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The Creator Studio

The Creator Studio

four23 partnered with adidas Originals to host a week of music events, workshops and ticketed talks, housed within a specially designed Creator Studio in the Holborn district of London.

By day, the space featured a unique programme of creative discussions, interactive workshops and screenings. Talks included fashion photographer Nick Knight and graphic design icon Peter Saville. Interactive workshops included Slam Poetry with Kojey Radical, nutrition with King Cook and an essentials DJ set from Amy Becker, allowing guests direct access and mentorship.

By night, the studio transformed into a music venue, featuring live performances by Jamie XX, Mura Masa and Charlie XCX.

The Guardian Talks

The Guardian Talks

four23 are collaborating with Virgin Money and The Guardian to curate a series of talks aimed to inspire new ways of thinking about everyday life.

The series will open with ‘The Travel and Adventures of New World Nomads’, a discussion on imaginative approaches to travel in the modern world. Welcoming Polar explorer Kari Herbert and Julie Falconer, founder of travel blog A Lady In London, the talk will reveal how they turned their wanderlust into a career.

The second, entitled ‘Ethical Entrepreneurship’ invites Anisah Osman Britton of 23 Code Street and Luminary Bakery founder Alice Boyle to discuss balancing social responsibility with commerce. The talk will cover everything from diversity to cultural collaboration, and a more human-centric approach to business.

More info coming soon.

Somerset House Summer Screen

Somerset House Summer Screen

four23 were recently commissioned by Somerset House to create a film that encapsulates the arts institution’s creative ethos and pioneering spirit.

Premiering at the Film4 Summer Screen, the film captures various unexpected elements of the venue, shining a light on its world-renowned exhibitions, events and uncovering the artists in residence, showcasing its home-grown creativity.

Visuals demonstrate the cultural institution as it is today, pushing intellectual and creative boundaries, and displaying the multitude of disciplines housed within its walls – from film to live performance and fine art to fashion.

Open Source Hack Workshop

Open Source Hack Workshop

four23 have curated a series of workshops to explore an open source approach to creativity.

Using Sam Labs’ SMART construction kits, guests were invited to experiment with the Internet of Things, transforming everyday objects through sensors and code.

After setting up their own connected networks, input triggers and actions, guests created hacks using automated sound modules, step counters and Twitter responsive lights.

The event was hosted at Fish Island Labs in Hackney Wick, a co-working space created by the Barbican for creative entrepreneurs working across art, technology, fashion and design.

The workshops were hosted in collaboration with tech innovators Sam Labs who create kits designed to encourage children to explore their inventive potential.

Liberty London

Liberty London

One of four23’s latest projects includes the art direction, styling and set design for Liberty London’s graphic and floral fabric range.

Spacial Design Director, Harriet Paterson, created a contemporary reinvention of the aesthetic movement inspired by Arthur Liberty’s travels and global gatherings.

Photographed amongst scattered playing cards, rocking horses and vases filled with wildflowers, the images are evocative of the historical department store’s eclectic arts and crafts heritage.

The product range including cushions, lampshades and throws, styled on beautiful furniture that has been upholstered in rich woven jacquards and ornate tapestries inspired by the archive.

Compartment: four23 Spaces

Compartment: four23 Spaces

four23 is delighted to announce the launch of our newest specialist compartment, four23 Spaces.

Led by Interior Designer Harriet Paterson - who has joined the studio as Spacial Design Director - four23 Spaces will develop spacial design projects that merge leading interior design expertise with the innovation and technology.

Harriet was Style Director of Conde Naste’s Livingetc magazine for over a decade. Over the last 14 years Harriet has established herself at the forefront of the Interiors industry, creating award winning interior schemes and working with clients including Conran, Benchmark and Original BTC.

Harriet is joined at four23 Spaces by Interior Stylist and Project Manager Jesse Harris. Jesse has experience in editorial and commercial interiors shoots, having held roles at *Wallpaper and Homes & Gardens magazines, as well as working alongside Harriet during her time at the helm of Livingetc.

Learn more about our Compartment structure here.

The Store, The Strand

The Store, The Strand

four23 recently created an exclusive event, including live music performance and 3D cinema, at The Store - central London’s newest cultural destination.

Taking over three floors of the brutalist building, four23’s spacial design team created a series of interactive installations and a dramatic performance space that followed the essentialist design aesthetic of the building.

500 guests entered via an immersive colour haze tunnel and were supplied with 3D eyewear that enhanced installations and revealed exhibition graphics, whilst a decoder cinema presented film content.

A neon-lit stage in front of a panoramic view of the Thames created a striking backdrop, before adidas Originals ambassador and US hip-hop artist Pusha T took to the stage.

Visit the four23 Flickr for more images from the event.

 four23 x Dezeen

four23 x Dezeen

Leading Design and Architecture magazine, Dezeen has recently covered four23’s redesign of a former precious metal workshop that’s now our studio space.

Spatial Design Director Harriet Paterson was inspired by a photograph of a brass and oak toolbox, the tools of which represent each individual member of the four23 team and their own specialist ability to craft and build.

The toolbox gives a nod to the building’s metalworking heritage and complements the original structure of the building, which includes exposed brick walls and pipework, and 360 black Crittal windows that wrap around the space, flooding it with light.

Movable partitions provide flexibility, dividing the work environment into a reception room, boardroom and creative studio, and transforming it into an open-plan space for special events such as dinners, exhibitions and lectures.

Read the full story on Dezeen here.

Live Stream Broadcast

Live Stream Broadcast

four23 recently curated a series of livestreamed talks, bringing together artists and commentators to discuss creativity and culture. 

The first talk, hosted by Jamz Supernova, saw artists including Mabel, Loyle Carner and Cadenza, discuss what originality means to them. Each creator took to the stage individually, before being brought together for a panel discussion.

During the live panel, viewers could participate in polls and ask questions via Facebook Live and Twitter, creating a forum for viewers to shape and mold the conversation, and allow their voices to be heard.

The second talk was hosted by Alex Powis and featured Gary Aspden, Gary Warnett and Alex Williams, who discussed the many facets of youth culture.

Shadow Art

Shadow Art

four23 partnered with Originals to produce a one-off live music experience headlined by American hip-hop artist Desiigner.

Transforming a warehouse in London’s Docklands into a large-scale laser light show, casting dramatic shadows across all performers and guests to create an immersive experience and unique performance space. Playing on the theme of ‘light and shadow’ the space was designed as a giant installation for guests to explore and experiment with during the performance.

Desiigner - who signed to Kanye West’s ‘GOOD Music’ record label – was supported by performances from Nadia Rose and Abracadabra, as well as a DJ set by Rinse FM’s Maya Jama.

How To Build An Igloo

How To Build An Igloo

Inspired by Douglas Wilkinson’s 1949 classic short film for the National Film Board of Canada, following two Inuit men in Canada’s Far North as they cut and place snow blocks and create a shelter in one-and-a-half hours, ‘How To Build An Igloo’ is the 2016 Christmas project by the four23 team.

View the full seasonal story of the installation, film and images at www.buildanigloo.net.

‘How to Build an Igloo’ is the latest addition to four23’s collection of Christmas projects. View each year, starting from our formation in 2004, at our Behance portfolio here.

Happy holidays, everyone.

Collaboration with Rimo

Collaboration with Rimo

four23 is currently collaborating with Japanese illustrator Rimo on a series of artworks celebrating global subcultures from the ‘80s through to present day.

Rimo has flown in from Tokyo to work in our studio for a week on a series of illustrations and animations in his playful signature style.

Commissioned by Reebok, the illustrations and animations will capture the vibrancy and diversity of iconic cities including New York, London, Paris and Tokyo.

More info coming soon.

Annual Broadcast 2016

Annual Broadcast 2016

This winter four23 published our annual newsletter, taking a look back at some of the highlights of 2016.

The Broadcast celebrated the launch of a new four23.net, shared our plans for our upcoming exhibition series in collaboration with London Design Festival, and unveiled our new publication - 4+2+3 - a weekly newsletter of must reads.

In addition, we recapped some of our favourite projects including a block party with Kendrick Lamar, a 360 film shoot in the favelas of Rio with Fight For Peace, and animations at the British Summer Time Festival with Damon Albarn for Medicines San Frontiers.

View the full Broadcast here.

And register here to receive future transmissions from the four23 studio.

XBYO at Paris Fashion Week

XBYO at Paris Fashion Week

four23 have returned from Paris Fashion Week, where we invited a fashion audience to co-create a limited-edition magazine for the debut XBYO collection.

Taking over a gallery space in La Marais, we created a temporary publishing studio from which we curated a programme of hands-on craft workshops, inspired by the collection’s Japanese roots.

Starting with a talk by collection designer and former Commes des Garcons pattern cutter Ms Nakamura, the guests were immersed in the story of the collection before taking part in a series of interactive sessions.

Print Van Paris were commissioned to lead a screen printing workshop, using the unique shapes and patterns of the collection. Whilst graphic designer Arjun Harrison-Mann guided guests through a typography masterclass, using conductive inks.

Paris-based artist Jimbo Barbu taught guests how to merge the analogue with the digital using scanners and printers to create unique collages.

The day concluded with a communal dining experience, curated by experimental Parisian food innovators Animal Kitchen, who developed a Japanese-inspired tapas menu.

Luta Pela Paz

Luta Pela Paz

four23 recently travelled to Brazil to direct the second part of a 360° immersive documentary, filmed in the Complexo de Maré favela in Rio de Janeiro.

The film explores the world of Fight For Peace, a charitable foundation started, in Rio de Janeiro, with the aim of helping young people realise their potential through boxing and martial arts. The film follows the story of Miriam, who shares her experiences of the favela, a community split by two rival drug gangs, and her life within the Fight For Peace academy as an amateur boxer.

 The documentary was premiered at the Team GB headquarters, on the opening night of the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics.

Watch the film trailer here.

Learn more about Fight For Peace

Kendrick Lamar's Block Party

Kendrick Lamar's Block Party

four23 recently collaborated with Reebok to host a UK appearance from Grammy Award winner Kendrick Lamar. 

Inspired by Kendrick’s LA roots we converted the empty lots of a former TV production studio to stage a block party event. Apple Music’s Beats1 presenter Julie Adenuga played host for the night as guests navigated murals by emerging young artist-illustrators Karis Knight, James Dawe, Ben Tallon and Joe Clarke. The event culminated in a live performance by Kendrick to an intimate crowd of only 300 guests.

Earlier in the day, Kendrick made a surprise appearance at a specially commissioned music workshop for young people in partnership with the Brighter Sound music charity. The workshop encouraged participants to experiment with freestyle MCing, lyric-writing, production, Djing and mixing. 

The young guests and tutors were stunned by a surprise appearance from Kendrick, who joined the participants in an impromptu freestyle rap battle.

Footage of Kendrick’s appearance was shared globally across social media and in hundreds of titles online. 

Read more about the block party and Kendrick’s surprise appearance at:

Collaboration with Stella McCartney and Team GB

Collaboration with Stella McCartney and Team GB

four23 are collaborating with Stella McCartney’s studio to develop the creative concept for the launch of the new Team GB kit for Rio 2016.

Stella McCartney’s Team GB kit for London 2012 was worn by gold-medalists including Jessica Ennis-Hill, Mo Farah, Greg Rutherford and Laura Trott.

Stella has again taken up the role of Creative Director for the official Team GB kit which will be worn at this summer’s Olympic games in Brazil.

The creative concept celebrates the energy and spark of the young talent rising up through the ranks to become the newest members of Team GB.

The Team GB launch campaign imagery will be unveiled in April.

Follow @studiofour23 on Twitter for updates on the collaboration.

Future Tour of New York

Future Tour of New York

In December, four23 were commissioned to curate a 15 guest trip to New York, exploring the theme of future technology and innovation in the City. 

Highlights from the trip included a 5-course menu at the Highlands Dinner Club, a social and culinary laboratory hosted at a secret venue in Harlem. An NYC themed culinary journey was crafted by chef and architect Benjamin Walmer, and featuring live performance art with each course. Watch Benjamin’s TED talk on how food connects us here.

Our team facilitated a workshop session at the East Village workspace of to.be, in partnership with Tomorrow Lab. Both companies are pioneers in new technologies and materials, taking an innovative approach to traditional craft.

The session explored how technological innovation has redefined what craft means in the 21st century. To.be explained how their software platform opens up possibilities for modern creatives to connect and collaborate, and Tomorrow Lab guided guests through the hardware components that make wearable tech and connected product design possible.

A private film screening of Design is One: Lella & Massimo Vignelli at the Wythe Hotel cinema in Williamsburg introduced guests to the work of one of New York’s most iconic design studios.

Finally, we collaborated with a selection of NY-based Photographers to take guests on a tour to explore the more unusual workspaces in each of the boroughs of NYC.

four23 would like to thank all of our partners on the trip, especially our New York natives and guides, Ryan Parrilla, Christina Paik and Jose Ocasio.

'8 Spokes of Jul' by four23

'8 Spokes of Jul' by four23

For this year’s holiday season, four23 travelled to the snow-covered forests of Hafjell, Oppland, Norway to create our annual Christmas print. 

The story began on Mitcham Common, London where we collected twigs of Ash, Birch and Beech to create the 8-pointed star of Norwegian folklore, before heading to Hafjell, a two-hour drive from Norwegian capital, Oslo.

Images from the shoot, and the film created from the trip, can be viewed here

Since founding in 2004, four23 have celebrated Christmas by producing an annual limited edition print. See the collection of prints at the four23 Behance portfolio here.

Happy holidays everyone.

Fight For Peace in Rio de Janeiro

Fight For Peace in Rio de Janeiro

Fight for Peace combine the science of boxing with education and personal development to support the potential of young people in communities that suffer from crime and violence. Starting out in the favelas of Rio, Fight for Peace now operates across five continents supporting young people.

To tell the story of 15 years of dedicated work, improving the lives of thousands, four23 will travel to Rio in Spring 2016 to work with the Fight For Peace team to develop a 360° immersive film and interactive exhibition.

To learn more about Fight for Peace visit their website here