damp sponge will have your plants looking shiny and healthy in no time whilst also allowing them to breathe more easily. Using a little spray bottle for the plants that don’t like much water (succulents or some ferns) will ensure they are not overwatered.

5. Attend and Rotate
Whilst attending to your plants, occasionally give them a closer inspection to look out for pests or problems as it’s much easier to resolve these issues early on!  Rotate your plants to help maintain good growth and avoid them becoming lopsided by straining themselves towards the light. 

6.Problem Solving
Brown leaves, yellow leaves, drooping leaves? So many things can affect the happiness of a plant and it’s a fine balance to getting it right. Gently adjusting the environment,  light and water dosage should help most plants find their happy place but when they are still showing little improvement, I’ve found some help through these articles: 

What’s wrong with my Plants? I must have asked this hundred times over! Check out A Pair & A Spare which has helpful illustrations to identity problems.

- This table is quite handy which lists potential pest and disease problems.

 

Posted on February 22, 2018 .

Top Drawer London | January 2018

Discover our beautiful range of design led gifts on stand P34

To kick off the year we'll be exhibiting at TopDrawer in London. We'll be showcasing all our stationery, gift and homeware products. We welcome existing and new customers to our stand to show you the full range.

Top Drawer London (STAND P34)
Olympia, Hammersmith Rd
London, W14 8UX

Opening Times
Sunday 14 January: 09:30 - 18:00
Monday 15 January: 09:30 - 18:00
Tuesday 16 January: 09:30 - 17:00

Register for free entry online here

Posted on December 19, 2017 .

Christmas Postal Dates

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We ship our products worldwide. Remember to order your presents by the following dates for delivery in time for Christmas.

5 Dec : Asia
8 Dec : Australia, Greece, New Zealand
12 Dec : Germany, Czech Rep, Italy, Poland
13 Dec : Canada, Scandanavia, USA
14 Dec : Austria, Holland, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland
15 Dec : France, Belgium, Ireland, Luxembourg
20 Dec : UK

Posted on December 12, 2017 .

Christmas Open Studios Nov-Dec 2017

Come along and find some festive cheer with gift ideas for everyone. 

Cockpit Arts Holborn 23 - 26th November

Join us at our Holborn base for some relaxed Christmas shopping and to meet a whole range of designer-makers under one roof (along with studio sausage dog Stanley!). We'll be  opening our doors for this exclusive shopping event, allowing you to buy direct from our studio. Framed editions of our newly designed Map of London’s Riverside will be available, along with alternative Christmas decorations, great stocking fillers and beautiful design-led gifts. We will also be offering on-the-day specials, samples and one-offs exclusive to the event.

Browse the featured showcases curated by Crafts magazine. Stop off for lunch or a coffee at the Hand Made Food pop-up café. And buy direct from a host of independent makers including jewellers, ceramicists, weavers, glassmakers and many more. 

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Find us at: Cockpit Yard
Northington Street
WC1N 2NP (click for map)
(Nearest stations Holborn, Chancery Lane, Russell Square)

Opening times

Thursday 23 - 6pm till 9pm
Friday 24      - 11am till 6pm
Saturday 25  - 11am till 6pm
Sunday 26    - 11am till 6pm


Cockpit Arts Deptford 1 - 3 December

We will also be setting up, with products available to buy, at Cockpit Arts South London studios in Deptford. It will be open all weekend as well as a late night shopping event on Friday 1st Dec.

Find us at:
18-22 Creekside
SE8 3DZ (click for map)
(Nearest station Deptford Bridge)

Opening times

Friday 1   - 11am till 9pm
Saturday 2 - 11am till 96pm
Sunday 3   - 11am - 6pm

Posted on October 31, 2017 .

An Architectural Walk by London’s Riverside | Part One

South Bank: Tower Bridge to Southwark Bridge

This year we started work on mapping out and illustrating the abundance of architecture along London’s riverside from Tower Bridge to the Houses of Parliament. It’s an idea I’d had for a while, as I feel the River Thames is very much the heart and soul of the city. I cross Waterloo Bridge every day and never tire of the view, day or night. It’s one of the few places in London where you enjoy such a wide, open vista. 

I’m fascinated by the history and heritage of this landscape. The architecture along the banks of the River Thames reflects the evolution in changing lifestyles, historic events, technology and design. Victorian feats of engineering lay side-by-side with the latest in 21st century architectural design. So I decided to include the history of these buildings within the map. Only once I’d started, did I realise quite how big a project I’d taken on!

The finished design is a London map like no other! This concertina map illustrates all the buildings along the north and south banks of the river. The heritage of the buildings are plotted on the reverse, mapping the city’s origins as a strategic Roman port to today’s bustling cultural destination. It can be used as a walking guide, a travel souvenir or a framed memento of this great city.

  Our finished map!

Our finished map!

In a series of blogs, I wanted to share some of the fascinating facts that I have dug up while researching our map. First up, we’ll take a short walk on the south bank from Tower Bridge towards Southwark Bridge.

Starting at the left of our map is the iconic Tower Bridge, built 1894 in response to East London's increasing commercial development and population. The design of the new crossing was opened to public competition, which received over 50 submissions. City architect Sir Horace Jones won the commission. His combined bascule bridge took more than eight years and 11,000 tons of steel to construct. It is the only bridge over the River Thames that can be raised to allow ships to pass. Today it still serves as a vital crossing point, with some 40,000 people travelling over it daily.

  Tower Bridge during construction (Image source: www.southlondonguide.co.uk)

Tower Bridge during construction (Image source: www.southlondonguide.co.uk)

In complete contrast to Tower Bridge, the next building marked on our map, City Hall, is a great example of how architectural design has evolved over the centuries. Completed in 2002, the shape of the building has been designed for optimum energy performance, maximising shade and minimising the surface area exposed to direct sunlight. City Hall uses only a quarter of the energy consumed by a typical air-conditioned London office building. 

  London City Hall ( image credit )

London City Hall (image credit)

Some of my favourite buildings along the river are the former industrial warehouses such as Hay’s Galleria (formally Hays Wharf) and Pickfords Wharf. Right up until the late 1960s, the Thames was a busy working river and major trading hub, home to a rich variety of commercial life. Hays Wharf was one of the chief delivery points for ships bringing tea into the city. In its heyday, 80% of the dry produce imported to London passed through the wharf, earning it the nickname the ‘Larder of London'. Dock use declined after sea containers came into use and during the 1970s and 80s many docks closed. As trading sharply declined, the once bustling wharfs have been turned into offices, shops and desirable apartment blocks. London Bridge Hospital, for example, was formerly Chamberlain’s Wharf, a warehouse used during the Victorian era for storing tea and goods from the Baltic. It was converted into a private hospital in 1986.

  Hays Wharf 1938 ( image source )

Hays Wharf 1938 (image source)

  Aerial view of docks 1920 (image source) 

Aerial view of docks 1920 (image source) 

Next to the former wharves at London Bridge is the Shard, one of the latest skyscrapers to join the city’s skyline, and the tallest in the UK. Standing at just over 309 metres, it is so tall, we couldn’t fit it to scale on our map! Instead, we have left you to imagine its iconic jagged top reaching up into the clouds. Designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, the form of the Shard was inspired by the masts of ships that once anchored on the Thames. The exterior is made from 11,000 glass panels, gently inclined inwards and rising up to its point. If you’ve ever wondered how they construct such a tall building, watch this delightfully engaging (if somewhat vertiginous!) BBC video from 2011.

In contrast to the glass-adorned Shard is one of London’s oldest Gothic buildings, Southwark Cathedral. The construction of the new London Bridge in 1831 saw the church threatened with demolition. Fortunately the decision was taken to restore it instead and the present building retains the basic form of the Gothic structure built between 1220 and 1420, although the nave is a late 19th century reconstruction. The exact origins of the church remain a mystery but it is believed the site has been a place of worship for over a thousand years. 

  Panoramic view from Southwark Cathedral (image source)

Panoramic view from Southwark Cathedral (image source)

The cobbled streets from the Cathedral take you to The Golden Hinde, a full-sized reconstruction of the ship Sir Francis Drake used to circumnavigate the globe between 1577 and 1580. Built in the 1970s, the replica ship toured the world before settling at St Mary Overie Dock as an educational ship-museum. Walk on and you reach The Anchor, a place for a perfect historic pit stop. For 800 years a tavern has stood on this site and has been a favourite drinking hole for river pirates and smugglers! It is also the sole survivor of London’s riverside inns from Shakespeare’s time. 

We end today’s tour at Southwark Bridge, which in contrast to Tower Bridge is one of the least popular bridges on the river. Formerly known as Queen Street Bridge, it opened in 1819 to relieve heavy traffic on the neighbouring bridges. But as one of the few bridges on the River Thames to levy a toll, it never proved popular with drivers. Despite becoming toll free in 1864, Southwark Bridge still has the least traffic of any bridge in central London.

  Southwark Bridge 1825  from 'The Natural and Artifical Wonders of the United Kingdom' ( image source )

Southwark Bridge 1825  from 'The Natural and Artifical Wonders of the United Kingdom' (image source)

Join us next time for Part II in our series of Architectural Walks by London’s Riverside. 


You can purchase the complete map fr0m our online shop for £10!

Posted on October 18, 2017 .

Top Drawer London Autumn

Discover our new gift designs on stand J42

We're excited to be exhibiting at TopDrawer London this September! Alongside our bestselling designs we'll be showcasing all our NEW gift products which will be launching at the show. We'd love to share our new collection with you in person so do pop by our stand and say hello.

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Top Drawer London (STAND J42)
Olympia, Hammersmith Rd
London, W14 8UX

Opening Times
Sunday 10 September: 09:30 - 18:00
Monday 11 September: 09:30 - 18:00
Tuesday 12 September: 09:30 - 17:00

Register for free entry online here

Posted on August 22, 2017 .

Inspirational books about London

We've just finished designing our mammoth panoramic River Map of the London's Riverside which illustrates over 100 buildings, plotting a short history and heritage of each one. By building number 30 we did question if it was a sensible project but many months later it's made me love the city even more as I've learned so much about history of the River Thames, architecture and culture dating right back to Roman times. It's inspired me to read more about the city so I thought I'd share a list of London Inspired books to read:

  London: The Biography by Peter Ackroyd  A well known writer on the history and culture of London, Ackroyds book is diverse and very thorough. I've been dipping in and out of  book which was particularly helpful in researching the history of the Southbank.   

London: The Biography by Peter Ackroyd
A well known writer on the history and culture of London, Ackroyds book is diverse and very thorough. I've been dipping in and out of  book which was particularly helpful in researching the history of the Southbank.

 

  Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell  Depicting the unbelievably cruel everyday reality of living as a down in out in the city. Will make you view the homeless in a new light.

Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell
Depicting the unbelievably cruel everyday reality of living as a down in out in the city. Will make you view the homeless in a new light.

  Londoners: The Days and Nights of London Now by Craig Taylor  Anyone living in London should be able to relate to this! Craig Taylor introduces his readers to 83 very different voices about their existence in the city. Those that Love it, Hate it, Live it, Left it and Long for it.

Londoners: The Days and Nights of London Now by Craig Taylor
Anyone living in London should be able to relate to this! Craig Taylor introduces his readers to 83 very different voices about their existence in the city. Those that Love it, Hate it, Live it, Left it and Long for it.

  A Day's Walk Around the Ginger Line by Iain Sinclair  One of the many books Sinclair has written about his playful observations whilst walking the streets of London.   

A Day's Walk Around the Ginger Line by Iain Sinclair
One of the many books Sinclair has written about his playful observations whilst walking the streets of London. 
 

  Capital by John Lanchester  This is a big, busy book looking at the cultural and racially diverse inhabitants of one street, Pepys Road.  

Capital by John Lanchester
This is a big, busy book looking at the cultural and racially diverse inhabitants of one street, Pepys Road.
 

  NW by Zadie Smith  Featuring a cast of multicultural characters struggling with all manner of problems and identity crises, their lives tell the story of London as it is today.

NW by Zadie Smith
Featuring a cast of multicultural characters struggling with all manner of problems and identity crises, their lives tell the story of London as it is today.

Do you have any other books about London that you love? We’d love to hear from you if you do – your favourite might even be the inspiration behind our next project.

Posted on August 9, 2017 .

It's London Design Week! Visit us at designjunction

Once again we will be showing our latest designs at design junction this September in the Canopy area at  Kings Cross - just short hop and skip from our studio in Holborn.

This is the only show where we exhibit our whole range of designs, from model kits to pencil pots, and prints to pendant shades. We have some exciting special edition copper vases which have been distressed by hand to give a multi coloured patina. They are truly unique and will be sold individually at the show.

Posted on August 1, 2017 .

Mirco Gardening: Green spaces in tiny places

If you’re a frustrated gardener flicking through Pinterest looking at amazing green spaces but don't have any outdoor space of your own, fear not! There are many ways to create your own oasis in the limited space you have. Here are some ideas for creating green spaces in tiny places.

Outdoors: Balcony's and Boxes
Okay, a little obvious but if you’re lucky enough to have a nice sunny balcony, any amount of compact plants can be snuggled into attractive planters and will do very well. Just choose species that will thrive pending on how sunny or shaded your space is; plants that will flourish in full sunshine are Petunias, Fuchsias, Rosemary or salad leaves;  whilst Impatiens, Aspidistra, Ferns and Ivies are good options for shaded spaces. Checkout Balcony Garden’s website for some ideas or City Planter for more plant suggestions.

Window sill gardens
A sunny window sill is the perfect location for all sorts of micro gardens. Creating a herb garden is a brilliant choice (practical as well as pretty!) or pansies and marigolds are very easy and decorative in the summer and will brighten up any window frame.  Check out the Garden Master Class blog for all the practical tips you need.

Best Bathroom Plants
There’s nothing better then a little (or a lot) of greenery in a bathroom to bring a calming feel but not every type of plant is suitable to grow (I've made this mistake!) in the humid and damp environment. The best plants to opt for are Peace Lily's, Ivies, Aloe Vera, Bamboo, Boston Ferns and Spider Plants. Many of these require infrequent watering as they will absorb much of what they need from the air. Find out more info at Apartment Therapy or at RHS

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Desk top gardening
Corners of desks and coffee tables can become home to the most miniature of gardens and make a real feature. There are many brilliant design objects available which incorporate plants and will bring style and green into your space.

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First up is my all time favourite design: Domsai by Matteo Cibic. The range features various helmet headed, long legged beauties which house and display a mini cactus. I first bought one of these pieces about 7 years ago and it still brings a smile to my face on seeing it.

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Another ceramic based design I particularly like is Ienami, an elegant architectural model complete with rooftop garden. It is made by Japanese brand Metaphys - definitely check out their other designs if you like this www.metaphys.jp

On a practical note, cactus and succulents are an easy go to as they they need a little watering and easy to look after. And guess what, our brass pineapple pot  perfectly fits a mini cactus or succulent! Easy to look after and super stylish.


Gift some inspiration

Inspired? Why not encourage friends and family to take up the challenge of gardening in a small space with our fun and attractive Matchcarden an easy way to get anyone gardening in the tiniest spaces of all!

Alternatively, our little take on Kew Gardens in the form of a Plantini planthouse is a great option for propagating your own seedlings (and to be honest, if your less green fingered, looks stylish enough in its own right without any plants!).

Posted on July 31, 2017 .

Custom designs for Historic Scotland

Our bookmarks designs are proving to be a bestselling product for many of our retailers and stockists and we’ve now worked on several commissions to create bespoke bookmarks for heritage hot spots. The latest project was for Historic Scotland where we designed four exclusive Scottish themed gifts to sell through Edinburgh Castle and other sites they look after.

Have a look at other commisions we’ve designed and produced at http://another-studio.com/custom or drop us an email to discuss working with us.

Posted on July 10, 2017 .

Creative shopping - My favourite stores and suppliers

I'm not a big shopper but I really love looking for and buying art materials and supplies. Nothing beats finding a specialist store that sells a vast array of any one subject matter, I feel giddy with excitement and awestruck by the choice. Most the time I don’t even need anything but I’ll never leave empty handed as I like to own these materials, just in case. Your never know when you may need an extra special bit of trimming, beautiful piece of handmade paper or unusual type of ruler. My dream list of stores on a single street would be this:

  Shepherds , London  A place for paper and bookbinding lovers.  I can while aways hours looking through their numerous  folders packed full of fabulous paper samples. Of course, I have bought a lot of paper here that is far to good to use for anything but to have on display to look pretty.

Shepherds, London

A place for paper and bookbinding lovers.  I can while aways hours looking through their numerous  folders packed full of fabulous paper samples. Of course, I have bought a lot of paper here that is far to good to use for anything but to have on display to look pretty.

  William Stout Architectural book s, San Francisco  I stumbled across this bookshop when I was exploring the city in a quick two day visit.  Whilst browsing, I opened a book titled  Cardboard Design Now  only to find our a double page spread of PostCarden, the first product I designed. It was a lovely surprise as it was the first book my work had been published in so I have very fond memories of this store. The walls are stacked high with books on design, architecture, art and interiors to include out of print titles. An amazing store that I wish was closer to home.   

William Stout Architectural books, San Francisco

I stumbled across this bookshop when I was exploring the city in a quick two day visit.  Whilst browsing, I opened a book titled Cardboard Design Now only to find our a double page spread of PostCarden, the first product I designed. It was a lovely surprise as it was the first book my work had been published in so I have very fond memories of this store. The walls are stacked high with books on design, architecture, art and interiors to include out of print titles. An amazing store that I wish was closer to home.

 

  Barnett & Lawson , London  For all the trimmings, tassels and ribbons you may ever need! This place has been around for years and is packed high with all types of haberdashery accessories. Based in central London, just of oxford street, it's a little hidden away but don’t be shy to visit as the staff as very helpful and friendly.

Barnett & Lawson, London

For all the trimmings, tassels and ribbons you may ever need! This place has been around for years and is packed high with all types of haberdashery accessories. Based in central London, just of oxford street, it's a little hidden away but don’t be shy to visit as the staff as very helpful and friendly.

  New York Central Art Shop    I used to make a pit stop here every year when we exhibited at  New York  trade shows  and would stock up on coloured masking tape. Over the year I wouldn’t actually use the masking tape, it was too special, too exclusive….but finally the abundance of coloured tape sailed the atlantic and is now widely available in London. I don’t buy it anymore, the novelty has worn off. On writing this post I learnt the original store closed last year - so sad as it had been there since 1905! The good news is  it's relocated and is still open offering the same vast art supplies.

New York Central Art Shop

I used to make a pit stop here every year when we exhibited at New York  trade shows and would stock up on coloured masking tape. Over the year I wouldn’t actually use the masking tape, it was too special, too exclusive….but finally the abundance of coloured tape sailed the atlantic and is now widely available in London. I don’t buy it anymore, the novelty has worn off. On writing this post I learnt the original store closed last year - so sad as it had been there since 1905! The good news is  it's relocated and is still open offering the same vast art supplies.

  BHV,  Paris   This place was a godsend for when we exhibited in Paris. It’s a large department store but with a basement full stuff; hardware, tools, leather, light fittings, rope - perfect for any DIY project. It's since  helped us out on many occasion when we’ve needed extra supplied for setting up a show.

BHV, Paris 

This place was a godsend for when we exhibited in Paris. It’s a large department store but with a basement full stuff; hardware, tools, leather, light fittings, rope - perfect for any DIY project. It's since  helped us out on many occasion when we’ve needed extra supplied for setting up a show.

  Tokyo Hands    BEST.SHOP.EVER. I would move to Tokyo just to be near this store. On my first visit I was massively jet legged and couldn’t quite deal with how much much stuff there was. Each floor (some stores have ten floors) is dedicated to a theme. Find the craft section. OMG. Need a ruler? They have 100 types. Piece of acrylic? Sure, every colour and shape you could ask for. Pens? Plant brushes? The choice is endless. I got lost in the incense area for an hour - once you start smelling one you have to try them all. I bought home about 12 packs which were great gifts so the time didn't feel wasted.

Tokyo Hands

BEST.SHOP.EVER. I would move to Tokyo just to be near this store. On my first visit I was massively jet legged and couldn’t quite deal with how much much stuff there was. Each floor (some stores have ten floors) is dedicated to a theme. Find the craft section. OMG. Need a ruler? They have 100 types. Piece of acrylic? Sure, every colour and shape you could ask for. Pens? Plant brushes? The choice is endless. I got lost in the incense area for an hour - once you start smelling one you have to try them all. I bought home about 12 packs which were great gifts so the time didn't feel wasted.

Posted on June 20, 2017 .

Cockpit Arts Summer Open Studios!

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Join us for a summer spectacular as 80+ designer-makers open their doors to the general public for a weekend of design shopping. 

Cockpit Arts Summer Open Studios is a fantastic opportunity to buy direct from our design studio in the heart of Bloomsbury. Our full product range, including our latest designs, will be available, as well as on-the-day specials, samples and one-offs. We will be open alongside jewellers, ceramicists, glass makers, weavers and a host of other craft and design studios. 

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Cockpit Arts is home to some of the UK’s top designer-makers working in the craft sector today. Normally closed to the public, the bi-annual Open Studios events are a great chance to visit working craft studios in this former furniture factory. Its location in a cool little enclave of Bloomsbury that is steeped in history and full of independent shops and cafés makes for a great day out.

Special events will take place throughout the weekend, so pop along and enjoy:

– Delicious treats from Hand Made Food’s pop-up café
– Live summer jazz on the opening night
– Demonstrations and talks from designer-makers including jeweller DovileBertulyte, textile designer Julie Kouamo and paper marbling artist Lucy McGrath
– A showcase of designer-makers’ work curated by renowned leather designer Bill Amberg

Dates: 9th - 11th June 2017
Opening times: Friday 9th 9pm, Saturday + Sunday 11am - 6pm
Address: Cockpit Yard, Northington St, London, WC1N 2NP
Getting here: Nearest underground Holborn, Chancery Lane & Russell Square

FREE ENTRY For directions click here >

Posted on May 24, 2017 .

Clerkenwell Design Week: Timber Tailor at Morgan Furniture

We're delighted our Timber Tailor pendant lights will be part of an art installation at British furniture brand Morgan  for Clerkenwell Design Week (23-25 May) in their contemporary showroom. 

Morgan Furniture is hosting a series of talks and events during the Design Festival so it’s worth popping along to get your design fix! 

Tuesday 23rd May
11am - 12pm
Making Space: talk by architect Chris Eckersley
From Florence to France, Brunelleschi to Le Corbusier, Chris explores proportions and dimensions through the art of sketching.
 
5pm - 6pm
Surface: talk by artist Mark McClure
British artist, Mark McClure, uses wood and other materials to create geometric mosaic works, murals and installations. Join us to meet the artist and hear about his creative process.
 
6pm - 9pm
Product Launch Party & Live Jazz
Celebrate the launch of our new products with Wild Card Brewery beers, pick and mix and a live Jazz Trio.
 
Wednesday 24th May
5pm -6pm
Making on a Macro Scale: talk by Stage One
Join the Stage One team of creative engineers for a talk on turning design intent into reality over a decade of pavilions.

Find out what else is going during Clerkenwell Design Week: http://www.clerkenwelldesignweek.com

Posted on May 21, 2017 .

Inside the Studio: The Craft of Making

At the heart of Another Studio is the creative drive to design and develop new ideas into a finished product. The whole creative process - from initial sketchbook scribbles through to fiddling with prototypes and finally seeing the product in store - still thrills and excites me.

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One of the most technically challenging projects we’ve made to date is our new Timber Tailor collection of wooden pendant lights. It’s been a time-consuming process, with many prototypes and techniques trialed and tested along the way. But I’ve been really delighted with the results after officially launching the collection at London Design Week in September 2016. Having just finished making a pair for Morgan Furniture as part of an installation for Clerkenwell Design Week, I thought I’d share some of the creative process with you…

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For me the design process always begins with a scalpel and paper. They are the essential tools of my trade. This is how I start my experiments, cutting, scoring and marking up small paper maquettes to get a rough idea of shape and pattern.

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With this particular project I developed a completely new way of working with wood veneers. Borrowing pattern-cutting techniques from the tailoring trade, I cut individual shapes into sheets of cherry wood which are fitted together in a repeat pattern to form one single piece.

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The sheet veneer is sanded by hand and laminated several times using heat presses to add strength before being carefully folded and formed into the final shape. 

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I use contrasting grains of the wood to enhance the design and create a bold pattern, inspired by decorative marquetry and parquet designs. 

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Finally, a pleated fabric trim is added (this is a particularly time-consuming process!). Every lightshade takes the best part of a week to make – so each one is completely bespoke and hand made to order.  

Browse the full Timber Tailor  collection here

Posted on May 16, 2017 .

Brutalist Architecture

Brutalist buildings tend to create a love or hate reaction. I’m in the love camp and have been inspired by this modernist style since university after writing an essay on Le Corbusier’s influential Unité d’Habitation, a tower block that reimagined housing for the 1950’s as a ‘machine for living in’.  Brutalist buildings are no nonsense spaces, fortress like structures that serve a practical post war purpose for social housing, industry, cultural centres and institutions. I find beauty in their boldness, the chunky slabs of concrete, the uncompromising and unpretentious raw material and the interesting shapes they take from different view points.  I've put a few of my favourite places but you can see the full list on our pinterest page.

 Barbican Centre.   Image Credit

Barbican Centre.  Image Credit

 Space House.  Image Credit

Space House. Image Credit

 Trellick Tower

Trellick Tower

 Grand Central Water Tower.   Image Credit

Grand Central Water Tower.  Image Credit

 National Theatre.  Image Credit

National Theatre. Image Credit

 Bâtiments de l'écluse, Kembs-Niffer.  Image Credit

Bâtiments de l'écluse, Kembs-Niffer. Image Credit

 Hayward Gallery.   Image Credit

Hayward Gallery.  Image Credit

 Water tower, Backnang. Image Credit

Water tower, Backnang. Image Credit

Brutalist inspired gifts

In homage to this architectural movement, we have  created a range of Page Markers. Made to scale (albeit a very miniature 1:5000 version!) these are detailed renderings of some of my favourite London buildings and include the Trellick Tower, a 1960s block of flats in Kensal Town designed by Ernõ Goldfinger; Space House at One Kemble Street designed by Richard Seifert; the National Theatre on the South Bank designed by Denys Lasdun, and of course one of the iconic Barbican Towers – which is available as both Page Marker and MONUmini model kit for the true architect hound!

Posted on March 5, 2017 .

Another Studio x Sian Zeng Giveaway

This month we've teamed up with super stylish design company Sian Zeng to offer one lucky person the chance to win our desert themed prize; 3 rolls of their dinosaur wallpaper and a pair of our brass pineapple pots with plants, worth £250! 

Aimed to surprise and delight both children and adults, Sian's whimsical landscape of desert cacti and roaming dinosaurs creates the perfect backdrop for our stylish geometric pots filled with succulents and cacti. 

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By participating in this competition you agree to sign up to both the Sian Zeng and Another Studio newsletters, which will allow you to be notified regarding the winner. You can unsubscribe from these newsletters at any time, however we kindly ask that you please refrain from marking the emails as spam.

One winner will be picked at random from all correct entries received before 23:59 (GMT) on Sunday, 12 March 2017.

The winner will be notified directly via email using the details provided at entry at 18:00 (GMT) on Monday,13 March 2017.

There is no cash alternative and prizes cannot be sold or transferred.

If a winner is unable to be contacted after reasonable attempts by Wednesday 19th March 2017, Sian Zeng and Another Studio reserve the right to withdraw the prize offer.

The competition is open internationally. Due to export restrictions, if the winner is located outside the EU, the pineapple pots will be sent without the cactus as living plants cannot be shipped.

The full name of the winner will be announced on our website, social media channels and other associated marketing materials. By entering this competition you agree for your full name to be shared via these channels.

All decisions made by Sian Zeng and Another Studio are final and no correspondence will be entered into. This competition is administered by Sian Zeng and Another Studio.

Entrants must be 18 years or older to enter.

If you have any questions about the competition please don't hesitate to get in touch with us! write to info@another-studio.com

 

  Dino Wallpaper by Sian Zeng   Sian's whimsical landscape of desert cactuses and roaming dinosaurs will bring a playful element to your home decor. Designed in green and yellow for a fresh interpretation of a quirky Dino design, this playful printed wallpaper will bring the outdoors in for a unique finishing touch.

Dino Wallpaper by Sian Zeng

Sian's whimsical landscape of desert cactuses and roaming dinosaurs will bring a playful element to your home decor. Designed in green and yellow for a fresh interpretation of a quirky Dino design, this playful printed wallpaper will bring the outdoors in for a unique finishing touch.

  Brass Pineapple pots and plants by Another Studio   Playing with scale, our multi faceted plant pots bring a beautiful botanical style to any desk, tabletop or shelf.  The body of the pot is ingeniously made from a single sheet of brass which is hand crafted into shape in our London studio to create a striking contemporary design.  Each pot measures 8cm high and comes ready assembled to include a living cactus. 

Brass Pineapple pots and plants by Another Studio

Playing with scale, our multi faceted plant pots bring a beautiful botanical style to any desk, tabletop or shelf.  The body of the pot is ingeniously made from a single sheet of brass which is hand crafted into shape in our London studio to create a striking contemporary design.  Each pot measures 8cm high and comes ready assembled to include a living cactus. 

More about Sian Zeng.....

Sian Zeng is an award-winning design company renowned for its imaginative wallpapers and interior accessories inspired by designer Sian's own dream-like narratives. Sian uses cutting-edge technologies alongside traditional techniques to create an exciting, storybook collection of wallpapers, cushions and home accessories, while also working with world-renowned interior designers to offer clients unique furnishings and contemporary wallpapers in a beautiful range of colours and patterns.

 

Posted on February 28, 2017 .

Somerset House - Personalised Bookmarks

Last year we met with one of our great London stockists, the Rizzoli bookshop at Somerset House to discuss designing an exclusive gift for them which has resulted in this architectural metal bookmark of the South Wing. 

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exclusive custom made gift by another studio London

It was amazing to learn the rich history of the site which dates back to 1547. Over the years the space has been redeveloped, demolished and reconstructed by a number of leading British architects (to include Inigo Jones and Sir Christopher Wren) and served as home to royalty, important governmental offices, learned societies and in more recent times a creative community and place that embraces contemporary art and culture.

There are free tours of Somerset House every Thursday and Saturday, highly worth a visit if you'd like to learn more about this spectacular place!

Posted on February 20, 2017 .

Love London - Our guide of things to do

I moved to London when I was 20, having grown up in quite the opposite place; Jersey, an island spanning just nine by five miles and home to less people than any single borough of this city! Jersey is beautiful but I love that London is big, bold and busy and everyday I’m struck by its variety, it's always changing with new places to explore or be surprised by. I often get asked by visiting friends what to do in London, first, I always suggest to travel by foot and look around. The architecture is so incredible and London is not so big if you take it in sections. Here are my insights and top tips:

 Bankside > Southbank   A tourist hotspot but I still think you can't beat walking the riverside. Start from  Tower Bridge  to Westminster and you'll see so much in a short time, stay until dark and the river lights up with the most beautiful view of the city. There's an array of fantastic architecture, museums and theatres you can pick and choose to stop by on route:   Tower of London ,  St Pauls Cathedral ,  Shakespeare's Globe ,  Tate Modern ,  BFI ,  National Theatre ,  Royal Festival Hall .

Bankside > Southbank 

A tourist hotspot but I still think you can't beat walking the riverside. Start from Tower Bridge to Westminster and you'll see so much in a short time, stay until dark and the river lights up with the most beautiful view of the city. There's an array of fantastic architecture, museums and theatres you can pick and choose to stop by on route:  Tower of London, St Pauls Cathedral, Shakespeare's Globe, Tate Modern, BFINational Theatre, Royal Festival Hall.

 Alfies Antiques & Little Venice   Alfie Antiques  is a treasure trove full to the brim with  clothes, prints, furniture, jewellery and lighting to name a few. The chic bohemian atmosphere makes for a brilliant place to escape a rainy day complete with an onsite rooftop cafe which serves as a welcome pit stop for coffee and cake before you delve back for a second look. Not far from here is the pretty canal area of Little Venice - lined with colourful barge boats,  it's a delightful and calming place to stroll and see a different quaint side of London. 

Alfies Antiques & Little Venice

Alfie Antiques is a treasure trove full to the brim with  clothes, prints, furniture, jewellery and lighting to name a few. The chic bohemian atmosphere makes for a brilliant place to escape a rainy day complete with an onsite rooftop cafe which serves as a welcome pit stop for coffee and cake before you delve back for a second look. Not far from here is the pretty canal area of Little Venice - lined with colourful barge boats,  it's a delightful and calming place to stroll and see a different quaint side of London. 

 Royal Opera House  Book in advance you can get ridiculously cheap seats at from £6 and experience amazing ballet and opera. Okay, so the seats are restricted views and sometimes you can see only had the stage (and you may get a crook in your next for the next week) BUT for £6 who can complain - the theatre alone is worth seeing for this price. The music and performers are amongst the best the world and simply breathtaking to see first hand.   Image source

Royal Opera House

Book in advance you can get ridiculously cheap seats at from £6 and experience amazing ballet and opera. Okay, so the seats are restricted views and sometimes you can see only had the stage (and you may get a crook in your next for the next week) BUT for £6 who can complain - the theatre alone is worth seeing for this price. The music and performers are amongst the best the world and simply breathtaking to see first hand.  Image source

 Barbican Centre  My go to spot, particularly on a weekday as it’s a peaceful pocket from London’s busy streets. The  Barbican Centre  offers film, theatre, exhibitions, cafe, great design store or just a quiet spot to relax. They host brilliant daily  architectural tours  which give a fascinating history about behind the building and surrounding estate. Top tip is the hidden treasure at the Barbican: their botanical  conservatory,  a tropical oasis in the heart of the city, only open Sundays.

Barbican Centre

My go to spot, particularly on a weekday as it’s a peaceful pocket from London’s busy streets. The Barbican Centre offers film, theatre, exhibitions, cafe, great design store or just a quiet spot to relax. They host brilliant daily architectural tours which give a fascinating history about behind the building and surrounding estate. Top tip is the hidden treasure at the Barbican: their botanical conservatory, a tropical oasis in the heart of the city, only open Sundays.

 Hyde Park & Serpentine  A walk around Hyde Park is gorgeous on a sunny day  and if it’s super warm you can even take a dip in the  Serpentine Lido .  During the summer be sure to visit the  Serpentine Pavillion  which unveils new summer houses each year by leading architects. Whilst in this area I'd couple this with a walk to visit the  Victoria & Albert , possibly my favourite museum in London. My tip is to choose a couple of galleries rather than trying to see it all in one go!

Hyde Park & Serpentine

A walk around Hyde Park is gorgeous on a sunny day  and if it’s super warm you can even take a dip in the Serpentine Lido.  During the summer be sure to visit the Serpentine Pavillion which unveils new summer houses each year by leading architects. Whilst in this area I'd couple this with a walk to visit the Victoria & Albert, possibly my favourite museum in London. My tip is to choose a couple of galleries rather than trying to see it all in one go!

 Maltby Street  A short walk from London Bridge,  maltby street  is a weekend hangout for foodie lovers and dare I say 'hipsters'. By day it's a bustling area, great for people watching and tasting a variety of great food, coffee, craft beer and cocktails. Live music is often played in  Lasso , a trendy architectural salvage place which is a great place to drool over many items you can't afford. If you fancy a real rummage, a cheaper second hand store is at the top of the road of where you can find the odd gem.

Maltby Street

A short walk from London Bridge, maltby street is a weekend hangout for foodie lovers and dare I say 'hipsters'. By day it's a bustling area, great for people watching and tasting a variety of great food, coffee, craft beer and cocktails. Live music is often played in Lasso, a trendy architectural salvage place which is a great place to drool over many items you can't afford. If you fancy a real rummage, a cheaper second hand store is at the top of the road of where you can find the odd gem.

Posted on January 12, 2017 .