The importance of craft

Collaborations that underpin our approach and process

We have a longstanding history of collaborating with makers and artisans from across the globe. Here we spotlight four brands and individuals from our network.

Lara Pain is an award winning textile artist and designer based in South East London. Her work is inspired by an innate interest in placemaking and visual storytelling, each of her projects unfolding as a unique narrative.

From handwoven meterage to one of a kind artworks, each piece is meticulously hand crafted. Drawing on the creative process, which involves close collaboration with clients and a keen eye for site-specific narrative, Lara aims to craft something wholly distinctive with every project.

After graduating from BA (Hons) Textile Design at Central Saint Martins, Lara was awarded the prestigious Clothworkers’ Award at Cockpit Studios, where her current studio is still based.

Benchmark is one of the UK’s leading furniture makers, founded in 1984 by Sean Sutcliffe and Terence Conran. With a focus on crafting furniture and products that have a positive impact on human health and well-being, the company produces natural and sustainable pieces. Most recently dubbed 'a powerhouse of craft' by The Modern House, we have been collaborating with the Benchmark team for over a decade. Most notably on projects including Ace Hotel's London outpost, where our team co-created a communal table that became the centrepiece to Ace's engagement with the local Shoreditch creative community. A piece that remains on site today in a new guise as part of 100 Shoreditch. and

Michael Ruh Studio creates glassware for global luxury brands, collaborating alongside architects and interior designers. The London based studio was established in 2004 and is a partnership between Glass Blowers Michael Ruh and wife Natascha Wahl, supported by several artisans. They speak the language of their vocation, glass, colour, form and meticulous craftsmanship. The creative emphasis is on a timeless, tactile aesthetic with minimal embellishment in rich harmonious colour palettes.

The Making of Fortnum & Mason at The Royal Exchange

Lubna Chowdhary works primarily in the field of ceramics, bridging the disciplines of sculpture, architecture and craft to address a longstanding preoccupation with material culture.

Lubna's work thrives on interconnecting relationships between diverse references, visual languages, materials and modes of production. Through experiments in aesthetic hybridity, her work negotiates cross-cultural narratives of modernity.

Based in London, she has a Masters degree from the Royal College of Art and has completed artists residencies at the Victoria & Albert Museum, Camden Arts Centre, IASPIS and Mahler & Lewitt Studios.

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