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:
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.
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
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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
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
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
I use contrasting grains of the wood to enhance the design and create a bold pattern, inspired by decorative marquetry and parquet designs.
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.
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.
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!
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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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.
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.
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!
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:
The yearly Christmas Open Studios is coming up next month at Cockpit Arts. This year celebrates the 30th anniversary of Cockpit Arts so be sure not to miss the special event. We welcome you to discover behind the scenes and give you the chance to buy beautifully crafted products from the over 170 designer makers based at the studios.
Holborn 24 - 27 November
First up at our Holborn base, join us for a glass of mulled wine and late night shopping on Thursday 24 November 6-9pm. (Nearest station Holborn, Chancery Lane, Russell Square)
Find us at: Cockpit Yard
WC1N 2NP (click for map)
Open: Thurs 24th 6pm-9pm | Fri-Sun 11am-6pm
Deptford 2 - 4 December
We will also be setting up, with products available to buy, at Holborn's partner studios in Deptford. Again there will be a late night shopping event on Friday 2 December 6-9pm. (Nearest station Deptford Bridge)
Find us at:
SE8 3DZ (click for map)
Open: Friday - Sunday 11am-6pm
We are excited to be taking part in two Crafty Fox markets over the festive season, where our range of giftware and homeware products will be available to purchase in perfect time for Christmas gifts.
First up is the Christmas Night market:
1st December 4 - 9pm
Geffrye Museum, Hoxton
Browse the stalls with a mulled wine in hand, meet the makers and buy unique gifts for friends and family.
4th December 11 - 5pm
The Dogstar, Brixton on 4th
Crafty Fox is sure to put on a fun and festive event!
Meet our miniature pineapple shaped pot complete with tiny living cactus or succulent! Each pot measures 8cm high and comes ready assembled to house in your workplace to home.
The body of the plant pot is formed from a single sheet of etched metal which we fold into shape by hand in our London studio to create a multi faceted design.
Available for £28 here.
Another Studio are always on the look out for incredible architecture and structures on our travels. We constantly take photos to bring back to the studio which inspire, create and develop new ideas.
The photos above include Innsbruck Museum, Water tower on Highbridge & Turnham beach, 'The Hive' at Kew Gardens, King's Cross Station, the old Brighton pier and Giles Miller installation at Clerkenwell Design Week.
The Timber Tailor collection draws inspiration from the craft of tailoring both in aesthetics and for the construction of each piece. We have adapted pattern-cutting techniques for the wood veneer to create elegant, seamless structures.
Mixing machine and handmade processes we take flat sheet veneer and cut, fold and form it into dynamic shapes. Individual shapes of wood veneer are arranged into repeat patterns to augment the beauty of the natural grain which is then laminated to a fabric backing. We craft these beautiful shades so the wood pattern emulates the form of the body and the fabric lines the interior.
View the whole collection here.
Be prepared for an exciting couple of weeks ahead as London Design Festival kicks off. With so much going on, be sure to make a visit to Design Junction in its brand new King's Cross venue.
This vibrant destination is set to become a new creative district and an international business hub for design in central London– where culture and commerce will come alive during the London Design Festival.
Another Studio is super excited to be displaying our brand new range of wooden lampshades so pop by and see the collection at stand 64, 22 - 25 September at:
1 Granary Square
If you haven't done so already, there's still time to purchase a discounted ticket here.
We're looking forward to another great event at the Dogstar in Brixton for this month's Crafty Fox market!
Crafty Fox always put on a fantastic day and this year will be taking part in Brixton Design Trail - part of London Design Festival. They will be featuring an artist's installation as well as the usual mix of workshops, DJs and drinks. This event is guest curated by Lesley Thomas, journalist and Editor of Weekend, The Times lifestyle supplement.
We look forward to seeing you there, where we will be displaying and selling our unique range of giftware - new products available and some special offers too!
Sunday 18 September 11 - 5
The Dogstar, Brixton (map)
We continue to work on some exciting commissions and projects: earlier this year we worked with the Science Museum to design a range of gifts to celebrate the return of Flying Scotsman, Britain's iconic steam locomotive. We created three exclusive souvenirs: a miniature model of the train, a detailed bookmark and a decorative hanging ornament.
Flying Scotsman rose to fame in 1928 after completing its first non-stop run from London to Edinburgh, the longest journey in the world at that time. In February this year with much fanfare, Flying Scotsman came back into service.
For any locomotive lovers, you can purchase this model exclusively from the National Railway Museum, nrm.org.uk
The yearly Summer Open Studios is coming up next month at Holborn Cockpit Arts. This year celebrates the 30th anniversary of Cockpit Arts so be sure not to miss the special event.
We welcome you to discover behind the scenes and give you the chance to buy beautifully crafted products from the over 170 designer makers based at the studios.
2 - 5 June FREE ENTRY
Join us for late night shopping from 6-9pm on 2 June. We will thereafter be opening 11am-6pm Friday to Sunday.
Find us at:
WC1N 2NP (click for map)
(Nearest station Holborn, Chancery Lane, Russell Square)
Look forward to seeing you there!
It's been a busy month with lots of sampling, developing and creating new products:
We've recently completed a commission for the Science Museum to develop three exclusive products for their range. Working with with sheet metal we produced a set of DIY polyhedra decorations, an architectural model kit of the museum housing some of their incredible designs in their collection, and a set of scientist bookmarks. You can see more commissions we have done here
It's been an exciting day unpacking all the treats that we recently picked up on our travels in Japan! All the goodies are made or bound with exquisite paper, displaying a great harmony of colours, prints and patterns. The thoughtfulness and detail in the designs, as well as the tactile use of material, are certainly a real inspiration to us.