2014 was an amazing year for Atmos Studio, filled with innovative new projects & magnificent accomplishments. It's Twelfth Night, and as Christmas trees are being discarded across the UK, Atmos Studio's own twinkling tree from the summer is coming into its 2nd life.
Atmos Studio designed Arboreal Lightning as the centrepiece for Imogen Heap’s Reverb Festival at the Camden Roundhouse last August, creating a luminous tree of LED strands that rose from the stage to enwrap the building, pulsing with the life of the sounds surrounding it. 100s of performers and 1000s of audience members created magical moments as they sent their voices up into the ether.
The BBC did a lovely 9-minute feature on it; The Architects Journal & Arc*Mondo both lavished in-depth features on it. AV Magazine called it a “star attraction... enchanting, mesmerising, hypnotic...”; Time Out called it “magical, spectacular”; Professional Lighting Design called it “brilliant; remarkable, sensuous and absolutely unique”. One blog even wrote “bow before your new god”.
A week after the Roundhouse Atmos Studio opened a dramatic shop-window installation for Top Shop’s flagship store at Oxford Circus during London Design Week, as part of the RIBA’s Regent Street Windows Project. Like Arboreal Lightning, Carved Canyons also celebrated the pulse of people, creating a series of huge radially-louvred extensions to the window that appeared to move as you walked past them, proving perches for hanging clothes in side, bursting through the windows to form a welcoming bench outside. Dezeen interviewed Atmos director Alex Haw about it; it was also featured by HMVM & archiloci.
A few weeks later Atmos Studio installed a quick-fit CNC-carved landscaped reception desk for the Timber Expo show, using 2 new film-faced plywoods donated by our great friends and sponsors DHH Timber, and CNC cut by The Cutting Room. A series of sculpturally-supported terraced contours provided the organisers, sponsors and general public with a range of rest-spots, from a dramatic cantilevered reception desk at the front to a meeting table and display point at the rear, landscaped together with a series of benches and seats.
Atmos Studio has been busy designing a variety of new homes for some wonderful clients and families. Their project for Richmond involves working with a locally-listed old coach house, teasing a series of curvaceous new landscaped buildings from the constraints and geometries of its context. Awaiting planning, it was described by the Richmond Society as “imaginative, original and authoritative.. lightening the spirits”
Atmos Studio has also been designing some very specialist stairs, including an organic all-timber residential stair in Kent, & a spectacular, lusciously-articulated double-height tree-like construction for an amazing upcoming new restaurant in Piccadilly. Stairs even formed the core basis of a competition submission for a new public space in Stratford, while undulating landscapes inspired the design for a Peabody Proposal alongside Victoria Park, and some sensual in-built residential furniture in Harrow.
While places like Christies, BoredPanda, Homes, & Homify favourably compared a range of their staircases, TRADA did a case study on their "innovative and imaginative” Roominaroom, as did Wood Planet. Yooko reviewed it as “exceptional”, Dornob as “gorgeous.. enchanting”, Wind & Water & Earth as “perfectly beautiful”. It won an award for residential interiors from Architizer. In print, Eyes In Magazine spent 16 pages deeply exploring the roots of our work, while Arc*Mondo interviewed Alex about our broader work with light; Fashion Beauty about Roominaroom (in Russian ;)), and Designer Insights explored our work in interior design.
We can't wait to see what 2015 holds in store for us!
Source: Atmos Studio