Made London design and craft fair comes to Canary Wharf

A cornucopia of design talent on show over two weeks

Tunkun Palm cushions by Poppy Westwell, from £75
Tunkun Palm cushions by Poppy Westwell, from £75

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).

Articulated wooden dachshund by Jeff Soan, £425
Articulated wooden dachshund by Jeff Soan, £425
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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.

Topographically contoured oak box by Tom Aylwin, from £495
Topographically contoured oak box by Tom Aylwin, from £495
Orange dot earrings in formica, walnut and oxidised silver by Emily Kidson, £70
Orange dot earrings in formica, walnut and oxidised silver by Emily Kidson, £70

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.”

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