Five highlights at London Craft Week

Find in-store inspiration at the fourth London Craft Week – the festival showcasing events by over 200 makers, brands and galleries from May 9 to 13

Marrakech-based potter Laurence Leenaert (aka LRNCE) will be live painting her colourful vessels and textiles at The Conran Shop
Marrakech-based potter Laurence Leenaert (aka LRNCE) will be live painting her colourful vessels and textiles at The Conran Shop

1. Global Market at The Conran Shop The Conran Shop is sponsoring London Craft Week for the first time this year, which means themed extravaganzas at all three of its London stores, in Marylebone, Chelsea and Selfridges. Chelsea is the hub – head there to see ceramicist Billy Lloyd (a personal favourite of Terence Conran), who will be bone-china slip casting his lighting collection and previewing his exclusive Oaxaca collection for the store. There’s also a display telling the story behind Bert & May’s handmade Spanish encaustic tiles, while a master weaver from Danish brand Carl Hansen & Søn will demonstrate how the canework finish on its iconic Faaborg chair is created. Marrakech-based potter Laurence Leenaert (aka LRNCE) will also be live painting her colourful vessels and textiles. conranshop.co.uk.

From left: Carl Hansen & Søn’s master weaver will be demonstrating canework at The Conran Shop. Billy Lloyd ceramics at the store
From left: Carl Hansen & Søn’s master weaver will be demonstrating canework at The Conran Shop. Billy Lloyd ceramics at the store
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2. Maison Trudon: 400 Years in the Making French perfume house and candlemaker Cire Trudon’s history goes all the way back to 1643, supplying candles to Louis XV and Marie Antoinette. As part of the festival, it is hosting a talk at its Chiltern Street store that will illuminate the secrets of its wax craft. Discover how its candle busts (of notable figures including Marie Antoinette herself) and colourful cameo-adorned pillar candles are made, in the company of the brand’s inspirational CEO Julien Pruvost. 36 Chiltern Street, London W1. Wednesday May 9, 6pm-9pm, £10; book via 020-7486 7590; trudon.com.

Join Cire Trudon’s CEO Julien Pruvost for a talk revealing its candle-making secrets
Join Cire Trudon’s CEO Julien Pruvost for a talk revealing its candle-making secrets | Image: Paul Raeside
Expect a multisensory experience at Selfridges and a debate on the value of time by creative studio CommuneEast
Expect a multisensory experience at Selfridges and a debate on the value of time by creative studio CommuneEast

3. The Flipside at Selfridges As part of its Radical Luxury campaign exploring the nature of modern luxury, Selfridges is staging an exhibition entitled The Flipside in The Old Selfridges Hotel, which adjoins its London store – with installations by brands including Loewe, Louis Vuitton and Byredo (the latter’s exploration of water as a luxury of the future is particularly intriguing). The multisensory exhibition will play host to a podcast by The High Low (£5) and a debate on the value of time by creative studio CommuneEast (£5). Once you’ve seen the show, head to Anatomy of Luxury at The Selfridges Corner Shop (until Sunday May 27) for an evolving selection of limited edition products and collaborations. The Old Selfridges Hotel, 1 Orchard Street, London W1. Installations are free, book via Eventbrite; exhibition open until Sunday May 20; selfridges.com/flipside.

SCP will present a pottery exhibition at its Shoreditch branch showcasing the work of ceramicist Reiko Kaneko
SCP will present a pottery exhibition at its Shoreditch branch showcasing the work of ceramicist Reiko Kaneko
For one afternoon only, London sewing school and fabric store Ray Stitch will lead masterclasses in the Japanese technique of boro at Toast
For one afternoon only, London sewing school and fabric store Ray Stitch will lead masterclasses in the Japanese technique of boro at Toast

4. SCP’S House of Ceramics London manufacturer SCP has a long-standing relationship with ceramicist and designer Reiko Kaneko, who will present a pottery exhibition at its Shoreditch branch during London Craft Week. The display will be an eclectic mix of items that offer an insight into Kaneko’s working practice: glazed tiles, test pieces and examples of kintsugi, the Japanese art of repairing broken vessels with gold, and ikebana-style flower arranging. There will also be live demonstrations by Steve Harold, who hand-throws the terracotta vessels Kaneko designed exclusively for the store. 135 Curtain Road, London EC2; scp.co.uk.

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5. The Art of Boro at Toast British lifestyle brand Toast is renowned for its craft-led fashion and homewares and is hosting a creative textile workshop at its Notting Hill store. For one afternoon only, London sewing school and fabric store Ray Stitch will lead masterclasses in boro, or Japanese indigo patchwork. Attendees will discover the history behind the technique, which was traditionally used to mend old textiles with appliquéd strips and decorative stitching. They will also be able to use Toast fabrics to make their own boro piece – or take a personal item to customise. 191 Westbourne Grove, London W11. Free, no booking necessary. One-hour workshops held on Friday May 11, 2pm-6pm; toast.co.uk.

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