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Trade show report: The British Craft Trade Fair

The British Craft Trade Fair was held on 12th April in Harrogate, UK, celebrating the re-emergence of craft in design as a powerful aesthetic. With the rise of Folksy and Etsy, the appetite for hand-crafted, home-made goods has never been stronger, as consumers move away from ‘cookie-cutter’ replicas and mass-produced faceless design. Authenticity is a key buzzword for 2010 in trend circles, and this show demonstrated this in abundance. We loved the personal touches like hand-drawn logos on business cards-see our favourites below…

The British Connection

We featured a trend called A Very British Affair last year in our 100% Design trade show report and the Quintessentially British obsession seems to have taken hold and is evolving into a trend which combines kitsch iconography like British holidays. There are increasing references to vintage suitcases and postcards, highlighting a wider trend we’ve found for reconnecting with old fashioned methods of communication. We loved Catherine Hammerton’s stamp print wallpapers and embroidered cushions which see traditional silk screen printing and hand embroidery combined with cutting edge digital technology.

Botanical

We saw a big trend for natural products which borrow botanical motifs and natural materials. With a shift towards old-fashioned values and traditional ethics, many designers are taking a subtle, sober approach to design. This new pared-down style sees a shift towards crafted design which infuses hand made and natural processes.

Above- canvas print by Rachael Taylor Designs

Micro trend: Birds

Our fixation with birds is still very much alive, as we see them reinvented for summer to include hand drawn illustrations and collaged textures. The colour palette is bright and bold, whilst graphics develop a hand-drawn style as seen in Faye Powers’ new collection. We also loved Rachel Coleman’s seagull cushions which are inspired by childhood memories and represent the hand craft trend in its purest form with hand stitched and layered fabrics to build up interesting textures.

Technocraft

There is a graphic element to this trend which runs alongside a growing interest in DIY projects and handicrafts. Lending inspiration from culture and travel to create a vibrant and optimistic colour palette of purple and turquoises this trend is not necessarily about looking crafted but about a personalised response to design and moves us on to a more modern and sophisticated approach to textiles.

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London Design Festival Preview

London Design Festival

100% Design

Earls Court, SW5

September 24-27, tickets £20

100% Design, contemporary interior design products

100% Detail, latest architecture designs

100% Futures, up-and-coming-talent

100% Materials, up-to-the-minute materials

 

Focus 09

Design Centre Chelsea Harbour, SW10

Septetmber 27-30, admission free

Over 120 brands launching their new products including: Wall covering, floor covering, home accessories, kitchenware and outdoor living.

 

Cockpit Arts

Newburgh Street, W1

September 22-27, admission free

SORT, Society Of Revisionist Typographers will be demonstrate how to make books, cards, stationary and many other products using antique presses at their pop-up studio. 

 

Tent London

Truman Brewery, E1

September 24-27, tickets £10

Launched three years ago, the exhibition is already becoming a vital part of London Design Festival.  Tent London consists of a collection of shows, competitions and installations. It is split into five categories covering art and architecture, vintage and contemporary design by emerging and established designers, dealers, retailers, manufacturers and brands from around the world. 

 

Decorex

Royal Hospital, SW3

September 27-30, tickets £20

An inspiring design fair featuring: Fabric and wall coverings, traditional and bespoke furniture, floor coverings, home accessories and lighting.

 

Visit: Rough Luxe

1 Birkenhead Street, WC1

Rabih Hage’s King’s Cross hotel combines antique furniture with contemporary design and bespoke pieces, creating a beautiful effect. Luxurious without the bling.

 

Shop: Craft Central

33-35 St John Square, EC1

September 21, admission free

Craft Central are a non-profit organisation supporting craftspeople. For one day only they will hold a sale of interior products at discount prices to mark the London Design Festival.

 

Shop: Unto This Last

230 Brick Lane

This store resembles a carpenter’s workshop with its delicious woody smell. All products are made in the back of the store using traditional manufacturing techniques.

 

Shop: Kiosk, New York City Meets SCP London

September 19-27

A  carefully chosen selection of wonderful and fascinating objects, will be on sale for 4-6 months at SCP London during London Design Festival in a temporary shop designed by Michael Marriott.

Objects are curated much like a museum piece creating a shop like no other.

 

Shop: Bluebird and Atelier Abigail Ahern

From September 23, 350 King’s Road, SW3

A new tongue-in-cheek home collection is on sale at The Shop at Bluebird, curated by interior guru Abigail Ahern. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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