Cabinet of Curiosity Studio was established in 2010 by costume and theatre designer Caroline Collinge and architect Edmond Salter to work between the visual arts, new digital platforms and traditional disciplines of architectural and textile crafts. Cabinet of Curiosity is named after ‘cabinets of curiosities’: the Renaissance ‘wonder rooms’ containing encyclopaedic collections of objects that would tell stories to communicate knowledge and amazement about the world. The company seeks to inspire curiosity through voyages of discovery that ignite the creative imagination.
We employ a combination of designer/maker techniques to create installations, exhibitions and objects which connect communities and participants to their cultural heritage and making. Workshop engagement and participatory activities have become closely entwined to our practice and in some cases has been an integral element of the outcome. Collaborations have investigated hidden histories, stories, architecture, places and crafts, with the aim of engaging audiences in design and visual art. Our projects have been shown across the UK and internationally in a variety of settings that include museums, theatres, libraries, heritage sites, outdoor festivals, arts venues and public spaces.
We are specialists in the paper arts using paper materials and techniques to make installations, exhibitions, costumes and illustrations for a diversity of commissions at a variety of scales. Our abilities in architecture and design are supplemented by skills in consultation, digital fabrication, 3D models, visualisation, illustration, film making, animation and workshop delivery.
V & A Museum of Childhood // Southbank Centre // Thames Festival Trust // Architecture Foundation // Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture // British Council // The Roundhouse // Guildford Cathedral // RIBA // National Gallery London // The Bowes Museum // Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture // BRASS Durham International Festival // Latitude Festival // Northampton Museum // Silk Mill Museum Derby // Festival of Thrift // Rochester Guildhall Museum // Chatham Historic Dockyard // National Trust // Enchanted Parks //
Caroline Collinge studied 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 screened internationally at festivals including Cannes and Sundance. Caroline has also trained in writing at the BBC and Royal Court Theatre in london. As a member of the Royal Court's Young Writers' Programme she was tutored by playwrights David Eldridge and Simon Stephens with her play selected for performance. At the BBC she received media training in news journalism and communication across online platforms.
Edmond Salter 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. Edmond has extensive experience of working in professional practice. As a RIBA chartered architect he has practical skills and experience in project management of built projects across London. He has researched new technologies for designing and making architecture at the University of Cambridge, focused on the application of 3d printing for architecture. He is currently an Associate Lecturer on the BA Hon(s) Interior Design course at Northumbria University. Edmond continues to explore digital fabrication using laser cutting and 3d printing.