Jardine Couture operated from 2006 - 2019, with a broad range of output including exhibition design, production management, furniture design and strategic consultancy.
The company was set up by Ben Couture, who is a Director at 3rdSpace, where he oversees creative content and business operations. He teaches part-time at Northumbria University on BA (Hons) Interior Architecture & BA (Hons) Architecture programmes.
Ben continues to work on a contract/consultancy basis.
In recent years Jardine Couture focused on exhibition design, furniture-making and a range of consultancy services, although the company started life in 2006 as a LLP founded by Ben Couture and Daniel Jardine, providing interior fit-out and site-installations for fashion brands and large department stores.
Owing to interests in both project management and designing/making, work began a shift towards production and delivery of bespoke furniture and brand environments. This was highlighted by a series of projects over 5 years for major blue chip clients across multiple EMEA sites for strategic design consultancy, Pope + Wainwright.
From 2011-14 the company worked with for a small number of international design agencies including Pentagram Design, delivering retail and exhibition projects such as World Chess Grand Prix, Truth or Dare by Madonna and ‘Time Machines: Daniel Weil & the Art of Design’ at the Design Museum.
In 2012, Jardine Couture switched from LLP to Limited company under sole directorship of Ben Couture. As a studio and workshop, furniture was created for private commissions and spatial design undertaken for a range of brands. New products such as the CV Shelving System and North Collection were shown at a number of exhibitions including Design Event and North Modern in Copenhagen.
The final phase from 2016 - 2019 saw the company focus almost entirely exhibition making, specialising in contemporary design for both temporary and permanent narrative exhibitions. In addition, a strand of strategic consultancy was developed for assisting cultural organisations with future planning and funding applications. In this time the company worked with clients such as WWF, National Trust, RIBA/NBS, Seven Stories (National Centre for Children’s Books) and National Museum of The Royal Navy.