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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.

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.

Luta Pela Paz

Luta Pela Paz

four23 have returned from Brazil, having directed 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

New Starters - Jo Hosker and Mélodie Carré

New Starters - Jo Hosker and Mélodie Carré

We are excited to welcome designer Jo Hosker and researcher Mélodie Carré to the four23 studio:

Jo Hosker, born 29th April, daughter of Mark Hosker, creative director and Jill Hosker née Rooney, primary school teacher, younger sister to Sam, Didsbury, Manchester to Peebles, Scotland, Kingsland Primary School, 200 horses, “safe in, safe oot”, immediate entourage, vegetarian, Peebles High School, Neidpath, skier, Edinburgh College of Art, Graphic Design BA Hons, water studies, Emily Carr Art & Design University, Vancouver, bookbinder, flat pack furniture winner, Hayward Gallery, a bigger splash, Burn’s Night, stripping the willow, Finsbury Park, Glastonbury, monet, matisse; art of the nail, Capri, Port Issac, Ludovico Einaudi, goal shooter, Shakespeare Road, is a Designer at four23.

joh@four23.net

Mélodie Isabelle Helene Madeleine Carré, born April 24, the daughter of Isabelle Carré, née Fraud, farmer and Philippe Carré, farmer in Brittany, Sister to Emeline and Flavie Carré, Sevignac, Broons, Henri Avril ’10, M&A, Val Andre, Art Rock, Bordeaux, Quai des Chartrons, wine, Jackie, big daddy, summer camps, Sharon Jones, Key West Florida’ sharks, running, reggae nights Dubai, vintage camera, Brand strategy in Marylebone, "Bon Matin”, disruptive, vinyl records, Amsterdam and La Villa Lilford Road, Soul, Funk, chicas in Oslo, far far Hammersmith, hello? you’re french, Basement plus alibi, Space, 21K, coconut oil, cuzzie, Bilal, is a Researcher at four23.

melodie@four23.net

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

 New Starters - Samantha Bird and Kunyalala Ndlovu

New Starters - Samantha Bird and Kunyalala Ndlovu

We are excited to welcome project managers Samantha Bird and Kunyalala Ndlovu to the four23 studio:

Samantha Bird, born October 9, the daughter of Deborah Bird, née Wallis-Smith, Artist and Lecturer and Antony Bird, Business Owner, Engineer, Northerner, Sister to Lauren and Adrian, Auntie to Pinso Søren Lund, Melton Mowbray, dog shows (aspiring trainer), Michael Flatley, Leicester City Football club, Loughborough High School, waitress, multi-event athletics, life drawing, Frisby-on-the-Wreake, Brick Lane, Central Saint Martins University, Ferropolis near Gräfenhainichen, Melt!, Product Design, First Class Honours, the banks of the Danube, New Designers 2012, follow the Trail, Pacific Highway to Cairns, sky diving, Bethnal Green, Caribou, Fiji, music under the midnight sun, is a Project Manager at four23.  

samantha@four23.net

Kunyalala Ndlovu, born May 23, a Zulu descendant, son of Violet Ndlovu née Phiri, Anaesthetic Nurse and Shepherd Ndlovu, HR Director and Rancher, Husband to Kat Rixon, Motion Graphics Artist, David Livingstone, Lobengula, Bulawayo, Francistown, bagpipes, rugby, printmaker, Eisteddfods, Lamda, all honours, one third class poem, Afroropean History, Martin Sanderson, intergalactic, Lynette O’Hare, Southbank, My Traitor’s Heart, Slumdon, Central Saint Martins, distinction, Camberwell College, Harriet Harman, first collector, South Africa, Johnny Clegg, Cape Town, surf, Big Bay, ESPO, Mandela’s death, National Gallery Cape Town, Permanent Collection, The Heart That Thunders, Sean O’Toole, Fort Rixon, is a Project Manager at four23.

kunyalala@four23.net

Modern Craft - A European Film Series

Modern Craft - A European Film Series

The four23 film team will be travelling across Europe to create a five part film series focusing on the modern craftspeople exploring new technologies, new materials and new processes to push forward product design and innovation. 

The first film of the series has been shot in Hackney, London featuring Mark Lim, model-maker, product designer and founder of Chalk Studios.

The film explores Chalk’s studio space, gaining insight into their approach to creating bespoke objects for a wide variety of industries. Mark discusses the process of combining the old and the new, to create new and innovative objects including a Modular Smartwatch, 3D printed letterpress typeface and the development of bio-concrete, a self-healing material.

The series will continue into 2016, with films featuring innovators in their crafts in Copenhagen, Paris, Amsterdam and Milan.

Follow the @studiofour23 twitter for updates.

'Born of Attention' - A four23 Exhibition

'Born of Attention' - A four23 Exhibition

This September, as part of London Design Festival, four23 presented 'Born of Attention', an exhibition exploring the reality of information overload.

In recent years, humans have created more information than in all of history before us. Filtering this information comes at a metabolic cost and at times it can seem like our heads are struggling to catch up.

Including a multi tasking virtual reality experience and a specially commissioned interactive film piece by performance artist, Jenny Lee, 'Born of Attention’ sought to test visitors’ minds and questioned what it is to really ‘pay attention’.

For an overview of the exhibition visit the Born of Attention website here.

For information on up and coming exhibitions please click here

Originals Tubular X London Launch

Originals Tubular X London Launch

Last night saw the launch of Originals Tubular X in the UK. 

four23 transformed Kachette; a former train station in London’s East End into a photo playground, transporting guests into a visual world of ‘Tubular’.

The ‘tube’ shaped venue was transformed into a dramatic tunnel of light; a kaleidoscopic digital video wall displayed infinite iterations of graphics inspired by the city of London; the length of an entire wall was projection mapped with a live catwalk including models seeming to disappear around the edge of the wall.

A collection of PHHHOTO portraits created by guests on the night can be viewed here.

New Starters – Charlie Bentley and Thibault Rolando

New Starters – Charlie Bentley and Thibault Rolando

We are delighted to welcome designer Charlie Bentley and developer Thibault Rolando to the four23 studio:

Charlie Bentley, born May 19, daughter of Jane Bentley, née Hutchings, Upholsterer, Editor and Paul Bentley, Chartered Surveyor, Cheltenham, Godmother to Livvy, Fulham to Bisley, Dean Close School, Sri Lanka ’03, Art Foundation, Chelsea College of Art and Design, Graphic Design BA Hons, Australia ’05, Melbourne to Port Douglas, Stoke Newington, Brixton Academy, Production Assistant, stings, Broadcast Design, sabbatical, European roads, Jake (boxer dog), Ben, 20 borders, 18,000 miles, Hertford, events, ‘the most famous’, St John’s Wood, Culture Clash, Worthy Farm 08-15, Iceland, Imagination, Mondial de l'Automobile, London Triathlon’14, Chicago proposal, fiancé to Ben Beach, is a Designer at four23.

charlie@four23.net

Thibault Rolando, born February 16, Aix en Provence, France, son of Isabelle Jacoly and Franck Rolando, physiotherapist and osteopath, brother of Vincent Rolando, founder at Select Auto Sud, first website, baccalaureate, Lycée Marie Madeleine Fourcade, internship, Citroën London, gastronomy, football, Marseille, École Internationale de Montpellier, license of International Business, Shanghai, China, Jiao Tong University, HSKL Lv1, discothèque manager, Waitan 70, wine merchant, Ana Margarita Wang Zuniga, Shanghai Raffles Institutes, Net Circle, London, LCC, Digital Design, married in France, Tamarindo, shores, Web Developer, ditto, Digital Media Design BA, Costa Rica, Camden, Irish Post, Walthamstow, Tyler Noel, is a Developer at four23.

thibault@four23.net

Set Design for the Edinburgh Fireworks Concert

Set Design for the Edinburgh Fireworks Concert

Set against the backdrop of the Edinburgh Castle, the closing fireworks display at the Edinburgh International Festival is the world’s biggest annual fireworks concert and acts as the finale to the Fringe, a month long celebration of art and culture in the city. 

four23 designed the central band stand in the Prince’s Park which acted as a performance stage for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, who performed in front of 250,000 spectators on closing night.

The S.C.O.’s performance concluded with a rendition of the Thunder and Lightening Polka by Johann Strauss, which synchronised with the launch of more than 400,000 silver and golden crackle-effect fireworks into the night sky over the city.

See a timelapse video from the event at the Guardian website here.

NHS Cancer Awareness Project

NHS Cancer Awareness Project

four23 have created a campaign, in partnership with the NHS, to raise awareness of bowel cancer screening across the UK.

Bowel cancer is one of the most common types of cancer diagnosed in the UK, with 1 in 20 people developing it during their lifetime. However, 93% of people diagnosed will survive if the cancer is found early; which is where the screening programme can make a huge impact.

Bowel cancer screening kits are sent out to over sixty-five’s across the UK. The kits are completed at home and sent back to the NHS, but the NHS only receives around 50% of the kits back.

four23 have created a digital campaign which aims to address this statistic by reaching out to younger people across the country, recruiting them to spread the message and persuade older friends or family members to use the screening kits.

The campaign has resulted in a new website, a series of films and a touring roadshow to spread awareness.

four23 Studio Joins Open House Weekend

four23 Studio Joins Open House Weekend

Open House weekend is the biggest architecture event in London’s calendar, opening the doors of hundreds of private buildings to give the public unique access to the city’s most iconic architecture.

As part of the 2015 festival, four23 will open our doors, welcoming visitors to explore our studio, a former precious metals workshop which our Spatial Design Director, Harriet Paterson, transformed into our home in February 2013.

Over the weekend we will host regular tours, with talks from Harriet and a special screening of The Architect and the Painter, a film exploring the creative spaces of Ray and Charles Eames.

Visit the Open House website site for more information here.

The Radavist - Oakley's In Residence Workshop in London

The Radavist - Oakley's In Residence Workshop in London

Online cycling collective The Radavist, headed to Exmouth Market this week to take a look at our second ‘In Residence’ space with Oakley, ‘The Workshop’ London.

After experiencing a day in the space, they concluded that Oakley were “heavily vested in creating not only performance eyewear for professional athletes, but supporting cycling culture.”

Read the full article at The Radavist here.

WGSN - Oakley In Residence London: Five Reasons to Visit This Cycling Pop-Up

WGSN - Oakley In Residence London: Five Reasons to Visit This Cycling Pop-Up

Trend forecasters WGSN “rediscovered Oakley” this week at the launch of our second ‘In Residence’ location of the series, ‘The Workshop’ London.

A “community hangout” in Exmouth Market welcoming “professional road racers to bike messengers and even Boris Bike riders”, the coffee fuelled cycling hub celebrates Oakley’s “three decade long association London’s booming bike scene”.

Read the full 5 Reasons at WGSN here.

Médecins Sans Frontières at British Summertime Festival

Médecins Sans Frontières at British Summertime Festival

Médecins Sans Frontières is an international aid organisation operating in war-torn regions and developing countries facing endemic diseases. Formed by French doctors after the Nigerian civil war of 1967-70, M.S.F. is now one of the largest humanitarian organisations in the world, helping thousands of people across the globe.

four23 were commissioned by M.S.F. to create a short film to highlight the charity’s work, and encourage people to support them with a small monthly donation. Featuring British Summertime Festival headliner Damon Albarn, the film premiered at the festival on giant screens either side of the main stage and was viewed by 65,000 people each night over three days.

To learn more about Médecins Sans Frontières visit their website here: www.msf.org