1. Alright already

    January 26, 2012 by dee

    Let’s have a bit of calm here shall we? 2011 closed with a bit too much excitement; here’s to a nice, dull 2012. Not that January has started quite in that vein, with a studio visit to San Francisco closely followed by an outing to Stockholm, and any number of promising little projects in the works. But there’s 11 months left to the year, so we have hope!

    As to the causes of our excitement?

    Well. Power of Making closed just 2 weeks ago, with record visitor numbers now confirmed: 320,703 was the final figure (how they get it accurate to those 3 people we have no idea). This makes it the most popular free exhibition since 1950. That’s 1950. On a slightly shallower note, this means it beat the Kylie exhbition. Teehee.

    If that wasn’t sufficient:

    Long term client and close to our hearts, plans for London’s new Design Museum were unveiled this week and congratulations to them on how well received it has been. Though our contributions, in the form of interpretation policy, collecting policy and permanent exhibition curating are yet to go public, our report (possibly the most extensive and expansive piece of strategy work we’ve ever authored) has been submitted to hugely positive response from the client and wider consultant team. Phew.

    Now, among other things, we can get back to following through on the promise that was our Parliament experiment, which in spite of its forlorn and unloved appearance right now has been generating some interesting conversations. And yes, directing our efforts toward making 2012 as calm and low key as possible*.

    * Reserving the right to revisit this at any point during the year should it become necessary…


  2. Twothousandandeleven

    January 27, 2011 by dee

    We’re happily clinging on to a new year optimism (gone with the end of January, we know the rules!), even though our attention is divided at the moment between beginnings and endings…

    Our biggest ending: Daniel is stepping back from the Aram Gallery. Reluctantly it must be said; the numbers say it all: 8 years and 30 exhibitions, 210 unique exhibitors, close to 10,000 visitors in the gallery and in the past year alone over 120,000 visitors online. For a small gallery looking at new and experimental design it’s fair to say it punches way above it’s weight, and will continue to do so. Just without him. All together now – awwww. And press release here if you want to know more.

    Good for us of course, as the new year brings more From Now On consultancy work and new clients (don’t want to jinx with mentions but more here soon). We’ve also closed a stage of work with William Grant & Sons; we’ve been deeply involved in developing a creative strategy and masterplan for not one but two of their distillery sites, and it must be said have loved every minute of it.

    On the subject of masters and plans (smooth eh) we’re now booking in masters for a soft launch of our online masterclass programme. Yes, Parliament of Owls is now in (crude admittedly) beta. As we finalise the prototype through the springtime we’ll be running sessions on that very subject, with creative practitioners taking us through their own experiences of prototyping, trialling, testing and launching (note I didn’t include the subject of failing there – we’re not intending to – though it’s definitely a fun subject for another time:). So far confirmed we have Jane Ni Dhulchaointigh from Sugru on building her student project into an internationally selling product. And Asa Bruno, director and project architect for Ron Arad’s Design Museum Holon. More to follow and as ever if you’re interested in taking part mail us on hi(at)parliamentofowls.tv. While we’ll post more updates on this here eventually, you can also start to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more immediate news (and invitations)…. Wish us luck!