Mr Foggs Mechanical Mixologist

Working with Rouge projects the idea to create a mechanical mixologist which we could bring to life was an exciting opportunity. The mixologist is a combination of processes which automates the pouring of the perfect Negroni. The project was installed in Mr Fogg’s Society of Exploration in Covent Garden, London.

The machine automatically moves an ice cube and glass through a range of motions which then rotates a wheel of ingredients in order to pour the user a Negroni cocktail.

Here’s a video of the build process, courtesy of the Inception Group and Rogue Projects.

Erith Lighthouse

Erith Lighthouse is a pavilion on the Thames at Erith, designed to host a series of events throughout Summer 2017.

Designed by architects, DK-CM, Nicholas Alexander was able to deliver a process to take the design to a complete fabrication an install.  With the structure made of theatrical rigging clad in coloured polycarbonate sheet, the building was a distinctive and colourful presence on the riverfront.

Tesco ‘Devour’

To celebrate Tescos 20th anniversary of their Finest* range Nicholas Alexander produced a sensory exhibition for BBH and Bompas & Parr in Shoreditch London.

We built 6 spaces which guests moved through, each of these rooms different rooms were based on Tesco Finest* products and had a specific theme.

We created a range of exciting and interactive elements throughout the exhibition, some the the highlights include a sculpture from 200 stainless steel balls, a geodesic mirror maze lit by salt rocks, an interactive mushroom log that reacted to a users touch, and a neon wall which pulsated selected colours.

Heres a behind the scenes video by Bompas and Parr on the build:

DEVOUR behind the scenes from Stephanie Flynn on Vimeo.

Mechanical Chocolatier

We were invited with creating a chocolate themed Rube Goldberg machine, so we looked at the world of the artisan Chocolatier, and thought about how chocolate flows.

This machine takes inspiration from the Chocolatiers counter, and processes bars of chocolate into a fine grated powder for maximum flavour when tasting.

Featuring 300 chrome steel bearings, running around two lifts and several different mechanisms, it creates a mechanical world of sounds, movements and all set on a chocolate base.

The machine was installed in the Harbour City mall in Hong Kong where it stayed for a month during the chocolate festival.

The Slide

Working with the virtual reality masterminds who are Happy Finish, Nicholas Alexander fabricated the structure for their “The Slide” experience to be placed on the 72nd viewing platform of the Shard.

The design consisted of a laminated plywood seat which was formed right here in our workshop and mounted to their motion platform.

PG Tips Monkey

Working with PR agency W, we created the statue!
Made out of a total of 110,486 plastic leaves and as tall as a two-storey building, we ferried it from Tilbury Dock in Essex down the Thames.

The stunt is aiming to raise awareness of a ‘green paper’ report to be published by PG tips to promote its green tea project, which will detail how it has “identified the presence of green, from workspaces to living room walls, as having a direct impact on boosting positivity and productivity due to the primal association with nature and open spaces”,

Museum of Making

In collaboration with White Arkitekter, The Museum of Making is one of the site-specific pavilions for the 2016 Clerkenwell Design Week in London.

Located on St John’s Square and visible from Clerkenwell Road, The Museum of Making was at the centre of the festival, which celebrates the significance of Clerkenwell – home to more creative businesses and architects per square mile than anywhere else in the world – as a major design hub.

The Museum of Making was made out of Equitone cladding panels arranged in sections to create an open yet sheltered space to bring people together.

Drawing on Clerkenwell’s rich history of craft and industry, it was an active space showcasing the sensorial and social qualities of making. Workshops and demonstrations programmed by curator Pete Collard allowed local residents and festival visitors to meet, mend, and exchange knowledge and services.

Chivas Regal Whisky Pour

Pangolin PR gave us a simple brief – the most complicated whisky pour machine ever made!

We fabricated a Rube Goldberg machine from Chivas distillery parts, brass, oak and copper to match Chivas’s brand palette.

It features a 40mm stainless steel ball which travels along a journey of several lifts and falls, releases a multi-ball section and mechanically pours 2 users a glass of Chivas Regal whisky at the end.

Check out the video for yourself:


Jeff Goldblum Sculpture

Nicholas Alexander fabricated a 7 metre long sculpture of Jeff Goldblum in his character of Dr. Ian Malcolm from Jurassic Park. The sculpture was erected in front of Tower Bridge to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Jurassic Park.

Manufactured from polystyrene and then finished in scenic paints the result was a true hit with fans and even made its way on to the Graham Norton Show.

Denso Manufacturing Centre

Denso manufacturing UK are a company based in Telford England. Nicholas Alexander was invited to build a range of furniture for their learning centre and foyer area.

The furniture created included:

A large 3M Corian plinth with etched text, an LED detail, and a number of acrylic graphics.

A white Corian trophy cabinet to house there president manufacturing award.

An oval reception plith and a range of laminated desks for their learning centre.

The Corian sheets were etched on our in house CNC and then formed over a mould in sections which would later be joined to created a seamless finish.