The practice’s home is in West London, in a building which was a Victorian Laundry, home to artist John Piper in the 1940s, and was used for film editing before being bought by Chris Blackwell of Island Records in the late 1960s.
While the offices of Island Records, it was used to record demos in the basement studio, and was the place where Chris Blackwell took the decision to mix Catch A Fire with a rock music overlay, introducing reggae to a mainstream audience and making Bob Marley one of the most recognisable rock stars in the world. Other notable acts signed to Island included Grace Jones, Roxy Music, Tom Waits and Buggles.
Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands purchased the site in September 2005, as Island Records moved to Universal Music. Following a six month period of restoration and redevelopment the premises were stripped of the various accretions of the last 130 years and transformed into a sequence of brilliantly daylit spaces, arranged around a central core. The individual cellular offices and raised platforms of the Island era have been dismantled in favour of large, clear flexible volumes, more suited to open plan working favoured by designers, which also mark a return to the spirit of the original spatial arrangement of the laundry.
In addition to providing a design studio for the practice, Island Studios is home to Frost and Partners property consultancy and Nick Stewart, a music marketing and management expert.
For more information about working at Island Studios visit the Careers page.