Bringing the best of craft and design to Canary Wharf this month is the Made London fair, in two separate events running on March 17-20 and 22-25. Each will showcase around 60 different makers, from knitwear artists to ceramicists, jewellers and sculptors, offering everything from an articulated wooden dachshund (£425) to a butterfly-bedecked hat (starting at £360).
The impressive array of talent ranges from Emily Kidson, who creates jewellery with unusual materials such as laminates and walnut (from £45), to Jeff Soan, who crafts delightful wooden animals that move (from £20). Poppy Westwell’s jaunty lobiscus and tunkun palm cushions (from £75) are a brightener for any sofa, while aesthetically minded climbers will love Tom Aylwin’s contour boxes (from £495), made in English oak – the lid of each is a topographically correct 3D recreation of an area, from Everest to Méribel, while inside a personal message and a map reference is carved.
The fair (admission free) comes at a time when tactility and artisanship are the topics du jour. “There has been a significant boom in the craft industry,” says the fair’s director, Jon Tutton. “There is also an increased desire for authenticity in products – from coffee to bespoke bicycles – and for a link between the maker and the purchaser. This has helped individual craftspeople plow their own furrow.”