Cabinet of Curiosity Studio's mission is to inspire curiosity through voyages of discovery that ignite the imagination.
Cabinet of Curiosity Studio is a creative design studio that has worked nationally for over ten years with in the arts and heritage sector.
Cabinet of Curiosity Studio is based in South Shields, Tyne and Wear but operates across England. It was established in 2010 by designer maker Caroline Collinge and architect Edmond Salter following their selection as finalists for a RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) competition that was profiled in the architecture press, and exhibited at the National Theatre, London. Since then, Cabinet of Curiosity Studio has built up a large clientele of arts and heritage organisations such as the Thames Festival Trust , museums such as the V & A, local authorities and universities seeking to engage with a wider audience through the arts and design. The studio have also received financial support from Arts Council England and other funding bodies to research, develop and project manage their own creative projects.
Collaborations have investigated hidden histories, stories, architecture, places and crafts, to create art exhibitions, installations and participatory activities in a range of diverse settings with a focus on creating architectural themed projects using sustainable materials, including paper and wood. The studio undertakes all elements of the design and making using hand craft skills, digital laser cutting fabrication techniques and CAD software to deliver high quality bespoke commissions that draw upon Caroline and Edmond’s expertise.
Caroline Collinge is a designer maker who trained in theatre design: costume design at Wimbledon School of Art and scenography for dance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. She has designed for dance, opera, audio-visual performance and award winning films that have been screened internationally at festivals including Cannes and Sundance. Whilst at university Caroline was a member of the Royal Court Theatre London Young Writers' Programme where she was tutored by dramatists David Eldridge (The Scandalous Lady W) and Simon Stephens (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time). During this time her work was selected for the Royal Court’s Young Writers Festival and performed in the Jerwood Theatre upstairs space at the Royal Court. She followed this with media training in news journalism and communication across online platforms at the BBC.
Edmond Salter is a qualified architect and designer maker who has extensive experience of working in professional practice, with practical skills and experience in project management of built projects. Edmond studied architecture at the Bartlett School of Architecture (UCL), the Mackintosh School of Architecture (Glasgow School of Art) and the Barcelona School of Architecture (Spain) where he was tutored by Catalan architect Enric Miralles. He has also undertaken academic research at University of Cambridge into digital technologies for designing and making, that focused on the application of 3d printing for architecture. He is currently undertaking a probationary PhD 'Design Through Play' involving practice-based research at University of Leeds and is an Associate Lecturer at Northumbria University where he has taught on undergraduate courses.