The finest Italian craftsmanship – made with the human touch
5 – 8 December 2013, 11am – 6pm
83 Kinnerton Street, London SW1X 8ED
When it comes to pop-up shops during the Christmas season, they really are a dime a dozen. But, for us, there is one that stands out. It’s a pop-up with heart – one that champions good old fashioned craftsmanship, where each item is made lovingly by hand and really is a one off.
What and where is this Christmas pop-up shop? It takes place on 5-8 December and features four of Italy’s most creative talents, who have teamed together, for the first time, to open a shop on London’s Kinnerton Street, in the heart of Belgravia. You will find unique, exclusive designs, not to be found anywhere else in Britain. This is as far from the mass produced as you can get!
It features mouth-blown glass from YALI Murano Glass Design, the finest hand-stitched linens from Chiarastella Cattana, unique paintings by Paola Piglia and hand-thrown ceramics by Tommaso Corvi-Mora. In addition to pieces from their current collections, there will be new bathroom linen and glass collections launched at this London event.
Yali Murano Glass Design – Combining clean modern designs with traditional Venetian techniques that date back to the 13th century, Marie-Rose Kahane’s glass designs are created using master glassblowers who have honed their time-honoured craft over the decades.
Prices start from £45.
Chiarastella Cattana – Chiarastella Cattana’s textiles are the result of her research into traditional Italian weaving techniques. The results are colourful tablecloths, curtains, towels, bed linens and towels that incorporate jacquard techniques. All the fabrics are made from natural fibres including linen, cotton and wool and come in over 80 different colours ranging from intricate patterns to single tones.
Paola Piglia – This award winning painter and illustrator was born in Turin, studied in the US and now mainly works in London. Her eye catching and inspiring work ranges from the fantastical to the literal but is deeply rooted in the natural world.
Prices start from £180.
Tommaso Corvi-Mora – a gallerist herself, Tommaso Corvi-Mora is a celebrated ceramicist in her own right creating beautiful vessels that take on simple shapes yet are striking and commanding.
It’s really worth a quick visit, if you are in the area on those days. The nearest tube stations are Knightsbridge and Sloane Square.