WMB studio are a design studio based in Liverpool, UK founded by Ed Butler, Daniel Wiltshire and Frances McGeown.
We originated as a loose collective formed to undertake one-off commissions, small-scale installations and design competitions whilst continuing our design apprenticeships within architecture practices. By 2016 this had led to the establishment of WMB studio to formalise the collaboration and, through our projects, further explore the dynamics between craft/technology, iteration/innovation and found/designed. Our projects aim to combine elements of art, architecture, and product design to create inspiring, thought-provoking and immersive work.
The studios work has been published widely, both on the web, and in print. Our earliest collaborative work was published in Dezeen’s book of Ideas in 2011. Sling Swing was published in Nanotecture: Tiny Built Things (PHAIDON, 2016) and most recently Parked Bench has been featured in the Compendium of Landscape Architecture & Open Space Design (BRAUN, 2017).
Before co-founding WMB studio Ed spent a number of years working in multidisciplinary practice in London and the North-West of the UK, including at Richard Rogers Partnership and BDP. His extensive practice experience focused on the education sector, as project architect on a number of transformational schools and learning spaces. Ed maintains a strong relationship to academia, teaching design at Liverpool John Moores University, where he also attended as a student. He co-founded WMB studio, as an independent practice operating at a small scale, producing inquisitive, engaging work ranging from furniture, to art installations and small buildings.
Daniel studied at the University of Bath, Royal Technical Institute in Stockholm and Sheffield University and worked for more than 10 years at well-respected UK practices including Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, AHMM, and dRMM Architects. Alongside developing the work of the studio, he teaches Architecture design studios at the University of Liverpool. Daniel was a 2016 recipient of the Winston Churchill Travel scholarship which saw him travel to Germany and Japan to investigate innovative self-initiated housing.