Saturday, 27 November 2010
Sunday, 21 November 2010
There I was on Thursday evening trying to figure out how to attact customers away from my "wine tasting in different sized glasses event" neighbour and over to the Laikingland product showcase....
A smiling old(ish) gentleman seemingly takes pity on me and wanders over for a chat. "I really love your machines," he confirms looking across our space.
"Thanks very much" I reply, "Would you like me to tell you more about our company or the products?"
"Actually" he says "I know quite a lot about them..." and with an even bigger smile... "My name is Conran."
"Ahhh,,," I exclaim, shaking his hand, somewhat embarassed & slightly in awe,,, "well it's really nice to meet you and errm,,, Thanks very much for inviting us here!!"
What a really lovely chap, we chatted for a few minutes and then he wandered off leaving me to pull myself back together and quickly text Martin about our latest Laikingland fan....
Friday, 19 November 2010
Thursday evening at the Conran Shop on Fulham Road was their first Christmas shopping event of the year,,, always a bit of a party.
Here's a couple of films showing Martin's Party Popper Machine in action... every memorable party should have one.
A beautifully crafted nonsense machine,,,,,, the reactions always make me smile.
Wednesday, 17 November 2010
Here's the famous old Michelin building that's home to the Conran Shop on Fulham Road.
81 Fulham road
Tuesday, 16 November 2010
‘If successful, what starts off as craftspeople making things on a small scale can become an industry of its own.’ Polly Dickens, the Creative Director of The Conran Shop agrees. "With Handcrafted in Britain, we’re promoting the assistants of the top makers – as these people become better known, they will go on to get their own studios and train their own assistants." she continues.
For more details click here.
Here's some images of our Laikingland top makers & assistants who've helped us make products for the Handcrafted in Britain showcase.
Sunday, 14 November 2010
Thursday, 11 November 2010
81 Fulham road
Wednesday, 10 November 2010
Monday, 8 November 2010
Saturday, 6 November 2010
Wednesday, 3 November 2010
I also love to read what the students have to say.
I particularly enjoyed the study and work of Kitikoon Worrasorratorn. The issues he raises certainly ring true with our own Laikingland objects and handmade production techniques.
Here is his beautifully made anonymous box.... apologies that the photo doesn't divulge the secret beauty of the craftwork inside.
Monday, 1 November 2010
His new factory isn't quite ready...