The New Craftsmen
34 North Row, W1K
“Craft has always been art’s poor relation. I imagine because it’s functional and people sometimes don’t like to see the value in something you can use as much as something you can put on a wall.” - Catherine Lock, co-founder of the New Craftsmen
Occupying a 19th century building in heart of London’s Mayfair (once home to a workshop for makers of leather breeches), The New Craftsmen has been a beacon for collectors and makers since opening its doors five years ago. Aiming to refine and redefine the value of craft, since 2012 The New Craftsmen has injected an energy and dynamism into the contemporary craft scene in the UK through a unique vision and approach to the commissioning, curation and sale of British craft. This is all down to the collective expertise of it’s three co-founders: Natalie Melton, previously commercial director of charitable organisation Arts & Business; Catherine Lock, formerly a trend and brand developer for for British high street brands such as Habitat and John Lewis; and Mark Henderson, chairman of Gieves & Hawkes and the London Luxury Quarter, and a Director of Walpole (the UK luxury industry association). The New Craftsmen provides a direct link between British crasftspeople and the public, acting as a curatorial filter and assembling a collection of exceptional work by some of the best makers in the country. The New Craftsmen currently represents over 100 makers, offering a carefully edited selection of crafts, including textiles, ceramics, baskets and glassware.