We recently project-managed half of an ambitious wall build for Daria Martin’s latest show at Milton Keynes Gallery. MKG and Daria worked with Post-Works, a London based design company, who designed a series of walls and corridors for her projection spaces. The walls were made up of complex curves and angles jutting out from different heights of wall sections, and painted subtly different tones of grey. This project was challenging not just because of the complexity of the build, but also because we had 6 days to complete it.

The drawings were taken from the 3D Google Sketchup drawings which we did to rationalise the designer’s architectural plans and elevations. This way we could work out how much timber we needed for the project, and get an idea of the basic frame build based on the board sizes we would use. Click here to see the gallery’s installation photos.




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iLab-learn is part of Newcastle University’s school of Education Communication and Language Sciences (ECLS). We were commissioned to build a smart kitchen for them which would be capable of supporting a platform for web-based technologies, pervasive computing and situated interaction. This has been integrated into their programme of technology enhanced learning and now the Lab has a fully functioning kitchen within the space to join the multi-user pen-tables and learning environment cubicle we designed and made. The kitchen has rfid’s embedded into the surfaces, HD screens embedded behind plexiglas walls and a multi touch surface combined to work with one of the screens. Have a look at this link to see it in action. The project has met with great success and an EU grant of €400K has been obtained to develop English, German, Spanish, Italian, Finnish and Catalan versions. Professor Paul Seedhouse sheds more light on the project in this article.

Videogame Nation is one of those shows that you can spend hours in. The consoles for each game went into lit windows within the bespoke walls below the handset and monitor, so even if you are not playing the game, you get a sense of its part in the gaming hall of fame as you walk round the show. We worked with designer Alan Ward to create a layout for the space and built the whole show from walls to fittings.



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Our introduction to working with the Culture Lab at Newcastle University was sparked when Dr. Patrick Olivier approached us to discuss an exciting project he had been working on. The ‘Ambient Kitchen’ was an idea that came out of work done with dementia patients and the problems encountered in caring for these patients due to the nature of the symptoms. The goal of Ambient Kitchen is to build an environment that can provide calm support for older people in a kitchen using technology that has effectively disappeared. This has been achieved by embedding the RFID readers within the work surfaces and the cupboards; concealing the miniature DLP projectors inside the cabinets; placing pressure sensors under the flooring; an attaching wireless light and acceleration sensors to anything that can be moved. The Ambient Kitchen’s software is able to monitor not only what objects are manipulated, but the actions people are trying to perform (although this is quite basic at present). Using this information gentle hints and advice is displayed to help people in their everyday kitchen activities.

These personhood boxes were made for Jayne Wallace and the Culture Lab, and house emotive jewellery and objects which have special significance for the particular dementia sufferer. In one instance, the fabric off-cuts of old dresses helped trigger memories of when they were worn which were recorded in that instant. The boxes can record audio memories and play them back to the user. These images show the dovetail boxes at various stages of completion, and were made in walnut, cherry and goncalo.

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These tables were designed for the Culture Lab embedding interactive whiteboards into a table surface, which are then calibrated to projected images, allowing multiple users to work on a projected document with whiteboard pens. The Digital Mysteries project was rolled out using these tables in schools in the Northeast and proved to be a great success.

Posted in Bespoke Hardware, Fabrication, Highlighted, Portfolio at April 13th, 2011. No Comments.

Finishing of this museum piece including aluminium kick plates, edging pieces and paintwork for interactive installation in Great North Museum.

In conjunction with CultureLab Newcastle.

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Multi-touch easels developed for CultureLab Newcastle, used for one on one sessions with mental health service users. Currently deployed by Toronto University, Ontario.

Solid Oak and walnut artists easels, developed with multi-touch technology built in. Easels collapse for transport, and can be adjusted as required.

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