The Jewel of Mayfair’ Burlington Arcade to Take Part in London Craft Week
Above: Burlington Arcade Facade, Mayfair, London
The historic Burlington Arcade, described as the ‘jewel of Mayfair’, is set to celebrate London Craft Week (30th September – 10th October) by becoming a centre point for visitors to celebrate outstanding British and international creativity. Home to many prestigious luxury boutiques, Burlington Arcade offers an eclectic, quirky mix of prestigious jewellery, watches, macaroons, wine, food, swimwear, leather and cashmere that gives Burlington Arcade such a quintessentially British feel. For the first time, two of Burlington Arcade’s iconic residents, Globe-Trotter and Lalique, will participate in London Craft Week. Lalique will offer a virtual live discussion, whilst Globe-Trotter will partner with a historical italian fabric mill to transform its store from boutique to gallery space.
Above: Introducing a set of bespoke luggage cases by Globe-Trotter, covered in Vitale Barberis Canonico’s H.O.P.E fabrics.
A celebrated resident of Burlington Arcade, Globe-Trotter, will collaborate with Vitale Barberis Canonico, one of Italy’s oldest fabric mills. In the midst of Mayfair, visitors can admire the collaborative outcome of two heritage brands, both celebrated for their intricate and time-honoured craftsmanship skills which have remained unchanged for 120 years. The collaboration will introduce a set of bespoke luggage cases covered in Vitale Barberis Canonico’s H.O.P.E fabrics – their latest sustainable fabric range. H.O.P.E. (acronym of How to Optimise People and Environment) demonstrates that a sustainable line of fabrics can be created using natural recycled fibres or plant fibres without surrendering quality. The choice of fabric perfectly complements Globe-Trotter’s ethos; of producing long-lasting luggage which doesn’t compromise its much-loved design that remains iconic to this day. The collaborative results of the two heritage brands will be proudly on display at the Globe-Trotter flagship store during London Craft Week.
Burlington Arcade’s resident, Lalique – the ultimate symbol of French luxury – will celebrate 100 years of Rene Lalique’s Villa by hosting a live-streamed discussion with antiques expert and TV personality Eric Knowles, Lalique UK’s Managing Director Frederick Fischer and Country & Townhouse’s Interiors Editor, Carole Annett. The ticketed virtual event entitled, Lalique: The Jewel of the French Crystal Industry, It’s History and Impact on Art Deco, will send a Lalique champagne glass from the new AW 2020 collection and a bottle of Lalique champagne for its audience to sample during the conversation.
Above: Lalique, Fleurs de Cerisier, A/W Collection
Burlington Arcade will also provide a platform for unique international craft by partnering with Future Icons. Future Icons represents a select collection of design and craft led businesses that produce the finest interior accessories, furniture, metalworks, textiles and objet d’art internationally. During London Craft Week, Future Icons will present 14 key craft practitioners across two levels in a beautiful boutique retail unit in Burlington Arcade. Offering home accessories, jewellery furniture and wall-based artworks, Future Icons’ makers have created collections from wood, metal, ceramics, textiles and leather. In continuing to create an experiential experience at Burlington Arcade, visitors are welcomed by Future Icons to pre book private appointments to meet its artists and makers on show. Within this 1-hour appointment, visitors will learn more about how the artworks have been crafted, the inspirations for the collections as well as a chance to handle works and samples.
Above: Claire Coles’ Traces of Flora
Many of the Future Icons’ makers’ collections on show have been produced during lockdown, often in makeshift home studios. It will be the first public showing of these products, a chance for visitors to view and purchase directly from the store. Highlights include Clare Coles’ Traces of Flora, a range of artworks in response to the new way of life we are experiencing; Judy McKenzie’s Comforting Skies, handmade one-off porcelain vessels and platters that are inspired by Lockdown Skies; Kate Lewis’ The News Pressed: The Bees, 100 Bees made from collaged global newspapers that celebrate the coming out of Lockdown; Kevin Stamper’s Trinket Boxes, little handmade, geometric and organic marquetry designed wooden trinket boxes inspired by Miro and Matisse; Louise Heighs’ Wild Flower, a selection of leather wild flowers inspired by the wild flowers blooming during Lockdown; and Zeinhab Harding’s Rebirth, a mesmerising piece on the Acanthus leaf which plays with ornament and shape.
Above: Louise Heighs’ Wild Flower
Above: Kate Lewis’ The News Pressed: The Bees
Above: Zeinhab Harding’s Rebirth
Globe-Trotter x Vitale Barberis Canonico
The collaboration cases will be displayed in the Globe-Trotter flagship store during London Craft Week. There will be a gift of a free personalised keyring for the first 30 visitors during the week.
Booking: Not necessary
Lalique: The Jewel of the French Crystal Industry, It’s History and Impact on Art Deco
Date/Time: 8th October 6.30pm to 7.30pm with questions
The event will be streamed live from the Lalique Boutique
Booking & contact details: London Craft Week website. Tickets price: £120
Future Icons will be trading collections within the Burlington Arcade from 1 September – 30 October 2020.
Public opening times: Tuesday – Saturday: 11am – 6pm
(Sunday & Monday by appointment only. To book please call Future Icons Founder: Louisa Pacifico on +44 (0) 7838 102 031 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Address: Burlington Arcade, Unit 70, 51 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 0Q
on +44 (0) 7838 102 031 or via email: email@example.com
Synonymous with great British design, Globe-Trotter is a luxury travel lifestyle brand producing handcrafted luggage and leather collections. Established in 1897, all Globe-Trotter suitcases and travel accessories are handcrafted in Hertfordshire, England by highly skilled artisans using original manufacturing methods and machinery that date back to the Victorian era. Globe-Trotter products have been used by an enviable client list over the years from Captain Robert Falcon Scott, Sir Winston Churchill and HM Queen Elizabeth II to Daniel Craig, Eddie Redmayne and Kate Moss.
Founded in 1888, Lalique is one of the crown jewels of France’s crystal glass manufacturers. René Lalique, renowned as the inventor of modern jewellery and pioneer of the international perfume industry went on to become a master in the art of glassmaking. Over time, Lalique has become the powerful symbol of a unique expertise, a synonym for luxury, excellence, creativity and for a widely celebrated artistic style. Through its contemporary work in six areas, Lalique revives and pursues the creative, eclectic work of its founder: jewellery, decorative items, interior design, fragrances, art and hospitality. For more information please visit www.lalique.com.
About Future Icons
Future Icons represents a select collection of design and craft led businesses that produce the finest interior accessories, furniture, metalworks, textiles, artwork and objet d’art internationally. Launched in May 2017, Future Icons director Louisa Pacifico created this bespoke agency to support selected brands by introducing them to commercial and profile-raising opportunities. She recognises that clients of Future Icons can struggle with the balance of maintaining every aspect of their business by themselves, therefore supports them to allow them to do what they do best; create.