Don't miss these must-do events at London Craft Week 2022

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Photo credit: The New Craftsmen
Photo credit: The New Craftsmen

London Craft Week runs from 9th - 15th May with events, exhibitions and workshops happening all over the city. We've gone through the programme and pulled out some key happenings that are sure to showcase the skills and creativity that underpin craft.

The New Craftsmen: plant explorations

To mark their 10th anniversary, The New Craftsmen invited a group of makers to create work inspired by the traditions associated with plants. In ‘Plant Explorations’, weaver Catarina Riccabona, woodworkers Takahashi McGil and Cyriaque Ambroise and basketmakers Annemarie O’Sullivan and Tim Johnson responded to plant-related objects from the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. Visitors can get involved too: Hilary Burns will be crafting string from plants, while Lola Lely will be hand-dipping plant specimens in wax to create delicate artworks. By appointment at The New Craftsmen, 34 North Row, London, W1K 6DG. thenewcraftsmen.com

The ‘Drifter’ light by Ochre

Photo credit: Ochre
Photo credit: Ochre

Visit Ochre to learn more about the making of their ‘Drifter’ pendant light. Its inception came about when Ochre’s co-founder Harriet Maxwell Macdonald was buying a cricket bat for her son; observing the way the willow clefts were pressed and stripped back in the workshop behind the store, she tasked the makers with putting their skills into creating a light. Hand-carved in oak by traditional British cricket craftspeople, the name comes from the cricketing term ‘drift’ and is inspired by the twisting organic forms of driftwood. ochre.us

Jacob Monk at Toast

Photo credit: Toast
Photo credit: Toast

Stop by Toast’s menswear store on Newburgh street to see an exhibition of ikat fabric works by emerging textile artist Jacob Monk. You can also join a weaving workshop and watch him create a new piece of work in response to Toast’s seasonal theme, ‘Elemental Compositions’. toa.st; jacobmonk.co.uk

Brodie Neill Studio at Sotheby’s

Photo credit: Brodie Neill
Photo credit: Brodie Neill

As part of its Design series, Sotheby’s London will be home to a selling exhibition of sustainable furniture by Brodie Neill Studio. Titled ‘Material Consciousness: Reshaping the World’s Most Precious Resources’, the selection of new works, including the ‘Gyro’ table, highlights Neill’s desire to create collectable design pieces out of precious materials. Sotheby’s London, 34-35 New Bond Street, Mayfair. sothebys.com; brodieneill.com

Yinka Ilori X The Conran Shop X LG

Photo credit: Yinka Ilori
Photo credit: Yinka Ilori

Window installations at The Conran Shop’s Marylebone and Chelsea stores will be given a colourful makeover by multidisciplinary artist Yinka Ilori. Joyful designs in his signature vibrant style will be displayed on LG OLED televisions, adding a spring-like boost to The Conran Shop’s latest outdoor offerings, which include pieces by Pierre Paulin for Gubi and Richard Schultz for Knoll. conranshop.co.uk; yinkailori.com; lg.com

Soane partners with the Edward Barnsley workshop

Photo credit: Soane Britain
Photo credit: Soane Britain

The Edward Barnsley Workshop has joined forces with Soane Britain to launch a new iteration of its ‘Easy Chair’. The two British firms are perfectly matched: both have roots in the Arts and Crafts movement and champion crafts at risk of extinction through apprenticeship schemes. Based on an archive drawing, this interpretation of Barnsley’s 1950s ‘Easy Chair’ is crafted from English oak with a rattan seat and back. Its form showcases the marriage of materials in a beautiful, contemporary way. The chair will be on display – and available to purchase – in Soane’s showroom throughout London Craft Week. barnsley-furniture.co.uk; soane.co.uk

Goldfinger talk

Photo credit: Goldfinger
Photo credit: Goldfinger

Learn about the future of sustainable design at a panel discussion chaired by Roddy Clarke, with Goldfinger CEO Marie Carlisle, artist Darren Appiagyei and Bruce Saunders of sustainable wood supplier Saunders Seasonings. The award-winning social enterprise is based in Ernő Goldfinger’s Trellick Tower and makes furniture crafted from recycled or sustainably sourced wood, putting all profits back into community projects. It is making a low-carbon furniture range from local trees felled due to development or storms, with first-edition pieces sold to raise funds for the Goldfinger Academy. 11 May, 6.30-9pm. goldfinger.design

Norwegian Crafts and PYTON

Photo credit: Norwegian Crafts x PYTON
Photo credit: Norwegian Crafts x PYTON

Richard Øiestad and Are Blytt from the Oslo-based multidisciplinary platform PYTON have been invited by Norwegian Crafts to showcase works by emerging creatives, along with unsung heroes from the past. The gallery space at Cromwell Place will be divided into rooms – a nod to its history as a former residence – creating a stage for both 20th-century and modern Norwegian design. Artists to look out for include Sigve Knutson, Gunnar Havstad, Elisabeth Haarr and Synnøve Anker Aurdal. norwegiancrafts.no

For more information and the whole programme, visit londoncraftweek.com

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