This week is London Craft Week, an annual event showcasing exceptional craftsmanship at open studios and workshops, galleries and museums, shops and department stores across the city. Unfortunately I won't be able to make it down to London this week to check out this year's offerings, but I wanted to share a favourite from my visit last year - Tom Raffield’s ‘Lighting the Square’.
Tom handcrafts wooden lighting and furniture in Cornwall, a place very close to my own heart.
For this particular installation, Tom's steam-bent sculptural light forms were hung from the trees on Orange Square, highlighting and celebrating the traditional techniques used by skilled craftspeople at his woodland workshop.
Tom's work is inspired by the unspoilt landscapes and natural beauty of his surrounding area. I loved the contrast of these natural wooden forms hung against the bustling urban London streets as their backdrop.
These beautifully crafted pieces are a perfect way to bring a sculptural handcrafted piece of art into your own home, in a practical way – definitely one for my wishlist..