Our new website included a photoshoot, shot by the talented Olga Kott
, in which each member of the team was tasked with taking our studio’s yellow chair to any part of Dorking. The only condition being that the location meant something: and with an array of art, history and countryside on our doorstep, this was a tough one!
We are based in the historic, market town of Dorking, just a 45-minute train journey to central London. On our doorstep is England’s largest vineyard, two breweries and two artisan Gin distilleries (alcohol is not a theme, we promise!).
The town is home to the notorious five-clawed Dorking Cockerel, which has since been sculpted into 30ft of steel and sits proudly on Dorking’s main roundabout. Staying with sculptures, Heather Burrell’s work takes pride of place on another roundabout, commemorating the 2012 Olympic Cycling Road Race which sped through the town on its way to the infamous Box Hill Zig Zag.
Dorking has also attracted some of the most creative writers of all time. Charles Dickens wrote part of ‘The Pickwick Papers’ whilst visiting and Jane Austen was a regular in the town, which features in her novel ‘Emma’. It’s not only writers that were drawn: William Mullins lived here - his house is still standing, believed to be the only known home of a Pilgrim Father still intact. Actor Laurence Olivier and composer Ralph Vaughan Williams are also amongst the town’s previous residents.
So, you can see why zed chooses to have the best of both worlds - being close enough to the hustle and bustle of London yet far enough to truly appreciate the creative, inspiring and picturesque hills of Surrey.
You can read more on why each of our team members chose their favourite place here.