Something & Son is a collaborative and activist led collective working across art, design and architecture creating diverse work that is socially and environmentally driven.

Our work inspires the change we wish to see in the world:

FARM:shop inspired a new generation of urban farming across the world from our projects in London and Istanbul. Makerversity provides low cost space and tools to a community of 300 makers in the heart of London and Amsterdam. In Caernarfon, Wales we resurrected a metal workshop that had been closed for 20 years; the Barking Bathhouse which we conceived, built and ran, bringing an affordable experimental community spa to London. It is now owned and run by the community.

Smaller works act as provocations or innovations – from designing a distributed honey factory that trains 150 new young beekeepers each year, to making the first co-designed 3D printed sculpture by 300 people, using the food waste of a museum to create free energy and ‘Coal’ a conceptual store that used consumerism as means of engaging people on the effects climate change through jewellery made from coal. Works such as To Let London (V&A), Honest Wage (Barbican) and Seed Exchange (V&A) question inequality and politics through live participatory performance.

Our work also tours galleries and art festivals, though the majority of our work engages in real-life public projects in abandoned buildings or on the street.

We use the freedom that only the arts allows to create real lasting change in the world. Our deep and hands-on approach to public art has led us to set up four new organisations, that exist to this day; the direct creation of 40+ jobs and the inspiration for many a copycat project. These impacts are incidental to the core purpose behind our work – to bring new and important ideas, energy and politics into the everyday world.


Since forming in 2010 Something & Son have worked with, amongst others, local authorities, universities, Tate Modern, V&A Museum, Manchester International Festival, Gwangju Biennale (South Korea), Artangel, Milan Design Week, Create London, Folkestone Art Triennial, Royal Botanical Gardens Kew, the Wellcome Collection and Istanbul Design Biennial (Turkey).

We have talked and given workshops at the Serpentine Gallery, Kunst-Werke (Berlin), the Science Museum, SALT (Istanbul), Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute (Zurich), Riga Technical University (Latvia), Design Indaba (Cape Town), British Council, ICA and the Barbican.

Projects have been selected for the New York Times Design Honor List, the decennary publication New Architects, London Olympics Gifts of the Games and The Observers New Radicals.