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Talks at the V&A, London Design Festival

Date: Tuesday 20th September
Where: The Victoria & Albert Museum
When: 11am - 12:30pm & 2pm - 3:30pm
RSVP: Free, Open to General Public

The New Craftsmen are proud to be working with The V&A during London Design Festival to organise two free talks that are open to the general public.

Both are held in Seminar Room 1 at The V&A, no RSVP or ticket is required and we look forward to seeing you there!


11am – 12:30pm – The Future of Makers Living in London

Chaired by Mark Henderson with panelists; Charles Armstrong, Founder & Director at The Trampery; Lola Lely, Designer & Maker.

Drawing upon The New Craftsmen’s first maker survey ‘Craft Futures’ conducted earlier this year, this talk will discus the challenges faced by creative companies operating in London. The talk includes a range of stakeholders including a Maker, Business Owner and Developer, aiming to provide a multi-faceted view on the issues felt. It will aim to explore the challenges faced by the creative industries and the wider implications for London in the future.

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2pm – 3:30pm – The Contemporary Market for Collectible Japanese & British Craft

Chaired by designer Bahbak Hashemi-Nezhad with panelists; Mark Henderson, Chairman and Co-founder of The New Craftsmen; Chris Green, Founder and Creative Director of Native & CoEriko Kawabuchi, Executive Managing Director of Idee.

As The New Craftsmen take British craft abroad, via a pop-up shop in Japanese brand Idee’s new Tokyo flagship store, this talk will celebrate the mutual craft and design fascinations between Britain and Japan. By look at craft companies that are working to present each country’s rich heritage in new and innovative ways, this discussion will focus on the contemporary and collectible markets.

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