South Shields design firm Cabinet of Curiosity Studio aims to be a cut above the rest

Claire Darling-Cooper of SAM with Caroline Collinge and Edmond Salter of Cabinet of Curiosity Studio.

Cabinet of Curiosity Studio – specializing in public art commissions – has upgraded its cutting machines, allowing the company to open up new opportunities and support batch production.

Based in South Shields, the studio was established in 2010 by designer Caroline Collinge and architect Edmond Salter, after being selected as finalists in a Royal Institute of British Architects competition.

Since then, Cabinet of Curiosity Studio has worked with museums and heritage organizations such as the Thames Festival Trust, local authorities and universities to create art exhibitions and installations using materials such as paper and wood.

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Caroline and Edmond worked with the Sustainable Advanced Manufacturing (SAM) project team – a collaboration between the European Regional Development Fund and the University of Sunderland – on the project.

Caroline said: “We have worked on some fantastic projects over the years, using laser cutting manufacturing techniques and CAD software.

“I came across the SAM project and the digital course and funding allowed us to invest in equipment to come up with more detailed designs, use a wider range of materials and recycled materials, as well as explore new revenue streams and batch production.”

Caroline and Edmond are currently working on two projects with local authorities.

One is supported by a grant from Durham County Council, making laser-cut kits that families can take home and build their own miniature market gardens to grow fresh produce, and the other in Milton Keynes, using equipment laser cutting and wooden materials to create a nature themed art trail along the bike paths.

Caroline added: “We will continue to work on arts and heritage projects, but we are also looking to evolve our business towards creating products to buy.”

Roger O’Brien, project manager and technical lead for the SAM project, said: “We are delighted to have been able to help Caroline and Edmond explore the next steps for their business and invest in the equipment necessary to continue innovating. and create bespoke products.”

Laura J. Boyer