NOVOCASTRIAN are a group of architects, makers, and industrially-trained metalworkers, founded by brothers Richy and Paul Almond. The result of this melting pot of skills is a symbiotic celebration of form and materiality. Forging bespoke objects and environments, their craft is born of industry, of the manufacturing heritage of their home in North East England. NOVOCASTRIAN creations are elemental, humble and timeless. They believe in the honest beauty of raw, modest materials with metal always at the backbone of their work.



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Using time-honoured techniques and an understated palette NOVOCASTRIAN create contemporary pieces with just a hint of opulence. Constructed from simple, solid steel elements, by northern craftsmen, they are committed to embracing the quirks of the metal worker’s interpretation, encouraging his hand as much as the designer’s. Although metal is their speciality, the use of a carefully-curated range of Cumbrian slate and rare British marble permeates their work.


1. What motivates you to make?

Growing up in a former mining village, I developed a fascination with the North East's once mighty industrial heritage. From an early age, continual exposure to a family metalworks business developed into a deep passion for making, and in particular for designing. This ultimately led to architectural training.

2. What and/or who are you most inspired or influenced by?

As the son of a long lineage of Tyneside shipbuilders, NOVOCASTRIAN's founding acted as a means to combine family expertise in manufacturing with a creative outlet. Our craft is born of industry, of the manufacturing heritage of our home. As a practicing architect, I continually seek to repurpose craft into one fit for our modern times.

3. What is your unique approach to your craft, and how have you honed your skills?

Our manufacturing base lies in North East England’s industrial heartland and metal is our obsession, the backbone of our work. We are metalworkers, architects, welders, artists, makers, engineers, and designers.

Our creations are elemental, they are humble yet timeless and we believe in the honest beauty of raw, modest materials. Each and every one of our pieces is hand-crafted to order with passion and integrity by hardy northern souls.

4. What is your defining or proudest moment as a maker so far?

After qualifying as an architect, I acquired abundant experience in London's luxury residential and hotel design sector, working on prominent projects across the capital and internationally. At NOVOCASTRIAN, our collaborators are some of the most high-profile names in the world of design.

5. What is your dream project?

We work internationally, delivering the very highest quality of design and workmanship to some of the world's most high-profile clients. Our pieces are customisable, and we frequently work on a commission basis to craft entirely unique creations. We relish the opportunity for bespoke commission.


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  1. Staiths Shelving Unit in Patinated Steel by Novocastrian
    Staiths Shelving Unit in Patinated Steel
  2. Port Free Mirror by Novocastrian
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