The ‘Broken Ocean’ glassware series by Sophie Thomas and Louis Thompson captures the ominous and chaotic beauty of entangled ghost nets being pulled out from the deep ocean. The duo has worked with hand blown glass, waste glass fragments and found ocean plastic from Hawaii and other beaches around the world.
Low quality fakes sold online, the need for more crafts-related courses and Brexit. At the Collect fair in London, we interviewed the Crafts Council’s Executive Director Rosy Greenlees about the opportunities, challenges and risks of one of the UK’s most dynamic sectors.
Gareth Neal digitally crafts the Hack Chair II, a Georgian seat trapped in a raw oak lumber using a robotic arm as an extension of the craftsman’s hand and tactile knowledge.
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Collect 2019: a bejeweled shawl hijab encouraging conversation about the role of the hijab today, blown glass visuals infused with fishnets and plastics addressing to the oceans’ pollution issue and digital technologies merging with bespoke creations. Isobel Dennis, Director of Collect – The International Art Fair for Modern Craft and Design, highlights some of the main trends to look out for in London.
Quilted fabrics exploring the complexity of migration, handcrafted bioplastic vessels and nun-shaped lamps. 6 inspiring design series on show at Nomad St Moritz 2019.
As a teaser of a Milan design week major exhibition, WonderGlass presents MELT, a furniture and table top collection by Nendo exploring the molten liquid nature of glass.
Copper and gold vessels mirroring dysfunctional relationships, furniture made with discarded flowers, a re-interpreted windowless office for Russian interns and Walt Disney’s 1930’s animation studios. 12 out-of-the-box designs at DesignMiami 2018, starting from an installation supporting immigrants’ families divided at the US-Mexico Border.
Saudi Design Week 2018 highlighted the sustainable approach of local designers unveiling the crafts and creativity of a country at the cross between cultural reform, tradition and geo-sociopolitical circumstances.
A computer programmed Saudi lounge and a personal perfume mixing machine. 5 Saudi designers celebrating their country’s cultural heritage and craftsmanship in a sustainable way on show, from fashion to furniture and technology.
Recinto, a volcanic rock used for centuries in Central America to create crafts encounters a minimalist and contemporary design in David Pompa’s META lighting designs.
Charlotte Kidger developed an innovative solution using waste stream from CNC fabrication to create the ‘Industrial craft’ design collection.
A Japanese exquisite tea set, soft green hues, subtle patterns and bespoke furniture. The TIME FOR TEA installation brings together crafts and design from across the globe, one sip at a time.
Colorful hammocks, vibrantly woven seats and a design barnyard with responsibly handcrafted hen-shaped toys. Las Veredas collection by Marni pays tribute to Colombian crafts for a good cause.
A traditonal Jewish folk dance and the fascination for synchronized movement inspired Yael Mer and Shay Alkalay of Raw Edges to design a poetic installation in collaboration with Wonderglass.
Archipanic meets Lebanese designer Nada Debs who created playful and human-based furniture collections meshing Middle East craftsmanship with her international imprint.
Mingardo new Iconic Handicrafts series of lighting, furniture and covering designs highlights a minimal and contemporary approach to interior design with an with an Art Deco feel.
Concrete cake cake stands and candle holders. Gian Paolo Venier translates Iranian architecture into a tableware collection for UrbiEtOrbi.
A humble cabinet for contemporary creatives, a framed minimalist clock and multifunctional measuring tools. Ladies & Gentlemen reinterprets Shakers’ humble furniture for Furnishing Utopia design collective in NYC.
Ancient Japanese lacquering techniques meet 3D Printing and rippling computer effects. TAKT Project merges centenary traditions with cutting edge technologies for design lacquerware brand KISHU+. Not a replacement, but a way to preserve and update, respectfully.
Hand-knotted bi-dimensional universes, women-empowering knitted stools and hand-woven sacred geometries. In Paris, 8 textile designs celebrated the art of weaving.
Salt melts ice, fused glass freezes colour shades, craftsmanship casts a natural process. Joseph Harrington’s Angels’ Share sculpture for The Glenlivet blends the colours of whisky with Scottish volcanic and glacial landscapes.
From Paris to Sicilian volcanos and Lisbon. International designer Emmanuel Babled tells to Archipanic how different cultures, craftsmanship and a human-driven approach shaped his designs… and led him to settle in the Portuguese capital.
Färg & Blanche experiments with felt to create Succession Ceramic, the new organic-shaped tableware design set of French brand Petite Friture.
PINWU design team has spent four years of extensive research on Yuhang’s traditions to create a contemporary design set according to ancient Chinese craftsmanship.
From Iran to Greece… And New York. Siba Sahabi’s explores ancient crafts techniques with the Between Rivers collection of laquered felt vases.
Glowing globes on slatted metal sheets: Laurent pendant lamps by Lambert & Fils combine Art-Deco inspirations with contemporary geometries.
Emerging Italian brand TATO launches new collections including modular constellations of moon-like luminous globes, marble and brass table lamps with satined-hoods and the re-edition of vintage ceramics in platinum and glossy dark-blue coating.
Poltrona Frau conceals Esastern and Western aestetics with new designs by Neri&Hu and Taiwanese talent Shi Chieh Lu.
Patricia Urquiola and Federico Pepe created a collection cabinets and room-dividers for Spazio Pontaccio taking inspiration from churches stained glass starting from the Italian word “credenza” that means both “faith / belief” and “cabinet”.