Windsor Workshop is run collectively by Steve and Miri Furlonger, and their two sons, Luke and Sam. The business started in 1966 whilst Steve was working as an artist in a warehouse space on Tabernacle Street, and he would occasionally take on commercial work. He struck up a relationship with a new design agency and when they moved to new offices (Sedley Place in Clapham) in 1987, Steve and his fellow sculptor Terry New took on the workshop space next door and Windsor Workshop was officially born.
Steve retired from teaching in 1998 to concentrate on the business whilst Terry went on to become Head of Fine Art at the Royal Academy. In 2005, Steve's sons, Sam and Luke began to work at the Workshop. Sam had recently returned from teaching outward-bound in New Zealand whilst Luke had been working in the film industry as a prop and model maker on films such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Harry Potter, Star Wars, Troy, The Da Vinci Code, Alexander and James Bond. They both brought a wealth of experience and a practical attitude, and coupled with Steve’s creativity and hard work, Windsor Workshop has expanded year on year, and they moved to new and larger premises in Streatham in 2008.
We realise the ideas of Architects, Designers, Artists and Museum curators. We are a family business which over the years has developed into a community of makers with an extensive range of skills, with our roots in art and design. We are unusual in that we can offer clients either individual services to help them realise their projects on their journey, or offer a complete service from Design right through to installation. Notable clients have been Sedley Place, and the British Museum. In 2012 we made the Podiums for the major sporting event in London, work for AL_A and Wilkinson Eyre Architects and a series of life-size figures for Athlone Castle Museum. Please see our Blog for our most recent work.
Our background means we offer a unique service designing or callaborating with architects, designers or artists to help them put flesh on their ideas, with a conceptual, aesthetic AND practical understanding. We can produce highly realistic CAD renders, technical drawings and make models to assist the design process. We have designed products, furniture, interiors, museum displays and collaborated on many more.
We have developed some innovative techniques and offer a bespoke service for each and every project. Our sculpture background and engineering expertise allow us to machine large sculptural shapes either as patterns, or as finished objects in their own right. We are able to machine a variety of materials to produce objects both cost effectively and in parts that self locate to form large and intricate forms.
We are able to offer a range of fabrication processes:
- Joinery, acrylic and plastics construction, also steel work for light weight interior structures and furniture.
- Thermo forming.
- We can produce patterns in all types and densities of foam or polystyrene and some woods.
- We mould and cast in fibre glass (GRP), plaster (GRG,) concrete, simulated stone (Jesmonite), simulated metal (GRP or GRG) and bronze and aluminum.
- We accept or create in-house 3d models which are worked with in Rhino or Solidworks. We also use Z-Brush (a more sculptural 3d program).
- We CNC mill.
- Up to certain size restrictions we spray in-house and have a very good relationship with specialist sprayers for larger or more demanding work.
Over the years we have outsourced and now have good relationships with companies who will provide:
- Vacuum metalising
- Engineering in ferrous and non ferrous metals
- Casting in acrylic
- Casting in glass
- Thermoforming on a large scale
We have installed work for the British Museum, numerous other museums and art galleries, architects, construction companies and shop window designers. We are familiar with art handling and conservation display, as well as understanding the importance of excellent presentation and finish.