As you read this there’s a pretty good chance you’re seated in an office space or studio, looking out across a sea of focussed faces, or maybe staring out of the window onto a busy street. If you work at home perhaps you’re half in bed half out, barely able to distinguish between sleeping area and workspace (I’ve been there, it’s tricky). Whatever your current surroundings there’s one thing I can absolutely guarantee – they don’t look half as good as the stunning Soho offices Studio Swine have built.
Created for a three-man film production company the studio makes maximum use of minimal space by virtue of fold-out desks and floor-to-ceiling pegboard, allowing objects to be hung individually all over a central wall. It’s also VERY green, utilising reclaimed materials throughout, from the desks made from reused parquet flooring to the shelves crafted from radial offcuts of Kentish Oak.
Indeed all of Studio Swine’s output is underpinned by strong environmental concerns. The marriage of green thinking and exquisite design is foremost in their work, whether creating utilitarian home ware or summer fashion staples. Exemplary in this aim is their beautiful Sea Chair , made entirely from discarded plastic recovered from the world’s oceans, using a custom-made contraption The Nurdler. It looks wonderful and, if ever mass-produced, could go a long way to cleaning up our grimy seas and saving some fish in the process.
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