With more than 240 events taking place across 150 locations over five days, London Craft Week is one of the busiest and most diverse events on the city’s creative calendar – and next week’s fifth-anniversary edition is set to be bigger, bolder and busier than ever before.
Since its establishment in 2015, the festival has become an annual reminder of the tremendous scope, variety and dynamism of the global craft scene today. With hundreds of workshops, live demonstrations, talks and exhibitions on offer, the festival presents a plethora of opportunities to discover exceptional talent and elite international craftsmanship. Within just two square miles of Central London, visitors can immerse themselves in craft cultures from all over the world, and meet leading talents from Italy, Korea, Japan, Portugal, Wales, Denmark, Iran and beyond.
At no other festival can you spend the morning blending your own perfume; while away an afternoon learning how William Morris made wallpaper or Carréducker make shoes; and end the day exploring Lucille Lewin’s Marylebone ceramics studio, listening to a rallying talk on the future of craft at Oxo Tower Wharf, or celebrating Italian culture, food and wine at Maison Assouline.
Long-standing Craft Week supporters and British brands dunhill and Purdey are back with a range of events revealing the craftsmanship behind each brand. In Walthamstow, East London, dunhill invites visitors into its leather workshop to reveal how its iconic attaché cases, doctor’s bags and bespoke pieces are made. Meanwhile, at Purdey’s Mayfair HQ the brand is hosting workshops on how to apply gun-finishing techniques to the making of a Montblanc writing instrument, as well as a host of other events, ranging from tutorials in stick-whittling to shoe-making and engraving demonstrations.
To help visitors find their way around the festival and plan their own journey of discovery, the London Craft Week programme is divided across the five areas of London (Central, North, South, East and West), each one a distinct and navigable destination with dozens of events on offer.
For the full 2019 programme, and the tools to build a bespoke Craft Week itinerary, visit londoncraftweek.com
Image credit: The Conran Shop celebrates the centenary of the Bauhaus