By Madeleine Valcour
One our favourite pieces of furniture that we’ve designed here at Co-DB is the multifunctional bleacher seating that we did last spring for Scriberia. The bleachers are a key part of Scriberia’s flexible workshop space, where they host a variety of live events, including talks and visual communication workshops. As such, we wanted to create a piece of furniture that could transform the space for a variety of uses as well as providing a wealth of dedicated storage for supplies used in creative workshops.
The bleacher structure consists of two mobile units and a stationary cabinet at the back, creating a three-tiered seating area. The mobile units can be moved around the room to provide a variety of configurations as well as storing the chairs and trestles that are also used in the space. The stationary cabinets feature whiteboard-fronted doors and have specially designed internal shelving for Scriberia’s different stationary supplies. We also created a lapdesk design to accompany the bleachers, which can be used for working on laptops as well as taking notes during talks. Seat pads cut from 15mm wool felt provide extra comfort.
By Madeleine Valcour
Photographs © Peter Landers 2018.
We recently created a set of wardrobes for a young family living nearby in Clapton. The client wanted a pair of storage units to fit into two alcoves on either side of the chimney breast in their new baby’s nursery. The challenge here was creating a design that we could build in the workshop while also being sure it would fit in the odd spaces.
We decided to make the wardrobes in two stages in order to ensure a good fit without having to do lots of cutting and drilling on site. We first constructed the carcasses and test the fit on site, then bringing them back to the workshop for size adjustment before fitting the doors, shelves, and ironmongery. The resulting set consists of a full-height and half-height wardrobe on one side, with a set of drawers and shelves on the other side.
Earlier this summer I was privileged to be invited to Central St. Martins to take part in an event called CSM MAKE, Women in Making along side other amazing makers including Harriet Vine, Chloe Marlow, Karice Liela and Rachel Matthews. All invited makers were asked to participate in a panel discussion and then lead a workshop sharing some of their skills or experience as a maker .