Category Archives: Commissions

Rebel Dinning Society X Hendricks Gin

What a day!

Hendricks Gin pop up supper club

The centrepiece laid out at Hendricks Gin pop up supper club

Thanks to some slack suppliers I had just 7 hours to build a centrepiece for a experiential supper.

Shay Ola from Rebel Dining Society served up meal grubs and locusts in the form of a dim sum, paired perfectly with cocktails by Ryan Chetiyawardana. Their theme, closed loop recycling.

To dress the table I was commissioned to build a mobile lab of fermenting Strawberry beer that feeds hydroponic micro herbs with CO2.

Hendricks Gin Supper Club

Close up of one closed loop system.

First bit of electronics I have done since school so quite glad my physics lessons and soldering skills haven’t sliped from my brain.

Top aspect of the microherbs growing

Top aspect of the microherbs growing


Jordi Mestre | Spanish Barista Champion 2013

Jordi’s done it again…

@nomadcoffeeuk with his winnings.

Roaster at Nude Espresso and friend of DunneFrankowski has held his title in Spain and will soon be off to compete on the world stage in Melbourne.

Rob Dunne and I flew out to Barcelona a week ago to begin the final phase of his training, and to put the finishing touches to his routine.

If you are unfamiliar to a Barista competition, the contestant has 15 minutes to present 4 espressos, 4 cappuccinos and 4 signature drinks ( a cocktail containing a whole shot of espresso). It’s not just about latte art and drinkability, competitors are judged on cleanliness, confidence, personality and knowledge of their product. Combine this with a synergetic menu, complex tasting notes and a crowd of your peers gawping at you, it’s a daunting challenge. If a little odd.

Another Trolley, 15minutes worth loaded and ready to go. @nomadcoffeeuk

I wont bore you with the finer details of how we managed to improve and polish the presentation, but a milk tasting was involved (and very necessary as it goes), a lot of script editing and even more coffee tasting.

Next step Melbourne in two months time.

Plenty to work on, especially eeking out that extra something from the espresso to push his scores that little bit higher.

Coffee is a Fruit : Part 4Sig Drink set up minus the blood orange.

Watch this space.

One Year Of DunneFrankowski

So, on December the 7th, the culmination of four weeks intense work came together in an amazing event at Protein‘s gallery off Curtain rd in Shoreditch.

I had spent days trawling through all the till data from the coffee shop to work out quantities of caffeine, water, milk, coffee etc served over the first complete year of the buisness.

From there, I commissioned artists and illustrators to produce a limited edition print with the most concise of briefs. 1.33Kg of caffeine, 873liters of water, 64.6Kg of paper cups were some of the data-points that lead to surreal abstractions by our chosen contributors. Despite the macro level briefs, strong patterns emerged in the pallets used.



I also trawled through a years worth of coffee bags, saved by the shop, to build a database of origin, varietal, roaster and roast date to help lead an educational data-visualisation that would show the seasonality and other trends of specialty coffee. The amazing Signal-Noise stepped up and gave their time for free to the project, creating the brilliant video below. This actually runs as a programme on but for the sake of easy embedding I have included the video. Once again I gave the simplest of briefs, to encourage their own take on my idea and they came through with an intelligent, abstract map projection to bring clarity to the popularity of European roasters while still describing the equatorial growing regions beautifully.

The last point of the tryptic was a bespoke IOS game by app developers Johnny Two Shoes. They took the engine for their much hyped upcoming game prevail, and re-imagined a world of espresso ships delivering coffee beans for you to feed to messrs Dunne and Frankowski (who were transmorphicated (is that a word?) into a horse and ostrich respectively . Positioned in a swivel mount that I built, the game will be available to play in the shop for the foreseeable future. There are even plans to include aspects of the game in the final release of Prevail next year, but it’s all a bit hush hush for now.

The turn out for the event was a huge success, filling out the space to bursting. I’d like to thank a few people that donated time, product and cold hard cash to enable us to put this one:

Auchentoshan for providing their Three Wood scotch

Point101 for the beautiful giclee prints and ongowing fulfilment service

Rebel Dining Society for helping us buy some brilliant wine for Sager and Wilde  to pour.

Moo for printing out our invitation postcards

The show should return to the 18 Hewett street space (EC2A 3NN) until some time in January and there is talk of the show touring the world, starting at Drop Coffee in February.

Should you not be able to visit the show, all prints are for sale and available at the DunneFrankowski store for £50 + p&p.

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Thanks to Viv at Protein for the pictures.


The Dalston Department Store

The street entrance to the service elevator that takes you inside.

Over the last week I have truly been burning the candle at both ends, even a little bit in the middle for good measure.

A before shot of the soon to be foyer

My initial sketchup of the space.

A rough sketchup of the foyer design. Things will change

Apart from running our first test at a multi-camera live video stream of my friend Sweet Baboo playing an acoustic gig at Vagabond cafe in Stroud Green (post about this to come), I also built this new concept department store in an old tram shed in Dalston.

The space, up until last Monday, was the permanent office for DSDundee, Passion Graphics and DLUX. Filled to the brim with old industrial shelving, construction off cuts and random furniture that was surplus to the staff’s home requirements.

The brief was to build a space for 16 concessions that had the feel of a pop-up sample sale combined with the traditional department store.

The finished shop floor

Another angle of the floor

Using only the materials we had to had ( the materials budget was literally only spent on wall paper paste, screws and sundries) I carefully pulled apart everything to create a bare room and began reconstructing everything into rails, changing rooms, bars and displays.

Vic Frankowski of Dunne Frankowski prepping for his first service

Finally the Pièce de résistance, another bar for Dunne Franowski made out of old radiators from the building and some offcuts.

Mark (the client) rushing around minutes before opening.

Open for 4 days, it was a great success and will be reopening bigger and better soon.

Wesker and Sons | Human Butchers (mostly bacon)

Once again my week has been filled with weird and wonderful play, thanks to the strange mind of Miss Cakehead. This time, amongst various jobs like signage and dressing for a ‘Butcher of human meat’ I was asked to create pools of blood that could be peeled off the floor of Smithfields meat market without leaving a stain. Previously I was engaged in identifying the leading name for collagen sausage casings.

Normal theatrical blood is full of dye and remains liquid for hours if not days, giving the gloopy mess plenty of time to infect the floor in question.
My solution to such a specific request was to mix up an Agar Agar solution and colour it down.

This worked well to produce something that set hard upon touching the cold floor but was a little too transparent to be convincing blood. To remedy this, I slowly added cocoa powder to the mixture and poured a second, more textured and opaque layer over what essentially became a release layer.

Lastly, to add the desired congealed effect, I got on my hands and knees to move the top coat around with blasts of blowing. This rippled up the darker layer and in one case looked quite revolting, perfect…

As you can see the finished pool looked like congealed, fresh, liquid blood. In fact, it was solid enough to survive a couple of careless feet and peeled off the floor leaving almost nothing (a couple of seconds of wiping with paper were needed) behind.


So sitting and drinking unsafe quantities of coffee from Messers Dunne and Frankowski has paid off again.
A little commission landed on my lap from the guys upstairs at Protein.
They wanted a small showpiece shelf within the coffee shop where they could physically sell some of the products that they have available online.

The brief was to have something that was sympathetic to the current design but sufficiently different to separate it.

It also had to be easily removable, leaving the minimum of visible fixings on the wall.

So this is what I came up with.

This sketch was primarily for Protein, so they could get a better idea of what it would look like. As ever with me, the design was sitting in my head in a nearly complete form.


As always, budget was a major consideration and the biggest cost, apart from my time, was always going to be sourcing a quality piece of wood. Luckily for me, but not for the proprietors, the Stoke Newington wood shop was having a closing down sale and had two contenders left in stock.

The picture above shows a large chuck of elm that would have worked nicely, save for the waney edge and worm problem on the opposing side. It could have been usable, but the short lead time on this job excluded it and left me with a shorter slab of sycamore to work with.


Here’s a pic of the wood after a bit of machining. I say machining, but really it was all done by hand as I only had one evening to work from home on this and I couldn’t impose the sound of power tools on my neighbours.