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Bakers Patterns have been chosen to partner with Clerkenwell Design Week on iconic signage for this year’s event

Following on from the success of previous years signage, CDW is once again looking to help navigate people around the area with iconic signage solutions

Polystyrene is one of the most sustainable materials as it can be endlessly recycled. CDW Content Editor Max Fraser says, "Polystyrene is considered one of the ‘bad’ materials of our time as it can’t be recycled through regular municipal recycling schemes. However, if the material is sent back to the manufacturer, it is 100% recyclable (98% of it is air). So we are commissioning these beacons at CDW with their end-of-life destination fully diverted from landfill.”

For 2018 they have partnered with Bakers Patterns who will be working with 3 Clerkenwell based architects practices, to design and build the signage

Bakers have a rich history of model making and a strong background in the A&D sector, having produced work for a number of the leading Architects practices and many artists and sculptors over the years, Bakers are excited to be part of this year’s design festival

CDW is a 3-day long showcase of the great and the good of the Clerkenwell area, a hotbed for Architecture and Design talent as well as a focal point for many of the country’s leading practices.

Bakers will be working with leading practices TDO, StudioDA & Studio8Fold to produce 3 eye-catching installations located across Clerkenwell


3x1x1: Reform is a threshold through which Clerkenwell’s regular commuters and design visitors will retrace, recall and remember moments of the city around them. The intersecting geometries form a threshold and frame views of every day, the surrounding built fabric of Farringdon, highlighting the unique historic nature of Clerkenwell as the creative centre between the London’s East and West.


In 1762, a landlord claimed his house and his daughter were haunted by the ghost of Fanny Lynes, who had died at home in Cock Lane. Regular séances were held, including one in the crypt of St John’s,  to determine "Scratching Fanny’s” motives. Will you hear Fanny come knocking?

Studio 8Fold

EightHourDay reflects upon Clerkenwell’s incredible 18th-century-history of clockmaking, its streets then bustling with workmen from the various subdivisions of the trade. The form and play on the perspective reference the elusive behaviour of time, and its eight dials & absence of hands are a nod to the ‘short-time movement’ (8-hour workday), now warped by modern life.

Be sure to keep an eye out during the show, take pics and share away.

Bakers Patterns Delivers Stunning Reconstruction of Boccioni's Lost Sculpture

Boccioni - Spiral Expansion of Muscles in Movement 1913

Boccioni was a painter, turned sculptor. It is believed he was on a journey to turn his 2D visions into 3D forms. He tragically died aged 34 in a horse riding accident and shortly afterwards most of his work was damaged, destroyed or lost altogether.

Matt Smith found inspiration from his paintings and ended up taking a pilgrimage to Italy to understand more about his work. This fired his desire to try to replicate Boccioni's Spiral Expansion of Muscles in Movement 1913 plaster sculpture (destroyed 1917).

Matt's initial desire was to reproduce this via a 3D printer, but after months of trying nothing suitable was found. He then turned to Bakers Patterns to help make his dream/vision a reality.

Timings were tight, but Baker Patterns managed to turn the piece around in 10 days, with an exceptional attention to detail, which a 3D printer simply couldn't have achieved at this scale and finish. It was a perfect mix of technology and craftsmanship.

Of working with Bakers patterns Matt says 'From the first moment I spoke with John I knew this project was in good hands. His passion for the arts, knowledge of the production techniques needed and desire to help me make this project a reality was inspiring'

Matt continues 'When I saw the finished piece, the detail and hand finished look gave it a genuine look of the plaster original 100 years ago, something which would have been almost impossible to create any other way'

Speaking on the project John Baker says 'Working on this project was a labour of love. The attention to detail and passion Matt had for this project really put the pressure on, but with the help of our CNC milling machine and our talented hand finishers, we delivered a piece both ourselves and Matt can rightly be proud of'

The finished piece stands at 1.2m tall and has appeared in galleries, universities and more, where Matt passionately talks of his journey to this point.

Matt is currently touring the sculpture for drawing groups and talks, to learn more visit -

You can also view the whole process below. ENJOY, we certainly did!

Polystyrene Model Making Process

Here we explain the foam model making process - from a block of raw polystyrene or polyurethane foam to your exact replica milled using our large scale 5-axis CNC milling machines.


Step 1 - Computer model file


model making step 1

Starting with a computer model file and using powerful CAD CAM software, we determine if your job needs sectioning. Depending on the size or intricacy we decide on any cutting strategies required to produce the finished foam model.

A computer model file can come from a CAD system, laser scan or animation package meaning anything can be made in polystyrene or polyurethane foam.

If you don't already have a computer file for your model, call Bakers Patterns on +44 (0) 1952 216165 or email and we can possibly reverse engineer your model.

Computer model file, large scale CNC machining

Step 2 - Programming our 5-axis polystyrene milling machine

Once we have the computer file for your model, our 5-axis cnc milling machine is programmed using an off-line CAM (computer aided machinery) system which determines the polystyrene or polyurethane foam cutting process.

Bakers Patterns have the biggest, dedicated polystyrene / polyurethane foam 5-axis milling machine in the country allowing us to handle any size project.

Programming our 5-axis polystyrene milling machine, large scale CNC machining

Step 3 - Milling the raw polystyrene / polyurethane foam block

Having programmed the milling machine, it will then mill the raw polystyrene or polyurethane foam blocks into the finished model shape extracting the dust as it cuts.

We compact the waste polystyrene and foam dust and the polystyrene cut-offs which are then recycled.

Milling the raw polystyrene / polyurethane foam  block 

Step 4 - Bonding the individual sections together


The individual milled sections are then bonded together to create the finished polystyrene or foam model.

Items cast in bronze can be left in the individual pieces to aid the casting process.

Bonding the individual sections together

Step 5 - The finished polystyrene / polyurethane model

The polystyrene / polyurethane foam models can be used as is, painted for use as display items or coated with resin and fibreglass to be used as moulding bucks or prototypes.

The finished polystyrene / polyurethane model

Call Bakers Patterns on +44 (0) 1952 216165 or email for details of polystyrene and polyurethane foam model making.

What is prototype modelling

A prototype is an early sample of a product built to test the concept. Rather than going into full scale production, prototypes can be made to exact size or scale variants, to ensure consistency of shape etc and provide visual representation of the finished product, without the cost and manufacturing inefficiencies of placing the product onto a working line etc.

We work with you and manage the design, creation, testing and modification of prototypes. Our engineers use their experiences to tailor the prototype to your specific needs to ensure we highlight any areas of uncertainty inherent in the project. For example some of this may be based on producing a prototype for a client who is unsure on the full piece, it could be ensuring scale and fit on a sink, piece of a car and in essence verify the performance or suitability of a specific design element

Generally we find we end up with a series of prototypes, designed, constructed and tested as we near full production. In many cases these iterations are used to progressively fine tune the project.

We can work with your product design team, or we can work on a project basis where we manage the process to achieve pre determined results, allowing you the piece of mind that the process has been followed and your finished product/project will be fit for purpose. For companies engaged in rapid prototyping, models are crucial to troubleshoot problems in the design process

Our team have excellent interpersonal and communication skills and will provide our clients with confidence that the advice and guidance you receive fully supports your production plans.

Our team have a range of skills covering 3D CAD systems, CAM systems, prototype model making by hand tools and machines, and spray painting and finishing.

New 650 sq ft extension for Bakers Patterns

Bakers Patterns are one of the UKs leading model makers specialising in cost effective polystyrene and polyurethane replicas, prototypes or moulds. Having been in business now for over 30 years, the firm has expanded its production facility to cope with growing demand for its creations

The new facility built at a cost of around £100k will be used as their new finishing area, enabling them to offer an increased finishing service, allowing them to hard coat and paint larger scale projects, ensuring more control and reducing transport costs and liability.

'We've grown from being a traditional pattern maker, to now working on modelling for global clients and well-known artists from Disney & Marvel to Antony Gormley, Zaha Hadid and more and this new extension ensures we can continue to offer exceptional value for money on all our projects' said Managing Director John Baker

John went on to say 'We continually invest in the latest CNC machines and CAD software as well as our 3D scanning capabilities means we can now produce more complex and heavy detailed jobs'

We'd love to hear from you and see how we can help bring your idea to life. Drop us a line or call us on +44 (0)1952 216165 and for further inspiration check out our social media pages for more of the latest work and developments

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