Whilst I sort through my piles of business cards and press packs from the London Design Festival to bring you my pick of design talent, here is some eye-candy from the week to whet your appetite.
Following an exciting online presence and two pop-up shops, The New Craftsmen, a hub for British craft finally moved its physical outfit into a 19th-century building in Mayfair earlier this year. Dedicated to working with Britain’s finest craft makers to showcase the materials, skills and craft products of the British Isle, the shop houses a retail space and atelier which hosted several events during this past week of design.
Founded by Mark Henderson, Catherine Lock and Natalie Melton the trio have taken it upon themselves to preserve and champion Britain’s knowledge and expertise in crafts. The concept took root during product developer Catherine Lock’s road-trip around Britain exploring its indigenous craft skills.
Visiting everything from workshops left over from the Sheffield steel industry to basket makers in Orkney, Lock discovered that despite extraordinary expertise in crafts some of these artisans could barely make a living – inspiring the founders to come up with The New Craftsmen concept and work towards preserving the skills that are so much a part of Britain’s cultural heritage.
The charming space boasts a carefully selected and styled range of products from hand dyed and woven textiles to handcrafted furniture, covetable ceramics and exquisite jewellery.
The atelier features a relaxed studio area and inspired pull out drawers dedicated to each maker, serving as a sensory portfolio of their skills – enabling customers, interior designers and architects to customise, commission and collaborate.
The New Craftsmen
34 North Row
Author: Rohini Wahi
Rohini is a London based freelance journalist and trend forecaster for the design industries. She has worked for Elle Decoration, Living Etc, Houzz and Design Sponge amongst others.
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