Category Archives: Jonathan Avery

Greenland Place

Jonathan Avery Design Greenland Place

My favourite photo of my Dad George and I taken inside Greenland Place in Camden, London – my photography and graphics studio circa 1986. This was my second premises, having been in a Council incubator unit with Nick and our business The Image Factor, just around the corner in Carol Street Workshops for a year beforehand.

Just behind the Natwest Bank on Camden High Street,  1 Greenland Place was a semi derelict ex-garment factory or sweat-shop as we used to call them, on three floors.  I rented and refurbished the top floor which had a marvelous loft atmosphere, windows around two sides and a pre-health and safety double goods door which opened into thin air with a gantry hoist!

This 1500sq ft space was ideally flexible for studio photography, fashion shoots etc. as well as having space for a darkroom – this was just prior to the digital revolution.  I think my early adopter’s Mac SE came a year later. It was here over the coming years that I produced logos, brochures and photography for a range of clients from small businesses to a few Blue Chips besides.

And it was here in 1987 where Jo unwittingly met her husband!  She had a job cold-calling on business premises with a big bag of shirts and sweaters for a company called Sleeves in the West End.  Now I would never have admitted a sales person via the entry phone, but luckily for us, Maureen Jones on the floor below had already let her in and after visiting there, mentioned that there was a glamorous young designer/photographer on the next floor who may be interested…!  Which is why she was able to barge through my door with her holiday tan and short skirt…and we were both smitten!  To be honest I put up a fight for a month or two but  then Felix, Jacob and thirty years later we are still in together and more in Love than ever!

It’s worth mentioning that Jazzie B and the Soul to Soul crew had a shop in the indoor market on the ground floor and their keyboard player Phil worked for Nick and I as a printer when we started the Image Factor!

? 13th August 1986 ?

Hare returns?

Hare today gone tomorrow.

I’ve not seen a hare in the field for over two years but now we have a wheat crop next door again and I saw one over the hedge in that field the other evening.

You can imagine my delight when I spotted this pair of ears on my morning walk this morning and rushed back for the wildlife lens. I stripped down to bare feet and stalked my way back towards the target…and I could get REALLY close!  Upon focussing my first thought was “poor thing – what maggoty ears!!”

Then I realised it was the end of a log I had used for photographing Jays three years ago! DoH!

Gothic Arbour – Tiny House Scotland

tiny house Scotland Gothic arbour

Tiny House Scotland’s latest construction – a garden arbour in a neo-gothic style. To be used as a view point, weather shelter and sculptural landmark. L 2.1m x W 1.1m x H 3.3m.  Heavy timber frame post and beam with new and recycled materials. Redwood shiplap cladding. Sixty degree roof. Hand cast concrete piers. Recycled windows set asymmetrically for standing and sitting heights. Reclaimed corrugated steel sheeting for the roof and rear elevation.

L 2.1m x W 1.1m x H 3.3m.

Part of the Tiny House Scotland buildings range  – prices starting from £2900 email if you are interested in one!)  See the product page here.

Knife Block

Jonathan Avery Knife Block

Last week we bought three new Japanese Tetsuhiro kitchen knives from Niwaki and seeing as our old knife block was looking very tired, I thought I would rattle up a new one in the workshop!  This is the heavyweight replacement – alternating layers of beech and quarter-sawn oak with a danish oil finish and 12 degree angles.


knife block by Jonathan Avery

Photo voltaics can be beautiful!

solar power

Who says solar power can’t be gorgeous? The people of New Caledonia are out to prove the naysayers wrong with what may be the most beautiful solar farm on the planet. The heart-shaped solar farm will supply 2 megawatts of solar power to 750 homes on the Pacific island, reducing carbon emissions while enhancing the natural beauty of the plant’s surroundings.

Read more: French Island Territory is Building Perhaps the Most Beautiful Solar Plant Ever | Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building

Swallow update.

The famous five have now taken to being fed on the TV aerial rather than staying in the wood shed.  The parents show their amazing flying skills by constantly feeding them on the wing.