Tom Dixon: We’ve just moved the studio here from Notting Hill. It was just too small, and it was three times more expensive than the equivalent floorspace here. We were looking at Brick Lane, but because it’s become fashionable it’s almost more expensive further east now.
Katherine Clarke I came to London when I was 21 or 22, in '81 or '82. We’ve been working in this area for ten years, and what’s interesting is seeing the city change. When we arrived it was the end of the depression; the effect the economy has had on the city is incredibly visible in this area.
Nicholas Roope London is the most frustrating city in the world. There's a clear link between frustration and violence but I think there’s one between frustration and creativity - creativity as a way of dealing with living in a fucking stupid city where everything costs so much and nothing works.
Nipa Doshi It was still the recession. London had this feeling of being cutting edge without being fashionable, like it is now. You felt the danger. I stayed on Portobello Road. I remember walking along Portobello Road and feeling you shouldn’t walk there at night.