Some of Britain’s best bespoke furniture makers are joining forces with their peers in the world of silversmithing to present a series of unique and limited edition handcrafted works at the Inspired exhibition (May 3-6) during London Craft Week.
All 14 furniture makers – including John Makepeace, Toby Winteringham, Matthew Burt and Sarah Kay – have been granted The Furniture Makers’ Company Bespoke Guild Mark (a coveted award for exceptional design and craftsmanship), while the 60 silversmiths include well-established names such as Brett Payne, Rebecca Joselyn, Karina Gill and Fred Rich, as well as rising stars like Kyosun Jung, whose pieces are in the V&A’s permanent collection.
Collaborations include Morta, a pair of candlesticks (£1,550 each, unique) from furniture maker Edward Wild and silversmith Karen Wallace, made from ancient bog oak, while Rebecca Joselyn has filled the witty Toolbox, crafted by Daniel Lacey, with silver salt and pepper oil drums, two condiment containers shaped like oil cans, a half-pint oil jug and six Jubilee clip napkin rings (£6,800 complete with all items, edition of two; items can also be ordered individually).
Equally unusual are Kyosun Jung’s Soju cups (£2,200 for a set of four, edition of 10) in a mahogany and wenge box whose rippled interiors were inspired by water droplets. Further eye-catchers include Helen London’s long-necked Swan spoons with 9ct gold beaks (£430 for the pair, currently unique), Angela Cork’s decorative rectangular Ripple box (£2,950, unique) and Leaf dish (£4,200, unique) and Jen Ricketts’ hand-pierced Countryside wine-bottle holder with tree silhouettes (£1,600, unique). Little Halstock’s glamorous Shot box (£8,000, limited edition), meanwhile, places 10 sleek silver cups in a richly detailed American black walnut box with marquetry and a suede-lined interior.
On the furniture front, standout designs include Violet (£3,180, unique), an elegant contemporary vanity table in English ash with mirror and stool by Sarah Kay and Daniel Lacey; Yard Sale Project’s Over Easy II coffee table (£9,450, unique), crafted from 20 types of hardwood; and John Makepeace’s hypnotic Undulate (£25,000, made to order) console table in English ripple sycamore.