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An introduction to Zone Creations
Zone Creations is a bespoke fabricator founded in 1999. Our factory and workshop in London are home to 40 makers who design and manufacture products from light switches to furniture, one-off pieces for contemporary artists to point of sale material for luxury brands. We work in many various materials and specialise in acrylic, resin, plywood, wood and metals, and work with hand tools to state-of-the-art machinery.
At Zone Creations, we are passionate about providing an outstanding service for our clients at every level from laser cutting, engraving, through to full-scale production and design. Whatever the job, our approach is the same; we believe in attention to detail, quality resources and fast delivery. As specialists in the use of Acrylic and in recognition of our expertise, we have been awarded ‘Perspex Distribution Approved Fabricator’ Status, making us one of the very few recommended companies in the country.
Draisci Studio commission Zone Creations for unique sculpture
Oundle School, Northamptonshire
Renowned designers Draisci Studio recently chose Zone Creations to fabricate their STEM installation, inspiring students at a Northamptonshire school. STEM is a sculptural feature created for the Science and Technology Building in the long-established Oundle School, who commissioned Draisci Studio, to imagine a piece that could emphasize the role of Science and Mathematics in everyday life.
STEM brings together complex geometry and a juxtaposition of materials with the sculpture base a mixture of concrete and cork, leading to a coloured Perspex® acrylic form reaching up to the natural light emanating from the ceiling.
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The sculpture is interactive for the student with the base providing space for students to sit and meet, while transparent Perspex® acrylic in four colours allows views, overlapping colours and distortions to change as visitors climb the spiral staircase surrounding it.
As Caroline Dent, Art Teacher at Oundle, says: ‘The sculpture seems a living and involving form, which tells a story through its play and interaction with light, space and human presence. Placing an abstract sculptural form within the hub of the school community stimulates intellectual curiosity, raises debate and offers new perspectives to the place.’
The installation is made of eighty modules in the shape of a Truncated Octahedron – a geometric form that tessellates allowing one module to fit with other equal modules. The foyer becomes animated by the vibrant reflections of light through the Perspex® acrylic flooding from the large oculus in the ceiling.
The name STEM is a reference to the space in which it is created and represents the first letters of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. It is also a tribute to the way mathematical patterns manifest themselves in plants, organic growth and natural development.
Draisci Studio is a London based practice that designs and develops unique projects whose work has been exhibited at the V&A, the London Design Museum and the Venice Architectural Biennale.
Design by Draisci Studio - www.draisci.com
Photography by Will Scott – www.willscottphotography.com
Fabrication by Zone Creations – www.zone-creations.co.uk
Engineer: Foster Structures
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Zone create a desert temple with Perspex® acrylic
Rarely has Perspex® Clear acrylic created such a dramatic scene as Zone Creations latest project – Trasparenza. Rising out of the Nevada Desert, this sculpture by Andrea Greenlees consumed over thirty sheets of 12mm thick Perspex® acrylic, all intricately laser cut at Zone Creations London workshop before majestically rising for 70,000 visitors at the Burning Man arts festival in America.
Zone Creations have previously worked with British artist Andrea Greenless at the festival, however this project challenged both the boundaries of design and engineering by creating one of the largest acrylic structures produced for some time rising to over 4 metres, with all components prepared in London for easy assembly once transported to the desert.
Based on sketches from the artist, Zone’s designers digitised the design into each laser cut panel pattern. Adding to the complexity of design, the sculpture was interactive with visitors encouraged to enter the structure so it needed to remain resilient to the demands of regular footfall whilst maintaining the delicate shapes and patterns within the design. The impact resistance of Perspex® Clear acrylic coupled with the rigidity of a thick 12mm sheet provided the perfect material strength whilst maintaining optimum light transmission.
Burning Man is an annual arts festival that takes place at Black Rock City—a temporary community erected in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada – which took place between August 28 – September 5th this year.
The 2016 theme was the works of Leonardo da Vinci and Trasparenza, Temple of Transparency is a playful tribute to his genius and that of the Italian Renaissance. The words ‘Saper Vedere’ meaning ‘knowing how to see’ are engraved to the entrance of the sculpture and the see through Perspex® acrylic panels enable festival revellers to congregate inside or outside and remain visible to everyone.
Adding to the sense of drama, the panels were illuminated at night and a journalist review in the Guardian newspaper described a 4am visit to Trasparenza as a “walk into a magical acrylic realm where the colours shift through countless hues”.
To find out more about working with Zone Creations and to view more information about their recent projects visit www.zone-creations.co.uk.
All photography © Wendell DeLano @explorerphoto.com
Burning Man Festival
Zone Creations produce Perspex® acrylic artifact fit for a King
Zone Creations are no strangers to producing unique artefacts out of Perspex ® acrylic and their recent project, The Table Measure, is no exception. The Table Measure is an adjustable rule created as a replica of those currently used in the UK’s Royal Palaces. The Zone Creations experts were tasked with designing and fabricating this rule for Palace staff to lay out all the cutlery, glasses and fine china tableware in precise table settings for state banquets and formal dinners.
The Wimbledon based company have been long standing Approved Fabricators of Perspex® Acrylic, regularly pushing the boundaries in terms of design and precision during fabrication. Their use of Perspex® Clear acrylic within this project showcases not only the optical clarity and fine tolerances possible with cast acrylic, but also the reliance on skilled crafts people to produce such fine finishes.
The Table Measure is a fully functional measuring instrument, enabling its users to set impressive table displays with military precision. The exact symmetry in table settings that this device achieves is not only for stunning regimented displays, but also to allow diners comfortable elbow-room while fitting all the many requisite pieces of tableware within reach of each guest.
All measurements have been laser engraved at Zone onto the tool so each dinner item is geometrically spaced and positioned in exactly its required location. For instance, each place-setting should measure 18 inches across and lower edges of utensils should be aligned with the bottom rim of the plate, about one inch up from the edge of the table.
In 2012 Zone Creations were proud to announce the award of a Royal Warrant of Appointment to Her Majesty the Queen as Manufacturers of Bespoke Acrylic Furniture. This most recent project marks approximately 10 years of working with Buckingham Palace and continues their reputation for the quality of their work and service.
For more information about Zone Creations and to view their portfolio of eye catching projects visit www.zone-creations.co.uk
Exquisite English craftsmanship in Perspex®
Featured Product: Perspex® Clear Cast
Exquisite English craftsmanship to mark a unique event in British history.
The occasion of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee brought together two British companies that share a passion for craftsmanship, precision and innovation to create a unique and magnificent architectural floor clock which now resides in Buckingham Palace. Royal Warrant holding company, Zone Creations, renowned for their award winning Perspex® acrylic furniture has created a magnificent architectural floor clock cabinet to house a superb quality precision English regulator movement manufactured by British clockmaker, Comitti London.
Zone Creations and Comitti, the UK’s leading clockmaker established in 1850, agreed that the most fitting way to create a timepiece of truly timeless beauty was to elect for a Long Case Regulator design. Kevin Self, Managing Director of Zone Creations, says “As the Diamond Jubilee was only the second such anniversary in British history; we wanted something that would blend traditional and modern sensibilities, ensuring that the finished piece would be fit to grace the halls of Buckingham Palace.”
Historically, such clocks would have been housed in wood cabinets to protect the movements with glazed doors but working in the medium of Perspex® clear cast acrylic it has been possible to create a design that reveals the stunning 30 day regulator movement in a way never before seen.
The cabinet crafted by Zone Creations reflects the Palladian architectural style of Buckingham Palace. The limited edition Greenwich Regulator cabinet is manufactured from the highest quality clear Perspex® acrylic to allow light to flood the case illuminating Comitti’s remarkable movement. The movement is available in rhodium or gold plated finishes and regulated by a Graham dead beat escapement fitted with tungsten carbide pallets in the Vulliamey style.
On one hand, thanks to its makers’ ceaseless quest for perfection, the beauty of the cabinet stands alone. For all its strength and beauty, cast polymer is a most unforgiving medium. So creating a case of such delicate beauty and prodigious strength, all the while maintaining a flawless transparency, is no small matter. From its black Corian base to its Palladian top the cabinet is a triumph of art over adversity.
Simon Barker, Managing Director of Comitti says “Each of its 345 parts is precision-machined from solid brass and steel, then finished, polished, assembled and calibrated by skilled clockmakers. With burnished pivots to ensure unsurpassed longevity, silver-plated solid brass dials, polished blue steel hands, elegant Roman numerals and the choice of rhodium or gold plated finishes, this superior clock movement is as beautiful as it is precise”.
A limited edition of 120 pieces worldwide has been made to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. QEST scholars will engrave the serial numbers and produce the certificates of authenticity.
With every sale, a donation will be made to QEST to benefit future craftsmen, whilst highlighting that the best of British craftsmanship has been combined to create a contemporary and collectable item where it’s very core is centred on tradition.
Nick Farrow, Chairman of QEST says “The Greenwich Regulator Clock created by Zone Creations and incorporating the renowned Comitti movement is an example of the finest traditions of British craftsmanship, a superb example of the art of the British clockmaker. We are highly delighted to be involved with this project, to have some QEST scholars’ work included in the making of the clock and of course to be a beneficiary of the outcome. I wholeheartedly recommend anyone to seek out and view these gorgeous clocks before they are snapped up.”
See more images of from creation of the clock in our inspiration room gallery.
About Zone Creations
Zone Creations was founded in 1999 and during that time has established a worldwide reputation for high quality, hand-crafted Perspex® acrylic furniture with a worldwide client base across a variety of sectors including retail, TV and film, interiors and furniture. They specialise in the design and manufacture of innovative collections with a dedicated and talented team of British craftsmen, using meticulous attention to detail.
Following the creation of numerous unique pieces for Buckingham Palace, the company was proud to be granted The Royal Warrant as manufacturers of bespoke acrylic furniture to Her Majesty the Queen in 2012.
Zone will be participating in the Coronation Festival which takes place in the Grounds of Buckingham Palace between 11-14th July.
Since its inception in 1850 London, Comitti is still today a family-owned business, run by the fifth generation, which remains true to the founding principles set out by Onorato Comitti, and in so doing continues to maintain the company’s international reputation for luxury timepieces in the finest traditions of English clockmaking. Original Comitti clocks from those early days are now sought-after as valuable antiques. Some of the Comitti styles created in the late 1800s continue to be made today, using many of the same techniques and attracting the same wonder that they always did.
Comitti will be exhibiting the Limited Edition Greenwich Regulator along with some new products at Baselworld 2013 which takes place between 25thApril – 2nd May.
The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) is the charitable arm of the Royal Warrant Holders Association, established in 1990 to mark its 150th anniversary and the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.
QEST provides scholarships to preserve rare skills and enable those talented craftsmen and women with promise and a long-held passion for their craft to achieve greater levels of excellence through study with masters of their craft around the world.
By Royal Appointment, Perspex® fit for a prince
Zone Creations’ love of Perspex® runs deep. The company has built a reputation for stretching the creative opportunities of the brand and their leading edge work is well established in the field of British contemporary design.
In recognition of the quality and service offered, Zone Creations Ltd are the first acrylic fabricator to have been awarded a Royal Warrant to Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II. Working with Buckingham Palace over the last 7 years, Zone have worked on a wide variety of projects in an environment where only the best is good enough.
With this Royal Seal of Approval, owners Kevin Self and Jamie Hale approached Perspex Distribution Limited about sponsorship to make prototypes for a new range of furniture that they were developing. This year, building on the successes of Zone Creations, the Self & Hale brand of furniture has been launched to show off what is possible in Perspex® acrylic. “Our brand aims to show our craft in a material where there is no hiding place,” says Kevin, rather poetically. “The translucency of Perspex® is water-clear and it is just so versatile,” he adds.
In celebration of Prince Philip’s 90th birthday in 2011, Self & Hale were commissioned to make a beautifully crafted coffee table and the team are currently working on a very exciting project to mark the Queens Diamond Jubilee.
If all of this sounds a little ‘celebrity’, Self & Hale also take on bespoke furniture commissions for private individuals. “For one interior designer in London’s Mayfair, we made a table featuring a Perspex® tube laid onto a mirrored base,” says Kevin. “Clear globes were hung within the tube and our biggest challenge was to make the threads from which they were suspended invisible so that the spheres appeared to float in space.”
For more information on our Approved Perspex® Fabricator Zone Creations, visit www.zonecreations.co.uk