Michael (Sager) and Charlotte (wilde) finally opened their “by the glass” winebar on Hackney Rd this week.
They asked me to design them an identity for them, intelligently before they had started work on their space, and this is what I came up with.
Identity for Sager + Wilde
Go visit them at 193 Hackney Rd for incredible wines at even better prices.
Not that I’m in any shape to be building things at the moment thanks to my broken leg, but I designed the bar above with a view to watching someone else build it.
A fair amount was changed by my overskilled labourer, Seth Taylor, but he has to be given something for his hard work. Hope that doesn’t come across bad.
Toast festival is on the 1st and 2nd of June at Red Gallery on Rivington st, London.
Come along for some great coffee from the bar and then take in the rest of the show.
What a day!
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.
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
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.