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G.F Smith and MaterialDriven: Beyond Paper – The Craft of Material Making

Exhibition, 8 - 11 May 10:00 – 17:00
Tours, 8 - 11 May 13:00

Booking Details

Exhibition, booking not necessary, free

Tours, Talks, booking necessary via, free

GF Smith Showroom
27-28 Eastcastle Street

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020 7394 4660

For over 130 years, G . F Smith has been obsessed with the simple beauty and limitless possibility of paper. Today, they act as custodians of their founders remarkable legacy by making and curating the world’s finest paper collection. For London Craft Week, G . F Smith are partnering with MaterialDriven - a design agency and Material Library, to host an exciting and immersive exhibition in their emblematic London Show Space. The exhibition continues until 31 May.

Visitors will be able to interact with and explore a range of new, experimental materials that are at the forefront of design and sustainability. From paper-based innovation to reimagined plastics, to vegan leathers, this display will take you on a journey through material making, its impact and applications in craft and design. The material samples and artefacts showcased will reflect the current landscape of making across fashion, interiors, architecture, and graphics.

The MaterialDriven team will host guided tours every day, where they will expand on the narratives behind each material and walk the visitor through the collection on display. There will also be an opportunity to hear from the makers of these materials themselves, through short demonstrations and talks where they will present their work, and highlight the process behind the final product.


Talks and Tours:

Wednesday 8th May

10 AM: Orla Lawn

12 PM: Atticus Durnell

1 PM: MaterialDriven Tour

3 PM: Manuela Kagerbauer and Tessa Silva

4 PM: Tessa Silva and Hannah Elisabeth Jones

Thursday 9th May:

1 PM: MaterialDriven Tour

3 PM: Atticus Durnell, and Richard Healy (Baux)

4 PM:  Atticus Durnell, and Richard Healy (Baux)

Friday 10th May:

12 PM: Atticus Durnell

1 PM: MaterialDriven Tour

3 PM: Manuela Kagerbauer and Tessa Silva

4 PM:  Tessa Silva and Atticus Durnell

Saturday 11th May:

10 AM: Neha Lad and Manuela Kagerbauer

1 PM: MaterialDriven Tour

3 PM: Tom Meades and Charlotte Allen

4 PM:  Atticus Durnell


For additional talks, do follow the schedule posted on the MaterialDriven webpage, and updates on their social media.

GF Smith Showroom