Surfing the Crash

Studio philosophy

A studio dealing with the needs and wants of 3D designers in the 21st century.

“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf" Jon Kabat-Zinn, Pro surfer

The designer’s rulebook has been ripped up, recycled and turned into flyers for a nightclub. With a backdrop of economic meltdown, a renaissance in new materials/technologies and environmental collapse, designers in the 21st century need to have a new relationship with their audience, a free creative approach to solutions, individual style and to stand upon a foundation understanding of production. It is no longer enough to be a good designer. We must be good at designing our own jobs.

Project brief

By the breadth of its many varied outputs, this studio will attempt to chart a current position for three-dimensional designers in a rapidly evolving world, salvaging what we can from the wrecks of the past and imagining our better possible futures.

Surfing the Crash


Course Furniture (FdA)
Furniture BA (Hons)
Product Design BA (Hons)
Where CR400, 41 Commercial Road
When Tuesdays, Fridays
Tutors William Warren
Kate Payne

Studio images

 Work in progress
Surfing the Crash Chair


 Work in progress
Surfing the Crash Work in Progress Chair


Rental Bartik
Toyan Battersbee
Marta Gover
Nikol Kapagian
Prince Ntim-Adjei
Kate Owen
Karen Pessina
Marie Powell
Jethro Rayner
Emmanouil Stamatiou

Janette Branfield
Joanna Bicz
Michele Del Forno
Nairi Haladjian
Aisha Jones
Dominique Kerr
Ohwan Kwon
Catherine Longbottom
Foisol Miah
Douglas Montgomery
Alexander Mueller
Olaolu Odeniyi
Mihaela Ogarca
Celine Perez
Michael Randall
Aya Terao
Mona Tripp
Meital Tzabari
Diego Venegas