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Stone carving wall art by Zoe Wilson

Shopping for Non Essentials – Arts & Crafts after Lockdown

by | Aug 8, 2021

Pure joy: shopping for non essentials! How we’ve missed the fairs, exhibitions and private views: the furniture, the sculptures and paintings, the ceramic pots and all the things that make a home that little bit more special.

So long was lockdown in the UK that we almost missed the first crafts fair this year in the brilliant Chelsea Design Centre at Imperial Wharf – London’s chic interiors mecca on the River Thames.

Apart from stunning porcelain, clay and canvas pieces, the fair featured a series of talks and small receptions…an Alladin’s cave for conoisseurs.

The Design Centre is a labyrinth of luxury shops and studios by the glamourous Chelsea Harbour. Several restaurants and cafes serve staff and shoppers who are among some of the most discerning in the world of interiors.

Shopping for non essentials: Lots Road and other crafts shops

Lots Road auctioneers are only a stone’s throw away as well as small crafty design boutiques – not to forget one of our favourites, Nordic Style wihch is a haven for fans of the Swedish look: Gustavian furniture.

If you don’t know Gustavian, do please read our post here which shows it in detail – it is beautiful, inspired by grand, old French glamour but pared down Scandi style. It is a light and pretty mix of urban sophistication and country style.

As we now go shopping for non essentials every day (almost) here are some of our favourite pieces from the fair at the Design Centre – worth keeping taps on exhibitions since it really is one of the best places in London to gather home decor inspiration. They include pieces (in order of appearance) such as Wildflowers porcelain wall sculpture by Valeria Nascimento, Kate Brett, whose Untitled mini ceramic figurines in box shelves are repped by the Cube Gallery and Lucas Ferreira, whose Grey Factions ceramic pieces caught our eyes.

And not least Zoe Wilsonøs stone carving as featured in our main image at the top:

Wildflowers by Valeria Nascimento
Shopping for non essentials - Kate Brett's Untitled ceramic figures iin box shelves
Lucas Ferreira's Grey Factions, Ceramic