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After great response and huge success in 2022, Making Spaces is back at Decorex for 2023.
Making Spaces allows makers to demonstrate the making of their products to Decorex visitors. It gives producers the opportunity to demonstrate the design and production process of their products and to give hands-on experience to the luxury design community.
We are proud to be working with Cockpit, The Black Artisans, Future Icons, QEST and Rycotewood communities this year.
Future Icons represents and showcases a select collection of design and craft led businesses that produce the finest interior accessories, furniture, jewellery, fashion accessories, artwork and objet d’art internationally.
Future Icons client collections can be found in museums, galleries and private residences across the world. Our clients have amassed over 30 awards between them and editorial mentions in significant international publications throughout their careers. Future Icons collections are presented as heirlooms of the future. An opportunity for design conscious individuals to invest and enjoy now.
Each brand has been selected based on their craftsmanship, originality, heritage and commercial appeal of their collections.
Rycotewood Furniture Centre Oxford - Delivering excellence in design & Craft education since 1938. Set up in 1938 by the late artist and philanthropist Cecil Michaelis to provide craft training for young people. A keen supporter of the Arts and Crafts movement he was concerned that valuable skills were in danger of being lost.
Rycotewood still keeps these values at its core offer a wide variety of courses to the next generation of designers and makers. Students can join us straight from school undertaking level 2 City and Guilds qualifications in Furniture Making by hand with progression onto level 3. Focus of these courses is on traditional furniture making using hand tools. Constructing boxes and drawers using dovetails joints and door frames with mortise and tenon joints. Veneering is a key skill, and this allows our students to work creatively developing marquetry designs. This course also equips older students to develop and build on existing craft skills.
QEST supports and champions excellence in British craftsmanship by funding the training and education of talented and aspiring makers. Since 1990, the charity has awarded £5.3 million to some 700 makers working across the UK in a broad range of traditional and contemporary craft skills. In addition to financial support, QEST provides its alumni with business skills development through its partnership with Cockpit Studios as well as opportunities for exhibitions, collaborations and commissions through its networks and other partnerships.
In November 2022, QEST was delighted to announce a new partnership with the National Saturday Club as part of developing new programmes focussed on young people and diversity. Over the course of the next two years, at least 10 Craft&Making Clubs will be established across the UK to introduce 13-16 years old – many from disadvantaged backgrounds and under-represented communities - to personal and career development opportunities with a focus on craft, making, and creativity.
The Black Artisans showcases and celebrates established UK based Black Artisans through a travelling photography exhibition. A complete suite of filmed interviews featuring the artisans accompanies the exhibition, to be used for educational purposes.
As well as capturing traditional sectors of UK heritage crafts, The Black Artisans captures artisans in other areas of cultural heritage – steel pan makers, and calabash artists, for example. This body of work seeks to make visible Black Artisans and to enlighten, educate and inspire people and in particular young people to explore these areas as a potential field of work or as a leisure interest, perhaps not previously considered or made available.
This project is funded by Waltham Forest Council's Make It Happen Award and supported by the Heritage Crafts Association.
Cockpit is a centre for excellence in craft, bridging the gap between talent and opportunity. An award-winning social enterprise, Cockpit is home to 160 independent creative businesses.
Working across 20 craft disciplines, Cockpit makers are selected for excellence in skill, originality of ideas and drive to take their practice to the next level.
A sought-after place at Cockpit includes subsidised or funded studio space as well as in-house business training and support.
Discover brand new products for your upcoming projects and find design inspiration on every corner when you visit our event. We can't wait to welcome you to Decorex 2023.