We like few things as much as a client presenting us with a new brief. Within every brief there’ll be an intellectual problem that we can start to grapple with. If we had to put it into words, we might say it was a search for meaning. And, for us, that’s a process of unlocking the beauty and usefulness of a building, and carrying this through into every detail, every material, every inch of space and light.
In the early days of our practice, we were immersed in houses – beautiful, one-off houses which our clients loved living in. As they spread the word, so our portfolio expanded. Now you’ll still find us working on private houses, but just as often you’ll find us in conversation with enlightened developers and design-savvy commercial clients. It’s a balance of work we thrive on, and we enjoy taking our hard-won knowledge – and our ‘eureka moments’ – out of one kind of project and into an entirely different kind. It keeps us asking every time ‘What might be possible here?’.
There’ll always be new conversations and new questions, even if this is a client we’ve worked with many times before who has over the years become our friend. And wherever we find ourselves, in our own urban neck of the woods or on a remote hillside far away, we’ll always be curious. We’ll always be breaking new ground.
HOW WE CAN HELP
Multi-Disciplinary Design . Project & Cost Management . Feasibility Studies . Visualisations .
Strategic Planning . Listed Building & Conservation Area Expertise
More and more, we’re being given the opportunity to come into a space and reimagine it. We relish injecting an element of drama or surprise, finding exactly the right accent colour, combining textures and layers to create a rich and characterful style, and mixing old with new.
If this is your home, we’ll be learning everything we can about how you live – and, perhaps more importantly, how you want to live. The better we understand this, the better we can make the interiors work for you. And if it’s a professional rather than a personal project, we’ll still be drawing on our conversations and our understanding of your business to flesh out a style that we know will be just right.
We’ve worked on so many different spaces in our time as architects and designers, and yet we’re always surprised by how personal this aspect of our work has to be. It means we’ll never adopt such a thing as a signature style or off-the-shelf approach. We’ll never know how your space will look and feel until we’ve got to know you. That’s the beauty of it.
HOW WE CAN HELP
Multi-Disciplinary Design . Project & Cost Management . Visualisations . Bespoke Furnishings . Bespoke Lighting . Mood Boards
Interior Architecture . Art Consultancy
Our is a complex business. There are so many things to consider – Planning, budgets, timescales, Building Regulations – and we juggle all of these. But sometimes it’s good to keep a space for something a little purer. So we’ll carve out a space for craftsmanship, for the art of making.
So much of what we do is bespoke, but this gives us the opportunity to go a little further, and gives you the chance to commission something truly special. We’ll work with you to come up with an idea for this unexpected, artistic element – something that will make the project utterly distinctive and very much your own.
We’ll set out upon this process of collaboration, exploration and experimentation together. It will have us thinking, talking and delving deep. First, we take a step back to reflect on every layer of your project. We’ll be considering its history, its materials, the details, the aesthetics. Then we experiment. We’ll test materials, form and function, until we know, almost instinctively, that we have our idea.
Now you can leave it to us. To craft something so bespoke and individual to you, we draw on skills and traditions which go back generations and centuries. When we think about this pure space at the heart of every project, the idea of ‘craft’ always comes to mind. That word ‘bespoke’ resonates too – a word which, like ‘craft’, harks back to other times.
HOW WE CAN HELP
Signage Design . Furniture Design . Lighting Design
A restaurant has to be highly functional, commercially viable and provide a great experience for your customers. We know just how complex a business it is, and long before we put pen to paper and start sketching out our ideas, we’re balancing every one of your priorities.
We’ll come on board when you’re first thinking about the viability of a site. Drawing on our industry knowledge and experience, we’ll work with you to establish whether a particular location is right for you.
Once you’ve decided to invest in a site, our designs will start to evolve. We’ll look at how you can make the most of every inch and every corner, and how each space can flow easily into the next. And we’ll work with you to develop a strong, clear identity through the interior design. Thinking carefully about how to reflect your brand in the look and feel of a space is an integral part of what we do.
We’ll be weighing everything up against your budget and your timescale, and we’ll price up every detail. If the deadlines are tight, we’ll take that in our stride. We’ll manage the project, keeping track of every detail.
Handing over the keys is always a big moment for us. But we’ll still be there after your restaurant has opened its doors, evaluating every detail and watching as your new space is put through its paces. It’s a fundamental part of our approach, and it’s how we’ve built up such an in-depth and intimate understanding of the business.