Formed with Future Heritage (10 – 14 October 2022) is a new show coming to Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour this October.
The world’s premier design centre is a champion of design talent and is delighted to give greater focus to the well-established Future Heritage, the forward-looking showcase of established and emerging makers curated by the influential design journalist and curator Corinne Julius. The Design Centre is already the first port of call for design savvy visitors, and this exciting event will bring exceptional work by contemporary makers to the home of design and decoration. Alongside next-generation talent, limited edition pieces by independent makers have been brought together for the show.
Buying or commissioning a unique piece of craft has never been more appealing, and the show’s aim is to bridge the gap between makers and those seeking to buy or commission one-off pieces. In times of mass-production, craft provides an outlet for authenticity and meaning. Interior design plays a vital role in placing craft at the heart of homes, hotels, yachts and public spaces – supporting the careers of makers and exposing the wider world to the power and beauty of the handmade
Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour is already known as a catalyst for creative connections; Formed with Future Heritage will bring together makers and those who wish to invest in future heirlooms, working in partnership with them to create something special.
For the show, Corinne Julius has carefully selected the cutting-edge designers at the forefront of craft. Their work is intellectually thoughtful, expresses potent narratives and rigorously executed with makers pushing their chosen material or process in new directions. Work spans disciplines including ceramics, glass, metalwork, basketry and paper, to non-traditional materials such as mycelium. Many new pieces have been created especially for the event.
Seeing objects in person gives a true measure of the creativity and effort involved in their making. At Formed with Future Heritage, interior designers, architects, collectors and craft lovers can be the first to meet emerging makers and view their highly individual pieces.
The imagination, diversity and techniques on display will attest to the relevance of collectible craft today. Highlights include:
Edinburgh-based Frances Priest uses clay as a canvas to build layered surfaces and patterns. For the first time, she will present colourful encaustic tiles made by Craven Dunnill Jackfield, combining contemporary designs with historical techniques. Ffion and Steven Blench, the duo behind Chalk Plaster, are passionate about plasterwork, both its past traditions and future potential, and will exhibit furniture made from reclaimed waste plasterboard. Designer-maker Tom Hancock of Studio Hancock draws influences from craft and engineering to devise innovative production processes most often associated with industrial manufacturing, using them to create highly coloured and patterned vessels made from spun metal. Metalsmith Sheng Zhang presents a series of striking minimalistic vessels the result of meticulous precision, blending traditional metal skills with the use of digital technologies. In contrast are themed wall installations made from manuscripts and paper fragments by London artist Francisca Prieto.
At Formed with Future Heritage there will also be opportunities to meet next-generation ceramicists. They include Leora Honeyman whose striking objects, pots, glasses and coffee tables will be displayed in a specially conceived installation; Elizabeth Degenszejn, whose minimalist porcelain sculptures transform the rigid properties of the square to bring out curvilinear possibilities, and Hannah Tounsend, whose contemplative painterly vessels explore the layered landscape and sea-washed surfaces of the British coastline.
Conscious creativity combined with environmental awareness Is another key feature of the show. Finalists of the Loewe Craft Prize 2022, Blast Studio, has developed a technique to transform urban waste into a biomaterial that can be 3D printed into furniture and lighting. Scottish maker and artist Kaye Bonnar presents colourful and textured basketry made using found and gathered materials from the seashore. Mingyu Xu draws on his Chinese cultural heritage, to explore bamboo weaving as an environmentally friendly material to create modular furniture.
Corinne Julius has a track record for spotting the next big thing and alumni who have gone on to great things include Juliette Bigley, Eleanor Lakelin, Marcin Rusak, Kaori Tatebayashi, Nic Webb and Jie Wu. Formed with Future Heritage will also exhibit a selection of pieces from artists such as these from previous years.
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Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour reserves the right to change the format without notice and accepts no liability if any events are varied, relocated or cancelled.