Crafted: the best of British craftsmanship at the Royal Academy

Don’t miss this year's showcase of the best of British craftsmanship at London's Royal Academy of Arts.
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Crafted, tomorrow until Saturday, Royal Academy, Burlington Gardens, W1. Free admission (

Thirty makers showcase their work, ranging from furniture and textiles to jewellery and glass. Are these the big design names of the future? Curator Guy Salter, who founded the show in 2007 in association with Walpole British Luxury and Swiss watchmakers Vacheron Constantin, believes they are. Here are our top picks:

1. Royal College of Art graduate Margo Selby set up her textile company in Bloomsbury in 2007. Her designs unite innovative handwoven structures and industrial machinery to create her trademark three-dimensional fabrics. Upholstered in Vintage fabric, the Jive chair (above) is £1,920.


2. ​Master plasterer: architectural sculptor Geoffrey Preston is among craftspeople showcased at the Royal Academy’s Crafted event. Preston, who undertakes projects large and small, is shown above with colleagues Jenny Lawrence and Kate Montagne  in the Great Drawing Room  at Great Fulford, a Grade I-listed Devon manor where the team restored ceiling plasterwork.


3. Glassmaker Michael Ruh mouth blows a range of beautiful bespoke pieces for the home in glorious jewel colours in his south London studio. They include lighting, and these Buoy vases — clear glass amphora-shaped vessels for single stems which bob inside simple coloured cylinders. The medium-size Buoy (above left) is £475 and the large is £650.


4.  Naomi Paul has scooped numerous design awards for her cleverly constructed textiles. Her lighting collection includes the V2 Glück lamp, a crocheted cotton cord pendant which comes in a range of colours. Shown above in Lava red and Putty. From £1,045.

Crafted, tomorrow until Saturday, Royal Academy, Burlington Gardens, W1. Free admission (

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