Behind the scenes of the Natasha Marshall Design Studio….I love it on LinkedIn when they remind you of these work anniversary’s! Last weeks was 10 years of Otago Developments a company that Neil and I set up with Robin, Miranda and Stuart from Cameronwebster Architects to build our design studio. Thank you so much to all the people who liked this anniversary and bought it to my attention! Where has ten years gone was my first thought!
I decided to look out a few of my favourite photos to share with you of the build through to completed building that we still work from as our design studio today. You can see more on our Otago Developments Facebook page.
It is a wonderful experience to run our design studio from a building we have designed and built with architect friends. We set up Otago Developments in 2006 with the focus of finding unloved buildings that we think could be beautiful again for offices or homes. Taking buildings that are not working anymore and giving them a new lease of life by transforming the space and the outside exterior through inspirational architecture and design.
The people behind Otago Developments are three architects and two textile designers who all studied at Glasgow School Of Art – Robin Webster, Miranda Cameron, Stuart Cameron, Neil Fullerton and Natasha Marshall.
The project was completed in 2008 and it won awards for GIA Best Small Works Award in 2009, Winner of the RIBA Award 2009 and Nominated for a Scottish Design award in 2009. It was an amazing feeling to see it go from a hole in the ground to a award winning building. You can view details on the project here & extra photos at the www.cameronwesbter.co.uk website.
The first two projects have been a Glue Factory (Then used as a Printworks hence the name that stuck!) and the Slaughter House based in Glasgow’s West-end, hidden gems behind the Tenements. We thought we could make great offices or homes from the two buildings with a bit of imagination and great architecture. We all wanted an inspirational space to work in which is how the first project started, a place to work that is as enjoyable as being at home. Followed by the third project a Old Furniture restorers in Glasgow West-end for two of the partners Neil and Natasha again hidden behind the Tenements.
You can find out more about the other companies working in our communal office spaces The Printworks & Bothwell just now / It is great being surrounded by like minded people, sharing ideas and getting the chance to collaborate together:
– Cameronwebster Architects who also designed the buildings.
– MakeABlind – Made to measure blinds online.
– LCD architects – residential and commercial design projects.
– Kiltr Online social network.
Myself Natasha, Neil Fullerton, Stuart Cameron, Miranda Cameron & Robin Webster are the founders of The Printworks and Bothwell. We all loved the idea of designing, building and sharing office space after studying At the Glasgow School Of Art together.