10 must-see talks and exhibitions at London Craft Week 2018

House of MinaLima: Telling Stories through Design

When? Talk and drinks reception, 10th May 19:00 – 20:00. Workshops, 10th – 11th May, various times.
Where? MinaLima, 26 Greek Street, London, W1D 5DE

After joining forces in 2002 – when they were asked to create the graphic universe for the Harry Potter film series – Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima formed their own design studio specialising in graphic design and illustration: MinaLima. This year at London Craft Week, MinaLima are opening their Greek Street studio for guided tours, workshops and a thought-provoking talk. Boasting four immersive floors of distinctive designs, the House of MinaLima offers a look into the creative duo’s work. For those who are particularly intrigued by what House of MinaLima has to offer, the duo’s talk on the 10th of May will cover the last 17 years of their work as a studio, and the journeys they have been on in the world of graphic design.

The Flipside at Selfridges

When? Exhibition, 9 – 13th May, various times.
Where? Selfridges, The Old Selfridges Hotel, 1 Orchard Street, London, W1H 6JS

One of our most anticipated exhibitions during London Craft Week, The Flipside is a multi-sensory exhibition that promises to be the “first destination of its kind”. Held by Selfridges in The Old Selfridges Hotel, The Flipside is part exhibition and part performance space, and brings together a series of installations and experiences from some of the world’s most extraordinary brands. From collaborators including Louis Vuitton, Google Pixel 2, and Thom Browne, The Flipside explores the altering states of luxury, without the high price tag – this journey is free of charge.

Not Just Another Brick in the Wall: Discover the Craftsmanship behind Battersea Power Station

When? Talk, workshop and exhibition, 10th May 18:45 – 20:30.
Where? The Village Hall, entrance via Sopwith Way, Circus West, London, SW8

For those who love London’s architecture, look no further. Managing director of Northcot Bric, Michael Brown, and David Hills of heritage architects Purcell will be sharing the story behind the repair and conservation of Battersea Power Station during this year's London Craft Week. Having been left derelict for 30 years, Battersea Power Station is now one of Central London’s most anticipated generation projects, and is being opened for a one-of-a-kind exhibition; at this insightful event, visitors are welcome to explore the exclusive exhibition, focusing on Battersea Power Station’s brickmaking process, and can even try their hand at brick throwing!

The #LibertyOpenCall 2018 exhibition at Liberty London

When? Exhibition, 9th – 13th May, various times.
Where? Liberty London, Regent Street, London, W1B 5AH

Looking to find a showcase by the next generation of interior designers? Look no further. Using the power of social media, Liberty London have found the best untapped interior design talent in the UK - and after creating a shortlist from over 9,500 entries to their #LibertyOpenCall, the Liberty London buyers team are making their final decisions. The winner of the #LibertyOpenCall competition will be announced during London Craft Week, with the exhibition showing both the winner’s work, and the work of shortlisted finalists. Winning entries will also be available to purchase from Liberty London, guaranteeing that this is the spot to find the work of up-and-coming interior designers.

Dunhill and Hole & Corner: Private Talks

When? ‘The Modern Home’, 10th May 19:00 – 20:00. ‘Space and Senses’, 11th May 9:00 – 11:00.
Where? Bourdon House, 2 Davies Street, London, W1K 3DJ

Luxury lifestyle and clothing brand dunhill presents two private talks at Bourdon House, their luxurious Mayfair store. In collaboration with Hole & Corner magazine, the two talks will each be discussing a theme within interior design. On the 10th of May, the theme of ‘The Modern Home’ will be debated by leading architecture and interior design experts; meanwhile, the talk on the 11th May promises to look at ‘Space and Senses’, offering an insight into how moods can be altered through the senses. Simply a must-see for all budding interior designers, the talks promise to reveal secrets about how design can shape our world.

Nicky Shaw introduces the Sets and Costumes from Glyndebourne’s Madame Butterfly

When? Talk, 13th May 14:00 – 15:30.
Where? V&A, Hochhauser Auditorium, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL

Ahead of the play’s debut at the Glyndebourne Festival this month, Madame Butterfly’s set and costume designer Nicky Shaw will be holding a talk at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Visitors will be invited to view the production’s costumes and handle set models, as well as finding out about Shaw’s work on Annilesse Miskimmon’s thought-provoking production. Tickets to Madame Butterfly are now sold out, but for all theatre and opera lovers – or those planning on attending the Glyndebourne Festival – this talk will offer a sneak peek into the world of Madame Butterfly, and display Shaw’s creative work in a new, fascinating light.

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