The 'Sipsmith Gin Shop' build

studioTAC recently won the pitch to design and build a travelling Gin Shop for the rather wonderful and stylish Sipsmith.

Their brief was to build a modular set which could shrink or expand dependent on the event they were attending. Historically, Gin was seen as medicinal and as such 'Gin Shops' popped up everywhere to heal the sick (!) Sipsmith wanted to reference this by building a homage to the Gin Shop and going on tour around the Uk in 2016. We looked at Victorian shop frontages in places like Spitalfeilds and Cliftonville in Margate, taking inspiration from the architectural features and shapes to inform our design for a large frontage to sit in front of the tent or stand. The 6m modular bar was designed with shop counters in mind, topped with copper and a back bar showing a Victorian map of London.

We have been lucky enough to (temporarily) secure a beautiful, light workshop space in Margate and the build is coming along nicely.... take a look

All good build days end with a G & T and a Margate sunset 

All good build days end with a G & T and a Margate sunset 


With the bulk of the build over we now start the finishing; endless undercoating prepping the surfaces for a clean painted and varnished finish.


The Sipsmith Gin Shop set will now go on tour appearing at 8 events in year one. The first stop will be Regent's Park which hosts 'Taste of London' in mid June. Showcasing the best in gourmet food and drink producers look out for the Sipsmith Gin Shop and you can attend a sipping masterclass. We look forward to sharing more images of the whole set complete and in situ.