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Satellite Orbit Holiday Equation

Satellite Orbit Holiday Equation

Inspired by an unpublished Life magazine photo shoot of a NASA “math party”, ‘Satellite Orbit Holiday Equation’ is the 2017 Christmas project by the four23 team.

In 1957 a group of NASA scientists posed for the magazine alongside a large blackboard, while chalking satellite orbit equations to calculate complex spacecraft trajectories, navigation and the orbits of spacecraft.

NASA would hold “math parties” for the most complex equations. Each member of the team would master one part of the equation - the first scientist would do their part and hand it off to the next scientist, and so on, until the equation was complete.

The Life magazine photos were taken just six days before the Soviet Union launched Sputnik 1 – the first human-made satellite - winning the earliest round of the space race, and so were never published in Life magazine.

Sixty years later, a cohort of the four23 team spent a day, in an undisclosed location, hosting their own version of a maths party, recreating the unpublished Life magazine shoot, with the aim to collaborative illustrate the first ever Satellite Orbit Holiday Equation.

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

Satellite Orbit Holiday Equation is the latest addition to four23’s collection of Holiday projects.

Happy holidays, everyone.

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.

Henry Poole: An Introduction

Henry Poole: An Introduction

four23 studio will be creating a series of films to introduce legendary Savile Row tailor Henry Poole.

Dating back seven generations, the story began when James Poole, a cloth merchant, came to London to seek his fortune. His son, Henry Poole, learnt the art of tailoring and the family name became an institution. Since then, the label has dressed the likes of Edward VII and Napoleon III and is credited with inventing the evening dinner jacket.

The first film will demonstrate the atelier’s precise approach to tailoring, starting with the important discussion between client and pattern cutter around fabric and cloth. As it is crafted, the suit passes through the hands of up to five expert artisans specializing in a different component, down to the smallest details; from pockets to finishing and pressing. Between every stage, the cutter adapts and holds fittings with the client.

The project will culminate in an exclusive collaboration launch event hosted at Merchants Taylors’ Hall for 100 guests. Greeted by a string quartet, the evening will feature a chance to explore the atelier’s archive and include an intimate dinner followed by a panel discussion with Simon Cundey and Tom Pendry from Henry Poole.

More info coming soon.

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.

Maverick Viñales in Andorra

Maverick Viñales in Andorra

The four23 FILMS team have returned from Andorra after directing a film that focuses on the unique training methods of MotoGP racer Maverick Viñales.  

Viñales is a former MotoGP3 world champion and currently ranked top 3 in MotoGP. In the film Viñales will take the viewer through his daily routine from a local gym in Andorra, explaining how his training gives an advantage over his rivals.

Trained by a former Olympic gymnastics coach, he will describe how his physique has been strengthened using specialist exercises that allow him to move across the bike for sharp turns, keeping him in full control of its impressive power.

Viñales will demonstrate some of his training techniques, taking to the rings and climbing rope, building strength, flexibility and resilience a regular gym workout routine wouldn’t give him.

Coming soon.

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.

The Chair, In a Room, In a House by four23

The Chair, In a Room, In a House by four23

As part of the designjunction festival, four23 created ‘The Chair, In a Room, In a House’ - a playful, interactive public art installation.

For 2016, designjunction installed a series of bespoke red houses in Granary Square, Kings Cross; the home of Central Saint Martins and Google’s London HQ. Themed under the subject ‘Immersed in Design’, designjunction invited four23 to transform one of the houses.

The four23 exhibition was inspired by the words of Eliel Saarinen, adopted later by Charles and Ray Eames: “A chair in a room, a room in a house, a house in an environment, an environment in a city plan.” The immersive experience explored the relationship between our physical surroundings and our ability to think, daydream and create.

The colourful spatial design of four23’s house was a modern interpretation of Mark Rothko’s austere New York studio; a single, painted wooden chair placed in the middle, where he could fully view the large-scale block-colour canvases leaning against the walls. His expressive work was characterized by bold abstract shapes, described by his daughter as “sort of a window to beyond…looking at the infinite.”

In the house, visitors were asked to take a seat in a replica chair and wear a virtual reality headset, letting their mind drift into a wandering state, whilst the four23 created 360 film, played through the VR device, narrated by performance artist, Jenny Lee.

This mind-wandering mode allows the brain to make new associations and connections, imagine things that do not yet exist, and daydream until they are inspired to action.

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: