Design by Occupation
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 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.
Designer-entrepreneurs and activists
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'll develop projects big and small, where you'll 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 to come.
The Design By Occupation studio will also challenge the notion that work at university 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 square foot maker space. By not stopping after a project is built, but also activating and occupying that space, we find, as will you, that the design intent really shows through and a new visual language emerges.
Level 6 Year 3
Rachelle Anne Castillo
Level 5 Year 2
Studio 2: London Lost and Found
Kaye Newman, Laura Encinas and Beata Szwast
Studio 2: London Lost and Found identifies a cross-section of themes and current issues surrounding identity and the make-up of a local high street.
Studio 3: Something & Son
Andy Merritt, Paul Smyth and Simon Petty
Studio 3: Something & Son will inspire you to make your design dreams come to life by learning to occupy spaces and initiate projects.
Studio 5: Aberrant Architecture
Kevin Haley and Sam Brown
Studio 5: Aberrant Architecture focuses on exploring life in Old Kent Road, and asks whether its future regeneration benefit the many, or the few.