Goldfinger Factory is a social enterprise based in Trellick Tower that turns waste into gold by using discarded materials to build cutting-edge furniture. The group runs an apprenticeship scheme that employs and trains local people in wood and metal working skills. The Goldfinger name is a reference to Erno Goldfinger, the architect who designed Trellick, which many consider his masterpiece.
Oliver Waddington-Ball is the founder of the project, which has been running in two shop units and the basement of Trellick Tower 2013. Oliver has his own rule of thirds. “The income we make from our furniture and from fitting out shops and offices is divided in three,” he says. “A third goes to paying staff, a third is invested back into the business, and a third goes into projects that benefit the community.”
“We have partnerships with private businesses that pay the wages of our trainees who are working with skilled local artisans - that’s a really important part of our operation. Currently, we have luxury brand Hermès and
landowner South Kensington Estates sponsoring two young local members of our community.”
Goldfinger Factory is also launching a new range of furniture with design guru Tom Dixon, who is based at Portobello Dock. Some of the products will be used as perks in a crowdfunding campaign starting in September to raise money for expansion plans.
As part of London Design Festival, Goldfinger Factory is throwing open its doors for tours of the shop and the basement studio every Wednesday in September 2016 from 11am to 8pm.
13 to 15 Golborne Road, W10 5NY
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