As holiday bookings remain uncertain, we asked LCW 2021 partners to share with us cultural highlights and creative inspirations from their most-loved summer destinations. From the lagoons of Venice to the unspoiled beauty of Scotland’s Outer Hebrides, enjoy vicariously or use to plan those long-awaited travels. Plus, we’ve rounded up our selection of the best exhibitions to visit across the UK this month, and our friends at Eataly have shared a recipe for their traditional Tiramisú – for a little holiday indulgence, wherever you may be.
Lorraine Acornley, on Scotland
Creative Director, Begg x Co
I grew up in Scotland and moved to London around 24 years ago. I still have family and friends in the motherland and work brings me back to Scotland frequently (although not in this last pandemic year!). I cannot wait to return. Here are the things on my wish list to see and do…
1. The Kinneuchar Inn is the most brilliant eatery in the East Neuk of Fife and St Andrew’s beach is great for a windy walk afterwards.
3. I have my eye on staying at Porteous’ Studio in Edinburgh. For shopping Dick’s Edinburgh has a lovely edit of beautiful products. Eating in Edinburgh is a joy and I love The Scran & Scallie pub by Tom Kitchin.
5. Gairnshiel is on my radar and I’d love to visit. The former Victorian hunting lodge has been transformed by Belgian interior architect Nathalie Van Reeth into a guesthouse that interweaves Scottish tradition and modern interior design.
6. The white sandy beaches on the Isle of Lewis are on my bucket list! Dolphins, seals and even the occasional whale can be seen from the land on a calm day.
8. For a real treat, go off grid with a stay at Shore Cottage at Carskiey House – an incredible spot and Lisa and Tom the owners and hosts are brilliant. The scenic route up past “The Rest and Be Thankful” is stunning if you drive from Glasgow to Carskiey House. They also have artist studios where you can stay, which are fabulous.
Join Begg x Co at their pop-up store in Chelsea during London Craft Week 2021 to discover more about their cashmere accessories and knitwear.
Sebastien Holt, on Stockholm
Director, Modernity London
1. Artipelag is an idyllic restaurant set on Värmdö in the Stockholm Archipelago. Both pâtisserie and kitchen find inspiration from the surrounding nature, with an emphasis on seasonal and locally sourced products. The venue also offers a diverse programme of exhibitions, which can be enjoyed year-round.
3. For a relaxing stay, I recommend Hotel Skeppsholmen, which has a peaceful setting out of the hustle and bustle of the city. It’s also next door to the Moderna Museet with its excellent collection of modern and contemporary art.
4. If visiting in the summer months, make sure you visit Djurgården for a walk. It’s possible to go for a swim in the waters there to freshen up.
Discover Modernity’s collection of outstanding 20th Century Scandinavian Design during LCW 2021.
Marie-Rose Kahane, on Venice
Founder, YALI Glass
1. The new best way to visit Venice is to explore the lagoon! A number of environmental groups are organising tours to discover the fauna and flora of the lagoon away from the trodden tourist paths. The best guide is the environmental scientist Jane da Mosto.
2. A wonderful traditional boat can be rented for trips to explore the stunning waterways: I suggest LagunaB or Classic Boats Venice. For something special, try Edipo Re – yacht captain Enrico will take you on their beautiful 1950’s motor around the lagoon for an afternoon swim and delicious dinner served on board.
3. I highly recommend lunch at a small restaurant at the Alberoni, Lido. Le Garzette uses only home grown seasonal vegetables from their garden.
4. Learning to row the Venetian way – VOGARE – is a magical way to get around Venice. A few lessons and one is ready to explore the city by gliding through the canals. It’s wonderful to do at night.
5. To end the day in the Lagoon stop at La Certosa for drinks and watch the sun set.
For LCW 2021, YALI Glass will present an exhibition of their new whiskey glass collection and cocktail stirrers.
This month, the magnificent interiors of Elizabethan mansion Parham House in West Sussex will play host to a range of contemporary ceramic and crafted pieces, in collaboration with the gallerist and art dealer Adrian Sassoon. Works by internationally renowned artists including Kate Malone, Colin Reid and Junko Mori have been interspersed with Parham’s collection of historic paintings, furniture, textiles and clocks, in a dialogue that reflects the rich collecting history of the house. Parham reopens to visitors at the end of June. Until then, enjoy this specially commissioned film and exhibition catalogues online.
Artefact is a new contemporary craft fair launching at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour, from 22-29 June. Featuring an impressive roll call of contemporary craft and visual arts galleries including Ruup & Form, Cynthia Corbett Gallery and Contemporary Applied Arts, the fair will celebrate the tactility and joy that handmade objects can bring to our lives. Don’t miss the ‘Conversations in Craft’ talks programme featuring LCW 2021 partners Mac Collins, Peter Ting and Shiro Muchiri. Register online to attend.
Pitzhanger Manor & Garden
Discover how Pitzhanger was restored to John Soane’s original vision by skilled master craftsmen. Focusing on the recreation of Soane’s decorative paint effects, the rebuilding of the light-filled conservatory and the restoration of the original stone features, this exhibition reveals how interior and architectural elements lost for over a century were meticulously conserved. During LCW 2021, there’ll be an opportunity to drop in and see demonstrations of the techniques used in the conservation of the house, celebrating the craft skills and technical processes involved in the restoration.
Sarah Myerscough Gallery
“I have always been interested in the rhythm of growth in relation to time; how material is built up and worn down by natural elements: eroding, decaying and fragmenting”, says Eleanor Lakelin. In her first solo exhibition in London at Sarah Myerscough Gallery, the artist presents a new series of monumental sculptural columns that reflect profoundly on our relationship to the natural world.
YOOX NET-A-PORTER GROUP and The Prince’s Foundation are offering a life-changing opportunity for recent fashion and textiles graduates based in the UK and Italy with the launch of the second edition of the Modern Artisan Project.
The 10-month paid training programme, running from September 2021 to July 2022, will guide eight trainee artisans through the process of bringing a responsible luxury womenswear collection to market, debuting on NET-A-PORTER and YOOX.
Applications are open until 23:59pm BST on Wednesday 30 June.
During London Craft Week 2021, YOOX NET-A-PORTER and The Prince’s Foundation will present an exhibition of works from alumni of the programme, in addition to the new Modern Artisan intake who will share the journey they will have taken one month into the new round of delivery.
Flavours of Italy
Eataly’s Tiramisú Classico
This well-known coffee flavoured dessert is prepared by layering savoiardi biscuits and delicious mascarpone cream, topped with cocoa dust. As with many other Italian recipes, there’s not a clear history of how this recipe was created, but its origin is disputed by different Italian regions.
Yield: 4 Servings
180g Mascarpone Cheese
2 Fresh Eggs
300ml Strong Espresso Coffee, cold
100g Ladyfingers/ Novara biscuits/ Savoiardi
1. Separate the egg yolks from the whites, into two different bowls.
2. Stir in the yolks with the sugar and mascarpone until the mixture is pale and the sugar has dissolved.
3. Separately, whip the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Using a wooden spoon, gently fold the egg whites into the mascarpone mixture.
4. Pour the coffee into a wide bowl, quickly dunk each biscuit into it. Arrange about half of the biscuits so that they completely cover the base of a shallow and rectangular dish. Cover the biscuits with half of the mascarpone mixture.
5. Arrange another layer of soaked biscuits and top with the remaining mascarpone mixture. Sprinkle with cocoa powder.
6. Cover the dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 4 hours before serving.
Eataly’s Scuola will be hosting cookery classes and workshops during London Craft Week 2021 – keep your eyes peeled for more announcements soon.
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