Takumi Japan – skill, craft and the pursuit of perfection

Aluminium rings by Marushin Materal Co

I seized the chance of a rare break in the rain earlier this week to take a trip to the Truman Brewery in Shoreditch for the opening of the Takumi exhibition. Takumi is a collective of Japanese craft studios and their show was to give UK retailers the chance to take a look at what they have to offer and maybe decide to stock it. I hope they do as I saw lots to covet there. Continue reading

Earl’s Court hosts Craft, Home and Top Drawer

Earl's Court Craft/Home/Top Drawer

Ever since Boris approved the plans to demolish Earl’s Court and build a residential and retail estate in its place, I’ve been expecting it to sink into decay and oblivion, if not vanish altogether. But no, it’s still there, hale and hearty and actually in much better nick than I expected. Maybe that’s because the set of three exhibitions Yannick and I went to see were, as one of the titles said, top drawer, or maybe the exhibition centre is refusing to go quietly. Either way, we were impressed. Continue reading

Mingei at the Pace Gallery

Pace Gallery Mingei

The Pace Gallery in Soho surprised me, perhaps because I’m used to seeing their website, which has a big international gallery feel, and their new and imposing flagship gallery in Burlington House, shared with the Royal Academy. So I didn’t expect a discreet, almost hidden door down a back street behind Piccadilly Circus. But I duly rang the bell and climbed to the first floor to find a spacious gallery which has apparently been there for years without my noticing. And a remarkable exhibition of Mingei. Continue reading