Studio 3: Something & Son

Studio brief

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.

Live projects

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.

Photograph of people working with clay at Peoples Brick Company, part of NOW Gallery.


Course Interior Architecture and Design BA (Hons)
Interior Design BA (Hons)
Interior Design and Decoration BA (Hons)
Tutor Andrew Merritt
Paul Smyth
Simon Petty
Where Calcutta House, Studio 3, first floor
When Tuesday and Friday

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Janan Hassan
Ayishat Kareen
Parnian Khazaei
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Gerlinde Velarde
Edan Ward

Level 5 Year 2

Ellie Boggans
Aisha Braimoh
Charly Clark
India Clements
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Ratcha Daengbunma
Lina Danilevicuite
Geovick Diassona
Hana Jibril
Patricia Lindo
Stephanie Payne
Danushan Selvarajah
Mattia Treccani