We are Metalworkers, Designers and Architects who make functional objects and commissioned insertions. Our craft is born of industry, of the industrial heritage of the North of England.
Our creations are handsome and elemental. They are humble yet timeless. We believe in the honest beauty of raw, natural materials. Metal is our obsession, the backbone of our work. Each and every one of our pieces is hand-crafted with love and integrity by hardy northern souls.
Our frequent collaborations with some of the world’s most renowned designers have borne timeless furniture pieces, distinguished architectural metalwork and bespoke fixtures and fittings.
Our Founding Members
Richy Almond / Architect
Richy is a qualified Architect with abundant experience in luxury residential and hotel design, working on prominent projects across London and internationally. He has worked with world-renowned practices including Anouska Hempel Design and Dixon Jones Architects, as well as artisan sculptors Based Upon.
A graduate of the Glasgow School of Art, Richy strives to maintain a meticulous and original approach to design, creating objects and spaces of distinct character with a focus on understated aesthetics and elegant detailing. Hailing from a long line of sheet metal fabricators, Richy has an instilled affinity with all things metallic, continually exploring the intersections between craft and industry.
Mark McCormick / Designer
Prior to Novocastrian, Mark spent over ten years working at the forefront of London’s design and infographic industry. After playing a pivotal role in The Guardian’s major redesign in 2004, he went on to win numerous industry awards, both individually and as a senior member of the newspaper’s renowned design department.
A true multidisciplinary, Mark has successfully turned his hand to illustration, digital, print and furniture design. As well as such major publications as The Sunday Times, PonyStep and Discovery Magazine, Mark has worked with design agencies Founded, Foxall Studio, White Light Media and fashion houses Aquascutum and DS Dundee.
Dean Almond / Craftsman
As a talented young craftsman and metalworker, Dean leads Novocastrian’s fabrication and production. A deep understanding of the metals we work with allows him to facilitate the seamless realisation of complex designs, whilst a keen eye for detailing ensures each of our creations is distinctively Novocastrian.
Dean’s passion for his craft drives an endless learning process. He is particularly inspired by traditional metalwork techniques of bygone eras, an intrinsic influence in developing the unmistakable character of each of our works.