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Red Block


Address: Shop 4, The Emporium, 185 Hunter St, Newcastle
Property Donor:  Iris Capital
Launched: 2 May 2016
Closed:  17 June 2017

Martin or Priscilla
m: 0474 763 777
e: [email protected]

Red Block is taking a break from retail space as we have shifted our focus to custom commissioned furniture. We now operate out of our workshop space on Fern Street, Islington, within Stuart Pinkerton’s Vice Workshop.  We have also set up another business in partnership with Stuart Pinkerton – Pink Block CNC, which will provide computerised routing services.

Being a part of Renew Newcastle/The Emporium has absolutely helped us make our mark in Newcastle in the short time we were there, we met so many great people that have enriched our business network, be it clients, mentors, collaborators, suppliers and even personal friends. We got to learn the true responsibility of retail and how it effects our business. Our time with Renew has been wonderful and we appreciate every part of the experience. Thank you Renew!

Who are you?
We are final year Industrial Design students who have been working on Red Block for the past year. We are passionate about functional design; we believe that sustainable furniture making is made with love out of high quality materials and efficient techniques.

What do you do?
Red Block is collaboration between Priscilla Tan and Martin Tauts. We utilise our industrial design background to create simple yet unique products.

What inspired you to get involved with Renew Newcastle?

We heard about this project about a year ago and always kept it in mind. About 2 months ago when we moved to Newcastle, we decided to apply and participate in this amazing opportunity to kick-off our project.

What are you doing in your new space?

Red Block is aiming to become an industrial design studio which retails its own furniture and lighting products and offers full service industrial design solutions. Also, Red Block is founded to create an environment for collaboration between emerging designers.

Tell us about the space – what was its previous use? Anything unique about it? Your response to the space?
We believe it was an arts and craft studio, called The Workroom. It was left as a good blank canvas for us to make our own. We have gone with a simple black and white set up while filling it with our colourful collection.