Better Late Than Never

Burberry Makers House - gorgeous seating

After the September runway event Burberry opened up its London show venue, The Makers House, for a free-of-charge week long showcase of British craftsmanship. The varied programme of exhibitors and events can be found here. I have no idea why it’s taken me so long to write about this incredible place, as it really was like walking into an oasis of luxurious calm in the heart of Soho. Burberry Makers HouseimageThe top floor of the house was dedicated to Christopher Kane’s latest collection, inspired by Virginia Woolf’s Orlando. The interiors were an homage to Nancy Lancaster – dreamy dusky pinks and gorgeous sea green carpets. Pin Drop Studio provided the soundtrack of daily readings by familiar faces such as Juliet Stevenson and Dame Sian Phillips among others. imageThe ground floor had a cafe, with a carefully curated selection of cakes from the boys at Thomas’s Cafe (who also have a branch in the Burberry flagship store). The flowers were by east London based Rebel Rebel and the wood fired pottery by Douglas Fitch came via The New Craftsmen, the bastions of British craftsmanship and creativity who were presenting The Makers House along side Burberry. Below: A slightly OTT documentation of the goodies on offer, including custard creams and jammy dodgers (and I want that slate table).imageimageimageimageimageimageBelow: One of the makers in question, silk screen printer Rose de Borman‘s workspace in varying degrees of use. imageimageimageBelow: With a backdrop of scissors by Ernest Wright & Son Ltd bookbinders Bespoke and Bound hard at work. Sculptor Thomas Merret’s beautiful temporary work space. imageimageThe pop-up shop from The New Craftsmen, below, with silk screen printed scarves and cushions by Rose de Borman, second hand books from Beaux Books and unique clothes made out of the Burberry cotton gabardine material. Acid pink and orange Dahlias aside, the things I really loved were the display cabinet and dresser. imageimageimageWith its beautiful wavy glass shelves and mirrored back panel, this antique display cabinet was pretty perfect even without the gorgeously thin metal tressal legs its mounted on. The yellow mohair and merino throw is by Georgia Kemball and would be the first thing I’d grab in a supermarket sweep. Below: Outside looking in and some friendly faces in the garden. imageimageFor some unknown reason I woke up at 7am on Sunday morning so I decided to head over to the flower market on Columbia Road. imageHome to a mixture of gardening suppliers, vintage shops (look out for Vintage Heaven that sells a huge array of crockery and cutlery) and cafes. Also worth a mention is the lady selling fabric in The Courtyard who has Tom Hardy pictures plastered around the place. Below:the other side of Columbia Road, walking behind the flower stalls. Cafe Columbia sells the best bagels around. Printers and Stationers, possibly the ultimate hipsters hangout, a vinyl shop that sells coffee and pastries. imageimageimageI loved the ceramics from Fez and the pink and gold cover of the East London Food book below. imageimageBelow: I fell in love with the industrial French lamps and large, wide ceramic dish (plus of course the incredible colour of the plums). imageimage

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