Transforming art and creativity into a matter of practise and exercise


Inspired by a traditional gym, Art Gym offers visitors of all ages and abilities the chance to make a personal training programme, designed to learn new creative skills or develop existing ones.

Instead of kettlebells and treadmills, visitors can enjoy a wide range of classes, lectures, workshops and art stations teaching everything from traditional craft work to digital art production.Tate Collective and our gallery’s Visitor Assistant Team will act as Art Gym instructors, on hand to help you plan your creative workout.


Following Assemble’s Turner Prize success Tate Collective have invited the art, architecture and design collective to collaborate and co-design the gym-like environment.  This multi-purpose space forms the heart of Art Gym and is custom built to host classes, workshops and lectures.


Bird on a wire

Transforming Urban Environments into more natural spaces

large_ebe4439a-f223-49ad-833f-c4fb23111e31.jpgSpeaking of reclaimed urban spaces interacting with their environment, It’s Nice That just flagged this wonderful and charmingly interactive installation on the corner of Mercer and Washington Place in Manhattan…Entitled Bird on a Wire, a pair of backlit storefront windows play home to an silhouetted flock of birds, perched on the windows’ sills and a projected telephone pole.


By calling the telephone number on the window, passers-by instantly set the individually animated birds to action, flapping and fluttering about the space, while the caller listens to the sounds of the flock on their phone.Simple and imminently playful, Bird on a Wire also reminds us, again, just how engaging interactions between urban and ‘natural’ environments can be.

Adaptive Relaxation Space


large_a1a0fba3-65fc-4d1e-a5f5-5cd4d91e3985.jpgIn a world where work-induced stress is an increasingly common phenomenon, Philips has designed an experience prototype to tackle this problem. The Adaptive Relaxation Space immerses users in a dynamic environment where the area and soundscape adapt to their spatial configuration. Sensors underneath the floor trigger partitioning segments from the ceiling to enclose different areas, while ambient audio and light patterns also react to where users stand. By moving around, the design allows users to build their own individual space, one that has been created on an intuitive and subconscious level.



For this nature-inspired prototype, Philips was funded by the Dutch government’s Creative Industry Scientific Programme (CRISP). The design is initially aimed towards professionals that are commonly afflicted by stress, such as healthcare workers and teachers. Eventually the company hopes that the concept can also be adapted into stressful environments such as airports, mental healthcare facilities and hospitals. Philips has initiated this project as a part of its ongoing ambition to innovate in healthcare and wellbeing.


Alcarol Bricola Collection

Reclaimed oak from Venetian canals encased in resin.

At rossana orlandi gallery during Milan design week 2014, Alcarol presents seven new pieces of their bricola collection.


The furniture series demonstrates the value of timber by using historical poles reclaimed from venetian canals.

The resulting pieces combine the experience of raw material processing with project research. The preserved oak log sections are encapsulated within blocks of transparent resin, highlighting the intricate voids created by the naval shipworm – a species of saltwater clams.


Forming networks of perfectly circular holes, the mollusk becomes the protagonist of the process, carving through the inner wood, while maintaining structural integrity.



Individual Design Studio Sculpts Heart of wood Series

Beautifully hand sculptured wooden boxes and coat hangers to enhance your daily habits


The annual furniture china 2015 expo in shanghai puts a lot of emphasis on showcasing the creative industry and manufacturing developments in Asia, while also bringing to light creative innovations in other parts of the of the programme highlights is the ‘design of designers’ exhibition which is dedicated to promoting original design within china’s furniture industry.

individual-design-studio_heart-of-wood-seriese_designboom_007.jpgThis year saw 200 designers from 60 different firms, national / regional groups and professional academies presenting their work to the public. One of these was individual design studio who displayed their ‘heart of wood’ series. born out of the desire to try and understand the essence of wood, Ren Hongfei has envisioned a collection of small boxes and wall hangers that retain an organic feel, expressing the appearance of smooth stones.

The accessories celebrate wood and its natural beauty and how it can be used to subtly enhance our homes.

Wood-Skin redefines the possibilities of wood


This new material is both rigid and flexible, creating exciting new possibilities as a material for architecture and interior design.

Wood-Skin’ is a recently developed composite material created by a four-person multi-disciplinary team in Milan. 


The ‘skin’ combines the rigid qualities of traditional building resources (such as wood) with the flexibility of textiles, enabling the development of highly

complex and unconventional structures for architectural and interior roles.

Geologist cuts 3D maps in wood using satellite data

Giving maps a new dimension



A geologist took advantage of his digital mapping knowledge and started transferring digital satellite data into reliefs in wood using a CNC router. the essence and motivation behind the project is to give maps another dimension.




To do so, the digital satellite terrain data was converted into 3D models, adjusting scales to give an impressive look on wood.

The dark layers of glue on the plywood play the role of the isohypse lines as on topological maps. the maps result in an educative object for blind people but can be used by anyone.