Open Studios With Design Leaders At Netil House

Open Studio / Showroom

Partner Programme

20 Sept 2022

Architecture / Landscape, Digital, Graphic Design & Visual Communications, Industrial & Product Design

Netil House

1 Westgate Street


E8 3RL

In conjunction with London Design Festival 2022, Netil House, one of East London’s best known creative hubs, will open its doors inviting you into the realms of leading design studios: Jason Bruges Studio, Studio NARI, Two Times Elliott and XK Studio.

Jason Bruges Studio: Jason Bruges Studio invite you to catch a glimpse behind-the-scenes. The multidisciplinary team will be available to discuss their research and hands-on creative process. A series of demos & prototypes will reveal the development behind recent artworks such as The Centre, an immersive healing environment created for the Museum of the Future in Dubai. The Studio will also unveil a new commission that asks ‘can we code creativity?’ exploring the relationship between art and artificial intelligence. Currently celebrating its 20th Year, Jason Bruges Studio is made up of architects, industrial designers, engineers, visualisers & specialists in electronics & programming. Internationally renowned as a pioneer of the hybrid space between art, architecture and technology, the Studio intervenes in the urban environment to weave a sense of magic into the fabric of a place. Each project explores interrelationships between people, data, nature & technology telling stories and creating conversations that stir the imagination & bring people together. Studio NARI: Build a collaborative typeface: Join the NARI team & build physical letters to be used for the creation of a collaborative typeface. The letters will be scanned into Glyphs where we will create an OTF that will be published on our website and instagram. Those taking part will receive the typeface to use for life. Calligraphy: Paint by numbers calligraphy exclusively with the studio. Alongside a selection of immersive design showcases to enjoy at your leisure. NARI is a creative practice and branding studio, established to bridge the gap between design and art. This is encapsulated by their acronymised mantra - Not Always ‘Right’ Ideas - and is at the core of everything they do. Drawing the focus away from the ‘do’s & don'ts’ of textbook graphic design the studio practices a humanistic and artistic approach, realised through a bespoke typographic foundation brought to all projects. The studio's recent clients include Nike, Vogue, Charli XCX, D&AD, Marcus Rashford, Mob & Apple Music. XK Studio: XK studio opens its doors for a screening and behind the scenes look of their commercial commissions and latest self-initiated work, including XK_R, a new series which explores footwear aesthetics in a digital realm. A research-led design and motion practice, XK studio specialises in the creation of hyper-real 3D visuals and moving image. By adopting a blend of artistic and technical approaches, they craft visual narratives in motion that are often inspired by nature, science or materiality. These concepts are re-imagined through a design lens and imbued with emotion, tactility and mesmerising intricacy. Collaborators and clients range from cultural institutions such as London Symphony Orchestra, House of Culture Stockholm to leading brands such as Apple, Microsoft, Nike, Timberland & Hublot. Two Times Elliott: Two Times Elliott invites you to join them in taking inspiration from traditional quilt-making methods and translating them into digital explorations. The participants will be split into groups and given specific frameworks to create using a collaborative tool. Together, we will harbour unexpected outcomes using a set of varying forms, deconstructed and then re-constructed into large digital pieces. Design today exists on a spectrum between the cultural and the corporate. Whilst it is fine to pick a side, Two Times Elliott works intentionally between both polarities. Designers have a responsibility to challenge the status quo. Two Times Elliott don't believe, however, that their studio's capacity for innovation should depend on a client's risk tolerance. So instead, they define separate schedules for autonymous and commercial work in the studio and cultivate a deliberate symbiosis between the two. In this way, cultural and commercial pursuits are not mutually exclusive—one hand washes the other.