From food to perfumery and good old-fashioned craft, London Craft Week is where you want to head this springtime weekend. Here we pick out the 10 that can’t be missed this weekend:
Mulberry: The Passion of Making
Visit Mulberry’s flagship store and see craftsmen and craftswomen from the brand’s two factories in Somerset demonstrate the making of its iconic handbag styles.
6 May 10:00 — 19:00
7 May 12:00 — 18:00
Making & Interiors with Harriet Anstruther, Ab Rogers and Natalie Melton
Natalie Melton, Co-Founder and Managing Director at The New Craftsmen hosts a talk with multi-disciplinary architectural and interior designer, Harriet Anstruther and award winning London designer Ab Rogers, who will debate the role of craft in interiors.
6 May 16:00 — 17:30 – Booking: Necessary
40 places, £20 + vat includes champagne
Stay Home with Simple Shape
Join Helen Osgerby of Simple Shape, furniture designer Sebastian Cox, ceramicists Florian Gadsby and Elliott Denny and wood worker Luke Hope, for a dinner created by chef, food stylist and event producer Olivia Bennett.
Tom Pigeon Collection at Fritz Hansen
Fife-based design studio, Tom Pigeon, hosts Shipwreck, a showcase of their print, textiles, wood and metalwork which explore the rhythms, shapes and colours of objects washed up on Scotland’s beaches. Tom Pigeon’s Creative Director, Kirsty Thomas, will also be in conversation with award-winning design writer Katie Treggiden, British-based designer Sebastian Cox, designer Jane Norris and Simon Goff from Floorstory, about the crossover between craft, design and manufacture.
6 May 10:30 — 17:00
7 May 10:30 — 17:00
RealCraft at MINT
Mint has collaborated with Studio Gutedort and local craftswomen in Jordan to design new products using natural materials. Ames has also collaborated with Sebastian Herkner on Caribe outdoor furniture produced from recycled plastic strings and tubular steel, based on weaving techniques typical of the Colombian Caribbean coast. A selection of these designs will be on show in the window. In addition, a talk by Joel Parkes will focus on contemporary wood craft and his own design practice.
6 May 10:30 — 18:30
JOSEF FRANK Patterns–Furniture–Painting at the Fashion and Textile Museum
One not to be missed: Explore the work of designer and artist Josef Frank (1885-1967) in the first-ever UK exhibition of his textiles. The Austrian-born architect moved to Sweden in 1933, where he developed his colourful brand of modernism, working with Estrid Ericson on furniture, glassware, lighting and interior design ideas. Together they redefined what is regarded as Swedish Modern.
6 May 11:00 — 18:00
7 May 11:00 — 17:00
Tea and Perfume with Postcard Tea and Perfumer H
Perfumer Lyn Harris joins Tim d’Offay, owner and founder of Postcard Teas, for a discussion about aroma in perfume and tea. The audience will be able to experience unique scents chosen by Harris, and taste some of Postcard’s exceptional scented teas. And pop in to either venue across the week to experience the new scented tea.
6 May 10:00 — 17:00
Make Chocolate at R Chocolate London
R Chocolate invites guests to create a Bespoke Chocolate Bar. The workshop will cover a number of chocolate making techniques and the opportunity to sample some fresh chocolate.
6 May 15:00 — 16:00
7 May 15:00 — 16:00
Booking: Necessary via 020 7730 5522, 8 places, £50
Make Pigment Mixtures: Let’s Paint the House in….
Interior designer Rachel Chudley discusses pigment making with colour expert Donald Kaufman. Rachel’s home provides a colourful backdrop for a demonstration of how pigments are made.
7 May 15:00
Booking: Necessary 15 places, free
LEGO®: Build a Mosaic
Duncan Titmarsh, the only LEGO® Certified Professional in the UK, runs a LEGO mosaic class. Participants will make a mosaic portrait to take home under Duncan’s supervision. Duncan has led previous builds including a life-size tiger cub commissioned by Stella McCartney and an incredible Land Rover commissioned Tower Bridge replica. This Event is suitable for children aged 14 and above. Part of Nordic Matters at Southbank Centre.
7 May 08:30 — 12:15
Booking: Necessary 24 places, free
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