Between 18th January and 9th June 2019, we shall have the pleasure of exhibiting our work at Blackwell, The Arts and Crafts House. This will be the first time we have been invited to exhibit in a museum setting and could not be more delighted that it should be Blackwell.
Blackwell was built as a rural holiday retreat for the Manchester brewery owner, Sir Edward Holt and his family. Holt bought the land from the Storrs Estate, on the eastern shore of Windermere, here in the Lake District. It remains to be what is considered the most important surviving example of the work of Mackay Hugh Bailey Scott, an English architect and artist. Built in the Arts and Crafts style, Blackwell is a real gem, both inside and out, which never fails to delight.
Beautifully curated by Head of Curatorial, Kerri Offord, our exhibition will show how the principals and ethos of the original Arts and Crafts Movement, alongside traditional techniques and innovative thinking manifest in the realisation of stand-out pieces of contemporary design. Some of the furniture might already be familiar to those who follow our Social Media, so it will be the perfect opportunity to see “in the flesh” pieces such as The Eller Desk and The Poaka Drinks Cabinet, two of our most sought-after designs.
Visitors will also be able to learn about the commissioning and making process in the dedicated, interpretation room where by way of film, photographs, pencil sketches and 3D computer models, insight is shared to the development of the furniture from concept through to the finished piece.
Also, among the pieces on display will be the Blackwell Settle, a new design made in collaboration with Lakeland Arts Trust, the organisation responsible for the house as part of the new, Blackwell Range, a collection of furniture and other household objects taking inspiration from Blackwell itself.
Throughout the 6-month exhibition, we will be holding regular “Meet the Maker Mondays”. These once a month events will be an informal walkaround with our Design Director, Dan Critchley and Workshop Manager, James Boylan, where attendees will be able to ask questions and learn how the furniture was designed, the materials sourced, where our cabinetmakers learned their craft, how each piece was made and from where the inspiration comes.
Dates for the Monday talks, plus three addition, evening seminars, will be announced in the lead up to the exhibition and tickets made available.