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March 11th, 2014

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Springtime in Shrewsbury

Maria and Je will be kicking off the Shropshire Society of Architects Spring Lectures with a talk on Thursday 13th March.

Open to all (admission £3 / free to students). For more details, click on link above.

March 10th, 2014

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In the Making @ Hooke Park

Je will be talking about ‘Making through the process of Collaboration’ as part of the AA’s lecture series at Hooke Park.

Talks at Hooke Park are free and open to all. Email: hookeadmin@aaschool.ac.uk to book a place.

December 2nd, 2013

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Future of London Placemaking

Esme will be taking part in the Future of London Placemaking event on 23rd November at The Cass.

Co-hosted by the Academy of Urbanism and The Cass Faculty of Art Architecture & Design, the seminar will explore the culture of placemaking in London and how young urbanists can help shape a positive future for the city.

November 22nd, 2013

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Women In Sustainable Construction & Property

Maria will be talking at UCL on Thursday 14th November, as part of an evening of lectures organised by WSCP entitled ‘Beyond Limits’.

The evening will focus on sustainability issues in construction and multi-disciplinary collaboration in practice.

November 13th, 2013

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Talking Architecture

Esme will be giving a talk to architecture students at the Arts University Bournemouth on Friday 25th October, as part of their open lecture series.

The talk will focus on the important role of good communication in architectural practice and the many different guises that collaboration can take in seeing a project through to completion.

October 21st, 2013

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Studio Weave Shortlisted for YAYA!

It was announced last night that Studio Weave has been shortlisted for the Autodesk 2013 Young Architect of the Year Award. Needless to say, we are absolutely delighted with the news.

From over 70 entries, Studio Weave has been chosen as one of five practices to be on the shortlist. Here’s the story covered by BD. The winner of YAYA 2013 will be awarded on 3rd December.

October 4th, 2013

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Right Here Right Now

Our thanks to Apartment Therapy readers who selected us to snuggle up with nine other design-based practices voted as the “Ten Most Important Young British Designers Right Now.”

Their London Design Evening at DesignJunction takes place in September, where we’ll share our latest work with the crowd in a pecha kucha style presentation. Take a look at the Apartment Therapy website for more details.

July 25th, 2013

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Apple of my Eye

Studio Weave has made a surprise appearance in Apple’s new online advertising!

See if you can spot us here. Hint: it’s something to do with treehouses…

June 26th, 2013

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Critics’ Secrets – Lullaby Factory

Want to see how the life of the Lullaby Factory began? Visit the Mall Galleries from 10th – 15th June, where we present “Lullaby Factory I, II, and III,” three risograph prints on recycled paper. These drawings were the starting-point for the project. 

Studio Weave were picked by Hugh Pearman (Sunday Times, RIBA Journal) to exhibit as part of the ‘Critics’ Secrets’ exhibition, where 25 art critics selected an artist, craft maker or architect they admired for a group exhibition. 

All work is for sale with all proceeds from the Lullaby Factory prints going to Great Ormond Street Hospital.

More on the Lullaby Factory project can be found here.

June 12th, 2013

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Surreal Deal in the Standard

The weavers experienced our 15 minutes of fame when we appeared on a double-page spread in the ES Magazine – although our Ecology of Colour building might have taken the limelight (despite the colourful knitwear).

In the piece, Dipal Acharya proposes that ‘were he around today, Salvador Dalí might have commissioned Studio Weave to build him a London bolthole.’ The full article, entitled ‘Meet the Austerity Architects’, can be read here.

The photo shoot took place on a crisp morning on-site at Ecology Island in Dartford with photographer Matthew Stylianou.

April 15th, 2013

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It’s Very Nice That

We are delighted to feature in the inaugural and wonderful It’s Nice That Annual with our project Paleys upon Pilers – in the their words, ‘an architectural pop-up with real heart and soul’. The hardback book is filled with the work of 150 creatives, published by the magazine during 2012.

More info on Paleys upon Pilers can be found here.

December 14th, 2012

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V&A Friday Late: Tall Stories

On Friday 29th, Studio Weave will be participating in June’s Friday Late at the V&A Museum – Un-built: de/constructing architecture. In our workshop, Tall Stories, you will be able to dream up and make ‘lost exhibits’ including the stories behind them. Participants will even get the chance to have their creations exhibited on plinths in the Architecture Gallery, for which there will be a grand opening at the end of the night!

June 22nd, 2012

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Salt Made From Tears

Alongside our other projects, here at Studio Weave we have been developing a range of Salt Made From Tears in collaboration with the Ministry of Stories and Halen Môn. The different flavoured salts are produced from the tears of humans in various emotional and physiological states for monsters to flavour their cooking, including Salt Made From Tears of Sorrow and Salt Made From Tears shed while Sneezing.

Salt Made From Tears has just hit the shelves at Hoxton Street Monster Supplies, quite possibly the world’s only purveyor of quality goods for monsters of every kind.

May 23rd, 2012

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New Arcadians

Studio Weave is one of the 18 practices to feature in the recently published book New Arcadians by Lucy Bullivant: a catalogue of ‘the most dynamic and innovative up-and-coming architectural practices working in the UK today’.

May 16th, 2012

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Architect in the House

Je will once again be participating in Architect in the House this year. Run by the charity Shelter and RIBA, the scheme matches homeowners with local chartered architects who donate an hour of their time for a design consultation. In return, the homeowner can make a donation to Shelter to go towards its very worthwhile work with families in housing need.

You have the opportunity to sign up as a homeowner until 11 July 2012 by registering here.

May 8th, 2012

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Highly Commended in WAN Awards

The jury panel for the 2012 WAN Awards 21 for 21 has selected Studio Weave to be one of eight Highly Commended practices; a list of ‘ones to watch’ that also includes Los Angeles firm Neil M. Denari and Irish architects Heneghan Peng.

Chaired by Peter Murray, the director of the London Festival of Architecture and founder of New London Architecture, the jury noted that Studio Weave ‘showcased a range of engaging projects’.

April 11th, 2012

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WAN 21 for 21 Awards

It was announced this week that Studio Weave has been longlisted for World Architecture News’ WAN 21 for 21 Awards out of 162 entries.

Sponsored by Arup, the international award seeks to pick out 21 architects that show the potential to be one of ‘the leading lights of architecture in the 21st Century’. Five practices were chosen for the list of 21 in last year’s awards.

You can see all the practices on the longlist here.

March 30th, 2012

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Off Kilter

Je and Maria at the Civic Trust Awards, picking up two awards for The Longest Bench.

When in Edinburgh…

March 7th, 2012

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Christmas (fon)Do!

Christmas Do!

This year Studio Weave had its inaugural Christmas (fon)Do!

A lot of cheese (and knitwear) …

December 21st, 2011

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3 Nations

Studio Weave was invited to join architects from England, Scotland and the Netherlands as part of an event to encourage collaboration between emerging practices across these three nations. Organised by Buro Happold and the Dutch Embassy in London, Maria and Je attended the one-day event jampacked with engaging presentations and debate, and the inspired cohort decided to continue discussion at the pub. It’s always nice to hear about the sorts of projects other architects find themselves involved in and the tales certainly became more interesting as the night went on.

November 28th, 2011

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The Ladies of Studio Weave

Drum roll please…

Everybody meet Esme, here enthroned between Maria and Jane (and you can just about see a reflection of Je in his green t-shirt taking the picture). Esme is the newest addition to Studio Weave (since Theodore). She studied architecture at Dundee and Nottingham and in addition to her marvellous design skills, Esme is a writer and regularly contributes to architectural publications.

November 3rd, 2011

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Maria under the spotlight

Lights, Camera, Action!

Today we enjoyed the surreal experience of being filmed for French and Germal tv channel ARTE. Here we are pretending to work hard for the cameras.

Je looking unrealistically hardworking

Lukily there wasn’t too much pressure to be word perfect as we’re going to be dubbed!

May 24th, 2011

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Jane and Theodore

Drum roll please…

Studio Weave are exceedingly proud to introduce two new co-conspiritors: Jane and Theodore.

One of them was knitted by Maria’s talented sister, Halinka.

One of them studied illustration at Central Saint Martin’s and then architecture at King’s College Cambridge.

They both secretly love Beyonce.

Peer closely at your screen and see if can’t tell which is which…

March 5th, 2011

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Green-Roofed Skyscraper Costume

Green-Roofed Skyscraper Costume

A Tale of Two Towns

An Opera of Buildings

(part of the ICA‘s Live Weekends Series)

In collaboration with clarinettist and music teacher Kazia Smith, Studio Weave were proud to present, for one night only, a unique Opera of Buildings.

Making the Building-Costumes

Making the Building-Costumes

Taking as a starting point our practice design methodologies of making up fairytales, personifying buildings and landscapes, and discovering the important imaginary relationships between buildings in the city, we made building-costumes and in them performed a Building Opera of nursery rhymes as you’ve never heard them before.

Princess Tower

Princess Tower

Twenty children thought to themselves: “If I were a building, what kind of building would I be?” Results included the Hotel Magnificent, a country house, a princess palace, a turreted stone castle, twin skyscrapers with green roof gardens and many more…

Stone Castle

Stone Castle

And as if re-inventing yourself as a building isn’t enough for one evening, we then re-learnt old nursery rhymes with new words and performed an opera telling the tale of two towns who discovered each other and became the best friends two towns have ever been.

The Performance

The Performance

Thanks to Kazia, the ICA and everyone who took part, it was a strange and wonderful evening!

Tasty Cake Shop

Tasty Cake Shop

May 16th, 2010

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Studio in the Woods

Studio in the Woods

Studio in the Woods

This summer Studio Weave will be heading to the Isle of Wight for Studio in the Woods, an outdoor summer workshop aimed at architecture students, practicing architects and anyone with an interest in place, landscape and the direct experience of making and working with materials to hand.

We have teamed up with Tim Lucas, a partner at Price & Myers.

More information and registration here.

Studio in the Woods Poster

Studio in the Woods Poster

March 25th, 2010

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ASD Choir Singing

ASD Choir Singing

Christmas Chorals

On the 11th December the MUSARC / ASD Choir performed in the beautiful St Bartholomew’s at West Smithfield. More about the concert here. We performed works by Orazio Vecchi, Orlando di Lasso, Gavin Bryars, Anton Bruckner as well as spirituals and traditional carols from the 15th century to the present.

Propane Gas Organ

Propane Gas Organ

Before and after the concert, the audience played on an amazing Gas Organ, invented by Lou Smith. This consists of glass tubes and propane torches. Sound is generated when the heat from the propane flame causes the air in the tube to heat up and vibrate.

Trio Tambourine

Trio Tambourine

In the middle of the concert Trio Tambourine, a wind trio (whose clarinetist is Maria’s sister) played some Martinon and Milhaud.

December 12th, 2009

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Presenting at Istanbul Technical University

Presenting at Istanbul Technical University

Istanbul

Studio Weave were invited along with David Kohn Architects and 00:/ to travel to Istanbul as part of the Architecture Foundation‘s International Exchange Programme between new young practices here and abroad. This was a very exchangeful experience both between us and the Istanbul practices: Asli Kiyak Ingin, ddrlp, and Tuspa NK as well as between Studio Weave and our neighbours in London. Getting to know 00:/ and the newly YAYA-ded David Kohn better was fascinating, at times quite hilarious, and also uncovered the secret to a great old legend…

Our visit included presenting at Istanbul Technical University, attending the lectures and book launches, visiting our Turkish counterparts’ offices, and of course wondering about and finding treasures such as a road devoted to trophy making!

Sulukule

Sulukule

We also visited Sulukule, a 550-year-old Roma district now mostly demolished. The Guardian ran an article last July on the the area.

Discussions with the Istanbul practices revealed very interesting issues around small practices winning public clients and influencing a city’s developement and also models of collaborative working. Another key topic was the division of academia from practice and the negative (and perhaps occasionally positive? discuss?!) effects this is having on architectural education.

Cats

Cats

We couldn’t help but be distracted by the many furry little pussycats that make this city their home. They seem much friendlier than our neighbour’s cat!

The programme will continue with the Istanbul practices visiting London next year. Meanwhile, I will leave you with something very special…

Mastic Flavoured Coffee

Mastic Flavoured Coffee

November 9th, 2009

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Leafy Shadows

Leafy Shadows

We Have Moved!

Studio Weave have moved to the lovely Hackney Central.
Now we get nice leafy shadows like this on our clock.
Click on “Contact” in the blue box above for our new address.

October 11th, 2009

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ASD Choir

ASD Choir

Being Choral

The ASD Choir had it’s second performance at the very beautiful Wilton’s Music Hall. Here we are in the dress rehearsal (wearing our signature blue) being commanded by the wonderful Cathy.

July 10th, 2009

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Maria stuck in the rain!

Maria stuck in the rain!

In the rain…

That’s Maria in there! The rain on the tarp sounded like applause!

July 7th, 2009

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My first bake

My first bake

Scones

They’re not ugly – they’re rustic damn it!! I promise not to turn this into a baking blog – I was just so proud of my very first bake!

July 5th, 2009

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Boscombe Sand Mountain

Surfing in the Mountains

Je went to Boscombe to deliver our entry for the Boscombe Beach Hut competition and look what he found!

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Surfing in a parallel unvierse

We’ll put some pictures of our entry up as soon as the results are out next week – things are crossed!

June 29th, 2009

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We've Been Framed: Viennese Special

Framed in Vienna

Here we are being cheesy again! In Vienna this time. We also found this:

Clean Edit!

Clean Edit!

no prizes for guessing what it says.

June 13th, 2009

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Grey, drought-resistant plants

Grey, drought-resistant plants

Back to Nursery

I’m going to push Je’s post down the page!

Today we went on a little field trip to the City of London’s Nursery in West Ham. Here they grow all the flowers for the City’s gardens.

As you’ll remember from your own nursery class, its important to abide by the rules.

When you do your colouring in, keep between the lines…

The outdoor beds for "hardening them up"

when you finish with your toys, put them away neatly…
A wide variety of colours

and most importantly, during nap-time, don’t drive on the beds…

Please do NOT drive on beds

May 21st, 2009

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Frame

Frame

Framed. How touristic of us.

May 20th, 2009

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Facade at work

left alone

We seem to love it when facades are left alone by themselves…
Is this weird?

May 6th, 2009

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Smoked Sprats with horseradish

Smoked Sprats with horseradish

A healthy lunch

at the fourteenth best restaurant in the world, apparently…

April 29th, 2009

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Full house

Rabies

Cathy

Choir

Chambers, ASD Choir, 23–27/03/09

The fantastic ASD Choir had their first concert. We sung, we clapped, we yelped, we blew. In blue.

March 24th, 2009

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Church Tower

Church tower, Brighton

We like this!

March 20th, 2009

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Smith Makes News at CDW!

Smith is finished and open for business to mark the launch of Clerkenwell Design Week 2014. The pavilion celebrates the long tradition of making in Clerkenwell, from goldsmiths and clocksmiths, to booksmiths and even coffeesmiths. Over the three-day design festival, contemporary craftspeople and smiths will be taking residence at Smith and hosting a range of workshops and demonstrations.

Smith has been made in collaboration with structure-smiths Webb Yates, fibre-cement-smiths and our material sponsor: Equitone by Marley Eternit, and thing-smiths, our fabricators: Nicholas Alexander.

Read more about the project on the Guardian and Dezeen.

May 20th, 2014

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Which Way to Romford Station?

Our designs for public realm improvements around Romford Station are making progress on site. Here’s a sneak preview of the Battis paving pattern pointing you in the direction of the station entrance while simultaneously brightening up the arches.

May 19th, 2014

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Smith On Site

Meet Smith, our pavilion for Clerkenwell Design Week 2014 made from colourful fibre-cement panels CNC-cut and inlayed to tell the story of the tools of the trades of Clerkenwell. It is currently being fabricated on site ready for CDW, which begins on 20th May 2014.

May 15th, 2014

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Top Ten Finalist for House of Fairytales Competition

We are enchanted to hear that our design for the Hans Christian Andersen House of Fairytales is one of the ten finalists chosen from 475 entries to the international competition organised by the Danish Architects’ Association and Odense City Museums.

More information on the project can be found here.

April 6th, 2014

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Midden Studio Starts on Site

Our artist’s studio in Kintyre, on the west coast of Scotland, has just started on site and will complete later in the year. Seals lolloping on the Scottish coast are keeping an eye on progress for us.

April 4th, 2014

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Old Wisdom for New Project

We have just won a very exciting competition for a fantastic client to build a top secret edifice in central London. Mum’s the word for now but here’s a clue: it involves posthumous tutorials from a long dead architect that shaped this city in incredible ways before his untimely death.

April 3rd, 2014

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National Trust at Rainham Hall

We are delighted to have been commissioned by the National Trust to design the visitor experience for the 18th Century merchant’s house, Rainham Hall. This long-term project will also involve other design elements as part of developing a new approach for NT to the ‘visitor experience’ strategy for the Hall and surrounding grounds.

March 27th, 2014

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Lullaby Factory Wins at Civic Trust Awards!

We are chuffed to bits to announce that the Lullaby Factory at Great Ormond Street Hospital has won a Civic Trust Award. The CTA 2014 ceremony was held at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool, last Friday and the Lullaby Factory now finds itself among esteemed company.

Once again, our thanks must go to GOSH for being such a wonderful client on this project.

March 11th, 2014

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Lullaby Factory Wins at AR+D Awards!

We were very honoured to be in such good company as a winner at the AR+D Awards for Emerging Architecture.

The success of the Lullaby Factory is testament to working with a great client on such a unique project, so thank you to Great Ormond St. Hospital.

‘Studio Weave has proved that it is possible to marry an absorbing narrative with forensic architectural detailing, reconfiguring urban detritus as architectural opportunities and breathing life into dying spaces’.

You can read the full article ‘Pipe Dreams’ by Phineas Harper in AR-Dec-2013

December 2nd, 2013

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5 structures in 5 days

This summer Studio in the Woods took place in the ancient woodland of Stanton Park, just outside Swindon. Studio Weave took on the role of coordinating the activities this year, in collaboration with a host of award-winning architects, engineers, and furniture makers as well as 60 participants who camped on-site for five days.

The five structures built during the workshop respond to the various characteristics of the woodland and how our senses interact with these. As part of a wider project of Studio Weave’s at Stanton Park and the neighbouring Stratton Woods, to tie the sites together through one engaging narrative, we have written a story about the Indlekith, a community of industrious woodland folk who are difficult to spot but clues of their existence lie in the smells, sounds, and textures of the woods.

Pictures of the event and work in progress can be found here [Photography by Yiannis Katsaris]

For the completed structures and an interview with Je click here [Photography by Andy Matthews and Jim Stephenson]

Our thanks also to Dezeen, for covering this story here

August 1st, 2013

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Call for Visual Artists -

‘Excavating Mitcham’ Artportunity at Iceland Carpark

We are looking for an artist (or artists) to work closely with us and our appointed lighting consultant to re-imagine the ‘undercroft’ of an elevated concrete building. All visual artists, including designers and architects, are invited to interpret the notion of ‘Excavating Mitcham’ and to construct a renewed sense of place through a sensitive and rigorous engagement with the local context, in a way that would enrich and add a new layer to existing narratives of the area.

The artwork is expected to be completed towards the end of September (subject to planning requirements). If you are interested in applying please write to Nina for a copy of the project brief: nina.shen@studioweave.com
Application deadline: Friday 23rd August. 
We look forward to hearing from you!

July 27th, 2013

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D.A.N.C.E.

We highly recommend that you catch The Nest, currently showing at the disused Welsh Chapel on Shafesbury Ave, while you can.

The performance by the New Movement Collective is a re-imagination of Homer’s Odyssey through immersive contemporary dance, complete with interactive lighting and sound.

In designing the set, this was a really exciting collaboration for Studio Weave to be a part of, with the team including NMC, Marshmallow Laser Feast, Webb Yates Engineers and Small Projects.

The show has already got rave reviews from the Guardian here and the BBC here. It runs in its current location until July 24th.

More details on this project to follow on our website…

July 19th, 2013

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Call for all Visual Artists! Mitcham FenceArt Commission

An open call for all visual artists, including all designers and architects, to engage with the local context of Mitcham and to respond to the requirement of marking an ‘entrance’ through a compelling artistic intervention on a row of timber fences.

The artwork is expected to be completed by September 2013.

If you are interested in applying please write to Nina for a copy of the artist’s brief or any queries: nina.shen@studioweave.com

Application deadline EXTENDED to: 2nd August 2013

We look forward to hearing from you!

July 9th, 2013

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Shapes of Mitcham

The Royal British Legion’s Poppy Club on St Mark’s Road is the first of a series of walls to be given a facelift by London-based artist Stephen Mackie of Pencil and Brick.

Stephen has been working with the Poppy Club owners to create an artwork that makes a pattern from silhouettes of key buildings in Mitcham town centre, incorporating the Poppy Club’s poppies.

“If you look up while wandering around Mitcham town centre, you will begin to notice some interesting silhouettes. They appear at the top of buildings, like decorative hats on a well-made hat stand. The idea behind the mural is to root it in Mitcham; I would like local people to walk past and recognise the shapes of the buildings as they stroll around the town. There are a number of different buildings used in the pattern including St Marks Primary School, The Vestry Hall and… well, you tell me which other buildings you can spot.”
Stephen Mackie, Illustrator

The artwork was completed at the end of April 2013 and the Time Lapse video has recently been put together to promote this kind of activity in the Town Centre.  Musician Krysia Mansfield kindly offered to compose a piece as the backing to the time lapse. The time lapse was put together by Silvio Palladino of Unveil Arts. This is part of the OneMitcham project which is funded by the Outer London Fund.

June 27th, 2013

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RIBA Award Hat Trick!

We’re as chuffed as chuffed can be that our Ecology of Colour won three RIBA awards including the South East Building of the Year!
Thank you thank you to our wonderful team: Nous Vous, Structure Workshop, AB3 Workshops, Paul Rutherford and of course our wonderful clients Fiona Boundy of Artlands and Dartford BC. A big thanks also to all the local residents and artists who lovingly hand-painted all 144 cladding boards.

If you feel like getting your hands dirty, the building will be hosting a series of craft and wildlife workshops over the summer exploring this unexpected little island in the centre of Dartford.

More about the Ecology of Colour project here.

June 21st, 2013

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Call for Artists!!

Artportunities for ‘One Mitcham’

Studio Weave is looking for artists for a number of commissioned wall artworks (up to 8) in Mitcham town centre – ‘Artportunities’, as part of the ‘One Mitcham’ public realm improvement project. The artworks are to be completed between March and June 2013.

If you are interested in applying please write to Nina at: nina.shen@studioweave.com for a copy of the artist brief or if you have any queries.

Application deadline has been extended to Monday 18th March!

We’d love to hear from you!

February 20th, 2013

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Lullaby Factory Makes Noises at Great Ormond Street

Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital is now home to our recently completed project, the Lullaby Factory: a ten-storey-high landscape of sights and sounds for patients and their families to peer out onto from inside the building and listen to via listening pipes and radio station.

More on the project can be found here.

February 20th, 2013

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Ecology of Colour Opens Up

As the trees on Ecology Island in Dartford shed their leaves, construction of our colourful little building has been completed just in time for winter. Ecology of Colour is a two-storey park shelter that carries many guises through various shutter openings, including outdoor classroom, workshop space and wildlife-spotting hide.

More on the project can be found here.

December 17th, 2012

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One Station Parade Shows Off

Last night saw the opening of a group show organised by Studio Weave, celebrating the work of everyone involved at One Station Parade in Romford. Over the past few months, we have been involved with transforming the previously empty shop on Victoria Road into a studio space for a host of participatory artists’ residencies and workshops. The events form part of our community engagement programme for public realm improvements in the area.

The show will run until Tuesday 18th Dec (Fr 10-6 / Sa 10-6 / Su 12-4 / Tu 10-6). Exhibits on show include: Clare Sams’ knitted sculptures; photos of Bob Aldous’ painted shutters along the street; the Gathering by Rich White, made from Romford’s detritus; and products of other workshops including creative writing, mosaics, zines, safety devices and DIY chair. We’ve also turned one of the back rooms into a mini cinema for showing Natalie Bays’ film from her Multi-coloured Swap Shop residency (see below).

December 14th, 2012

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Knit 1 Purl 1 RM1

One Station Parade has been filled with brightly coloured wool and transformed into k1 p1 rm1. Our current artist in residence, Clare Sams, has been busy taking knitting to the streets of Romford, involving local businesses and residents, while creating her very own representation of Victoria Road. The 3D knitted sculpture is on display in the shop window and growing by the day, keen local knitters are invited to donate objects to occupy the streets. Clare will be hosting lots more knitting activities until this Sunday.

Upcoming events are listed on the Romford Contemporary Arts Programme website and Havering Events page.

October 15th, 2012

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One Station Parade sets up shop

As part of creating a strong local presence for our project in Romford, to improve the public realm of Victoria Road and The Battis, we have taken the lease of a previously empty shop and transformed it into a project space. Over the next few months, One Station Parade will host a series of artists’ residencies as well as a wealth of other events and workshops for local residents.

For the first artist’s residency, Bob Aldous has been engaging with local businesses by painting the shutters of various shops along Victoria Road (see below). Our second artist in residence, Clare Sams, has now moved into One Station Parade and will be running lots of knitting-themed activities, including working towards a knitted representation of the road itself and its residents.

On 25th October, we’ll be opening an exhibition of old photographs and maps of Victoria Road and The Battis – see our call for photos on the Romford Recorder here.

October 2nd, 2012

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Shanghai Pavilion Opens with a Bang

Last Friday saw the very grand opening of our Xintiandi pavilion, complete with fireworks and lasers. The Shanghai Shop Windows project partnered nine RIBA UK architects with Shanghai retailers to create a series of eye-catching architectural window installations as part of the British Council’s UK Now celebration of UK arts in China. Studio Weave was selected to work directly with the Shui On Group to design a pavilion for the exterior space at Xintiandi shopping centre.

Hung in a grid, the chains create a zone of dense space that can be passed through but that is viscous and strange. Visitors can plunge into the space, pushing and pulling the chains aside to find little empty pockets surrounded by the golden streams. From inside, the view out is coloured by gold, as if from within a golden mist.

You can see a roundup of all the projects on the Architects’ Journal.

September 24th, 2012

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The Hear Heres Open Their Ears

Our competition-winning listening sculptures, the Hear Heres, have opened to the public at Kedleston Hall, Derby. Visitors to the National Trust property are now invited to explore the landscape and listen to the different sounds around by interacting with the curious horn-like creatures.

Here’s the project on Dezeen.

September 14th, 2012

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Call for Artists!

Studio Weave is seeking artists for a series of 3-week residencies to be based in an empty shop in Romford this summer/autumn.

If you are interested in applying, please send an email requesting the full brief to esme.fieldhouse@studioweave.com.

The deadline for submissions is Friday 10th August 2012. We look forward to hearing from you!

July 23rd, 2012

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What Do We Have Hear Here Then?

A sneak preview of the moulds for some rather large trumpets that are set to become interactive acoustic scupltures in the Derbyshire landscape this summer.

June 29th, 2012

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Studio Gild

Studio Weave turned to Studio Gild for one day only at London Printworks in Brixton. Working with screen-printer, Linda Florence, we gilded Dutch gold leaf onto Linda’s pattern design in 64 sections for the four timber legs that will hold up Paleys Upon Pilers in Aldgate. The pattern, in red, blue and gold, is inspired by the illuminated manuscripts in essence of Chaucer, for whom this project commemorates.

June 18th, 2012

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St. Pancras Church Garden Opens

Bringing a combination of the English woodland and an overgrown pew species to the City of London, St. Pancras Church Garden is now open to the public.

You can find this pocket of tranquility tucked away on Pancras Lane, just off Queen Street and only minutes from the Bank of England.

June 14th, 2012

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Outdoor Kitchen at Newham City Farm

Studio Weave is designing Britain’s first public outdoor kitchen at Newham City Farm in east London! The project is in collaboration with Spacehive, an innovative funding platform for neighbourhood improvement projects. Inspired by the concept of crowdfunding, Spacehive allows anyone to put forward project ideas and anyone to fund them. So local communities can offer donations, however big or small, and even skills or materials to transform their public spaces.

You can read more about our Newham City Farm project here.

May 23rd, 2012

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Dartford Gets Planning!

Following in the footsteps of Algate, our Ecology of Colour project in Dartford has received the stamp of approval and been awarded planning consent. The colourful timber structure will be completed in July and become a jolly custodian for Ecology Island in Central Park, acting as outdoor classroom, arts studio and bird-watching hide.

Ecology of Colour is one of nine Studio Weave projects that will be completed between now and October!

May 21st, 2012

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Aldgate Gets Planning

Our Paleys Upon Pilers project has been awarded planning consent by the City of London. Paleys Upon Pilers marks the spot of the historic Aldgate and its distinguished literary resident, Geoffrey Chaucer. The site remains a strategic position in London today, sitting at the beginning of High Street 2012, which leads to the Olympic Park. Construction of the timber structure will be completed at the end of June, forming part of the core programme for the 2012 London Architecture Festival (23rd June – 8th July).

May 4th, 2012

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Shanghai Shop Windows

Studio Weave is one of nine practices participating in the RIBA Shanghai Windows project at Xintiandi, in collaboration with the British Council and Shui On Development Ltd. The project forms part of the UK Now Festival, which celebrates British creativity in China, and follows in the successful footsteps of Regent Street Windows in London.

We have been partnered with Shui On Development and will be designing an outdoor installation for the courtyard at Xintiandi Style shopping centre. Je has just returned from Shanghai where he travelled, along with the eight other architects, to meet our client and see the site in the flesh. Studio Weave will be back in Shanghai in September when construction of our design is due to be completed and the whole project will be revealed.

March 31st, 2012

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Hear Here at Kedleston Hall

National Trust has selected Studio Weave from 168 competition entries to design a series of ‘playful incidents’ to whip up a sense of adventure for exploring the parkland surrounding Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire. The term incident was used by Robert Adam, whose first major commission was to design the mansion and estate at Kedleston in the 18th century, to denote a manmade point of interest in a rural setting. Our winning proposal for the Hear Heres will encourage visitors to listen to and interact with all the different sights and sounds of the landscape.

This commission forms part of Trust New Art, a collaboration between Arts Council England and National Trust to bring contemporary art and design to historic places across the country and will be in place and open for this summer!

March 7th, 2012

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The Longest Bench wins twice at Civic Trust Awards

We are very pleased to announce that The Longest Bench, Littlehampton has not only won an esteemed Civic Trust Award but it has also been bestowed with the Special Award for Community Impact and Engagement. The judges described the project as an ‘unobtrusive, while at the same time striking and delightful addition to the urban realm, [which] is an ingenious and compelling solution to seafront seating.’

Click here to continue reading the judges’ comments about The Longest Bench on the Civic Trust Awards website and to see the other winners.

More information about the project can be found here.

March 5th, 2012

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All That Glitters

The hunt is on as 209 splendorous eggs take over the streets of London. Launched last week, be sure to visit the Big Egg Hunt website to download all 12 Egg Zone maps… keep your eyes peeled for our golden contribution in a not-so-secret location (we’ll give you a clue, it can be found in zone 11: The City – eggstra points for guessing from the pic above).

Here’s a shortened version of the story ‘All That Glitters’, which accompanies our egg:

Once upon a time there were two brothers, each king of his own kingdom, who every spring would exchange gifts. One year, the younger brother brought an egg that turned to gold upon being placed in an egg cup. The older king happily accepted the astounding gift but after a while, he realised that the egg held no real value as it refused to remain gold to be sold, and refused to remain common to be fed upon; and exasperated, he abandoned it in a far away kingdom for some other fool to find.

February 27th, 2012

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The Big Egg Hunt

Remember all those colourful elephants that adorned London’s streets back in 2010? Well, now it’s time for the city to be overrun by oversized eggs for a 40-day, great Big Egg Hunt, organised by Elephant Family and Action for Children. We relished the opportunity to craft one of the 200 eggs, which will form part of this eggcellent adventure! (sorry, couldn’t resist)

The fruits, or egg, of our labour will be revealed in all its glory at a mystery location on 21 February, joining eggs by Chapman Brothers, Nicholas Grimshaw, Bompas & Parr, Ridley Scott and many, many more… Following Easter, all the eggs will be auctioned off to raise money for the two charities.

 

January 25th, 2012

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2012 Civic Trust Awards

We were delighted to hear that The Longest Bench, Littlehampton has been included on the shortlist of winning projects for the 2012 Civic Trust Awards. The final results will be announced by TV architect George Clarke in Edinburgh on March 2nd.

The Civic Trust Awards celebrate projects that have made an outstanding contribution to the quality and appearance of the built environment and are universally inclusive for all users.

More on the project here.

January 16th, 2012

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The Story of the Kebab is Revealed!

On a cold December morning in Willesden Green, the action-packed history of the kebab was revealed in the form of giant, golden, kebab-shaped window illustrations. Our transformation of new kebab restaurant, Real Charcoal also includes a second golden kebab depicting the ingredients and processes of making the perfect kebab, a window display unit that frames the real rotating doners and houses fresh herbs, Turkish tea sets and a row of the distinctive Turkish double decker tea pots.

The project is part of The Architecture Foundation‘s New Windows on Willesden Green. An Outer London Fund project, NWoWG is being delivered for Brent Council and Design for London by The Architecture Foundation in collaboration with Meanwhile Space and Blue Consulting. The project paired local shop owners with designers to produce an advent calendar of window displays.

More on the project here.

December 16th, 2011

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Existing shop front

New Windows on Willesden Green

Studio Weave has been selected to be one of 25 designers involved in animating shop fronts along Willesden High Road in the run up to Christmas – a giant advent calendar if you will. We must admit to not expecting a kebab restaurant as our allocated shop but it’s certainly given us lots of food for thought. The project has a very quick turnaround and all our kebab efforts will be revealed on Friday 16th December!

New Windows on Willesden Green is ‘an initiative funded by GLA’s Outer London Fund that is being delivered for Brent Council and Design for London by the Architecture Foundation in collaboration with Meanwhile Space’.

November 25th, 2011

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St Pancras Church Garden Goes On Site

Wood carvers at City & Guilds have been beavering away all summer crafting the pew-like furniture for our St Pancras Church Garden project and now works have commenced on site to transform this forgotten corner of the City.

We’ve been working on this project for two and a half years now and so are very excited indeed to see it finally emerge into the real world! Watch this space for further news as it develops…

October 31st, 2011

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European Copper in Architecture Awards

Freya’s got a new award, the “Judge’s special prize” in European Copper in Architecture 15. She must’ve been very scared standing next to much, I really mean MUCH, bigger fellow contestants. But then again, she does get around…

October 5th, 2011

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