YOKO Studio Build
Written by YOKO
Released February 2019
Based in the old disused Biscuit Factory in Bermondsey, South London, YOKO has recently commissioned design studio Store & Archive to design and build a bespoke studio space.
The studio was conceived as a self contained making space unit that sits within the overall factory unit.
It was important for YOKO to have a custom built space that reflects the essential values of the company - a design led business, based on quality craftsmanship, and a timeless design.
This studio has been hand carved and built using strong influences of Japanese joinery techniques.
The timber unit makers space resembles a Japanese tea house structure or small pavilion. Towards the front, a horizontal slot window frames the main activity within the unit - making, rolling, cutting treat mixtures - resisting the need to show faces it makes the viewing simply that of the making process.
The unit comprises of a storage space for equipment and raw ingredients, a space to make the treats, and a place to industrially dehydrate products.
The timber unit acts as a odour buffer to prevent food smells escaping beyond the unit into neighbouring studios.
Timber panels slot between the timber posts and are wrapped in untreated linen. The sensitivity towards a material touch and the way light and shadow touch the surfaces represent the studios fascination with Japanese makers spaces.