Arts + crafts
Jonathan Anderson’s passion for craftsmanship reaches far beyond his own practise as a designer – he champions the importance of the hand-made in our increasingly digital world. This May, as part of London Craft Week, the fashion designer and creative director of Spanish house Loewe will host a talk at Liberty London to raise awareness around artisan skills, highlighting the craftsmanship of object-makers who work in the physical realm.
The event will take place in conjunction with the launch of ‘Loewe: This is Home’, a collection of uniquely designed products that combine inspiration from various craft disciplines, from carpentry to knitted murals and custom furniture design, on display at Liberty from 3rd – 7th May.
When you rewind to Loewe’s origins, this fascination with craft all clicks. The spanish house began life as a cooperative of leather artisans in Madrid in 1846 before German entrepreneur Enrique Loewe Rossenberg united the workshop under his name in 1872 and continued this focus on refined construction.
This announcement comes soon after the Loewe Craft Prize, a new international foundation prize which opened last year. Anderson along with a star-studded panel of judges that includes Patricia Urquiola, Naoto Fukasawa, and Design Museum director Deyan Sudjic whittled 4,000 entries down to 26 finalists and will announce the winner later this month. Anderson explained that he wanted to create a platform that spotlights the work of ceramicists, basket-weavers, furniture designers and jewellery makers whose “artistic vision and will to innovate will set a new standard for the future of craft.”