prodmainimg14228Following our trip to the inspirational West Dean College last weekend, today’s Friday Five is inspired by contemporary craft, artisans and designer/makers.


1.  History made object – these hand-turned wooden vessels and bowls (top and above) are made from a giant Cedar of Lebanon tree planted in 1827 by the Duke of Wellington at Kingston Lacy.  Sadly the tree had to be felled in 2014 and the National Trust commissioned celebrated wood artist Eleanor Lakelin  to create a collection of vessels from the cedar wood.  Read more of the story here.

original_linen-artisan-pinny2.  Channel your own inner artist/designer/maker with the Linen Artisan Pinny, which is on my birthday wish list for next month.

original_linen-artisan-pinny back view

il_570xN.796948632_1p2c3.  I’ve not been doing as much bookbinding as I’d like, maybe because I spend too much time “researching” the subject online.  But I get to find beautiful examples like these versatile handbound books by Little Room Press in Cardiff, Wales.  They could be used as albums or journals – the pages are Fabriano heavyweight archival paper, the binding is sewn by hand with French waxed linen thread and the endpapers are traditional Japanese Chiyogami paper.  Delicious.

biggs table and stool

4.  I’m currently obsessed with stools that also work perfectly as side tables.  Using carefully selected solid hardwoods, this Geometric Table/Stool is handcrafted just down the road from us here in West London by Biggs & Quail.

51Qo3t02f1L._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_97805005177585. The New Artisans: Handmade Designs for Contemporary Living and The New Artisans II: Encore! Handmade Designs for Contemporary Living

I’m not sure how long I spent in the iconic Foyles Bookshop on Charing Cross Road happily browsing contemporary craft books.  These two favourites whisk you off on a magical trip  to see the creations and work spaces of inspirational, contemporary designers and makers around the world.

Images: designer/makers and retailers as credited above



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