Fashion Week and London’s Design Festival may have concluded, but another festival of creativity is only just getting started.
From yesterday 4th October, to this Sunday, 10th, 200 locations around the capital will celebrate the best in British and international creativity – and set interior design trends for the season ahead.
As a melting pot of upcoming interior designers, textiles, and furniture brands, there is no doubt that our homes will feel the repercussions of London Craft Week. But who do you need to remember? Here are five stand-outs on our watch list.
1. Freya Bramble-Carter – Ceramics
Few ceramics possess the power of those created by Freya Bramble-Carter – a design guru whose work celebrates the beauty of the natural world.
Freya’s ideology centers around her identity as a black female artist with a loud voice – which she exhibits through her strong and beautiful designs. She aims to bring a source of energy to the home – around her London workshop and further afield. Watch out for Freya; she might just reshape your dining table decor ideas for 2022.
2. Geoffrey Preston – Plaster & Stucco
As one of the UK’s top architectural sculptors, Geoffrey Preston’s presence at London Craft Week is hardly a surprise. However, the festival is offering Geoffrey international limelight on his most recent work.
The exhibition in question consists of plasterwork – with an emphasis on floral sculpture and draws inspiration, in particular flowers and leaves from the 18th century.
3. Max Bainbridge – Artist & Sculptor
The partnership showcases Max's ethical approach to material and craft – using the natural shape of wood as a starting point to create contemporary pieces that are reflective of the making process. Highlights include these Cedar Moon Jars (above) that combine natural beauty with a modern style stamp.
4. Mac Collins – Interiors
With his European and Scandinavian approach to furniture making – and contextual inspiration from his Caribbean and African heritage – Mac Collins is one of the most upcoming designers of London Craft Week – and all for a good reason.
5. Ellen Mae Williams – Textiles
Knowing how to mix patterns in a room is one thing, but knowing where to find the best designs is another. Enter Ellen Mae Williams, a master of textiles, which she designs using natural dyes and hand-painted linen fabrics. Sustainability is similarly important to Ellen, who uses traditional textile methods to create contemporary pieces that will enrich both traditional and modern homes.
To mark London Craft Week, Ellen has teamed up with homeware store The Edition 94, who will release her unique collection of naturally dyed textiles.
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Megan is the News and Trends Editor at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes. As the News Editor, she often focuses on emerging microtrends, sleep and wellbeing stories, and celebrity-focused pieces. Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants.
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