Something & Son was formed by Andy Merritt who studied graphic design, Paul Smyth (engineering & design) and Sam Henderson (a sociologist who has since left to become a farmer). Through permanent installations, functional sculptures and public performance our work explores social and environmental issues via everyday scenarios criss-crossing the boundaries between the visual arts, architecture and activism.
Long term projects often involve building a community around a common goal. We conceive, build and then run these projects whilst creating companies to help ensure their longevity after the initial funding. These include FARM:shop the worlds first farm in a building exploring food in an era of over population; Makerversity a making and learning space in Somerset House; Ek Biç Ye İç in Taksim Square, Istanbul uses food as a form of activism and support the cities declining bostan; Barking Bathhouse was an affordable community spa now functioning out of a library and Peckham Palms a purpose built arcade for Afro-Caribbean hair and beauty businesses.
Something & Son have exhibited at Tate Britain, Tate Modern, V&A Museum, Manchester International Festival, Gwangju Biennale (South Korea), Artangel, Milan Design Week, Arts Council Wales, Kinsale Arts Festival (Ireland), 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.
Current and past Something & Son team: Tracey Suen, Hazel Durrant, Abdul Elias, Farouk Agoro, Konstantina Panagiotidou, Chris Lumsden, Sam Collins, Anne Thomas, Simon Petty