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Our selection committee (including the heads of each organisation and others with a specific interest in craft including Kerryn Harper-Cuss - 3x Editor of British interiors magazines, Selina McCabe of Winch Design, Jay Blades and Bunny Turner of Turner Pocock) will hand-pick their favourite 15 makers from these communities and provide them with an opportunity to display their products to an interior design audience.
The space will be curated, and makers will be expected to demonstrate their craft to over 12,000 visitors throughout the 4-day event at Olympia.
Louisa Pacifico founded Future Icons in 2017, previously having been the Chief Executive of Craft Central and leading sales teams for both New Designers and Clerkenwell Design Week.
As founder of Future Icons, Louisa selects makers and designers to represent and nurture through business consultancy and curated showcases. Most notably, she developed and managed the curated showcases for The Future of Craft at London Craft Week, gallery venues within the iconic Burlington Arcade in Mayfair and was appointed VIP room curator for prestigious London Art Fair.
In addition to Future Icons, Louisa freelances as a consultant for venues across London, lectures at universities and colleges and has been appointed as an interior designer for private and corporate clients.
Deborah has been the CEO of QEST since 2018, and immediately prior to that the Development Director of the Royal Warrant Holders Association for 5 years. Deborah is passionate about ensuring that regardless of background or circumstance everyone should have the opportunity and access to training in order to be able pursue a career as a professional maker, whether as a sole-trader or within industry.
Since QEST was founded in 1990, supporting the continuation and development of craft skills - and contributing to the thriving and valuable future of the UK craft industry - have been the core functions of the charity. Whilst we will continue to support more established makers through the Scholarship Programme, it is essential that we provide opportunity, inspiration and support to the next generation of professional makers so that they, in turn, can have fulfilling and creative careers, whatever their background or circumstance, whilst pushing the boundaries of materials and techniques ensuring that craft is relevant for the 21st century and beyond.
Since joining Winch Design in 2007, Selina has become invaluable within the Interiors team. Her outstanding level of creativity has been evident in the multiple yacht, aviation and architectural projects which she has completed.
Selina now focuses on leading the Studio Winch team with an energy and enthusiasm that’s infectious, reverberating throughout the whole studio. Tirelessly managing FF&E and presenting concepts and schemes to clients, Selina also mentors the junior members of the team, encouraging them to be confident and creative in their decisions. Selina is also responsible for collaborations with other brand partners.
Josh Hudson heads up Rycotewood Furniture Center, within his role he develops and oversees the faculty on a day-to-day basis, engaging with students on all course levels and staying in contact with Rycotewood’s industry partners.
He teaches Rycotewood’s prestigious furniture manufacture apprenticeship programme using his vast industry knowledge and previous endeavours of taking his own apprentices to national final recognition to develop future industry makers.
After graduating from Rycotewood in 2001, he spent many years honing his skills within different timber industries. He then built an established business with his good friend over 15 years, specializing in high end internal cabinetry and heritage joinery working with high profile interior designers, architects, and private clients.
Jo is a London based photographer with a focus on close up and social documentary works. She is interested in subjects around culture, heritage and age and is currently touring photography exhibition: www.theblackartisans.org
She is also a marketing agency owner – specialisng in food, creative and tech clients and networks since 2005
A modern furniture restorer and eco designer devoted to sustainability, social enterprise and inclusion.
Best known for being an award winning presenter on TV, where his enthusiasm for reinvention and love for life shine through on many programmes, most notably The Repair Shop.
In addition to presenting, Jay spends time working on furniture projects for commercial and individual clients, running workshops and motivating disadvantaged people in the community.
Respected interiors journalist Kerryn Harper-Cuss is a long-term advocate of British and indigenous craftsmanship as well as sustainable design. She has championed the stories of makers and the importance of heritage skills for more than 20 years, not only through her editorship of The English Home and House Beautiful magazines, but now as a freelance content creator and in her ambassadorial role with the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust.
At Decorex she regularly moderates seminars with erudite panels and was also sole judge of the Best in British Craftsmanship Award for nine years.
We are constantly on the hunt for emerging young design talent – our goal is to support them by placing them in the projects we work on, introducing them to clients who are interested in being part of their journey.
Its finding the next generation of creatives that keeps us inspired – they help us to think about solutions to spaces with fresh ideas often using materials in unusual ways.
Annie Warburton is CEO at Cockpit and a writer and presenter specialising in contemporary craft, art and design.
At Cockpit, Annie has shaped a bold new vision. This year, a £3.2 million capital project backed by the Mayor of London, will refurbish and transform Cockpit’s Deptford studios, creating more studios, a new learning centre, a public art commission by Amber Khokhar and new craft garden landscaped by Sebastian Cox.
Prior to joining Cockpit, Annie was Creative Director at Crafts Council UK. Bringing contemporary craft to public audiences, she led three editions of Collect – the international fair for contemporary craft and design, and a portfolio of exhibitions including at the V&A, Cheongju Biennale, Design Miami/Basel and the Grayson Perry show Julie Cope’s Grand Tour. She is the author of Our Future is in the Making, the influential manifesto launched by Edmund de Waal and Tristram Hunt in the Palace of Westminster.