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Meet the Designers: Ink Works

Posted on Sep 6, 2015 by

Our new blog feature ‘Meet the Designer’ was inspired by our work with the talented designers involved in our debut Capsule Collection. The collection of exclusive designs, which launched with the publication of Warehouse Home Issue Two, was inspired by the latest interior trends and is only available via the Warehouse Home shop.

Warehouse Home capsule collection exclusive furniture and accessory designs

The debut Warehouse Home Capsule Collection
Photography by Sun Lee | Styling by Zoe Brewer

We’ve already spoken to shipping container based The Shipping Press and textile designer Made by Mrs M. This week we’ve been spending time with Ink Works. Hackney based design studio Ink Works conceives, designs and creates everything from large furniture to personal stationery, each project inspired by the original elegant processes behind craft and manufacturing, with a particular appreciation for typographic forms.

We spoke to Caz Hildebrand, founder of multi-disciplinary design studio Here Design – and more recently (in 2014) Ink Works.

1. What was the original inspiration for Ink Works and the studio’s work?

Our designs came about through wanting to celebrate the beauty, variety and artistry of British letterforms, typefaces and numbers. We wanted to encourage people to connect more with typography and also impart knowledge about typeface design, history and the foundries that originally created these typefaces.

Ink Works designs are all inspired by the arts of craft and manufacturing, made with high quality, traditional materials

Ink Works designs are all inspired by the arts of craft and manufacturing, made with high quality, traditional materials
Image courtesy of ink-works.co.uk

2. Have you always been a designer? 

Yes, always and the one constant throughout a varied life of designing has been type, the essential part of a designer’s armoury and the essence of communication.

3. Which designers inspire you the most?

William Morris has always been an inspiration. His ethos of “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful” is something we try to incorporate into our work. Other designers include Jan Tschichold, Paul Rand, Marinetti, Moholy-Nagy.

Ink Works celebrate the the individual parts and processes that take part in the creation of a new product

Ink Works celebrate the the individual parts and processes that take part in the creation of a new product
Image courtesy of ink-works.co.uk

4. Which project has been your favourite to date? 

Every project is our favourite when we are working on it. It’s important to feel excited by the possibilities and the challenges each new piece of work presents. Looking for the solution is the designers job, so we approach every challenge with energy and excitement.

The traditional and industrial style of Inks Works is even carried through to their office !

The traditional and industrial style of Inks Works is even carried through to their office, located in a Victorian factory building. Features include original warehouse windows, exposed brick walls. 
Image courtesy of ink-works.co.uk

5. What does the future hold for Ink Works?

Hopefully, many more design challenges. Our clients already include Bacardi, England Preserves, Morro, William Grant & Sons, Arabica, The Balvenie, Nigella Lawson and Yotam Ottolenghi. But beyond are current body of work, there are so many things that we would love to design… the list is endless!

Thank you to Caz for her time. 

Ink Works collaborated with Warehouse Home to create numbered typographic enamel signs based on the Warehouse Home font. Manufactured using traditional processes, each sign is screen printed by hand and fired in the furnace. You can only find the Ink Works sign in the Warehouse Home shop, alongside the debut Capsule Collection.

Ink Works Numeric Form Enamel Sign

Ink Works Numeric Form Enamel Sign for Warehouse Home

Ink Works have created a video that provides an exciting insight into the making of their typographic signs, which you can enjoy on Vimeo.

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