Shed of the Year 2022: Opera star’s studio and mid-century ‘Modshed’ among nominations

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An opera star’s backyard training studio is among the designs vying for the title. English National Opera baritone Alex Otterburn first used the studio to rehearse during lockdown

One of the entries for this week’s competition

An opera star’s studio, a medieval role-playing haunt and a mid-century “Modshed” are among the extraordinary entries for Cuprinol Shed Of The Year 2022.

The entries revealed how the pandemic has changed the role of the garden shed and turned it into a space for creativity.

An opera star’s backyard training studio is among the designs vying for the title.

English National Opera baritone Alex Otterburn first used the studio, in his Maida Vale garden, to rehearse during lockdown.

Constructed from high-performance insulated panels and clad in hard-wearing Kebony wood, the multifunctional space is part rehearsal studio, part office and part entertainment space.







The shed has modern features inside
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The gaping portal is inspired by medieval England
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It is joined by what its creator dubbed a Mid-Century Modshed, inspired by the Mid-Century Modern design movement.

Stephanie Antrobus, from Oldham, created her garden room as a deliberate refuge from today’s hectic lifestyle with all the furniture and interior decor sourced from charity shops, antique shops and eBay.

Another entrance, the Gaping Portal is an evocative fantasy lair inspired by medieval England. Filled with axes, swords, skulls and flasks of beer, it provides space for Wayne Haskett to indulge his love of role-playing in his garden in Hednesford, Staffs.







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Competition founder Andrew Wilcox said: “The entries for this year’s Cuprinol Shed Of The Year truly exemplify the best of British creativity and eccentricity – from creating fantastical lands to refreshing havens of modern living and a musical haven in the back garden.”

The winners will be announced in August, with the overall champion receiving a £1,000 prize and £100 worth of Cuprinol products.

The closing date for all seven categories, including the new lockdown category, is April 19.

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