London Craft Week 2017
From the 3rd-7th May 2017 the third edition of London Craft Week takes up residence across london. This annual event showcases the very best international and British creativity and craftsmanship through a ‘beyond luxury’ journey of discovery. The curated programme of events brings together over 230 events from all corners of design, fashion, art, luxury, food and culture and shopping.
From the V&A to The Shard, Design Musuem, RADA, House of Lords, to hidden studios and workshops across the capital. The week is set to highlight how imagination and talent combine with the very best materials and techniques.
Accessible and immersive events allow you to meet these creatives one-on-one to learn how things are made, giving us the opportunity to have a go ourselves. Half of the events are free to attend and half are open house so there is no need to book. Some events need pre-booking, just take a look at this link to view the programme. Below we share a few events that most caught our eye.
From the 3rd-6th May Daylesford Farm are hosting a workshop from their Pimlico Road space demonstrating the versatility and benefits of the modern ceramic fermentation crock. Coinciding with the launch of a new collection by designer Billy Lloyd for Cult Ceramics.
Location: Pimlico Road
Yesterday Neisha Crosland offered a behind the scenes studio and house tour. Speaking with Lucie Hague, founder of online platform Beyond Bespoke, guests were taken on a behind the scenes tour of Neisha’s home, garden and studio. Visit Neisha’s website for further insight into her design world.
On Wednesday 3rd May studio potter Julian Stair hosted an exclusive visit to his South London Studio talking about the entire process of making a pot from clay to kiln. Further information on Julian can be found on his website.
Location: East Dulwich
Carl Hansen and Son are presenting their first four masterpieces designed by Danish design legend Hans J.Wegner in 1950 alongside hand-weaving demonstrations in their London showroom. Full details are available in the festival programme here.
Location: Bowling Green Lane, EC1
Today (May 5th), the architects behind London’s tallest landmark, Renzo Piano are offering a rare opportunity to hear from the architect and engineers as they discuss the challenges they faced, as well as viewing the original models and designs of the building. Last minute tickets are available here.
Location: The Shard
The British Council presents an exhibition at The Aram Gallery, curated by #MartinaMargetts. Exploring craft through the practices of women in Thailand, Myanmar and Vietnam. Featuring materials collected by Royal College of Art students and local researchers during recent residencies. The exhibition continues until the 17 June.
Location: The Aram Gallery, Drury Lane
At Carpenters Hall yesterday (4th May), gallerist Sarah Myerscough and artist Gareth Neal discussed the acquisition of Black Ve-sel, a collaborative wood sculptural piece created by Neal and architect Zaha Hadid. The event was followed by a tour with Carpenters archivist Julie Tancell who highlighted the history of the building.
Location: Carpenters Hall, EC2
Today, Friday 5th May, the Houses of Parliament hosted a talk, giving visitors the opportunity to meet the dedicated team of clockmakers who maintain Britain’s most famous and iconic clock, the Elizabeth Tower aka Big Ben. Full details here.
Location: Houses of Parliament
Keep an eye on Howe’s Instagram account for details on their participation during Craft Week. From their base at 93 Pimlico Road the bespoke furniture makers have been demonstrating their woodworking and upholstery skills on their shop floor.
Howe deals in antiques, creates their own designs, and traditionally makes bespoke furniture often for the world’s best known interior designers. By placing antiques alongside the ‘made by Howe’ pieces the range demonstrates both its reference point and inspiration. The events at Howe are part of the Grosvenor Series. Read more here.
Head to the London Craft Week homepage for the full schedule of events.
Images & info c/o London Craft Week 2017
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