Mike Abrahams is an artist and designer. He established his eponymous studio in 1995 following 15 years working in large design companies for blue-chip clients.
Keeping Abrahams deliberately small allowed Mike the freedom to work only with clients who shared a similar passion, vision and enthusiasm for making worthwhile work. He created a pioneering business model where one third of the studio’s time was dedicated to commercial work, one third to pro-bono and studio led art projects and one third to curating events. Abrahams published their first of many artist’s books in 2000 as part of an Arts Council millennium project. Copies are in a number of collections including Tate and the V&A.
Recognising there weren’t any opportunities to bring people from the arts, sciences and business to meet and network, Mike launched the at abrahams series of events in September 2005 with Claire Curtice to explore the commercial application of creativity.
Also in 2005, together with designer Amanda Tatham, Mike launched Designer Breakfasts that explored the themes of entrepreneurship, new business models such as co-ownership and co-creation. The monthly events were based from the outset in the British Library then McCann Erickson, BBH and finally the Design Museum.
Claire Curtice is a publicist to the creative industries, offering a bespoke service to emerging practices in the fields of architecture, engineering, graphics, product and textile design. As an extension of this service Claire Curtice Publicists represents professional photographers with connections to the leading industry journals.