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Crafthouse at Decorex 2016

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Taking over 4 significant spaces within the main fair at Decorex 2016, The New Craftsmen presents Crafthouse, a set of unique rooms that explore the fundamentals of a home and the domestic rituals by which we live.

From door handle to chair, Crafthouse celebrates spaces created by hand – generating a more conscious physical and visceral connection with ones domestic environments. By expressing materials and processes in their purest forms, Crafthouse reconsiders and rethinks craft and how it is used in our lives.

Each room focuses on specific materials and makers, pushing them to the limits of their skills, presenting innovative iterations of their work.

To download the Decorex 2016 product catalogue, and to find out more about our trade services, visit our Trade page.

Eating: clay & scorched timber

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The eating space, conceived with Nic Webb, highlights the processes and versatility of making with clay, conveying the history, materiality and use of ceramic objects. The space showcases a selection of Nic’s collectible clay vessels and functional pieces for eating and serving food. It also features large sculptural furniture pieces rendered in scorched wood.

Bathing: jesmonite & glass

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Harnessing the versatility and beauty of Jesmonite and glass, Malgorzata Bany and Jochen Holz have considered the bathing space. Malgorzata has created a new textural range of tiles in Jesmonite – a composite material combining gypsum and resin – as well as experimenting with pigment and form to create new furniture including a console table.

Jochen has further explored the possibilities of laboratory glass with the space including both a new lighting feature with neon gas and water pouring vessels.

Sleeping: pigment & threads 

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Echoing the artist’s chamber, at the centre of Pedro da Costa Felgueiras and Georgia Kemball ’s bedroom will be a dramatic box-bed featuring a ladder and peephole.

Pedro’s lacquers and embellishments are crafted from hand-ground pigments and minerals, whilst he also brings to the fore the ancient craft of lead applications. Georgia’s textiles build upon her debut collection for The New Craftsmen, including hand-made unique pieces as well as launching an exclusive fabric by the metre, in collaboration with Bristol Weaving Mill.

Working: wicker & wood

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Serving as the studio for Crafthouse’s architect, the working area represents the hub from which all the other spaces were conceived. The studio is encased in willow panelling hand-crafted by Hilary Burns, and braided handles by Aimee Betts.

Furniture-designer Gareth Neal has collaborated with basket maker Annemarie O’Sullivan to present the third iteration of his line of chairs exclusive to The New Craftsmen.

The New Craftsmen also worked with architect William Smalley to create a model of the founders’ retreat which will be on display in the workspace.

“This ambitious project – The New Craftsmen’s largest presentation to date – is all about unleashing the creativity of makers and giving them an opportunity to showcase their material fascination in a holistic environment. Each room has a completely different look and feel, but they are all united by a desire to bring material to the fore. Crafthouse is an extension of the way in which our business is rapidly evolving, we are increasingly facilitating the opportunity for interior designers to play with the craft skill and an extensive material palette to realise new objects and finishes for projects. Our team have listened closely to their needs and desires and the 4 rooms offer up a whole plethora of new products, new ideas, new finishes and new inspiration.”
– Catherine Lock, Creative Director.

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