Craft. The interiors magazines, those homely BBC design shows and our favourite high street shops, we just can’t seem to get enough of it – the way a rough hand-thrown mug feels in our hands and the way a handwoven cushion looks on our sofa…
Since I began work in the trends industry many years ago, I’ve seen a definite shift in consumer appreciation of the handmade – moving away from the throw-away and towards the well-made and cherished.
British homeware brand Heals has always been a champion of this through the good times and bad, assured that quality would prevail.
This morning announced the return of the Heal’s Modern Craft Market which champions the skill of emerging and established designers and crafters. This year’s market celebrates Irish craft which has been spotlighted a lot in the press lately. The rosta includes a seriously covetable offering of ceramics from Adam Frew, Andrew Ludick and Arran Street East, luminous glassware by Catherine Keenan, woollen blankets in pastel hues by McNutts Donegal Woollen Mill and my favourite – marble home accessories hewn from Irish quarries by Hennessy and Byrne – stunning!
The market also includes mesmerising screen printing, cup casting, wood carving and pottery demonstrations by Superfolk, Adam Frew and Ikuko Iwamoto. Not to mention great workshops like an Edible Decorating Workshop with GBBO 2013 winner Frances Quinn. You can take a look at all of the events here – so much to see!
Design Ireland shuts up shop on the 28th of March so make sure you head down in time to catch all exciting new pieces, but The Modern Craft Market carries on till April continuing to showcase excellent British craft with the likes of Lyngard, Ted Wood, Tom Raffield and Potters Workshop
Heals, The Modern Craft Market
196 Tottenham Court Rd, Fitzrovia, UK W1T 7LQ
7th March-24th April
Featuring Design Ireland
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.
She loves a period drama and keeps a tidy home. Launched in 2007 The Beat That My Heart Skipped focuses on home inspirations, design trends, lifestyle and food – coupled with an insight into Rohini’s work and home life – from key picks at trade shows to styled weekend soirees. To contact Rohini for queries, work for hire or just to say hi drop her a line at firstname.lastname@example.org