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, London. Image Credit

Barbican Centre, London. Image Credit

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

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

1 Kemble Street, London. Image Credit

1 Kemble Street, London. Image Credit

Grand Central Water Tower, Midrand, South Africa Image Credit

Grand Central Water Tower, Midrand, South Africa Image Credit

Hayward Gallery, London. Image Credit

Hayward Gallery, London. Image Credit

Water tower, Backnang, Germany. Image Credit

Water tower, Backnang, Germany. Image Credit

Posted on March 31, 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 - bespoke bookmark

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 - Top tips

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 February 1, 2017 .

Christmas Open Studios

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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
Northington Street
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:
18-22 Creekside
SE8 3DZ (click for map)

Open: Friday - Sunday  11am-6pm

Posted on November 8, 2016 .

Another Studio @ Crafty Fox Markets

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!

Posted on November 2, 2016 .

Introducing Pineapple Plant Pots

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.

Posted on October 13, 2016 .

Instagram Inspiration Snaps

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. 

Posted on October 1, 2016 .

Introducing Timber Tailor Wooden Light Pendants

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.

Posted on September 28, 2016 .

Another Studio at Design Junction

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
London
N1C 4AA
(map)

If you haven't done so already, there's still time to purchase a discounted ticket here.
 

Posted on September 7, 2016 .

Another Studio at Crafty Fox

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)
 

Posted on September 1, 2016 .

Flying Scotsman Commission

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

Posted on July 26, 2016 .

Summer Open Studios

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:

Cockpit Yard
Northington Street
WC1N 2NP (click for map)
(Nearest station Holborn, Chancery Lane, Russell Square)

 

Look forward to seeing you there!

Posted on May 11, 2016 .

Instagram round up - Another Studio's April in pictures

It's been a busy month with lots of sampling, developing and creating new products:

New Mini-onaires collection coming soon!

New Mini-onaires collection coming soon!

Copper Vases now available

Copper Vases now available

New Mini-onaires collection coming soon!

New Mini-onaires collection coming soon!

Lampshade Making

Lampshade Making

Pencil Pot with coloured lining now available

Pencil Pot with coloured lining now available

New exciting projects

New exciting projects

Posted on May 2, 2016 .

Bespoke products for Sience Museum

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

Posted on February 1, 2016 .

Another Studio Visits Japan

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. 

Posted on January 7, 2016 .

MONUminis Spotted On Instagram In 2015

Happy New Year to all customers and followers! Thank you to all those who have shared Another Studio products on social media and Hello to all our new followers.

Take a look at this impressive selection of customers' images of their completed model architectural kits in 2015. We always like to know people have enjoyed assembling our MONUmini products, so please share your own success with us on social media by tagging @anotherstudio_ or by including the hashtag #AnotherStudio/#MONUmini.

@aa.nchal

@aa.nchal

@michaelpingu

@michaelpingu

@peachesw21

@peachesw21

@kdoro_

@kdoro_

@isseyugo

@isseyugo

@louisasladejewellery

@louisasladejewellery

Posted on January 2, 2016 .

Another Studio at Crafty Fox Market

We are very excited to be displaying and selling our work once again at the Christmas Crafty Fox Market - London’s favourite market for independent makers.

Over the next month, Crafty Fox will be holding their markets across several different locations on a variety of dates, hosting over 100 different designers, makers and artists. Keep your diaries free on Sunday 6th December, when Another Studio will be joining in the fun at The Dogstar in Brixton (click for map), selling our unique range of giftware just in time for Christmas! 

Other highlights include:

  • Live DJs
  • The Tea’s Knees Tea Room
  • Steaming hot mulled wine
  • Screen printing workshops
  • FREE ENTRY

Escape the high street this Christmas and support small businesses - we look forward to seeing you there between 11am - 5pm on the 6th December!

Posted on November 24, 2015 .

Christmas Open Studios

Once again, our annual Christmas Open Studio events are coming up over the next couple of weeks at both Holborn and Deptford Cockpit Arts.

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 - the perfect Christmas shopping opportunity!

Deptford 3 - 6 December

Another Studio 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 Thursday 3 December 6-9pm. (Nearest station Deptford Bridge)

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

Friday 4 to Sunday 6 open from 11am-6pm

Holborn 26 - 29 November

First up at our Holborn base, join us for a glass of mulled wine and late night shopping on Thursday 26 November 6-9pm. (Nearest station Holborn, Chancery Lane, Russell Square)

Find us at: Cockpit Yard
Northington Street
WC1N 2NP (click for map)

Friday 27 to Sunday 29 open from 11am-6pm


Look forward to seeing you there!

Posted on November 20, 2015 .

Our month in pictures - New new new!

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After a successful launch of the Lignum Fold range at Design Junction last month, it's been non stop here in the studio with new products and photo shoots. 

Firstly, our customised model kit decorations produced for the Science Museum were completed and sent off to be sold exclusively in their museum gift shop. 

Our project with the Royal Albert Hall was also finalised, resulting in a new MONUmini model kit of the building, complete with a removable dome roof to show the incredible jewel like auditorium inside. It can now be purchased for £15.95 here.

Finally, we've been beginning to think about something Christmassy to launch alongside the Lignum Fold range.

Posted on October 30, 2015 .