Haberdashery is a London-based design firm that creates enticing and entrancing light experiences with sculptural installations, and products that transform with the interplay of light and form.
A suitably high-end and innovative sculptural light installation
Haberdashery is a London-based design firm that creates enticing and entrancing light experiences with sculptural installations, and products that transform with the interplay of light and form. Their products can be grand spectacles from a distance. Still, they are particularly special when you get up close enough to appreciate the incredible attention to detail on even the smallest, barely visible component.
What did we make with Haberdashery?
As a prestigious residential and commercial property developer, the client was looking for a suitably high-end and innovative sculptural light installation for one of their offices.
Stemming from a key research insight, Haberdashery designed the installation to reflect an ancient underground river that ran underneath the site of the client’s offices. The design plays with the fluidity and irregularity of rippling water, creating a calming and beguiling effect.
The installation has also been designed to mirror what you would imagine being the water’s reflection on the ceiling of that underground river. Working on this project pushed us to develop further our custom materials and our shape and form capabilities. We love it when a new client pushes us to develop new processes and technologies!
How did we achieve this acrylic sculpture?
It is extremely challenging to design and manufacture genre-defining bespoke products, but midton thrives on challenge.
This project with Haberdashery was pivotal as it required us to transition from handcrafted mould making to digitally designed and machined moulds. We had not previously attempted on an organic form like water or to such a large scale.
Once these were in place, we had to develop and scale new casting techniques and create new tools from scratch to handle the massive size of some acrylic sculpture lenses.
What did we make with Haberdashery?
The project tested the limits of what was thought possible and practical. These challenges gave a sense of accomplishment to the factory workforce and our top engineers. It also blurred the lines between our aesthetic acrylic products (and processes) and the acrylic products we design for engineering purposes.
This project pushed our workers’ skill and knowledge to the next level. Their sense of excitement was palpable the first time the new machinery was turned on. The advances made to Midton’s processes during this project created a positive vibe and a strong sense of job accomplishment.
What’s next for midton & Haberdashery?
Our attitude towards results-driven experimentation has strengthened our relationship with Haberdashery – a company known for its discerning taste and high standards.
Haberdashery projects have continued to challenge us in new and exciting ways, helping us both to deliver what we didn’t think possible. We hope to continue working on Haberdashery’s vibrant, exciting projects in the future. If you’d like to work with us or to ask us a question, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
GAY TIMES has worked with Midton twice now, and on both occasions they went above and beyond to make it an easy process for us. And, of course, on both occasions we were absolutely delighted by the awards they created for our flagship LGBTQ+ event. We can’t wait to work with them on our next idea!
Senior Producer, Gay Times
We have enjoyed a long-standing relationship with Midton, and are extremely and consistently thrilled with the products created for us. Not only do we trust in the team to deliver quality every time, we also very much appreciate the excellent service provided; we’re well looked after and feel valued as a client, but equally the same can be said for our orders – always carefully and caringly packaged, and delivered on time.
Special Projects Director, Creative Head Magazine
Midton met our needs perfectly and were an easy company to deal with. We had an idea for a corporate memento which didn’t quite work however Midton made some suggested changes and turned this into a very successful product. They understood our requirements, suggested alternative ways to meet these requirements and were flexible in what they offered. We would certainly use their services again.
Chief Operating Officer, Hampden & Co
Midton designed us a beautiful financial tombstone for us using a combination of different materials – wood, acrylic and metal. A very reliable and professional service with a quick turnaround time and reasonable pricing. Would definitely recommend them to any business looking for something genuinely unique that they can be proud to display in the office or send to clients.
Associate at OakNorth Bank
Midton bring our sculptural concepts into reality through their high quality acrylic casting and exceptional technicality in design. Their inspiring team bring passion into our projects with care and attention to the creation of each component for our decorative lighting installations.
Founding Director at ROCK & SOAR, formerly Nulty Bespoke
From the outset, I found Midton to be really attentive, and I felt at ease with the company’s approach. I would definitely like to work with Midton again, and wouldn’t hesitate in recommending them for a bespoke service.
BCL Lighting Design
I’m incredibly happy that your service has been nothing short of excellent. I’m confident that the society will keep on working with you for future festivals!
Brand Consultant at Westminster Film
Midton exude a passion and professionalism for everything they do. Always open minded and creative in their approach to the challenges we present them with. Sharing many of our core values, the development and delivery of collaborative projects are normally as enjoyable they are successful.