DESIGN | FURNITURE | COMMUNITY
We transform people, places and planet through beautiful design and sustainable production.
Award-Winning Social EnteRprise
Goldfinger Factory is an award-winning sustainable design social enterprise founded by Oliver Waddington-Ball in 2013 with Marie Cudennec. Goldfinger Factory combines a bespoke furniture and interiors business with a Teaching Academy for less advantaged young people, where we share our skills in traditional craftsmanship and reclaimed materials. Everything we do is guided by our passion for circular economy principles and an inclusive community.
Located on the ground floor of the iconic grade-II listed Trellick Tower on Golborne Road in the heart of North Kensington, Goldfinger Factory combines a furniture showroom, community café, woodworking workshop and teaching platform.
Goldfinger Factory empowers communities to transform lives through craftsmanship and design. We provide skills training and assist people in gaining or returning to employment as well as offering designers, makers and craftspeople a platform to develop and sell bespoke furniture and interiors.
What’s in a name?
Goldfinger, was in the words of the song, the man with the Midas touch, an ambition our enterprise can closely identify with in our mission to turn ‘Waste into Gold’. London is teeming with craftspeople whose potential is wasted because they are unable to use their skills to self-support. By providing them with a platform to grow, we turn this wasted human potential into gold. What’s more, we transform reclaimed materials (i.e. wood waste) into exquisite furniture and interiors (gold!).
Few people know the inspiration for Fleming’s most notorious criminal was the visionary architect whose dream of utopia gave us our brutalist home, Trellick Tower, that went from almost being torn down to gaining its status as a Grade-II listed building and one of London’s most striking icons, illustrating our ‘Waste Into Gold’ ideology.
What is a social enterprise?
A social enterprise is a business that trades for a social and/or environmental purpose set out clearly in its social mission. We do both. A social enterprise brings in most or all of its income through selling goods or services with clear rules about what it does with its profits, reinvesting these to further its social mission. Unlike charities, social enterprises do not rely on grants and donations to survive but aim instead to be self-sustaining.
What’s with the ‘waste’?
The problem of waste is a huge one. But at Goldfinger Factory, we believe in the circular economy and that waste is just a resource in the wrong hands.
We save wood from going to landfill wherever we can which is why you’ll see elements of the American Embassy, the Science Museum and even Notting Hill Carnival in our work. What’s more whenever we do use new materials, we always make sure we use the off-cuts (pieces of waste material that are left behind) in creative and innovative ways such as developing new products like chopping boards and even jewellery! This makes us the sustainable choice for building jobs as we’re forging the path to a zero waste economy.
What is upcycling?
Upcycling is the process of using creativity and craft to add value to waste materials. Our aim at Goldfinger Factory is to change people's perception of waste and the notion of "reclaimed". Our goal is to make reuse and the circular economy cool, by creating quality products and interiors that showcase artisanal craftsmanship and thoughtful design that benefit both people and planet.
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Where are our products manufactured?
All our products are manufactured in our factories located underneath Trellick Tower in the joint most deprived inner city area in London and made by our team of skilled artisans and trainees.
Where are our materials sourced?
Our materials are sourced from waste materials from construction sites all over the capital or from sustainable FSC registered sources when we do use new materials.
Do we only work with reclaimed materials?
Our bespoke service can specify entirely reclaimed materials or a combination of reclaimed and new, the choice is yours! We have some beautiful 400-year old pine from roof joists in stock at the moment. We also made beautiful office tables from wood waste from the new American Embassy building site in Vauxhall.
Do we have an EPD (Environmental Product Declaration) for any of our products?
No, because we are mainly bespoke producers, we don’t do this, but we provide reports of where the materials come from and who they have been made by.
What sustainability certifications can we provide?
We provide a quarterly impact report as a way of tracking our progress in sustainability and we keep records and data sheets for all products regularly used in our workshops and Academy. The use of sustainable products in the Academy is particularly important to us as the products and techniques our trainees learn to use now will be carried with them throughout their working lives.
Do we have any company policies or reports in regards to sustainability?
We use reclaimed materials wherever possible but when we must buy in new products due to client demand, we strive to reuse every leftover piece productively, meaning that all offcuts are either used in future jobs or redesigned into products for our showroom. This has enabled us to save more than 140 tonnes of material from ending up as landfill.
As well as recycling material, we actively seek out environmentally friendly solutions for our workshops. This includes the use of Ecoezee paint brushes, water-based stains and finishes from Morrells, a UK-based manufacturer that spends 80% of its R&D budget on developing advanced water-based products. Primers and decorative paints from Akzo Nobel, Dulux brand, arguably the most environmentally conscious chemical company in the world. Oils and waxes from Osmo UK, renowned for their use of purified and refined natural resources which are carefully harvested natural oils and hard waxes.
We also strive to reduce our carbon footprint by not only using local suppliers and working within London, but by utilising public transport and bicycles as much as possible so reducing the amount of carbon fuels used in each project.
It is important to note that stopping the waste of a product that is harmful to the environment that has already been made is more positive than not using it, so we do use non-sustainable materials where appropriate e.g. Polyurethane glue for certain application.
13-15 Golborne Road
London W10 5NY
Tuesday-Saturday 10.30 - 18.00