In the Studio: Browns

We visited Jonathan Ellery, the founder of Browns, in the firm’s office to talk about his distracting cats and primitive typing skills.

 
 
Photography by Christine Navin
 
Location
London Bridge, Bermondsey, southeast London

Year started
1998

Size
3,000 square feet


Number of employees
Ten

Specialty

Design in the 
broader sense
 

 

Can’t work without

Peppermint tea, music, clients, designers, and books

 
Current projects
It’s been a very busy year for the studio, with the majority of the work being digital and moving image. Work includes a global-branding project for Invesco, ongoing identity work for the art consultancy John Jones, and the Wapping Project Bankside.
 

We’ve just started a new book 
for a photographer, Dave Stewart, which we’re designing and publishing. We’re also in the middle of redesigning our own website, which has been neglected for some time.

On the art side of things, I’m currently working on a commission from Mulberry for their new flagship store on Spring Street, in New York City, which is to open later this year. The commission consists of three large-scale, sculptural brass pieces.

 
 
 
 
Best mistake you’ve ever made
I’ve never learned to type, so the studio has taken the mickey out of me over the years for my one-finger approach.
But now it’s all changed. With 
the arrival of the iPad, I think my 
one-finger approach will be seen 
as progressive.


What other profession would 
you like to try?
Boxing or drumming

Best place for a coffee break
Monmouth Coffee (2 Park Street) 
and Allpress Espresso Roastery 
(58 Redchurch Street)


Favorite piece of decor
London brick

What are you listening to?
Right at this moment, Blur

Biggest distraction
My Cornish rex cats who 
live upstairs


One word that describes 
the space

Bermondsey
 

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