Clerkenwell Design Week 2015.. Register Now.
We will be making our debut Clerkenwell Design Week debut in May. They will be exhibiting at the Design Factory in The Farmiloe Building, a hub of CDW, known for its leading showcase of furniture, lighting and product design from around the world.
Register now .. http://www.clerkenwelldesignweek.com/
The Walpole, Margate.
Not wanting our weekend to end we decided to finish our stay with an afternoon tea in the Walpole Hotel. It is very established in Margate and visited by new visitors as well as the older residents of the town. It has maintained all its quirks and seems fairly unchanged from its original decor. We arrived at the end of lunch service where large tables were still uncleared and the debris of cheese boards could be seen. We had to place our order for scones and biscuits at the reception. We waited a long time but this gave us time to go and explore the rest of the hotel..
We went to Margate with some friends for the weekend last week.. We visited the Shell Grotto, the Turner Contemporary, the beach, ate seafood, drank in proper pubs and looked in junk shops. We also bought a penguin from a funfair amusement.
We had a sunny Sunday at the Barbican to visit the Magnificent Obsessions exhibition the other weekend.
I love the space of 1960s architecture.. There are plenty of areas left unaccounted for which gives you space to move and allows for emptiness, something that is becoming a rarer idea in public spaces.
My childhood weekends were spent on my nan’s estate- The Worlds End in Chelsea which is a housing complex made up of high and low rise flats. There was a nursery and primary school, playgrounds and an arcade of shops including the first delicatessen I had ever seen and whose cured pungent meats hanging up used to terrify me. We had endless corridors to run around and lifts to race each other to various floors. As a teenager we spent all our time at the Southbank where we had a similar feeling of space as we wasted hours around this neglected concrete structure. This was when the Southbank was fairly disregarded so you could climb the stairwells to all sorts of unused and forgotten areas. When the weather was too cold and we had run out of money for cider we would hang around in the National Theatres nooks and were never found by grown ups.
Now that every public space has to include areas to buy coffee and residential buildings have small windows and fake balconies the buildings of the 1960s seem almost decadent.
We were really chuffed to see our new Rocker featured in the Sunday Times Home section this weekend.
SB03-4 Rocker in Kvadrat fabric and London Plane wood. Price £1,950.
Our new furniture. Part 1.
Our SB02 is now available..
Influenced by the pew bench seating of churches, this seating is designed to maximise space by creating a versatile piece of furniture that can be used in lobbies, as well as working well with dining tables in a restaurant. There are various options within the range such as the addition of a back, a choice of 2 seats or 3 seats and finishes ranging from raw to bold colour stains. A Pew chair is also available.
To view these please email to visit our workshop or come and see us at Clerkenwell Design Week in May in the Farmiloe Building.
Fieldwork was set up Curtis James to help businesses understand how they work and to see if there are ways of improving this. We have worked with them on various projects in the past and so it was really great to be asked by Fieldwork to illustrate their DIY kits which they send out to clients.
Stanley James Press designed and made the kits and I was commissioned to draw some illustrations and also for more projects for Fieldwork in the future.
The results are very considered and beautifully made.
We look forward to working with Fieldwork and Stanley James Press on many more projects..
I have talked before about some of my favourite artists before such as the work from the Alleged Gallery- Steve Powers, Margaret Kilgallen and Barry McGee. I love reading and writing and any art form that manages to incorporate clever words and imagery is something I am interested in. I never tire of the primitive yet heartfelt Mexican Votive paintings or the power of Barbara Krueger’s bold and graphic work.
I think this is why I read so many graphic novels- Drawn and Quarterly publications are always a good read and something I revisit constantly to keep me sane. I am fascinated by the combination of these two arts forms working alongside each other.
However I am becoming increasingly mystified by popular poster art that is available in most contemporary shops. These are simple typographic play on words that range from motivational slogans to a one word ‘jolly’.
As screen-printing has become ever more popular combined with the use of computers for graphic art there has been a cold collision of the two. Screen prints are so accurate and precise in their form they might as well have been digitally printed. I was once using a shared studio to screen print and saw the man next to me print an exact replica of a digital image he had created. What is the point?
The beauty of methods is surely in the effect they create? We see this all the time with furniture too- why would you not want wood to look like wood?
As well as the finished technique there is the content to these typographic pieces. When I was little our local bakers and chip shop were filled with signs ‘please don’t ask for credit as this often offends’ or ‘you don’t have to be mad to work here but it helps’. Now our computer world is filled with social media streams of self help and motivational slogans. Contemporary and accessible art prints are all happy slogans to put up on our walls to not offend the children. Every retail outlet is full of greeting cards of a similar bland agenda.
It seems our brains have been zapped of a capacity to ponder anything for longer than three seconds anymore.
Our homes are ridiculously clean and clutter free with bright simple prints on the wall.
I like to think as a designer we make things to make our world more enjoyable but I am also quite happy surrounded by dusty books and pets and stuff and I like my home and art to make me think- it’s a home that generates ideas even without pictures of my family everywhere and ‘Love’ hanging off every door handle.
Our new designs are coming along and we are pleased as always to work on collaborations with other good people..
We have made a dining table for a friend.. Have some new retailers including Devoted to.. At the Redbrick Mill(pictured here) and Kukka. More are in the pipeline and to be announced soon..
Our bespoke/interiors work is continuing as well as press coverage for design work we completed for the zero waste restaurant Silo.
We have new screen prints and wallpaper and more designs launching at Clerkenwell Design week in May which we are really excited to be taking part in.
Fingers crossed for a fun and exciting year ahead..
Happy New Year..
We have had a lovely rest and are looking forward to our busy year ahead.. We hope you have a very happy year.
I grew up in the suburbs of West London, it was a transient town and one in which I always felt very different from the other families who worked at the airport. My childhood living amongst semi detached houses and concreted over front gardens has always been a key influence to my work and has carried through my screen prints to wallpaper designs for Baines&Fricker.
Growing up in a artistic and alternative home as a child but surrounded by the ordinary of suburban life has created a fascination with our obsession to fit in.
Cake, pets and buildings feature heavily in my work.
Please don’t go to the suburbs..
These prints and more available now..
Steve Powers. Brooklyn..
One of the best things we did in New York was visiting the Steve Powers studio and shop in Brooklyn. I have mentioned before how inspired we are by the Beautiful Losers documentary and one of our favourite artists from this group is Steve Powers. We spent lots of money on a really good screen print and also met Steve Powers and talked about Coney Island and Morrissey..
New York Streets..
No matter where you go in New York you seem to get a real feel for it..
New York apartment..
We went to New York last week and were lucky enough to stay in my friends apartment.. It is a beautiful flat in Upper West Side and it was so good to have such a nice place to relax in the evening after long days pounding the streets..
New Projects.. Silo
We recently completed a design and build for the first UK zero waste restaurant Silo in Brighton. We used the philosophy of the food to design a space that uses materials already in abundance and recycled existing unwanted materials. We believe in considering the often overlooked and so this project was perfect for us.
As well as Silo we have been working on many other commercial projects and clients homes. These projects are exciting and varied and a real chance for us to show our passions.
It is very a different way of working compared to when we work on our own designs as Steve and I think very similarly but working for clients to achieve what they want takes more time and figuring out.. Once a project is completed there is real sense of achievement all round for the clients and us.
Win a Baines&Fricker SB01-1 Chair.
We are giving away a Baines&Fricker SB01-1 chair!
The winner can choose which colour they would like the painted underside. This design is one of our classic and original pieces.
All you have to do is follow and pin your favourite designs by Baines&Fricker on Pinterest.
To pin your favourite products from the Baines&Fricker range on Pinterest and be the winner of a SB01-1 ply chair..
STEP 1. Follow Baines&Fricker on Pinterest
STEP 2. Browse our ‘We made this’ board.
Pin your 8 favourite products.
STEP 3. Don’t forget to tag each pin #bainesfricker
so we can find you!
The winner will be messaged via Pinterest or email.
New screen print. Sunlounger. Hand printed on A3 200 gsm paper. £30.
They will be on the website later this week.. Please email me for wholesale.
New screen print. Container Units. Hand printed on A3 200 gsm paper. £30.
They will be on the website later this week.. Please email me for wholesale.
London Design Week..
This year we have taken on a new studio and workshop and lots of big exciting jobs. As well as this we have launched our new designs for 2014.
For these reasons we are having a break from London Design Week.. However we will be launching our new cushions with Dowse shop at Design Junction and a collaboration with the very lovely Thorody at Design Junction.
Please let email us to receive a catalogue of with our new designs or visit Design Junction to see our collaborations..