Formed with Future Heritage 2023
MONDAY 9 – FRIDAY 13 OCTOBER 2023
Formed with Future Heritage brought exceptional work by 40+ contemporary makers to the home of design and decoration – Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour, with many new pieces created specially for the event.
The show combined two creative strands, Formed and Future Heritage, with an aim to bridge the gap between makers and those seeking to acquire or commission unique pieces, whether from a talented individual at the beginning of their career or a highly regarded larger studio or gallery collective. Work on display featured a variety of media and disciplines from sculpture, ceramics, glass, wood, textiles, basket weaving, metalwork and upcycled materials to furniture, lighting and art. Conscious creativity combined with environmental awareness was a key feature.
Free daily tours took visitors to the heart of the stories behind the objects and explored the joy of the handmade.
“Crafted objects bring individuality, personality and soul…they command the space”
Martin Hulbert, Martin Hulbert Design
Formed offered limited-edition work by independent designer-makers, lighting of aesthetic brilliance, as well as museum-worthy pieces from highly respected gallery collectives, representing internationally acclaimed artists and designers.
The wealth of inspiration included sculptural lighting by Martin Huxford; contemporary art and design from Studio Ellie Maya; handcrafted furniture and lighting from Tamasine Osher; emerging talent from Blackhorse Workshop Makers Collective; lighting and vessels from Miles + Abigail Ozora Simpson; bone china lights from Original BTC; Australian design from The Specified; furniture from Carbon Deco by Aark; English Decoratives showcasing work by decorative artist Diane Marsland; abstract paintings from Quote & Curate; and pieces by architect-designer Xena Kalouti. Crafting a Difference, a collective of galleries representing internationally renowned artists, brought a vast knowledge and experience in both the craft and art worlds.
Future Heritage has a track record for spotting the next big thing. For this year’s edition, renowned design journalist and curator Corinne Julius carefully selected contemporary makers at the forefront of craft. Their work was thoughtfully and rigorously executed with makers pushing their chosen material or process in new directions.
Makers included Carréducker Studio, Robert Cooper, Isabel Fletcher, Robert George, Lola Lazaro Hinks, Zena Holloway, Greg Kent, Joanne Lamb, Caroline Macdonald, Eleanor Pritchard, SHY Studio and Edgar Ward. Several themes emerging for the show included the natural, the discarded, the combining of historic and new processes and an interest in new forms of lighting.
FREE GUIDED TOURS
Visitors were able to learn how to commission craft for interiors, and how materials have been taken in new, imaginative directions at guided tours led by Future Heritage’s curator Corinne Julius; as well as discover more about the craftsmanship to be found within the Formed exhibits or the Design Centre’s showrooms.
Interior design plays a vital role in placing unique pieces at the heart of homes, hotels, yachts and public spaces.
Seeing products in person gives a true measure of the creativity, expertise and effort involved in their making. At Formed with Future Heritage, interior designers, architects, craft lovers and collectors of exceptional craftsmanship were the first to view highly individual work, all in one place.