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The New Craftsmen

craft pop-up embodies the community of contemporary makers...

The New Craftsmen

The New Craftsmen have searched high and low to bring together a unique and eclectic array of goodies, that focus upon locally crafted materials. Founded by industry experts Mark Henderson, Natalie Melton and Catherine Lock – the fledgling team have created a business plan to discover, champion and sell luxury and personable products...

Reimagined Orkney Chair by Gareth Neal and Kevin Gauld
Photograph, Tif Hunter

In the heart of Mayfair, opposite The Connaught no less, sits a beautiful town house – No5. Carlos Place – which is hosting a rather fantastic showcase of all things handmade, courtesy of newly founded champion of British craft: The New Craftsmen.

The collection showcases some of the best in contemporary British craft, and includes homewares, furniture, ceramics and accessories by some 30 designer/makers. It’s not your typical collection either. The New Craftsmen have searched high and low to bring together a unique and eclectic array of goodies, that focus upon locally crafted materials. Founded by industry experts Mark Henderson, Natalie Melton and Catherine Lock – the fledgling team have created a business plan to discover, champion and sell luxury and personable products.

Running until 15th December, the pop-up (a permanent residence is due in 2013) not only offers visitors the opportunity to buy items from just £22, it also offers workshops and bespoke made-to-order items such as The Orkney Chair by Gareth Neal and Kevin Gauld. Having wandered around the townhouse, I found myself wanting to give a new home to pretty much all of it. Contemporary, sustainable and long lasting, some of my favourites include Cameron Short’s nature inspired hand-block printed wallpaper, Sophie Woodrow’s imaginative and charming porcelain figurines and Mr Smith’s typographical letter-press prints. Ndidi Ekubia’s hammered silverwear, Billy Lloyd’s ceramics and Charlotte Linton’s printed textiles all embed a deep sense of traditional craft with contemporary and charming designs too.

A key part of this collection is the personable environment that the products are set in. A house to home, you can touch and really engage with the surroundings. But it’s not just another Christmas pop-up about buying unique gifts for you or your loved ones, it’s a temporary home to a young community of makers who are keeping the art of each craft from dying out.

The New Craftsmen

Gareth Neal and Kevin Gauld,
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The New Craftsmen

Eriskay Ponies Scarf by Charlotte Linton,
Photograph, Tif Hunter

The New Craftsmen

The New Craftsmen,
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The New Craftsmen

Sophie Woodrow,
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The New Craftsmen

Wine Goblets by Ndidi Ekubia,
Photograph, Tif Hunter

The New Craftsmen

Spoons by Nic Webb,
Photograph, Tif Hunter

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The New Craftsmen,
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The New Craftsmen

Mr Smith’s Letterpress,
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The New Craftsmen

Sophie Woodrow,
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The New Craftsmen

The New Craftsmen,
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The New Craftsmen

Gareth Neal and Kevin Gauld,
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The New Craftsmen

The New Craftsmen,
Photograph, Tif Hunter

The New Craftsmen

Cameron Short Wallpaper,
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