The School of Stuff is a studio dedicated to teaching furniture crafts in Dalston. Founded ten years ago at Hackney City Farm, they solely taught upholstery evening classes. Since then they have now added other core courses to the curriculum, including cabinet making and furniture restoration, as well as other classes with a furniture flavour, such as chair rushing and caning, and marquetry. Their size has now led them to explore crafts such as rag-rug making and even shoemaking. They now inhabit a well-equipped and rather lovely studio on the ground floor of an old industrial building on Shacklewell Lane.
The core team is a handful of skilled working upholsterers, designers, cabinet makers and furniture restorers, who are also all experienced teachers. So there should be something for everyone – not just furniture freaks!