The beauty of Col­lect Dis­cover the stars of this year’s big up­com­ing craft and de­sign fair

Now in its 15th year, mod­ern craft and de­sign fair Col­lect brings to­gether a wealth of in­no­va­tive ta­lent from around the globe. Here, we pre­view some of the show’s big stars…

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Col­lect be­gan its life in 2004 at the Vic­to­ria & Al­bert Mu­seum, where it hosted its first five shows be­fore mov­ing to the Saatchi Gallery in 2009. A vis­ual feast, now pre­sented by the Crafts Coun­cil, it cham­pi­ons the best of cut­ting-edge mod­ern craft from gal­leries span­ning four con­ti­nents, and in­cludes met­al­work, wood­work, glass, ce­ram­ics and tex­tiles by more than 400 artists. Also on dis­play are bound­ary-push­ing in­stal­la­tions and ex­per­i­men­tal works by mak­ers us­ing non-tra­di­tional ma­te­ri­als.

‘There’s a mix of emerg­ing ta­lent and es­tab­lished mak­ers,’ ex­plains di­rec­tor of the show Iso­bel Den­nis. ‘Craft has no bound­aries. It in­flu­ences our lives in so many ways, from the chairs we sit on to the build­ings we live in. The col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the dis­ci­plines of craft, art and de­sign is pro­duc­ing sur­pris­ing and re­mark­able out­comes.’ Plus, with in­sti­tu­tions such as the V&A set­ting aside bud­get to buy out­stand­ing pieces at Col­lect, auc­tion houses in­clud­ing Phillips and Christie’s in­cor­po­rat­ing con­tem­po­rary craft into their sales, and ce­ram­ics in­creas­ingly fea­tured at shows such as PAD, De­sign Mi­ami and Mas­ter­piece, artis­tic and eco­nomic in­ter­est in craft has never been greater. All the more rea­son not to miss this year’s show. 28 Fe­bru­ary–3 March, Saatchi Gallery, Lon­don (craftscoun­cil.org.uk). ➤

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