I am an award winning restaurant & concept bar designer specialising in ‘Creative Construction’, design and innovative marketing activations. In 2012 I established the Handsome Group in Battersea, SW London and have focused on bespoke carpentry and set building for both the event and hospitality markets. Having recently moved to Suffolk I have a design studio and workshop in Farnham and rebranded as Handsome Made.
I am able to work in a number of different roles including: principle creative, technical designer, master carpenter, crew chief / team leader, project, logistics and budget manager.
I can work with the client initially designing to a pitch & presentation stage, going on to prepare budgets & technical detailing and then ‘hands on’ to manage the construction of stunning spaces which readily attract PR and look great on Instagram & social media. I have been lucky enough to have worked with a wide range of clients either on private commissions or as part of a team delivering award winning projects for larger organisations.
CREATIVE & TECHNICAL
I can produce mood boards, 2D scale drawings, 3D renderings, animated walk throughs, printer / CNC ready artwork and Risk Assessments with Method Statements.
I have a Mac based design studio using Creative Suite, SketchUp, Google Apps with a duplicate workstation in my workshop. I am able to conduct considered research and generate exciting concepts including technical detailing where required culminating in compelling pitches and presentations which are actually practical!
Having worked with a number of timber mills and suppliers I really enjoy working with such an amazing natural material especially on outdoor projects.
I believe it is hard to beat the feel, beauty and warmth that well finished carpentry can bring to a project. Combining this with a recent desire from clients for more natural and sustainable materials it is easy to see why working in timber is gaining so much popularity.
FOOD & BEVERAGE
I have designed and built for a wide range of clients ranging from small ‘street food’ vendors to premier hotels in the heart of London.
Including award winning sponsored restaurants and bars I deliver projects which not only look visually exciting and are very ‘Instagrammable’ but are practical and profitable to operate. As well as delivering on the bottom line the spaces attract traditional PR and encourage influencer posts promoting the spaces as true ‘destination’ venues in their own right.
I can work to +/- 1mm in my workshop as well as having the practical experience of accommodating tolerance while working with natural materials.
Beginning at the design stage I am able to produce accurately rendered 3D pre visualisations and technical working drawings. Working with a wide range of materials including manufactured products and natural timbers I have designed and installed a wide range of projects including living room storage and display shelving, commercial dining tables, ergonomic banquette seating and exterior decking & garden buildings.
THEATRE & EVENTS
I started set building for theatre and have since gone onto to build sets for both large established brands as well as smaller startups and charities / non profits.
Having worked for some time in the events sector I appreciate how fast paced and constantly changing it can be. I am able to quickly problem solve and be calm under pressure while managing a number of crew and objectives.
With a large working area this CNC can easily cope with machining Foamex, MDF & acrylic perfect for quickly manufacturing parts, signs, toys and furniture etc.
Currently it is set up for a 1270mm x 1270mm working area but looking to upgrade this to accommodate full 8′ x 4′ sheets, limit switches, a depth gauge, a remote power switch and probably a few more treats.
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