Following its launch in 2014, Heal’s Modern Craft Market will return to the Tottenham Court Road store running from 2 to 15 February 2015. Celebrating the best in contemporary crafts, the event will showcase eclectic collectibles and host live workshops using new materials and processes.
As part of the Modern Craft Market, a group of six well known furniture designers – Chris Eckersley, Sarah Kay, William Warren, Gareth Neal, Carl Clerkin and the designer of Heal’s Koji collection, Koji Katsuragi – will take over the store’s front window for a week, from 3 February for the Great Heal’s Bodging Race. Bodging is a hands-on craft that utilises unseasoned wood and traditional Windsor chair making techniques to create unique, one-off designs. Over the week, the bodgers will race to create several pieces and one of them (chosen by press and customers) will go into production exclusively for sale at Heal’s. Koji Katsuragi will be flying in from Japan to take part in this unique piece of retail theatre.
Also present will be Out of the Dark, the charitable social enterprise that creates uniquely designed and beautifully crafted furniture. They will be elaborating and developing the pieces from the bodging race and creating their own pieces too. In addition to The Great Heal’s Bodging Race, there will be a hand picked selection of budding designer makers from the Craft Council’s Hothouse scheme, including Tortie Hoare, Jessica Coleman, Brittany Delany, Stella Harding and Umat Yamac.
‘We’ve always known our customers are a creative crowd and their response to last year’s Modern Craft Market was wonderful’ explains Carmel Allen, creative director at Heal’s. ‘We ran over 35 free workshops and entertained over 1500 customers with demonstrations and hands-on involvement with craft. This year we plan to invite customers to collaborate and create even more. The live Bodging Race in the windows will be a spectacle in itself and I’m thrilled at the calibre of designers who are taking part. It’s going to be a very exciting couple of weeks at exactly the time of year when everyone needs their spirits lifting’.
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Heal’s Modern Craft Market, The Heal’s Building, 196 Tottenham Court Road, London, W1T 7LQ , 2-15 February 2015.
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