Hole & Corner x dunhill's Home of Craftsmanship - that's a wrap
Words Mark Hooper
Photographs Dan Weill, Ian Alladyce, Sam Walton
The Hole & Corner x dunhill’s Home of Craftsmanship for London Craft Week has now closed its doors: here’s what you missed…
Conceived in association with dunhill, the Home of Craftsmanship saw Bourdon House – their magnificent 18th century Mayfair flagship store – transformed into a creative hub for London Craft Week.
Every floor of the building was filled with activity – renowned glassmaker Michael Ruh and knifemakers Pole and Hunt operating from mobile furnaces in the courtyard; cermacist Florian Gadsby throwing live in the Rotunda Room (above left); Maria Sigma weaving from her loom in the tailoring room (below left); and Mark Reddy giving woodcarving demonstrations in the basement (below right) – next to Alfie’s café on one side, which became a #myholeandcorner retreat-turned library, filled with reference books themed on the home and craftsmanship, and the cinema on the other, which showed a series of films specially commissioned by Hole & Corner alongside a selection kindly loaned from the BFI Archive Collection.
Dunhill’s own master craftsmen also showed off their incredible tailoring and leathermaking skills, with leather bookmark-making workshops available to the public as well as spoon-carving lessons from Mark Reddy. All of this was augmented by fascinating sold-out talks on the theme of Modern Living (featuring Albert Hill of pioneering estate agents The Modern House in discussion with architect Jonathan Tuckey) and Space and Senses (between interior designer Ilse Crawford and perfumier Lyn Harris).
But perhaps best of all were the impromptu collaborations: Maria Sigma invited one of dunhill’s master tailors, Joseph Butler, to turn the weave she had been working on all week into a bespoke jacket (above); dunhill’s Patricio Baeza showed off his glassblowing skills on glass artist Michael Ruh’s portable furnace in the courtyard; meanwhile ceramicist Florian Gadsby recreated one of the limited edition covers of our Nest Issue by artist Charlotte Taylor, using his own pots and vessels.
One of the key elements of the event was the launch of Cræftiga, our prize for emerging talent. To create a fund for the award, we invited 30 of the finest makers in the UK to donate a work to be sold. Varying from the practical to the conceptual, the 30 individual pieces made an incredible centrepiece in the Discovery Room. The remaining unsold pieces are now available to view and buy from our website – click here for more.
Huge thanks to all who made the event such a huge success – including of course our incredible makers, those who donated pieces for Cræftiga, the experts who took part in our discussions, the filmmakers (and the BFI) whose work was included in the cinema programme – and of course our partners at dunhill for helped elevate the idea of the Home of Craftsmanship and make it reality.
And don’t just take our word for it: Michelle Ogundehin, design expert, TV presenter and former editor of Elle Deco, made us her top pick for London Craft Week and Roddy Clarke described the Home of Craftsmanship as ‘an innovative way to showcase an array of crafts and connect personally with the makers’ in his LCW highlights for the Evening Standard.
Watch this space for news of more exciting events soon…