Marco Miehling Selfridges Installation
provided advice to the artist Marco Miehling for a commission at Selfridges. Marco
is a sculptor based in both London and Berlin and was introduced to Design
Studio as a Bursary Award winner from the Royal Society of Sculptors. His work
displays large visible forces and combines industrial and natural elements.
Many of his pieces balance a sense of contemplation with a feeling of
For the plinth at
Selfridges Duke Street entrance, Design Studio worked closely with Marco to
realise his work “A Tree Is A Big Plant With A Stick Up In The Middle”. The
sculpture suspends a large trunk, taken from a diseased tree in Hyde Park, on a
steel ramp. The idea behind the piece is to convert a tree trunk from an object
of nature to an object of contemplation. To maximise the drama and jeopardy of
the piece (whilst ensuring the safety of the public and integrity of the
plinth) we used iterative design processes to optimise the trunk weight, ramp
angle and rope tension. We helped develop numerous concepts and contributed at
every stage of the creative process.
In association with
small., along with the support of WSP Design Studio, came up with an innovative
shelter design that uses low cost, lightweight and sustainably sourced
materials, namely discarded plastic bottles, bamboo and straw in a bid to
tackle plastic pollution and provide emergency shelter to disaster-stricken
communities in the light of the recent natural disasters.
WSP’s Design Studio put together a proof-of-concept study to take
Ricky’s concept a step further. The challenges were great, housing needed to be
readily portable but robust enough to protect its occupants from the elements,
while being made from only bamboo and scavenged plastic bottles.
As part of the study, WSP’s Design Studio tested several insulating
materials, that could be placed inside each bottle, to improve the structure’s
thermal performance and discovered that straw would provide the best level of
The team then proposed that these thermally efficient “bottle bricks” be
mounted on a formwork of bamboo struts arranged in a triangular form to ensure
optimum stability. The entire structure would then be anchored to the ground through
a unique set of bottle foundations weighted down by soil and sand to provide a
solid base. The resulting four-meter-high structure would be easy and quick to
build, in this case less than one day.
After collecting 2,000 bottles we built our
first prototype for the Clerkenwell Design Week in London in May, from the
bottles, bamboo and straw. Since then the Royal Academy has selected our design
for their Summer Exhibition, and we’re incredibly proud to have a model of the
shelter on display there.
In association with small.
Raynham Hall Pavilion
for Cosmic Roots Festival was intended to be an impactful and interactive piece which changed throughout
the day to reflect the atmosphere of the festival. It takes inspiration
from the designer’s experience in Moscow and Russia at large, with references
to some of the ad hoc temporary structures that can be seen on construction
sites around the city.
challenges of this project came from the specification that it had to be a
temporary structure which needed to be easy to construct, deconstruct and store
for reconstruction the following year; that at night the sculpture was to be
lit internally and that the external appearance of the structure couldn’t differ
from the original design meaning all supports and bracing had to be internal.
In association with Matthew Hearn
IG Lintels - Suburban Villa