Granby Rock Bookends
This pair of bookends form part of a collection created by members of Granby Workshop, a social enterprise founded in Liverpool by the artists collective Assemble. In 2015 their efforts with this project won them Britain’s most prestigious art award, the Turner Prize.
- Highly decorative polished surface, speckled with rubble.
- Formed from construction waste otherwise destined for landfill.
- Created in collaboration with a community in Liverpool to bring about positive social impact.
- Approximate dimensions - 20cm x 20cm and 15cm x 15cm
- HOW IT HELPS+
- Granby Workshop was set up by Assemble to work alongside a group of residents from the Granby Four Streets area of Liverpool who have fought to rebuild their neighbourhood following years of dereliction and institutional neglect. As part of a strong community, they work together to strengthen and grow their neighbourhood through collective creative work.
Interested in exploring ideas around enterprise as an additional output of regeneration, Assemble wanted to create a business that could support the culture of hands-on creativity and direct action that has been so transformative for the Granby Four Streets.
As a by-product of the ongoing collective restoration of the derelict houses, a line of hand-made interior products was produced, such as these bookends stocked by Timmy’s. The range is made from Granby Rock, a unique material derived from demolition waste from the houses, ultimately saving them from landfill, and using them to create something extraordinary and sellable in the process.
Adding to the brilliance of the restoration project, profits from Granby Workshop products are fed back into Assemble’s work, allowing them and the Granby community to continue improving the long-abandoned area.
- WHO MADE THIS+
- Granby Workshop was set up in 2015 by design collective Assemble, working alongside a group of residents from the Granby Four Streets in Liverpool who fought to rebuild their neighbourhood following years of dereliction and institutional neglect.
The material used for this collection was developed by Assemble’s Granby Workshop and artist Will Shannon and is also a collaboration with Anfield Marble, a family run business also based in Liverpool, who have been operating as a stone yard for over 100 years.
- WHAT IT'S MADE FROM + WHY+
- These bookends are made from ‘Granby Rock’, a man-made terrazzo-like stone produced using recycled building rubble. They are a fine example of something valueless, when approached with openness and creativity, being turned into something robust and beautiful.
Things started with the refurbishment of the first 10 houses in the Granby Four Streets. Broken bricks, roofing slates and other found materials were collected from the skips, then ground, cast and polished to create a highly decorative surface speckled with rubble - turning waste products into decorative dramatic and functional pieces for the home. Granby Rock, a dynamic and unique material, can be cast in many different ways - creating everything from bookends to tabletops to mantle pieces. This experimental approach ensures that no two pieces are the same.