A Laboratory in the Desert

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Reports just in of the incredible dust stirring machine:‘Simoom: A Laboratory in the Desert’ designed and built by our technician Toby Poolman and member Hannah Schmidt for the recent Afrikaburn festival in the Tankwa Karoo Desert, South Africa.

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Poolman & Schmidt’s first mechanical machine collaboration – a spectacular set of moving sails, was built for last year’s London Design Festival. This follow up structure was developed here at the workshop to explore the unknown landscape of dust that the machine was set to encounter.  We look forward to hearing more dusty tales on the makers return…



Thanks to the legendary God’s Own Junkyard, Walthamstow has become somewhat famous for its neon, so we decided that it was high time to learn the secret art. We’ve invited Neon Mobile Workshops to run a weekend series of special one day beginner’s courses and evening sessions this September to reveal the tricks behind working with light. Choose from a day long course on Saturday 10th Sept or Sunday 11th Sept where you’ll get to take away a sign you design yourself, or a neon taster session on the Saturday evening with mesmerising demonstrations of cutting, blowing, stretching, bending and fusing glass with flame, filling with gas and illuminating with electricity. It may not come cheap, but certainly an experience you’ll never forget! Places are limited, so book soon to avoid disappointment…
For full details click here.

Money for Nothing

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Great to see the workshop on TV again this week, as another of our members featured on the BBC show ‘Money for Nothing. Check out surface & wallpaper designer Dan Heath as he transforms an old rusty metal chest into a stunning cocktail cabinet.

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Hoarding an old bit of junk yourself? Sign up to our machine shop induction programme and get working on a transformation of your own. Catch up on the full episode here.

Studio Marlene Huissoud in Milan

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If you happen to be lucky enough to be in Milan this week for the Salone de Mobile, don’t miss the stunning new piece from Studio Marlene Huissoud:‘Rhythm – Of Insects & Men’ on show at La Terrace (Via Private Oslavia 1, 20134 Milano).


Marlene, who’s studio is based at the workshop is a French materials designer who comes from a family of beekeepers. Her stunning new piece continues her exploration of  bio resin, the material produced by the honeybee as waste, but now combining it with commonly discarded human glass waste. The pieces questions the idea of how two waste materials, natural and industrial can complement each other, giving an up-cycling approach, crucial to re-orientating ourselves to the natural world and finding new ways of generating cycles in our making process. For a totally absorbing read, head over to www.marlene-huissoud.com

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A Ma-tt-er of Materials

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We’re delighted to say that we’ve been selected to join the British Council’s Maker Library NetworkIn partnership with Ma-tt-er (ma-tt-er.org) a materials research consultancy, we’ll be setting up a Materials Library at the workshop to explore alternative materials and manufacturing techniques to be considered in the making process. We’ll be hosting a regular series of events exploring the use of materials and showcasing interesting work being produced on site, launching this September.

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The Maker Library Network is about connecting designers and makers globally, and we’re looking forward to forging links  with the other workshops involved in Turkey, Mexico and South Africa. Watch this space!

Image (c) Seetal Solanki, Workspace in Hout Bay, Capetown



Charles Lethaby Lighting, is just one of 35 creative start-ups in residence in our top floor studios. Having started his business just two years ago when Blackhorse Workshop first opened, this lighting designer is one to watch (the next Tom Dixon we think?), with his designs already selling at top design retailers such as HEALS.


Charles has just launched a Kickstarter campaign to enable him to manufacture the Aurora lamp (pictured above) which was one of the first ever designs to be prototyped at the workshop, made using steel & a TIG welder. Support his campaign, and you’ll get up to 60% off this stunning lamp. Our advice: snap it up now while you can! Click here for all the details.

A Window on Denimite

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It’s nice to know the spirit of Blackhorse Workshop is going global…Resident designers Laetitia de Allegri & Matteo Fogale (deallegirfogale.com) have been busy developing their ISH collection, made from an innovative material made from recycled denim, for the windows of retailer COS in New York, London, Paris & Milan.

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Created through compressing recycled & repurposed denim, Denimite and Marblus have been used to great effect to showcase the store’s new denim collection. And don’t they look great?

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Burning Blackhorse Beauty

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Thanks to everyone who came down to celebrate on Saturday – what a magnificent birthday burning ceremony! And for those who missed it, you can watch it here thanks to our neighbour Jonathan Blake.

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Made a nice change to hear music instead of the usual machine shop noise too. John Blood & the Highly’s performed a fantastic set. And lets not forget the taste sensation that was our birthday ice-cream ‘oak infused’ viennetta courtesy of our resident Osinsky Ice Cream. 

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Here’s to year number 3! Photos(c)Clare Glenister & Rob Shaer.

Two x Two


Preparation is under way to mark the workshop’s second birthday thanks to the creative skills of our technician Toby. Toady he’s been masterminding the flaming follow up to our first birthday burning numeral. So if you’re free this Saturday night, come down and join us for the celebrations. For all the details, click here. All welcome!

Denim Dining

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We’ve been excited for a while about the imminent opening of our neighbouring denim factory:Blackhorse Lane Ateliers. And making use of the building talent on their doorstep, they’ve commissioned members WilsonPalmer to build some bespoke furniture for the space.

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Using the ancient japanese art of burning cedar wood (Shou Sugi Ban), they have created a stunning set of dining tables. The process involves charring the wood, cooling it, cleaning it and finishing it with a natural oil.  To see more of their work, or get in contact, visit www.wilsonpalmer.co.uk.  

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And here’s a sneak preview inside the workshop, with sewing machines at the ready!

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