The team worked hard through the day to prepare the studio for the guests. Current projects were exhibited in large scale prints and models, with a special focus on the recently completed Schuster Annexe.
The Schuster Annexe, specifically the Voronoi pattern featured on the glazed gable end of the building, was a recurrent theme of the party appearing in the décor, the custom designed, limited edition party totes and badges and etched into a very special brick from the Schuster building, gifted to Schuster user client Professor Steve Watts of School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Manchester, during speeches from Katie Tonkinson, Russell Brown and Matt Burl.
Interactive art work was provided by Tash Willcocks of Hyper Island - guests were invited to offer a word or two about their link to Hawkins\Brown, or what they think of when they think of the practice, based around three key Hawkins\Brown themes of 'Social', 'Collaboration' and 'Love'. Tash incorporated the words and phrases into a beautiful mind-map that fills the ground floor shop-front and will remain in situ into the new year. A virtual reality pod offering guests the opportunity to tour some of our designs was set up and run on the first floor by Ajay Patel.
Local suppliers; Runaway Brewery supplied a range of their locally brewed, craft beers and ales; The Cake Gallery in Altrincham supplied our signature, orange Hawkins\Brown cake; Northern Flower provided all floral decorations; Applique Apparel supplied and printed our limited edition organic cotton totes; Baked Goods Distribution supplied an assortment of locally produced records as party favours. Yakumama, set up their festival kitchen in our courtyard serving up delicious South American street food.
“Bringing a slice of Hawkins\Brown magic to the Northern Powerhouse.”
Roger Hawkins Founding Partner, Hawkins\Brown