Two years ago the first London Craft Week put on 70 design-led events, demonstrations, talks and workshops; this year it’s more than 230.
From across Britain and beyond no self-respecting maker or design guru will risk being left out of this year’s illustrious roll-call. They’re all here from luxury brands, such as founder partner Vacheron Constantin, to fashionable east end workshops.
On the sofa at the London Edition Hotel, you’ll find Jeremy Langmead of The Times’ Luxx magazine and Mr Porter discussing bespoke luxury with Nick Vinson; in the City, leather designer Bill Amberg is curating the best of fine British leatherwork; and potter and chancellor of the University of the Arts Grayson Perry talks about the joys of making, from ceramics to fashion. It’s an exhaustive list.
For an easy introduction, we’ve taken out the schlep by highlighting one key design district, Pimlico Road, that has drop-in exhibitions over the weekend.
Plus, up and down the street you’ll find interior designers, furniture makers, antiques shops, jewellery, fabrics, homewares and fashion. LCW chairman, Guy Salter, agrees that Pimlico Road is a concentrated hotbed of design talent. “Despite being such a prestigious district, the variety and mix is impressive and likely to become more so,” he says.
Lighting the Square by Tom Raffield
Orange Square, Sat & Sun
Tom Raffield’s sculptural steam-bent light installation hangs from the trees of Orange Square, illustrating the skills and traditional techniques used by Tom and his craftspeople at his woodland workshop in Cornwall.
Wallpaper at Rose Uniacke
76 Pimlico Rd, Sat to 4pm
Drop in to see a collection of handprinted wallpapers recreated or restored for prestigious properties, such as the House of Lords and Harewood House. Uniacke is an antiques dealer and interior designer to the likes of Victoria Beckham.
Marquetry at Linley
60 Pimlico Rd, Sat to 5pm
Linley showcases the precise art of marquetry, centering on a piece of art furniture, the Vortex cabinet. Plus 120 years of Country Life interiors explored in photographs.
Cult Ceramics Vinegar Vase at Daylesford Organic
44b Pimlico Rd, Sat to 8pm, Sun to 4pm
See the new collection of vinegar vases designed by Billy Lloyd, a leading figure in Britain’s designer-maker generation, from his studio in Southwark, £105 each. Lloyd’s demonstration is on 4 May 6pm to 8pm.
Silversmith Hal Messel
Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler showroom, 89-91 Pimlico Rd, Sat to 15.30
Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler was founded in the 1930s as a luxury interior decorating firm. This year, the company moved its showroom of antiques, art, fabrics, trimmings and design services from Mayfair to the burgeoning Pimlico Road design quarter. For Craft Week, the showroom displays the work of Gloucestershire silversmith Hal Messel. Works in progress as well as finished pieces are on show. Hal’s free talk (booking recommended) on commissioning one-off silverware is on 4 May at 5.30pm.
For more information on Pimlico Road, Belgravia, visit thepimlicoroad.com
London Craft Week, Wednesday 3 May to Sunday 7 May (londoncraftweek.com)
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