Category Archives: R n D

experimentation and mini creative ventures

2013 @Instagram project update

So I am half way through my year-long project to re-filter the same picture everyday in Instagram. It has most probably been some kind of torture for my followers, having to witness yet another pink, swollen, death mask of me appearing in their feed every morning. So to give a little back for their patience, and to give me a bit of much-needed encouragement, I threw together the following video at the half way mark.

The rules are:

Everyday gets the HDR button
Everyday gets one of the filters (never normal)

Next step, making another video of the whole year with a New Years hangover thrown in the mix.


@DunneFrankowski x @Toast_festival coffee bar


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.


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


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3D design

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I got a bit over excited a week ago and decided to complete a project that has been on my mind for 15 years.
Shortly after leaving school, I took a job at SPAX suspension, welding up shock absorbers for race cars. The chat amongst my small team was entirely made up of “lets enter Scrap Heap Challenge” followed by my response of “no, lets build a Goodwood soapbox”.
Well neither happened. Goodwood canceled the soapbox event after a horrible accident, and I moved on to my Documentary Photography degree before Scrap Heap could become a reality.

So 15 years later I have decided to engineer a soapbox.
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I have a team (kind of) and we’re looking for some minor sponsorship to cover some of the material costs. Until that happens, I’m enjoying playing with my new found hobby of 3D design.

(Not) wanting to show off, I only started learning this a week ago and hopefully you’ll agree that I’ve picked it up pretty well.

I’ll post more pics as the project develops.


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.