A five-day competition of craft kicks off in London on Wednesday, with occasions throughout the capital devoted to makers and artisans. Design editor Augusta Pownall picks out six of the most effective to soak up.
This 12 months’s version of London Craft Week takes place from eight to 12 Might and plenty of of its occasions are free to attend.
Talks, workshops and screenings all function within the programme, together with exhibitions of hand-crafted objects and artworks.
This is our decide of six that might be price seeing:
Loewe Baskets Reside
Following a collaboration and exhibition at Milan design week, trend label Loewe has once more partnered with Californian mom and daughter weaving duo, Shizu Designs, for a sequence of demonstrations of weaving leather-based.
These will happen from 11 to 12 Might at Loewe’s three-storey flagship retailer in Mayfair, which opened this 12 months and is designed to really feel like a collector’s home.
Shizu Designs’ work – together with rock-weaving, the Japanese strategy of wrapping rocks with decorative rattan or cane knots – can even be on present within the house.
For the primary time, London Craft Week will embrace a significant exhibition. Curated by gallerist Sarah Myerscough, Scorched is a choice of items created by artists and designers utilizing the method of shou-sugi-ban, in any other case generally known as yakisugi.
Originating in 18th-century Japan, the approach entails charring the floor of the wooden which reinforces the looks of the grain, because the tree’s rings burn at completely different speeds relying on the speed at which they develop.
The exhibition will embrace work from 17 makers, together with Sebastian Cox, Alison Crowther and Gareth Neal, who might be in dialog with the curator at 3pm on Wednesday eight Might.
Fitzrovia Chapel, 2 Pearson Sq., W1T 3BF
Design studio Par-Avion Co and self-proclaimed round financial system design studio Claire Potter Design will create a large-scale woven set up produced from repurposed building waste supplies at Battersea Energy Station.
The facility station has been empty since 1983, however is presently present process a metamorphosis right into a enterprise and residential advanced that’s prone to embrace Apple’s new London headquarters. The development web site inevitably produces an enormous quantity of waste.
The set up is meant to “spotlight the sustainable administration of building waste”, in addition to appearing as a commentary on the contribution that building websites make to landfill.
Battersea Energy Station, Riverside Piazza, Circus West Village, SW11 8EZ
Coal Drops Yard
The Heatherwick Studio-designed Coal Drops Yard opened in London’s Kings Cross in October final 12 months. For its inaugural participation in London Craft Week, guests can take pleasure in all kinds of actions all through the week.
Choices embrace knife sharpening on a whetstone on the Kitchen Provisions retailer, a chocolate-tasting workshop at Le Chocolat Alain Ducasse, the chance to learn to dye material at one in every of 5 workshops run by Retailer, in addition to candle making and craft beer tasting.
Additionally on show at Coal Drops Yard would be the new assortment of handmade ceramic bottles, cups and jars, from Assemble’s Granby Workshop. Items are made within the studio’s Liverpool workshop, by casting liquid clay in a sequence of stackable modular moulds.
Coal Drops Yard, Steady St, Kings Cross, London, N1C 4DQ
Paul Brown: A Group of Design
The late set and costume designer Paul Brown, who died in 2017 on the age of 57, labored on operas at Covent Backyard, La Scala and Glyndebourne, in addition to designing units for theatre.
Throughout a chat launched by designer and curator Kate Burnett on Thursday 9 Might, his work and studio are mentioned by his design associates and collaborators, alongside a VR replica of the subterranean studio created by filmmaker Jonathan Hamilton.
Matters will embrace the craft and imaginative and prescient concerned in producing scaled set-models, and Brown’s technical drawings for set and costume designs.
V&A, Cromwell Highway, SW7 2RL
Yinka Ilori: Kinds of Happiness
Dezeen Awards decide Yinka Ilori is reworking a southwest London underpass with vibrant murals produced from powder-coated panels. Known as Glad Avenue, the design might be unveiled in the course of the London Pageant of Structure subsequent month.
For London Craft Week, the British-Nigerian designer is displaying a set up-cycled furnishings created in response to the challenge. The items on present characterize the 16 several types of happiness included into the underpass paintings.
The present opens throughout London Craft Week however will proceed by to June.
StudioRCA, 1 Riverlight Quay, 9 Elms Lane, SW8 5AU