New for 2018, CraftWork is a platform for the next generation of designers from across disciplines, each displaying products with the highest level of artisanal craftsmanship. This is a space to reconnect with the niche technique that goes into crafting one-of-a-kind pieces and meet the makers behind them.
Anna Glover. Award-winning designer Anna Glover’s creations blur the line between wallpaper and works of art. In part two of Behind the Design, she details the process that sees her hand-paintings become wallcoverings, the reason behind her career choice and the inspiration behind her latest collection. Watch Video»
RHMB. Rob Brain designs and makes bespoke furniture using timber from London trees. His furniture is made with local material, designed and built in his London workshop. Sourcing material locally means Rob can trace a piece back to the street or park where the tree stood. This gives his work a distinctive provenance, and instills it with a narrative of the material’s journey. Combining his background as a philosophy graduate with over a decade’s experience in the luxury interiors market, Rob brings a meticulous and thoughtful approach to the design and construction of each piece.
Zuzana Lalikova. Born in Slovakia and educated in the UK, Zuzana is a fiber artist and uses traditional Slovakian embroidery techniques to produce large-scale contemporary wall hangings. Geometrics and colour are recurring themes throughout the collections, creating contemporary wall art for interiors and public spaces.
She has previously been invited to produce a live embroidery installation for Animali Domestici Gallery. Currently, embroidery is her main focus; she often looks at techniques that are no longer widely practised and tries to repurpose the traditional into the contemporary - through using different materials or playing around with scale.
She is interested in the value of human labour in our mechanised world, finding this in things that take a long time to make.
Louis Jobst. Jobst’s innovative and striking designs draw influence from his education and professional background in architecture and sculpture fabrication. They have also won him the 2017 Elle Decoration British Design Award for Accessories.
Having come from a family of artisans and architects, Jobsts’ fascination with design was ignited at a young age and inspired him to initially train as an architect. In 2013, he began working for the renowned Mike Smith Studio, collaborating on major sculpture fabrication projects both in the UK and abroad. This equipped him with skill and experience working in an extensive range of materials and across a broad expanse of scales.
The combination of skills developed in led him to produce designs based on the importance of the ‘making’ process, alongside the principles of architectural aesthetics. All of Jobst’s designs are handmade in his studio in East London.
Novocastrian. A collective of designers, craftsmen, architects, metalworkers, artists, welders, makers and engineers, Novocastrian forge bespoke objects and environments. They provide exceptional pieces to the world’s most distinguished clients. Their craft is born of industry, of the manufacturing heritage of its home in the North East of England.
They are the sons and daughters of the Northern shipbuilders and coal miners who drove the industrial revolution. They continually seek to repurpose their craft into one fit for modern times with creations that are elemental and humble yet timeless. They believe in the honest beauty of raw, natural materials. Metal is their obsession, the backbone of their work.
David Pringle. Artist David Pringle has expanded on his practice to create original pieces that perform a functional role while maintaining an artistic quality. With precision detailing that highlights his deftness as a maker and sensibility as an artist, he has created a unique collection of works from his London studio.
Gina Pipét. Specialising in contemporary prints for fashion and interior, designer Gina Pipét is famed for her application of colourful, bold and decorative patterns onto silk scarves and accessories. Heavily influenced by Optical and Abstract Art - the effect of colour, form and geometric shapes - Pipet forged her career at the UK’s most respected print house, Liberty of London, for 10 years before launching her own eponymous design label, PIPÉT.
Having been commissioned to design interior products for several high-end private clients, Decorex 18 welcomes the launch of Gina’s new line of custom made PIPÉT fabrics and accessories. The collection, ‘Mother’s Nature’ focuses on bringing the ‘outside in’ and is inspired by the jungle and colours of the wild, creating a tropical oasis of mixed prints and striking fabrics in a softer, earthy colonial colour palette.
Kevin Stamper. A skilled artist and furniture maker, Kevin Stamper uses colour, texture and form to create mesmising sculptural artwork and bespoke furniture pieces. His unique designs are largely made from solid wood and through dyed sycamore veneer which is then expertly crafted into pixelated works of art.
The coloured veneers are cut into squares with each one possessing an individual natural grain pattern and texture, which gives the material its own unique personality and an element of control over the final picture. Squares are often combined with burr oak that’s either bleached and weathered or fumed to give a deep, dark tone. Kevin’s pieces have received critical acclaim in The Wall Street Journal, Sphere Magazine and House & Garden and he is also the recipient of two design awards from the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers.