Above: Soderlund Davidson / conveyor belt
Above: Crowded launch party at Heal’s
Did your one-hour journey take twice as long? Sound familiar? Travelling across London last week on the day of the Tube strike was challenging. Had I lost my mind to make the deliberate choice to undertake such a journey? Yes, however, it was worth it. And so will your trip. The pain etched across my face disappeared instantly upon arrival at my destination Heal’s for the launch of The Modern Craft Market. Design and craft devotees arrived en masse to fill the ground floor. What a result for Heal’s and the exhibitor’s against all the odds. Perusing the show was no mean feat. In order to view the work design folk squeezed past the fragile products on display. They were not to be disappointed.
The annual event DISCOVER features some of the most exciting homegrown talent at work in modern craft today. Independent designers and a collective of RCA graduates (the WORKS collective), as well as a carefully chosen group of makers and artisans recognised by Crafts Council and Contemporary Applied Arts present potential homeware heirlooms to the public. Everything is for sale so to buy a considered piece of design head to Heal’s on Tottenham Court Road. The show ends on the 16th February 2014.
Here are my picks from the show:
Above: Works / Patina Candlesticks by Lola Lely
Lola Lely reaffirms her status as one to watch with a new collection of Patina Candlesticks developed in collaboration with Derek Bayley from Bronze Age foundry.
Detail: Hand crafted, irregular, geometric, mixed materials.