The start of a beautiful friendship
Isn't it always the way when someone says 'you'll love this place' that generally, you don't? It's like one of those #greatbritishproblems. But this time we actually did love that place, in fact we fell head over heels in love with Building Bloqs. We were introduced to their Instagram feed at Christmas and I have been bowled over ever since. So last week we decided to go and see if it was as good as we thought it was. We weren't disappointed!

Building Bloqs was set up in 2012 as a not for profit studio space by a group of craftspeople who had grown increasingly frustrated at repeatedly being turfed out of good studio space. What they have created on this dilapidated Edmonton trading estate is a real breath of fresh air (something that's hard to come by in London on most days). By becoming a Building Bloqs member, craftspeople and makers can hire woodwork, metalwork, paint, CNC router, laser-cutting machine, and sewing studios on a pay as you go basis and the rate can be reduced if the area is needed for longer periods. Each studio area includes all the equipment needed for the specific activity and there are honesty shop type stores on site should you run out of glue, solder or thread. There's even an excellent café on site and members' work is promoted by Building Bloqs through events and social media. 

When we visited we were given the grand tour by Al (one of the co-founders) and Andrew. They were so passionate about the project and told us about the community that they are helping to create. They also told us that they will be moving to new larger premises with better facilities in the next year as part of the wider redevelopment of the area. So, if you're a maker in need of studio space, check them out. Or if you are in the market for handmade innovative designs in a wide range of mediums, have a look at their directory. We're really excited about collaborating with the team to bring you new products really soon.

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