Author(s): Graeme Brooker
Brinkworth is an award-winning London-based design studio, working globally in interior and architectural design. It was founded in 1990 by Adam Brinkworth, who, having trained as a furniture designer, found himself offered a series of modest fashion shop projects. Unfamiliar with the conventions of interior practice, he evolved a design and build methodology that allowed him control over the quality of the finished interior and the opportunity to experiment with ideas and techniques. Partner Kevin Brennan joined him in 1999 to assist with an increasing workload and more corporate clients and together, they expanded into hospitality and workplace design. By 2016, their obsessional attention to detail and operating efficiency had resulted in a prolific output of 2,000 projects, located in over 80 countries. While the studio has necessarily grown, it retains a commitment to experimentation, along with an ethos and enthusiasm more usually found in smaller, newer practices. Projects are mainly for smaller, progressive traders, and often include collaborations with others who work in complementary creative areas, such as music, film, and sculpture. They have, in particular, become known for their retail and hospitality work, always with a cool, creative edge to the designs, including their work for Dabbous restaurants; the Rapha Cycle Club; the Kent Reservoir House (Dinos Chapman's home); shops for Karen Millen, Day Birger & Mikkelsen, Supreme and All Saints; the Swan Restaurant at the Globe; the skate park for Nike and a pop-up Diesel store.