Trade Stand - Natoora Taste of London

Materials: Steel, Oak, Concrete.

Mewies Design Ltd supplied the trade stand for Natoora at this year's Taste of London festival.
Working with Noe Golomb's creative concept, we created detail design and manufactured the components for the stand. We were able to adapt to the changing brief and deliver the project on time and assist with the installation in Regents park. The main features of the stand were a 3.5 meter diameter fire-pit surround and an unusual grill incorporating large stainless steel skewers for roasting vegetables. We constructed Noe's vision mainly from powder-coated mild steel, including hanging hooks and display frames for showcasing the grilled vegetable skewers. One of the unique challenges was using concrete for the preparation areas and communal table & chairs.

Staircase design - Private Client

Materials: Steel, Glass, Oak, Aluminium.

Our new-build private client was referred to us by a staircase manufacturer, who provided us with the architects plans. Working from the plans we collaborated with the client and project manager to produce a design scheme to suit the tread heights and double height opening between the floors. The client wanted an elegant solution without newel posts to the ground, so we opted for a cantilever structure. We designed the steel frame so that the stair case manufacturer could clad it with oak. The hybrid structure incorporates a system for clamping the chunky glass balustrade, with the necessary adjustment required for tolerances in the welded fabrication. We supplied a full drawing pack with cutting files for the metal and glass components to an external fabricator who built and installed the stair.

Art Fabrication - Anthea Hamilton

Materials: Steel, Stainless steel, Plywood, Glass tiles.

We have worked with Anthea on several occasions and helped her design and manufacture stands for her series of kimono works.

We were delighted when she came back to us with a bigger project - we helped her to develop the designs and produced several works for the exhibition at The Hepworth Wakefield, as well as a large piece for Laetitia Badaut Haussmann.

The most challenging item was the Kimono cabinet, which consisted of a T-shaped metal cabinet with 25 drawers, all different in size. Produced from laser-cut and folded mild steel, we designed it so that all the pieces aligned with small locating holes and special fixing pins, so that it could be accurately spot-welded together in-house. 

As well as the Kimono cabinet, we produced the free-standing base and pole structure for the spiral stair-case. The base was made from heavy gauge steel plate, designed to mount the pole using a series of laser-profeled disks.

Laetitia's work was a bit different to the usual sort of thing we get asked to do, but we enjoyed working with a different medium and glued thousands of tiles onto the plywood structure. The main technical challenge was measuring the tiles accurately and designing the plywood frame to suit the artists requirements.

Special Effects Shaker, Pinewood studios

Working in collaboration with Fresh Fabrications Ltd, we produced the design for a special effects shaker. The end client based at Pinewood studios required a heavy-duty shaker to produce vibrations on a large movie set. Shakers this big are not so common and we were asked to design a rig which could to simulate a large moving vehicle travelling along.

The 3 horse-power motor has a twin belt-drive to the main rotor, which houses the shaker weights. The weights can be removed or added to produce different amplitudes and an inverter drive is used to produce different frequencies.

The project required us to undertake careful component selection and engineering calculations to ensure the product operated safely at the correct frequency. We provided a full detail design pack with general assembly and part drawings as well as cut files for manufacture. 

Furniture design & Manufacture - Turf Projects 

Materials: Mild steel

Turf approached us with the basic design ideas for furniture which they wanted for their contemporary art gallery.

We helped them refine the designs using simple sheet metal, steel tubes and mesh for ease of manufacture. The welded fabrications were produced in-house and then finished in bright powder-coated paint, giving them a durable finish which really stands out in a gallery environment.