HOW CRAFT GOT COOL

Want to give a gift that loved ones will treasure? There's a huge trend right now for collectable craft. No felt involved. Check out some of the best work...

SMALL BATCH GOODS

Set up by Art Director, Daniel Hubbard, Small Batch Goods is an online shop selling just that; gorgeous goods made in small batches. With a focus on provenance and craftsmanship, it offers a stylish selection of lovingly handmade and ethical pieces.

Side plates, £10 each; Scented candle, £45; Found objects from £15.

Featuring a mix of tactile textiles, charming ceramics and candles from London Cloth Company, Ren London and other independents, Small Batch Goods celebrates the talent and authenticity behind the work and presents it all within a calming, neutral palette, making it temptingly easy to choose and coordinate items.

Block Print linen cushion, £69.

OGGETTO

Oggetto (pronounced “or-jet-oh”) is the Italian word for ‘object’, and that’s exactly what Helen and Charlie Camm’s online store provides: a carefully-curated collection of simple, functional and thoughtful objects for everyday use in the home.

Moroccan handblown glass jug, £22

From their Dorset-based studio and workshop the couple design, make and source beautiful products united by a mantra of “quality, longevity, craftsmanship”

Glass hanging planter, £23.

MADE+GOOD

Founded by Alexandra Hayes, Made+Good is a curated offering of covetable homeware, jewellery and kid’s stuff made by small independent designer-makers all based in the UK. Everything is chosen for being made to last – there’s nothing ‘throwaway’ here. 

Bird plate, £44; Super blue cheese board, from £31; Temper Studios board, from £30; Saltwater stoneware bowl, £22.

Inspired by the great outdoors, Made + Good’s latest maker, Lucy Ogden, channels her love for the South Downs National Park into her distinctive range of ceramics. Hang them on the wall or lay them on the table, these plates make a great gift and are a guaranteed to brighten up any home. 

Orange larks plate, £58.

KALINKO

Based in Burma, Kalinko‘s mission is to connect the country’s talented artisans to the wider world and to those who will love the materials and craftsmanship that go into these gorgeous handmade homewares and the stories behind them.

Katha cushions, from £50 each.

The limited edition Mandalay and Bagan bowls are made with hand-laid eggshell and up to eight layers of raw lacquer sap applied to a bamboo frame, with each layer taking eight days to air dry.

Mandalay and Bagan bowls, small £120, large, £140.

THE NEW CRAFTSMEN

From its Mayfair gallery, The New Craftsmen champions contemporary craft and its makers. The carefully curated collection of goods includes furniture, lighting, textiles, kitchen and dining, hardware, artworks, jewellery and much more from the nation’s wide and varied talented artisans.

The New Craftsmen Gallery

This limited edition set of four 24-carat plated scissors – floral, fabric, paper and nail – is by Ernest Wright & Sons, wrapped in a beautiful leather case, which can be monogrammed as part of the price. The six sets available are the last remaining, as the family-run business has now sadly closed, so not only are they beautiful and useful, they are true collector’s items.

Scissors by Ernest Wright & Sons, £950

 

 

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