Welcome to Nottingham
Building our year long residency inside Rough Trade

Long boards of ash and walnut, destined to be our tables and shelves

We spent autumn 2014 busy planning and fitting a year long Objects of Use pop-up alongside Freitag and permanent residents Aesop within the brand new Rough Trade in Nottingham - their first UK store outside London, and as much a venue as a shop, with a rolling program of performance, events, and happenings planned by and drawn from the diverse interests and expertise of all the interested partners. For several weeks, we revisited our prior careers as designers and makers to transform a stack of rough but beautiful ash and walnut boards into the furniture on which we displayed our wares.

Attaching brackets to fix directly to the wall. The shelves ready to slot into the uprights. Our in-store signage on one of our reclaimed entomology cases Working hard shop fitting and organising. Brushes and sponges hanging from the classic Bolin Swedish railway coat racks. Just starting to fill the shelves. Kaweco pens and pencils in a repurposed entomologist case. Ash and walnut shelves, enamelware, natural brushes, and kitchen tools. All ready to go, kiridashi, kujira knives, stationery, twine, and enamel. OoU Nottingham, open for business. The tables were inspired by one glimsed for a moment in a Japanese movie watched on a flight to Boston.  Previous note Next note