Something & Son is a London based practice founded by Andrew Merritt and Paul Smyth working across art, design and architecture. Our work is rooted in a inquisitiveness and experimentation reflecting our varied backgrounds and shared passion for socially driven and environmental projects that tackle the challenges of our time.
A keenness to collaborate has led us to work alongside many different professions including swift experts, mushroom men, scrapyard merchants, farmers, horticulturalists, scientists and sociologists in the realisation of our projects.
Andy and Paul are also co-founders of Makerversity in London and Amsterdam.
Recent lectures, talks and workshops have included the Serpentine Gallery, Kunst-Werke (Berlin), the Science Museum Dana Centre, Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute (Zurich), Institute of Contemporary Art, the Barbican, SALT (Istanbul) and the Victoria & Albert Museum.
Talks/ Workshops (selected)
2014 British Council, South Africa, Makerversity
2014 V&A. Design Culture Salon.
2014 SALT, Istanbul. Look Who’s in Town.
2014 Central Saint Martins, Spatial Practice Programme.
2014 TEDx East London. Presentation of future project.
2013 Institute of Contemporary Art. 3D printing.
2013 V&A. Creative Quarter.
2013 Cork Institute of Art & Design, Ireland. Presentation of practice.
2013 Kinsale Arts Festival, Ireland. Presentation of practice and future project.
2013 Institute of Landscape Architects. Alternating the city.
2013 British Council. Design Connections.
2013 Architecture Foundation. Culture and Commerce.
2013 Nottingham Trent University. Presentation of practice.
2012 Kunst Werke, Berlin. Forgotten Giants
2012 Central Saint Martins. Textile Futures.
2012 Vassar College, USA. Presentation of practice.
2012 Deezen, Made in Hackney. Presentation of practice.
2012 Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute, Zurich. Radical Retail.
2012 V&A, About our favourite object in the museum.
2012 Dana Centre @ Science Museum. Global or Local?
2012 Sheffield Hallam University, Our practice and influences.
2011 Serpentine Gallery, Garden Marathon.
2011 Museum of London, Objects in Practice.
2011 Cape Farewell, Short course.
2011 Liverpool Biennale, 2 Up 2 Down.
2011 MIT Linz Kulture, Austria, Deja Vu.
2011 Chelsea College of Art, Creative Transition.
2011 Birkbeck University, Food and Public Space.
We enjoy seeing our ideas get out into the world. Alongside public speaking and social media the press is one of the small ways we can inspire others and make change.
We’ve recently been featured in the following journals and newspapers (links to follow soon).
2014 BBC Radio 4, Shumi Bose, Design Dimension. 25th February
2014 Acik Radio, Istanbul. Something & Son. 5th February
2014 Baunetzwoche, Germany, Architecture of spas, baths. February
2014 Deutsche Bauzeitung, Germany, Urban Farming.
2013 Wired Magazine. October
2013 Brutus, Japan
2013 Etapes, France
2013 BBC, Culture Show, Design. 1st Febuary
2013 Deezen, Profile of our practice, 8th January
2013 Hamish Hamilton Publications, Alice Rawsthorn, Hello World
2013 Gestalten Germany, Marie Le Fort, Food Experience
2012 The Telegraph, Sarah Rainey, Barking Bathhouse bar and spa. 30 August
2012 Its Nice That, Maya Davies, Spa pleasures and design savvy together. 24 August.
2012 BBC Travel, International version, East London’s pop-up bathhouse. 23 August
2012 Architectural Journal, Hannah Wood, Something & Son’s Barking Bathhouse. 21 August
2012 TimeOut, Barking Bathhouse, 9 August.
2012 New York Times, Elias Redstone, Tmagazine: London Underground | The East End’s Cultural Olympics. 26 July
2012 NewYorkTimes,Alice Rawsthorn, Art & Design:The Proper Blend of Beauty and Ethics. 22 July
2012 Australian Design Review, Rebecca Roke, FARM:shop. 4 April
2012 Dezeen, Amy Frearson,The Barking Bathhhouse by Something & Son, 23 July
2012 Deutsch Welle,TV,The Barking Bathhouse. July
2012 Another Magazine ,Abby Schlageter, Back to Nature: Barking Bathhouse. July 24
2012 The Guardian, Steve Rose, Constructive criticism: the week in architecture. 29 June
2012 Wallpaper, Alex Moore,The Barking Bathhouse by Something & Son. 21 June
2012 Dezeen, Hacked Lab at La Rinascente. 18 April
2012 The Washington Post, 2012 Olympics: Long-forlorn East London is getting into competition stage, 15 January
2012 The Independent, Genevieve Roberts, Next Stop the Olympics. 8 January
2011 New York Times, Alice Rawsthorn, From Apple to Occupy, the Design Honors List for 2011. 25 December
2011 Figaro Japan, FARM:shop London. November
2011 BBC One, Andrew Marr, Mega Cities, November
2011 The Guardian, Jonathan Knott, Big society urban farming project goes hi-tech. 7 October
2011 New York Times, Alice Rawsthorn, Making Food Seriously Local. 18 September
2011 New York Times, Alice Rawsthorn, A Flurry of Design Events in Asia and Europe Fill the Calendar. 28 August
2011 The Times, Expensive bird’s nest. July
2011 TimeOut,V&A explores the process of design at Friday Late Summer Camp. 27 July
2011 DesignWeek,Angus Montgomery,Camping it Up.20 July
2011 The Daily Mail, Council Spends £35,000 building 200 birds nests for swifts. 6 July
2011 CNN, News on London. July
2011 Evening Standard, Kieran Jones, Down on Dalston’s farm. 11 May
2010 Süddeutsche Zeitung, FARM:shop. November
2010 KBS, Korean news, May
2010 Domus Magazine, Beatrice Galilee, A Farm in a Shop. 21 December
2008 The Independent, Green Drive in the Capital. 5 July
Istanbul Design Biennial, Turkey
Kinsale Arts Festival, Ireland
Cambridge City Council
Museum of London
Mayor of London
Manor House Development Trust
Le Rinascente, Milan
Greater London Authority
Barking & Dagenham Council
Somerset House Trust