The Wright & Smith team attended several of the events of London Design Festival 2016 and have come away truly inspired and motivated. We are so pleased to have met up with friends, old and new, and established some exciting new partnerships.

 

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London’s multicultural backdrop and the heritage that lies around almost every corner of the city are themselves a great setting in which to bring together the design community from around the world.  Not only were there fantastic pieces of design and craftsmanship to see, but these makers had also shipped their products, built their stands, prepared presentations, information packs, press kits and all this before standing on their feet for at least 12 hours per day talking, describing, explaining and networking (more often than not in their second or third language)…. What passion and drive!

Looking at the images on our Wrights and Smiths page, where you can meet each of our member makers, you get a flavour of this hard work and multi-culturalism. On this page alone you see designers and artisans from the UK, New Zealand, India, China, South Africa, Vietnam, Zimbabwe, Hong Kong, the US, and France. Please take a look and keep in touch as we will be bringing more beautiful design and exceptional craftsmanship to you from other parts of the world soon.

Meanwhile, Wright & Smith are delighted to welcome two new members from the UK….

 

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1882 Ltd is a heritage ceramics brand, established by the fourth and fifth generations of the Johnson Family. 1882 Ltd collaborate with some exceptionally talented designers to push the boundaries of ceramics design and craftsmanship in the twenty-first century. Some of the results, which you can order via the Wright & Smith website, are now in the permanent collections of both the Louvre in Paris and London’s V&A.

 

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Fine Cell Work are a charity that teach stitching skills to British prison inmates, who in turn spend hours producing truly exquisite embroidery for cushions and furniture. Do not underestimate the quality of this work. On average 100 hours of stitching are required to make each of Fine Cell Work’s cushions. Moreover, the inmates who stitch them are able to leave prison with new skills and employment opportunities to help them move their lives in new directions.

 

Wright & Smith’s aim is always to bring you beautiful design and exceptional craftsmanship. But how uplifting to see what a positive impact the process of creating these has on real lives around the world.

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