SMYTHSON marks its 130th anniversary next month with a celebration of craftsmanship during London Craft Week (May 4–7). ‘Crafted for Life’, in association with the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST), which helps craftspeople fulfil their potential by providing financial and practical help as well as educational opportunities, will transform the New Bond Street store into a workshop.
Artisans from both Smythson and QEST will demonstrate the traditional skills used to create leather goods, stationery, books and diaries, showcasing time-honoured leatherwork, binding, calligraphy and hand-engraving skills. Never-before-seen heritage pieces from Smythson’s 130-year-old archive, as well as new innovative products, will also be on display.
Other QEST scholars, including armourers, woodcarvers, silversmiths, ceramicists and textile designers, will also display their skills at Holland & Holland, Bruton Street, W1, and the Heal’s store on Tottenham Court Road, W1, and, at 7pm–9pm on Thursday, May 5, there will be a debate on the challenges facing craft today at Contemporary Applied Arts on Southwark Street, SE1.
Smythson is celebrating 130 years by partnering with the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust