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 .
By Eva Freeman, Co-DB Play
Earlier this week Co-DB Play ran a day of workshops as part of Westminster Abbey’s summer families programme. We had been due to run our workshops outside but with the unpredictable British summer we moved inside to Chapter House - an amazing space with a vaulted octagonal ceiling and beautiful stained glass windows.
The aim of each session was to construct and decorate our own abbeys. These were made of modular components Co-DB Play developed to allow kids to design and construct their own structures while considering the scale of the Abbey around them.
The components comprise of large scale cardboard tubes with loops of 20mm ribbon elastic riveted down one side. These can then be looped together to form walls and other structural interventions in space. They can be freely put together and taken apart to allow kids (and adults) to make flexible design decisions as they use them.
Alongside the components Co-DB Play also provided a set of CNC cut plywood stencils inspired by the shapes and patterns that cover every surface, and are often part of the structural integrity of the buildings themselves, inside and out, of Westminster Abbey. These were used as templates from which children could cut out gold and silver shapes to decorate and embellish their structures.
We had so much fun and it was (as it always is!) a pleasure to see children engaged in working together to create their own abbeys and having lots of fun in the process.
I really enjoyed the extra dimension it added to be able to talk to the participants about how we designed and built the construction components, the tubes with elastic loops, so they could be used to design and build many more new structures over time. This is what Co-DB Play is all about!
By Eva Freeman, Co-DB Play
After two successful years working with Nandos to help build their seating area at their backstage food stall at Wireless and Bestival Festivals, we were pleased to be invited back to work with them again.
The aim was to create a simple and comfortable chill out space using timber and Nando's personal pallet of colours. We did this by creating a range of seating in different styles and some bespoke rainproof fabric for cushion covers.
We were excited to be invited by the community centre Bonny Downs in East Ham, London, to run workshops making wooden furniture together with members of the community for the Grow Together Be Together Community Garden. Using hand and power tools we constructed furniture modelled in the armchair style - bringing the comfort of the home to the outdoor community space. We also made raised bed planters for a new growing areas. The workshops took place over 3 sessions. Thank you to everyone that took part!
Lovely article in Wallpaper magazine online edition about Anatomē. Was a pleasure to co-design and build the shop space with Anatomē's founder Brendan.
Scriberia are a talented bunch of artists and designers who create innovative visual communication for organisations and businesses.
It was a pleasure to have been invited back to work with them on creating their new two-floor office in the heart of Kings Cross.
We are particularly excited about the colour scheme and floor paint, which we think makes a vivid aesthetic throughout the space, as well as the new stairway with bookshelves.
We have incorporated furniture that we made for their previous office and have combined it with some new fitted and movable pieces and have made a kitchen fitted snugly in the centre of the office.
We are currently working on the final touches... here is an early look at what we have been doing!
Spotted! In this weeks Evening Standard an article about anatomē, a new health store we have been fitting out in East London. anatomē is unisex with the aim of appealing to everyone, as owner Brendan Murdock believes that 'wellness spaces' are often too gendered. The store specialises in health products but also doubles as a cafe and events space. It was great to work with Brendan to create a space to reflect its multi functional nature and the ethos of the company.
We were really excited to go to the launch night to celebrate the opening and see the final touches Brendan has made - we particularly like the plants!
We had a lot of fun this week at the Children's Art School in Wimbledon. Its a great organisation that delivers innovative art and design workshops for children by contemporary artists and designers. We were here for 2 days where we led a range of tasks from building the tallest tower to learning to make a bridge out of paper very strong to designing and making a building.
Click on this link to find out more about the project!
All photographs by Annabel Johnson from Children's Art School
We enjoy working on projects locally and we were happy to be commissioned to help design and build this fitted wardrobe in a home in Hackney. One of our wonderful carpenters Martin worked with Eva to build the wardrobe, which has several units incorporated into the design including shelves, sliding draws, and hinged door compartments. It is made out of birch plywood, including some spots of colour from the laminated plywood.