In 2015, we joined forces with Architecture 00. Together, we enjoy collaborating in a shared environment where strategic, urban and social designers, architects, programmers and economists practice design beyond its traditional borders. 00 work with individuals, governments, corporations and communities to solve problems and anticipate change, and to design successful platforms and places. As a studio it aims to reach beyond the design of objects themselves to the social, economic and environmental systems behind them.

ELMO

ELMO the mobile studio was funded by the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) as part of their long-term vision for the Olympic Park and its legacy to the surrounding areas. The project brief was to develop a recognisable and visually exciting mobile structure that would function as an artist’s studio and could move around east London boroughs from summer 2013 to summer 2014. The project team was a unique creative collaboration formed of Studio Weave, curator Fiona Boundy, illustrators Nous Vous and community engagement specialists Hunt and Gather. 


ELMO continues to travel to various locations in and around the Queen Elizabeth Park, working with some of today’s most exciting artists, designers and makers, to offer a programme of free workshops that give opportunities to get creative and make all sorts of things.

Workshops so far have included sunprinting – a 19th century process that creates art with the power of the sun – with the artist Kathryn Martin...

...William Morris-inspired sweet summer treat making at the William Morris Gallery and Lloyd Park with cake decorator Jody Nichol; screen-printing with Kate Gibb; film-making with no-w-here; musical instrument-making from every-day objects, such as origami that sings, with sound artist and designer Yuri Suzuki & Dentaku; furniture making and repairing using recycled material and coppiced wood with designer-maker Sebastian Cox; and face painting based on images from William Morris textile collection with illustrator Takayo Akiyama.

You can keep up to date with the latest workshops and where ELMO will be traveling to next here.

The team decided to use an old Bedford bus as the structural skeleton.

The positive associations of an ex-mobile library as a welcoming space and the flexibility that a base vehicle would offer in terms of meeting the mobility requirements of the brief meant this proved a perfect choice.

The desire was to create a ‘magical, nimble, flexible, functional mobile space’. 

Our design focused on how to incorporate a number of extra additions, providing pop-up, fold-out external spaces to ensure that the project could accommodate as many people as possible throughout the year.

We wanted the space to capture the chaotic creative beauty of an artist’s studio, engaging audiences by being a ‘wunderkammer’, opening out to reveal a unique workspace, full of tools, gadgets and materials displayed in a bespoke DIY haven.

The design is eminently practical and includes an awning, which will provide a sheltered area for protection from elements. The bus incorporates storage for our fold-out furniture, a hospitality area for tea making and various other accoutrements, which allow for the studio to shrink and spread depending on the location of the bus and nature of the workshop taking place.