Blakebrough+King (b+k)
Ben Blakebrough and Sarah K


Blakebrough+King (b+k) have produced a catalogue of unique products since their formation in 2006.
Their practice combines Ben Blakebrough’s skills as a master metal smith and engineer (a flight engineer) with Sarah K’s background in Architecture and filmmaking. The workshop they built to create their work is located in the Southern Highlands of NSW.
From there, they produce a wide-range of furniture, objects and sculptural works, and also take on commissions for commercial and domestic architectural and interior projects.

All works in the (b+k) collection are finely crafted with a careful attention to the finish. There is no mass production – everything is made by hand in an approach that is akin to a jewellers’, with an effort to blend a clean aesthetic with a sense of the maker’s presence in the piece.
A surreal, sculptural quality pervades the work; chairs that look like they have just wandered into the room, drawers whose handle could be a man’s profile, objects whose negative space is as important as what is present.



(b+k) are represented in Melbourne at Criteria Collection and through supercyclers at 19 Greek St in Soho, London




    

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Sarah K is also a design curator. Since 2011 she has curated and exhibited The Other Hemisphere, new work by a dynamic group of Australian designers with an emphasis on a conceptual approach during Milan Design Week at Ventura Lambrate. Work by (b+k) has formed a strong part of these exhibitions.  She is also founder and creative director of the international project supercyclers – focussed on innovative approaches by designers to sustainability - in partnership with designer Liane Rossler they have exhibited in Italy, UK, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Australia.

Sarah K is the creative director of Gallery Oh and Annexe Oh – a micro gallery exhibiting the works of international designers in Melbourne and Sydney.


In 2015 Sarah K teamed up with Bree Claffey of Mr Kitly to create FOR; a new model for retail in Australian design.
The project was launched at Tokyo design week and is now online at For School.


    

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