Future Icons' Buyer's Showcase Returns!

Future Icons Buyer’s Showcase: 9-11 July 2019

Future Icons is pleased to announce the return of their annual ‘Buyer’s Showcase’ client collections at 67 York Street, Marylebone.

All collections on display have been selected for retail consideration with many clients open to discussing bespoke licensing opportunities. A number of showcased pieces suit residential & commercial interior design projects too.

Showcase collections by

Christine Meyer-Eaglestone, Helen Beard, Ikuko Iwamoto, Jo Davies Ceramics, Juliette Sallin, Katja Angeli (profile coming soon), Kei Tominaga, Kevin Stamper, Louis Jobst, PIPÉT & Guest Furniture from Beuzeval

Strictly by appointment between 9-11 July, 10am - 6pm daily Future Icons is happy to host buying teams for brunch, lunch or afternoon aperitif. To book an appointment email: louisa@futureicons.co.uk or call +44 (0) 7838 102 031

The Future of Craft at London Craft Week 2019

Future Icons is proud to be showcasing at the inaugural ‘The Future of Craft’ held at London Craft Week, 9-12 May 2019.

A collaboration with Oxo Tower Wharf, Design-Nation and ourselves, The Future of Craft will include curated line up of over 40 leading craft practitioners, a thought-provoking talks programme and daily visitor workshops by Yodomo.

Sponsored by leading furniture retailer Heals, visitors are welcome to attend our free talks programme including panel discussions with Clare Twomey, Phoebe Cummings, Crafts Council, Daniel Hopwood, The London Art Fair, Henrietta Thompson, Decorex International to name a few. The full line up and free tickets can be found here.

Looking to develop your craft skills? Make sure you book your space for our workshop series presented by Yodomo.  Workshops include: Make a Terrarium with London Terrariums, An Introduction to Embroidery with Embellished Talk and Rise and Shine shoe shine with shoemakers Carreducker. Spaces are limited, click here to book your workshop.

Occupying over 90 square metres of industrial space, Future Icons will present a curated mix of new and established hand-crafted projects by 18 interior led artists.

Disciplines and designers on show:

Ceramics: Jo Davies MA RCA // Judy McKenzie MA RCA // Remy Dubibe // Sally McGill

Furniture & Lighting:  Christine Meyer-Eaglestone MA // Kevin Stamper // Mauro Dell’Orco // Nightshop // RHMB // Vezzini & Chen MA RCA

Metal Artworks: Kei Tominaga MA

Textiles: Barnaby Goode MA // Christabel Balfour // Claire Coles // Pipet Design // Richard McVetis MA RCA // Zuzana Lalikova

Full press release from Oxo Tower Wharf & Future Icons can be found here: Press Release

The Future of Craft
9-12 May 2019
(Private View 8 May)

Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, South Bank, London
Full info & tickets: https://www.oxotower.co.uk/events/the-future-of-craft/

We have 20 private view invitations to give away. Please email louisa@futureicons.co.uk for your chance to attend this special event.

Future Icons Lookbook 2019

Want to learn more about working or investing in a Future Icon? Click here to download our latest Lookbook. Enjoy.

Preview: The Future of Craft at London Craft Week 2019

Future Icons is proud to be showcasing at the inaugural ‘The Future of Craft’ held at London Craft Week, 9-12 May 2019.

A special event for London Craft Week 2019; Oxo Tower Wharf presents THE FUTURE OF CRAFT in collaboration with Design-Nation and Future Icons. The exhibition will include curated line up of innovative and forward-thinking craft organisations, practitioners and collectives. Set against the raw, industrial surrounding of Bargehouse, visitors will discover a series of new works and installations by trail-blazing makers working in textiles, furniture, ceramics, lighting, metal and interior accessories.

The Future of Craft will feature a thought-provoking talks programme including a one-day seminar hosted by Ceramics Research Centre-UK. Group discussions and presentations will address topics such as Future Craft and Culture with speakers such as Clare Twomey, Phoebe Cummings and Tessa Peters.

Visitors will have the chance to get involved with hands-on craft workshops by Yodomo including; Make a Terrarium with London Terrariums, An Introduction to Embroidery with Embellished Talk ,and Rise and Shine shoe shine with shoemakers Carreducker.

Occupying over 90 square meters of industrial space, Future Icons will present a curated mix of new and established hand-crafted projects by 16 interior led artists.

Disciplines and designers on show:

Ceramics: Jo Davies MA RCA // Judy McKenzie MA RCA // Remy Dubibe // Sally McGill

Furniture & Lighting:  Christine Meyer-Eaglestone MA // Kevin Stamper // Mauro Dell’Orco // Nightshop // RHMB // Vezzini & Chen MA RCA

Metal Artworks: Kei Tominaga MA

Textiles: Barnaby Goode MA // Christabel Balfour // Claire Coles // Pipet Design // Richard McVetis MA RCA // Zuzana Lalikova

Full press release from Oxo Tower Wharf & Future Icons can be found here: Press Release

Shop the Future Icons gallery via Artsy.net

Future Icons invites you to shop selected collections through international online platform Artsy. Our initial collection is comprised of unique and limited edition contemporary design and craft led artworks.

Artsy features the world’s leading galleries, museum collections, foundations, artist estates, art fairs, and benefit auctions, all in one place. With a growing database of 1,000,000 works of art, architecture, and design by 100,000 artists spans historical, modern, and contemporary works, and includes the largest online database of contemporary art. Artsy is used by art lovers, museum-goers, patrons, collectors, students, and educators to discover, learn about, and collect art.

Our collections will be growing weekly, be sure to follow us to keep up to date with the latest artworks from selected clients. Click here to follow us on Artsy

Future Icons at the London Art Fair 2019

Over the last thirty years, London Art Fair has given access to exceptional modern and contemporary art, as well as expert insight into the changing international market. The Fair is an established destination for both museum quality Modern British and contemporary work from leading global names.  London Art Fair is an unmissable opening to the international art calendar.

Future Icons returns to the VIP Collectors Lounge to showcase a select group of clients amongst the beautiful furniture collections provided by Case Furniture.

All collections on show will be available to buy and artists welcome bespoke commissions.

Future Icons has 5 pairs of VIP tickets to give away.  These will be allocated to the first 5 followers who email their name and address to louisa@futureicons.co.uk - Good luck!

London Art Fair
15-20 January 2019
Business Design Centre, Islington,N1 0QH
Info & tickets: 

Collections on show from Barnaby Goode, Christabel BalfourClaire Coles, Ikuko Iwamoto, Jo DaviesLouis JobstRemy DubibeRichard McVetis and Vezzini & Chen.

Future Icons at the forthcoming Midcentury Modern Fair

This Sunday, Future Icons will be showcasing 6 clients at the Midcentury Modern Fair in Dulwich, South London. The bi-annual event showcases the very best mid-century modern antique dealers alongside contemporary design and craft to an audience of interior designers and design lovers.

Located in the contemporary hall, we will have select collections for sale from 

Claire ColesIkuko IwamotoJo Davies CeramicsKevin StamperMyia Bonner & Paper Tango

Read on for more information on tickets, travel and opening times. We hope to see you there this Sunday.

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Is there a place for craft at the London Design Festival?

London, my home town. My career started from the result of interning and showcasing work at New Designers Selection for the London Design Festival 2004 – needless to say this festival has a very special place in my heart.

With clients and shows sprawled across every zone in London, my week started off on Sunday, at the opening day of Decorex. Based at Syon Park, this fair for luxury interior brands is like attending a society event. With Chelsea tractors and ladies sipping gin or bubbles at 10:30am (it’s 5pm somewhere in the world, right?), this show attracts the great and good of luxury residential interior designers.

The annual highlight of Decorex is Future Heritage, curated by Corinne Julius with her wealth of knowledge and her brilliant eye for talent and trend. It’s no secret that this feature has helped attract some much-needed new brands and visitors to the event, but more importantly, it places craftmanship on a pedestal. A highlight for me was Jie Wu’s collection of resin and rosewood boxes. A recent graduate form the RCA’s Textiles programme, Wu’s project explores society’s relationship with natural and manmade materials, and in particular the perceived values of those materials. The result, a beautifully crafted collection of ornate colourful boxes, to be treasured and handed down from generation to generation.

With a focus on luxury and craftmanship, Decorex launched; CraftWork. This area invited 9 small businesses who produce premium interior furnishings, lighting, artworks and objects to exhibit for the first time. I’m proud to say, I had 6 clients showcase (David Pringle, Kevin Stamper, Louis Jobst, RHMB, PIPET & Zuzana Lalikova) in this new area and am even more delighted to say that they all had a positive first show. The organisers have the foundations for something special here:- the showcase offers the opportunity for these small businesses to elevate to the next level because Decorex visitors are avidly looking to invest in the bespoke, unique and handmade. This enables these brands to grow at a comfortable level, whereas other shows are geared to the contract market and expect 50 of the same products delivered within 8-10 weeks. Not all businesses (certainly my clients) want to work like this, it’s about creating the life you want, not following the herd. I look forward to seeing how this develops at Olympia in October 2019.

With my visit to Decorex completed, I used the London Design Festival guide to plan my week ahead. The first new development I discovered was the lack of a map to the guide, it’s lucky I carry two spare battery packs and a plug socket with me at all times, but what about the people who don’t? I feel this was a big oversight by the festival team.

Moan over, here are a few of my highlights:

Paste x The Department Store, Brixton Design District

The new-ish ‘The Department Store’ by architects Squire & Partners has quickly established itself as a decadent platform for artists, craft practitioners and designers alike to use as a platform. This year, ceramicist Christopher Riggio installed his new collection; Paste. Christopher’s delicate ceramics adorned with gemstones and glass inlay evoked a sense of 1920’s French nostalgia.

TRANS-FORM by Mint, Brompton Design District

Celebrating 20 years, Mint’s founder and curator Lina Kanafani selected over 60 material-forward designers focusing on altering the state of matter through the design process, including Future Icons’ Judy McKenzie. Lina’s eye and curation is, in my opinion, stronger than the fabulous Rossana Orlandi in Milan. There are too many good artists to mention here, thankfully the gallery is open all year round. I highly recommend you pop this on your to-visit list.

Polygon Glassware by OAO Works, Shoreditch Design Triangle

If it wasn’t for the mass of colour beaming from the windows of this unassuming shop front, I could have easily missed. Following on from their launch in Milan, OAO Works presented several installations of 31 individual glass elements designed to be arranged into a multiplicity of compositions. Individually, each object has been delicately coloured, but when positioned together the objects created an intense landscape of light and colour.

En Plein Air, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Mayfair Design District

A solo gallery exhibition of works by Italian Architect and Designer Vincenzo de Cotiis. Located on the first floor of a building in Albermarle Street in Mayfair, my first thought was how on earth did the installation team get these pieces up the stairs? 20 furniture-sculptures handmade by Italian artisans from cast brass, semiprecious stone, Murano glass and cast resin. An absolute showstopper of craftmanship and design, these works are the epitome of the DesignArt movement of today.

Sugarhouse Studios, Bermondsey

I’m a very nosey person by nature, so when I see there is an open studio welcoming the public in then I’m usually one of the first through the door. The showcase of the 20 residing businesses’ work within the reception space was a lovely glimpse into what is produced at this former swimming pool and dance studio. A highlight was meeting architect and designer Mauro Dell’Orco. A designer, architect and co-director of WorkshopEast. This gentleman is designing sculptural-furniture pieces heavily influenced from his training in architecture. I’m shocked I haven’t come across his collection sooner.

Having covered central, east, south and west London (sorry north London – must try harder next year), my next stop was The London Design Fair, formally Tent London.

I have to admit, The London Design Fair was my favourite show last year, it somehow pulled together the most interesting collections from new and established small brands so I was excited to see what his year had in store for us.

When I entered, I made bee-line for The British Craft Pavilion, curated by Hole & Corner. I was sad to see it had moved from it’s ground floor presence onto an upper level, I was even sadder to learn that the exhibitors were promised ‘an architecturally designed space to exhibit in’. It wasn’t, it was a dusty concrete room with white walls in it. Thankfully, disappointing venue aside, the quality of the selected exhibitors was overall good.

My clients (Jo Davies Ceramics & Christabel Balfour) both released new installations that pushed the boundaries of their usual and established aesthetic, both gaining excellent feedback.

Other British Craft Pavilion highlights include (all pictured):

·        Richard McVetis: Exquisite micro-embroidered artworks and sculptures, these should be hung in museums.

·        Olivia Walker: Delicate ceramic sculptures and vessels, I particular like the terracotta forms.

·        Joel Parkes: Wood and kintsugi artworks, loving the introduction of bold colours.

·        Alex O’Conner: Mixes her education of sculpture and metalsmithing to produce the finest installations of silver vessels.

I found the rest of the fair extremely difficult to navigate and really only spotted a few other small brands that really peaked my interest. One stand-out designer/ artist from Austria (currently living in The Netherlands) was Laurids Gallée. Laurids exhibited 3 projects, all of which I consider tick the boxes to be described as DesignArt. His stand out piece for me was his large circular topped wooden screen that simulated coloured marquetry. It’s a piece to design a room around - it stands that proud. I look forward to viewing further collections as his practice develops.

This concludes my craft journey for LDF ’18. Of course, I visited designjunction & 100% Design, but alas these platforms focus on showing mass-production brands. It’s good to see that the big events are starting to focus on showcasing a particular area of the market rather than trying to be a one stop shop for all. It’s about time, making for a much happier visitor experience and I hope the sales teams can now concentrate on attracting the very best from their desired sector to make for four ‘must see shows’. As the saying goes ‘Jack of all trades…….’

To answer my title question, Is there a place for craft at the London Design Festival? My answer is, seemingly less so. Reflecting back to my ‘Jack of all trades’ comment, the LDF is so big now, I feel the content across the city is somewhat diluted. Of course, it’s lovely to see one off, insanely expensive artworks amongst the mass-produced collections. Quite often this is a treat for the eyes, but I question if this is the right audience for premium craftmanship. Guy Salter, Chairman of London Craft Week noticed this circa 7 years ago and as a result founded London Craft Week, now coming into it’s 6th year. We also all received news that Decorex will no longer participate in LDF and has made the bold decision to move into October, the same week as PAD London & The Frieze Art Fair.

So, the LDF may not be the perfect platform to benefit collectors of craft, but who knows how our client collections will develop in time? l enjoy the fact that we have various showcase options in London and we can tailor them accordingly.

Written by Future Icons Founder, Louisa Pacifico. Images courtesy of brands - click to enlarge

September '18 Newsletter

An abundance of new collections from Future Icons

Hello, it's been a while! We hope you enjoyed the summer, we certainly did. Clients of Future Icons have been busy in their workshops designing and making brand new collections to showcase across the country for the annual London Design Festival. We have clients showcasing at Decorex, London Design Fair, Design Junction and the beautiful Mint Gallery. Read on to see a sneak peek of what will be released and how to get tickets for the respective shows.

Looks like we're all in for a busy month ahead - we hope to see you around London town. As ever, if you need information on any of our clients or would like to book an appointment to meet them please contact louisa@futureicons.co.uk 

Decorex 2018 // CraftWork

Decorex has established itself as Europe’s leading interior design event, offering the finest furniture, lighting, textiles, craft and accessories from emerging and established names alike. The centrepiece of London Design Festival, Decorex provides an unparalleled opportunity for interior design professionals to discover exquisite creations from more than 400 international exhibitors.

New for 2018, CraftWork is a platform for the next generation of designers from across disciplines, each displaying products with the highest level of artisanal craftsmanship. This is a space to reconnect with the niche technique that goes into crafting one-of-a-kind pieces and meet the makers behind them.

Future Icons is pleased to announce that 6 of our clients have been selected to exhibit within the CraftWork feature at Decorex. Featuring: 

David Pringle (Sculptural lighting and furniture)  // PIPET (New interior fabrics range) // Kevin Stamper (Artworks and Furniture)  //Louis Jobst (Lighting )  // RHMB (Furniture)  // Zuzana Lalikova (Embroidered Artworks)

Decorex 2018
16-19 September 2018, Syon Park
Visit stands CW3 - CW9 to view collections
here for further information and tickets to the show

designjunction // Doon Street

designjunction is a curated exhibition of cutting-edge design. Set across three exciting venues on the South Bank, expect to discover 200 international brands and boutique shops, hundreds of product launches, outdoor installations, major brands as well as delicious pop-up eateries and bars.

The Doon Street site will feature the best in contemporary furniture as well as accessories and materials from leading international design brands alongside a selection of emerging designers. It will also house temporary pop-up shops offering a vast array of products from fashion accessories, homeware pieces, textiles and stationery attracting both retail buyers and design-savvy consumers. 

Future Icons is pleased to announce that Kei Tominaga (stand c35) will return to designjunction within the new Doon Street site on London's Iconic South Bank. 

20-23 September 2018, 3 venues across the South Bank, SE1
here for further information and tickets to the show

London Design Fair // British Craft Pavilion

Located in the creative heart of East London, the London Design Fair is a four-day industry event that brings together 550 exhibitors from 36 countries, including; independent designers, established brands, international country pavilions, features and exhibitions.

For 2018 the British Craft Pavilion returns with an exciting new project on an even larger scale. Partnering with Hole and Corner, 40 makers will be selected to take part in an outstanding display of British craftsmanship.

Future Icons is pleased to announce that Jo Davies  (stand 5.22) has been selected to exhibit within the British Craft Pavilion  this year. 

London Design Fair
20-23 September 2018, Old Truman Brewery, EC1
here for further information and tickets to the show

Introducing Future Icon's newest client:

Judy McKenzie MA RCA

A recent graduate from the Royal College of Art's Ceramics and Glass programme, Judy McKenzie's postgraduate collection focuses on celebrating the Japanese ceramic processes of Nerikomi and Kintsugi. Her hand built artworks have led her to win international awards and the attention of numerous galleries and press alike.

Judy McKenzie can be found in two major showcases over the next two months:

During the London Design Festival:

17-24 September (closed Monday)
Mint Luminates 
Mint, 2 North Terrace, SW3 2BA
www.mintshop.co.uk & LDF listing 

In October:

Thrown Contemporary Graduate Show 2018
5-17 October 2018

26 Highgate High Street, London, N6 5JG