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London Craft Week
The annual city-wide festival that showcases outstanding local and global craft and creativity

Returning for its seventh edition, London Craft Week celebrates outstanding British and international creativity, and brings together established and emerging makers, designers, brands and galleries from around the world. Held from 4 to 10 October, the programme of more than 250 events will shine the spotlight on the finest craftsmanship as well as presenting a unique opportunity for consumers to understand how beautiful objects are made and meet the creators themselves.

 

Highlights include ‘Unveiled – The Meissen Edition’ curated by a trio of leading milliners, Noel Stewart, Rachel Trevor-Morgan and Edwina Ibbotson. A collaboration with Meissen, it will feature a selection of fine porcelain-inspired hats by the likes of Stephen Jones OBE, Harvy Santos and Leo Carlton among others, and will be displayed at Thomas Goode & Company. There’s also the chance to see work by alumni of The Modern Artisan, a unique training initiative between Yoox Net-a-Porter and The Prince’s Foundation, which involves British and Italian artisans partnering to produce a sustainable luxury capsule collection of menswear and womenswear. On Pimlico Road, Colefax & Fowler will host new work by architectural sculptor Geoffrey Preston who specialises in decorative plaster and the art of stucco, and at Tanner Krolle’s Belgravia townhouse there is an exhibition of unique pieces hand carved by Lucie Monin, available to purchase exclusively during London Craft Week as part of the Artisan Chelsea series.

There are also brilliant artisan-led demonstrations, fascinating behind-the-scenes tours and hands-on classes where visitors can try making for themselves

Elsewhere, collaborations include Milanese leather accessories brand Serapian and furniture company Azucena, which have teamed up on the Catilina  chair, reinterpreting the seat cushion using Serapian’s signature Mosaico weave. Loro Piana Interiors has also joined forces with designer Raphael Navot on ‘The Palm Duet’, a soft, sinuous armchair inspired by the palm of a hand.

 

Of course, London Craft Week isn’t just about seeing beautifully hand crafted wares: there are also brilliant artisan-led demonstrations, fascinating behind-the-scenes tours and hands-on classes where visitors can try making for themselves. One hub for demonstrations and discussions is the British Luxury Craft Pavilion at Chelsea Barracks, where noteworthy events include a talk on ‘Why Craft Makes You Happy?’ with interior designers Ben Pentreath and Ben Johnson of Albion Nord.

Continuing this focus on craftsmanship in design, Winch Design will lead a talk on ‘Superyachts, Private Jets and Architecture: the story of craftsmanship and design at the highest level’ alongside a series of demonstrations from the artisans behind its work, including Max Bainbridge of Forest + Found, carver and sculptor Paul Jewby, textile artist Aiveen Daly, art and design studio Scabetti and furniture designer-maker Laurent Peacock. Royal warrant holders Purdey & Sons will host demonstrations at Audley House with their master craftsmen highlighting the discipline of gun-making in its seven stages and the craftsmanship that goes into each bespoke piece.

 

Visitors can also try their hand at a wide range of workshops including craft-oriented tablescaping classes at Bonadea. And don’t miss product launches by the likes of Maison Lesage, Chanel’s embroidery house, during the week, too. Whether you’re interested in fashion or interiors, iconic heritage, contemporary brands or independent makers, this is a festival that champions all kinds of exceptional craftsmanship and creativity.

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