Craft is experiencing a boom in the interiors world. Top decorators are commissioning one-off pieces to bring a feeling of luxury to their schemes, while the high street can deliver handmade products at affordable prices so that everyone can create a home with a story to tell.
Meanwhile, the internet has made it easier than ever to buy beautifully crafted objects from around the world.
Next week is London Craft Week, the fourth annual event celebrating craftsmanship from the UK and beyond. Demonstrations and workshops will satisfy those who are curious about how things are made; the prestigious Loewe Craft Prize at the Design Museum will showcase cutting-edge innovation and top global talent; and shops and galleries will be giving a special focus to their handmade offerings.
“A handmade item always has a story behind it – it’s unique and, through buying it, that continues into your home,” says Judith Harris, senior buyer at The Conran Shop. “In an era of throwaway goods and fad trends, the longevity and uniqueness of handmade brings great satisfaction to the owner.”
The Conran Shop is one of several retailers putting on special events, with a series of demonstrations from the likes of ceramicist Laurence Leenaert and Danish furniture company Carl Hansen.