millimetre

designers and makers estd 2006

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Matthew Ridsdale

Director

Matthew Ridsdale

Before millimetre I have been a partner in a product design company, a sole trader designer/maker,and the co-founder of an organic café. I like to keep it varied.

millimetre is about millimetre is about working with friends; creating a friendly, hardworking environment; working on interesting and challenging projects.

Environment first We conduct life cycle analyses of materials and processes and use software to help assess embodied carbon and toxicity. It is important that the design team spends a good amount of time researching and weighing up the possible methods of fabrication.

Legacy and purpose The positive legacy of our work is vital to me. I like long-term public pieces that have inherent human value and are not wasteful or fleeting.

Favourite project A House for Essex, a piece of fine art that was creative and freeing to make, with a lovely pace and a true life span. I also enjoyed the interior we co-designed with a private client. The technical aspects were huge. I love a project with problem-solving.

Dream project A public artwork design job. A useful, utilitarian sculpture in the public realm - a clock, lighting, seating, a bandstand - that people will inhabit, enjoy and that will last.

Marc Thomas

Director

Marc Thomas

Before millimetre I have spent over 30 years in construction, structural engineering and design. I’ve worked on projects such as Rachel Whiteread’s House and Anish Kapoor’s Taratantara.

At millimetre I take care of the millimetre marketing with a personal approach, writing notes by hand to people and building relationships that last for many years. The best thing is when you get interesting designs through from an architect and you think ‘yes’.

Favourite project Cosmos. It’s much deeper than a round burnt ball; it has an environmental purpose. Room for London was wonderful too, as we all got our hands dirty and had big cranes to play with.

Favourite material Wood. You can’t beat it. Metal is a bit brutal.

Dream projects I have two: one is to build a bridge and the other is a pavilion at the Serpentine. I would love to work with Shigeru Ban. I love his work.

Karn Sandilands

Director

Karn Sandilands

Before millimetre I’ve been a maker from an early age, following a long family tradition. I studied 3D Design and set up my own workshop in Hackney, making bespoke furniture, interiors and public art. That’s how I met Matt and we first discussed the idea of millimetre.

Being a maker Being a maker is the most important thing to me. It’s how I inform a project and its processes. Having an in-depth knowledge of materials is important. It’s all about craft and precision. I’m old enough to know that perfection doesn’t exist, but as close as possible is even better. We’re all perfectionists in our own way here.

Favourite material Timber, especially English woods: oak, ash, sycamore, beech. I’m geeky with my tools. If I use the wrong tool for the job, I can hear my dad’s voice saying, ‘What are you doing?’

Favourite project Room for London, a catalyst project for us and the last time we were all on the shop floor, making 12 hours a day. It felt iconic.

Dream projects Lots of my aspirations have already happened. I’d like to to continue to grow and be in a position to make large, intricate and striking structures, with an emphasis on quality and craftsmanship.

Ivan Clarke

Director

Ivan Clarke

Before millimetre I studied Ecology and Environmental Philosophy before moving to Brighton & Hove Council. I commissioned community and public art including Chris Drury’s Finger Maze.

Ethics and values Community and equality are very important at millimetre. We are all equal. Fairness with clients is integral. We maintain close relationships with clients and keep things transparent.

Being a maker I have always been making things alongside work. I studied cabinet making, welding and CAD, and had my own sculptural lighting business.

Favourite project Cosmos was beautiful and simple, a solid artistic piece. I liked the Big 4 for Stephanie Imbeau on Channel 4, it got better the longer it was there as we added more umbrellas.

Favourite material The point of millimetre is to use everything, with no limitations.

Dream project The director of the Tate asking us to fill the Turbine Hall with our own idea.

Bryn Lewis

production manager

Bryn Lewis

I oversee the logistics of jobs in and out of the workshop, coordinating space, people and materials. Room for London was my favourite project: a nice site, great client, strong concept and decent lifespan.

Dirk Engels

production manager

Dirk Engels

I’m the link between the office and the workshop, overseeing the production of projects on the workshop floor. It’s about people management as much as the making. My favourite project was Room for London, for the teamwork and workflow involved. millimetre’s involvement with the arts is really rewarding. I love working on sculpture projects.

Carol Nicholson

finance manager

Carol Nicholson

The sense of loyalty and support here is so strong, both personally and on an operational level. Room For London was my favourite project - it was unusual and highly prominent, which was exciting. Watching large scale projects from inception through to completion is great.

Kerry Harding

finance assistant

Kerry Harding

I help keep the office running smoothly. I love working here. Every single bolt, piece of wood and cup of coffee are accounted for. Double Space seemed to create an even stronger teamwork buzz than we already have. I adore House for Essex - the Julie sculpture is exquisite. We’re a bonded team of talented, dedicated and kind people, skilled, creative and clever enough to overcome any obstacle.

Dave Hammond

project manager / designer

Dave Hammond

all aspects of projects from concept development to installation. Helix was my favourite project so far, incorporating many materials and techniques, with plenty of challenges, but the finished outcome was extremely successful and the client was really happy. I look forward to coming to work, which is quite a rare thing. It’s really rewarding.

Christopher Sivers

project manager / designer

Christopher Sivers

We have a great atmosphere here and we work using a collaborative approach. I provide drawings and costings, organise the work and liaise with clients. House for Essex was fantastic - I loved the eccentric detailing, working with artists and coming up with a unique design.

Benjamin Tobin

maker - metal

Benjamin Tobin

I oversee the metal projects. The sculptural gate for Richard Galpin was great - to see a pile of steel on the floor turn into something eye-catching and colourful. Pick Yourself Up and Pull Yourself Together was another favourite, purely for the fact of coming up with a plan to flip a brand new car upside-down without scratching it. Everyone here is awesome at their trades and it’s great having fully-kitted out wood and metal shops under one roof.

Jeff Martin

maker - timber

Jeff Martin

millimetre is unlike any other workplace. We’re a great bunch of friends. My favourite project was the Roker Pods, as they were completely handmade and different.

Jo Ridsdale

maker - timber

Jo Ridsdale

I make bespoke furniture, objects and samples for millimetre, as well as working on larger installations. It’s a great team. We’ve done so many exciting projects, it’s impossible to choose one, but WWF and Double Space were great. Outside of work, we’re making shelters for the European refugee camps.

David Thomas

site manager / installation team

David Thomas

I’m responsible for installation on site and working with the main contractors. We have a great team of people here, who are loyal and hardworking, especially under deadline pressure. The Double Space installation brought the team together for a long period, installing day and night, putting blood, sweat and tears into it. Outside of work I regularly build dog training jumps.

Paul Day

installation team

Paul Day

I work on site, fitting everything from balustrades to chandeliers. My favourite, among so many, has to be The Longest Bench, our first large job and something well-received and used by the residents. We’re often under a lot of pressure with tough deadlines, but because of the great team we have never failed to deliver.

Raymond Duffield

maker - metal

Raymond Duffield

I deal with the more detailed processes - drilling, tapping, turning, welding. I enjoyed the Wall Art at Sutton Yard, fitting arcs into a square frame so that the circle appeared to grow from the square. It’s a delight to be part of a team of people with so many varied skills.

Lucas Wilson

maker - timber

Lucas Wilson

There is no typical day at millimetre. That’s one of the most satisfying things about the job. My favourite project was probably Helix. I really liked the grid construction in glue-laminated timber and it all went together very smoothly.

Ash Brosnan

maker - metal

Ash Brosnan

I work on metal aspects of projects, including welding and pat testing. It’s a fantastic place to work with a highly skilled, dedicated and supportive team. My favourite project was Zotem - a combination of mechanical, electrical and structural design. I learnt a lot and got to travel. I’m a maker outside of work, specialising in audio FX and stompboxes, as well as tinkering with engines.

Nick Spice

maker - metal

Nick Spice

I’m a hot metal specialist, realising structures as support frames or as a finished piece. I’m also responsible for keeping a happy vibe in the workplace. We’ve got a really lovely working environment here, with a like-minded workforce creating important, interesting (and testing) projects. I loved the Queen’s Jubilee Railings, working directly with the artist and using my blacksmith skills - made my dad proud! Roker was also great - a technically challenging build with a quirky finished product. Outside of work, I have spent 20 years doing private metal commissions, specialising in the restoration of important historical ironwork for English Heritage, Royal Parks and the National Trust.

Danny Maddock

maker - timber

Danny Maddock

I’m a cabinet maker, so I make bespoke furniture and other wooden pieces. My favourite project since I joined millimetre was the joinery work for Balfour. I enjoy problem-solving and there were plenty of challenges involved. Outside of work, I make bass guitars. Everybody at millimetre enjoys what they do and that’s important in a workshop. It’s infectious and creates a good vibe for the whole team.

Andy Felton

maker - timber

Andy Felton

I generally work in wood, but I like having the chance to work with other materials when I move between projects. The Juda Gallery on Derring Street has been my favourite piece of work so far. I enjoyed the process of making it and appreciated being involved. I’m also a designer and maker outside of work, undertaking private commissions and personal projects.