Julien Marchenoir from Founding Partner Vacheron Constantin, launched the third London Craft Week at the V&A Museum in London, where he addressed a crowd of over 350 people, alongside Guy Salter, London Craft Week Founder; Tristram Hunt, Director of the V&A and Hussein Chalayan, renowned fashion designer.
During the evening, makers rubbed shoulders with leading experts, influencers, editors and directors from the world of art, design, culture, luxury, fashion, media and government. Attending the event were Johnny Coca, Stephen Jones, Tom Dixon and Bill Amberg plus various international stars including Korean artist Do Ho Suh, Hong Kong designer Elaine Yan Ling Ng and third generation Spanish guitar maker, Felipe Conde.
Julien Marchenoir, Director of Strategy & Heritage said in his speech: “London Craft Week has become the reference event for international craftsmanship, having created a platform to promote crafts from all over the world. An impressive 40% of international content is now in the program and so as London Craft Week continues to expand, enlighten and excite, we must remember why we are here this evening. It is our responsibility to continue to protect the skills that this week will highlight. And it is our responsibility to guarantee their longevity”
Guy Salter, Chairman of London Craft Week added: “With Vacheron Constantin, our Founding Partner, we have established a festival which enables museums, colleges and galleries, as well as independent makers, to play such a central role to London Craft Week.”
Highlights of the evening included the presentation of London Craft Week medal, created by Vacheron Constantin, for ‘Outstanding Creativity and Craftsmanship’ awarded to Edmund de Waal, world famous ceramic artist.