Andy Merritt and Paul Smyth
Studio 3: Something & Son
Something & Son’s Studio Design by Occupation will inspire you to make your own dreams and ideas happen by learning how to occupy space and self initiate projects. By the end of the studio we want you to think of yourself as a much as an entrepreneur or activist as a designer - someone who can have an idea, occupy an interior and bring it to life as something powerful and beautiful.
Designers usually do the things clients ask them to, whereas designer entrepreneurs and designer activists are their own clients who make their own ideas and dreams happen. They work for themselves or a greater purpose rather than being the client's servant.
In our studio, you will develop projects, small and big, whereby you design a space from the viewpoint of occupation and follow the design process through from generating a world changing idea, to finding a real space, opening the doors to the public and then keeping that space alive for many years.
Our studio will include 1:1 model making, hand drawing and CAD as well as activities unique to the Design by Occupation studio such as business planning, collaboration, crowd funding, pitching and story telling.
The Design by Occupation studio will also challenge the notion whereby at University, work remains on paper by providing opportunities to support live Something & Son projects. We will take work out of the studio into the real world where it will rub up against socio-political issues and practical challenges such as teamwork, business planning, entrepreneurship and permissions.
This approach has been core to Something & Son’s work and has led us to the unusual position of being artists and designers who are also health spa license holders, own an indoor farm and run a 22,000 sq ft maker space. By not stopping after a project is built, but also activating and occupying that space, we find, as you will, that the design intent really shows through and a new visual language emerges.
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