London Craft Week seemed a rarity when it first debuted four years ago. Today visitors have tripled with over 230 events and showcases for artisans and makers. An event on this year’s schedule to tour the workshop of Barnard and Westwood, the printers who produced Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding invitation cards was filled up even before the week started. Meanwhile in Chelsea Prince Charles’ favourite interior designer Robert Kime welcomes design enthusiasts to his eponymous shop. Its success, undoubtedly hinges on its egalitarian principles and the stellar cast it manages to assemble every year. It is not only about the big brands but also the unheralded artists toiling away in their studios. It remains a showcase for unique craftsmanship not based on price or fame.
Chairman, Guy Salter says it has been exciting to see how the event has grown with many workshops and talks now oversubscribed. He believes “there has never been more demand for things which combine imagination, individuality, passion, knowledge and skill”.
SIX TO SEE
- Howe’s Georgian Kitchen — Be inspired to create your own Georgian kitchen while sampling a cake and tea. Christopher Howe and Martin Wright have recreated a replica space in the basement of Howe’s furniture shop on the Pimlico Road.
- Rose Uniacke — Decorator to the Beckhams is the queen of gilding. The interiors designer explores the fascination for all things golden. She has created a select line with this incorruptible metal.
- Design Museum — Kensington is hosting an exhibition of products from shortlisted designers and winners of this year’s Loewe Prize. There are also talks examining the ethics of making and diversity in the crafts world.
- Conran Shop — The flagship store in the iconic Michelin building on Fulham Road is transformed into a crafts hub with product displays and live demonstrations.
- Alfred Dunhill — Bourdon House in Mayfair is the place to see a collection of master craftsmen in glass blowing and knife-making. There are also talks covering the modern home and how moods can be altered through the senses.
- Savile Row — The Savile Row Bespoke Association members are hosting a series of demonstrations and displays celebrating the art of commissioning a garment for everyday use or special occasions.
- London Craft Week runs from 9 -13 May, visit www.londoncraftweek.com for full listings