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.

All That Glitters

For the forty days leading up to Easter in 2012, London played host to The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt. During this time, the streets of London were adorned with over 200 giant eggs, each designed by a different artist, architect or jeweller.

Studio Weave’s contribution, which could be found outside Liverpool Street Station, was a giant golden egg sitting in its very own oversized egg cup accompanied by the story, ‘All That Glitters’.

The white fibreglass egg was entirely gilded with Dutch gold leaf to transform it into a resplendent, shimmering beauty while the egg cup was made from profiles of MDF, glued together and sanded to a smooth surface and painted white.

All the eggs have since been auctioned off to raise money for the two wonderful charities, Elephant Family and Action for Children, which organised the record-breaking egg hunt.

Once upon a time there were two brothers, each of which were king of their own Kingdom. Since they were young, their parents had instilled in them a tradition whereby each brother would give the other a gift each year upon the first sighting of a cherry blossom. The brothers continued this tradition into their kingships and every year they would take turns to travel to the other’s kingdom to exchange extravagant gifts.

One year, when it was the younger brother’s turn to travel to the elder’s kingdom, he brought with him not cases of jewels, fine fabrics, and intricately decorated pottery, but a single egg. The older brother, who that year had prepared the munificent gift of a small island from his own kingdom that would bring his younger brother much wealth and fine seafood, could barely contain his anger. He lashed out at his little brother who pled for a moment to explain.

Noticing all was not as it seemed, the older brothers’ guards restrained their master allowing the younger brother to demonstrate that this was no ordinary egg. Held in his hand, it did appear unimpressive, but then placed in an egg cup, it turned to gold; back in his palm it again looked innocent, but when touched with the tip of a spoon it transformed into a gleaming golden treasure.

The two brothers happily exchanged gifts and returned to their respective kingdoms. The younger brother began a bustling seafood trade and grew fat and prosperous. The older brother, however, soon realised that the egg, whilst being undeniably astonishing, held no value as it refused to remain gold to be sold, and refused to remain unremarkable to be eaten.