London Craft Week 2020 will now take place from 30 September – 8 October. To support our partners and offer you – our loyal audience – a preview of what to expect this autumn, we will be running a Virtual Preview from 27 April – 3 May (our original LCW 2020 dates).
The LCW Virtual Preview will celebrate exceptional creativity and craftsmanship from around the world. From household names to those less well known, our aim is to shine a spotlight on what we call ‘unsung creative heroes’. LCW tells the stories behind some of the world’s most beautiful objects – the material, the maker, the process and the inspiration. It’s an opportunity to discover hidden workshops, independent makers, heritage craftsmen, jewel-like shops alongside great luxury houses, famous artists and designers, leading department stores, national museums and contemporary galleries.
Join us for exclusive online masterclasses, demonstrations, conversations, collection previews and product launches, as well as virtual behind-the-scenes exhibition, studio and workshop tours.
Tailoring & FashionPreview dunhill’s Spring Summer 2020 collection and Purdey’s new sunglasses range (LCW 2020 Headline Sponsors), learn classic tailoring processes in a pattern-cutting demonstration from Pink Shirtmakers, and discover emerging talent with London College of Fashion in collaboration with YKK.
Jewellery & Silversmithing
Go behind-the-scenes at luxury jewellery house Jessica McCormack, see the finishing touches being made to one-of-a-kind pieces at Theo Fennell, and visit the studios of sustainable jewellery designer Sian Evans and Contemporary British Silversmith graduate Jessica Jue.
Ceramics & GlassHear Studio Pottery London co-founder Gregory Tingay discuss Choson Korean Ceramics with the expert Dr Susan House Wade, meet the makers with Han Collection and Flow Gallery as they discuss their upcoming exhibitions, and catch a glimpse of Jochen Holz’s new glassware collection in progress.
Woodworking & Furniture MakingSit back and enjoy a preview of Steinway’s newly refurbished Steinway Hall, watch unseen footage of the marquetry behind the unique LINLEY World Map Table, see the making of Fernando Laposse’s ‘Sisal Bench’, or – if you’re feeling adventurous – make your own wood-turner from household items with STORE STORE’s new ‘Makers Manual’ by Theo Tan.
LeatherworkingTune in for masterclasses from leatherworkers Neil MacGregor and Valerie Michael, presented by luggage specialists Bentleys, and – if you can still find your shoes – tune in for a polishing masterclass from Joseph Cheaney & Sons’ Alex Parday.
Embroidery & TextilesGo behind-the-scenes with renowned upholsterer Aiveen Daly and weaver Christabel Balfour as they open their studio doors – virtually – for the first time, enjoy Messums Wiltshire and Two Temple Place’s rich textile exhibitions online, and peak into the workshop at Hand & Lock with exclusive access to their new embroidery kits.
Hand-painting & PrintmakingWatch unseen footage from the making of ERDEM x de Gournay’s verdant new Chinoiserie design, discover the process of lithograph printing with Michael Taylor of Paupers Press (courtesy of London Original Print Fair) and hear him discuss his practice with journalist Emma Crichton-Miller. Don’t miss the chance to see The Lettering Arts Trust’s latest exhibition dedicated to the celebrated British sculptor and letter-cutter John Stephen Skelton MBE.
InternationalFor a moment, allow yourself to be transported overseas – to India, Tibet and Syria – with Raw Mango, Norlha, and ISHKAR. Meet their international craft communities and discover where these beautiful collections are made, through previously unseen footage and access to new product launches.
Other key partners to look out for include The Design Museum, Tom Dixon, Mulberry and The New Craftsmen.
The LCW Virtual Preview will be launched on our homepage on 27 April and run until 3 May.
We look forward to welcoming you back then.