This week we visited Coal Drops Yard, a new shopping destination in Kings Cross designed by Heatherwick Studio. The original buildings, which date back to the 1850s, were used to receive coal transported to the capital from the north of England. The two adjacent buildings have been adapted to reach up and touch in a moment that connects the two roofs creating a floating upper storey enclosing the courtyard below. One of our favourite features of the buildings are the various lift buttons, each bringing a sense of craftsmanship at a smaller scale to the development.
We were invited by Form&Thread a menswear brand with a focus on craftsmanship and the mindful sourcing of materials. In keeping with the brands established aesthetic, we created two cabinets for the shop. The structures of the cabinets are fronted with rhythmic batons of European Ash, echoing the brands attention to line and how materials meet.
The top surfaces of the cabinets are bespoke polished concrete, forming a subtle colourway to reflect the palette of the clothing.
The Coal Drops have a diverse mix of independents rather than big retail destinations, with some of our favourites being: Modern Design Review, a small gallery space curated by the magazine of the same namesake. With a beautiful collection of designs from small everyday practical objects to the upcoming Christmas lighting for the yard. Lost Property of London’s new shop designed by Ben Thompson, is an exciting combination of curved cork walls with Brancusi inspired plinths, showing off the crafted leather bags made in Hackney.