One of the amazing spaces we visited in London was the shop of The New Craftsmen, a highly inspiring space full of carefully chosen handcrafted items for sale, and right now the space is transformed into a creative studio for makers Laura Carlin, Stuart Carey, Catarina Riccabona & Lola Lely. They will have 1 to 2 weeks each to transform the space into their own workshop, filling it with the tools & objects that enable them to design & make. It ends on March 14, so hurry if you want to see it! While these photos may not quite do the space justice (it is even better irl), I highly recommend a visit if you are in town.
The New Craftsmen works with a selection of Britain’s finest craft makers to showcase the materials, skills and craft products of the British Isles. Founded in 2012 in Mayfair, London, The New Craftsmen currently represents a network of over 75 makers working in textiles, silverware, furniture, ceramics, jewellery, glassware and beyond. They showcase and sell a carefully selected range of products, limited editions and exclusive collaborations via their Mayfair shop and online.
”The New Craftsmen represents a vision of sustainable, real luxury, expressed through dedication to makers, materials, method and design.”
We were invited for a workshop in stitching and natural dyes led by Lola Lely, where we got to decorate placemats for our dinner that took place there the same evening, served and cooked by the founders of the brand. Our results were perhaps not the prettiest, but it was lots of fun, and the dinner was absolutely lovely! I’ll tell you more about one of the makers we met there in another post.
In the top photo you can see Lely with the table she made, taking inspiration from that simplest and ubiquitous form of table – the trestle – collaborating with skilled artisans to realise a modular Maker’s Table referencing diverse craft disciplines. With various bespoke ‘add-ons’ to choose from, customers will also be invited to take part in some of the making process with her.
All photos by Susanna Vento