Monthly Archives: May 2013

dRMM TO DESIGN 21ST CENTURY DOLLS’ HOUSE - 30-05-2013

Doll's HousedRMM is delighted to be participating in a fundraising challenge set by developer Cathedral Group PLC to design and build an accessible dolls’ house.

The project will support KIDS – a UK charity that helps disabled children, young people and their families.

According to Cathedral Group PLC creative director Martyn Evans, the project is inspired by Edwin Lutyens’ 1924 dolls house for Queen Mary (pictured above) which was the centerpiece of The British Empire Exhibition at Wembley in 1924 and 1925.

Similarly, the contemporary version will take the language of the traditional children’s toy and use it to display the very best of modern British architecture, craftsmanship and interior design. Twenty contemporary designers have been asked to design a dolls’ house for the 21st Century. Each house will be designed to include at least one feature which aims to make life easier for a child with a disability.

ENDLESS STAIR UNVEILED AT LDF13 PRESS LAUNCH - 24-05-2013

Endless Stair 2013 Press Launch

Jonas with Sir John Sorrell

Jonas Lencer presented ‘Endless Stair’ this morning at the press launch for theLondon Design Festival 2013.

dRMM’s proposal for Endless Stair is sponsored by American Hardwood Export Council and engineered by ARUP.

Alex de Rijke describes it as “a three-dimensional exercise in composition, structure and scale and as both a marker and meeting place”. The structure will be sited on axis with the Millennium Bridge, with St Pauls Cathedral as a backdrop.

Jonas concluded his presentation by stating that “‘Endless Stair’ is not only a structural experiment in engineered timber but is testing our visual and physical experience of space and perspective”.

‘Endless Stair’ will be erected in September 2013 as part of the London Design Festival 2013. Visit the LDF13 website for event’s full programme.

SADIE CROSSES THE FINISH LINE - 22-05-2013

Sadie Rides

A big congratulations goes out to director Sadie Morgan for completing the 2013 BCOCycle Challenge in Spain last week.

After cycling 282miles, climbing 15,000ft and dealing with temperatures ranging from 30 to -5 Celsius this year’s participants have managed to raise over £33K (and counting) for the Willow Foundation.

Sadie would like to thank her fellow cyclists for an unforgettable experience as well as of all the generous donors who have supported the cause.

Images © Richard Hamner

ALEX DE RIJKE AT CLERKENWELL DESIGN WEEK - 02-05-2013

Alex Floating

100 percent design

Director Alex de Rijke will participate in a panel discussion on water-based architecture at this year’s ‘Talks With 100% Design’ as part of Clerkenwell Design Week.

The discussion will be chaired by critic and broadcaster Tom Dyckoff. In March, Dyckoff hosted episode 28 of BBC2’s The Culture Show which featured Alex in conversation with Beatrice Galilee, discussing the success of water-house communities in Amsterdam. ‘Talks With 100% Design presents Waterworlds’ will focus on a similar subject matter and will see Alex joining other architects and institutes to look at the possibilities for projects involving construction and habitation on water in the UK.

Alex led the research and expedition team for dRMM’s project entitled ‘The Dutch Way’ for the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale, and later brought ‘Floatopolis’, a masterplan for water-housing in London, to the exhibition at the RIBA Headquarters entitled Venice Takeaway: Ideas to Change British Architecture.

‘Waterworlds’ will take place at the Farmiloe Building, St John Street, Clerkenwell on the 21st May 2013 at 18.00hours. The event is free of charge. Seats on a first come first served basis.

SADIE RIDES FOR CHARITY - 01-05-2013

Sadie Rides

Director Sadie Morgan will participate in the British Council for Offices (BCO) Cycle Challenge 2013.

Sadie will be the only woman in a team of 54 cyclists travelling from Bilbao to Madrid as part of a fundraising scheme with proceeds going towards The Willow Foundation. The group will pedal for 300 miles, with all efforts going towards funding recreational days out for seriously ill individuals aged between 16 and 40.

This is Sadie’s first cycle challenge. Her progress can be followed on Twitter, and donations can be made through the Just Giving portal. The ride will commence on the 13th May and end on the 15th, in time for the BCO annual conference.

The rest of dRMM wishes Sadie the best of luck!