I popped along to the Heal's Modern Craft Market launch party last night to check out London's new and emerging design talent. The Craft market has now been running for fours years and this year they are focusing on the small-scale designers and makers who live and work in the wonderful city that is London.
It is an interactive exhibition, with a number of the designers and makers in store to provide live demonstrations, hands-on workshops and discuss the skills that go into the pieces on display. The list of exhibitors involved reflects the wide diversity of the city with everything from ceramics, gin-making, weaving, glassblowing, textiles to artisan soaps, which I was lucky enough to get a sample of!
Sipsmith: the first copper pot distillery in London for nearly two hundred years. They were on hand giving out refreshing Gin and Tonics and samples of their delicious Sloe Gin.
London Terrariums - Gardening under glass in the urban environment. Their self-contained eco-systems 'bring the serendipity of an outdoor garden into the home.' They also offer comprehensive workshops, interior displays and private orders.
Michael Ruh - Michael Ruh is a luxury handcrafted glass studio, based in London designing one -of-a-kind Objects, Lighting and Tableware.
Caitlin Hinshelwood - Caitlin Hinshelwood is a London based designer who produces distinctive collections of illustrative, hand-worked, printed textiles.
Rachael South - Rachael is passionate about supporting re-cycling and sustainable living, hoping each reconditioned piece of furniture will last for another generation of use.
London Cloth Company - The London Cloth Company was established in October 2011 and is the first micro-mill to open in London. They specialise in quality woven cloth, particularly woollens, produced on our ever-expanding range of carefully restored shuttle looms dating from the 1870s.
Live weaving demonstrations