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British Craft Co-curated by Natalia Miyar

An exhibition of British craft curated by Natalia Miyar established the timelessness of the handmade in the trendy environs of Design Miami/ 2016.

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Text by Nadine Botha

The role and future of craft continue to drive debate in contemporary design. In an increasingly digital world, what is the importance of tactility, and the embodied knowledge and skills of our hands, not to mention the psychological benefits of making?

At Design Miami/ 2016, architect and interior designer Natalia Miyar sought to normalise craft objects with an in situ installation in one of the new penthouse residences at 1 Hotel & Homes, overlooking South Beach. The intention was to demonstrate how handmade and tactile designs can instill character and homeliness in a living environment. Featured makers included Andrea Walsh, Edmund Byrne, Juliette Bigley and Jochen Holz. Glass sculptor Joseph Harrington created a new piece for the show through the support of The Glenlivet.

This exhibition of exceptional British craft is the second in a series co-curated by New Craftsmen and Crafts Council UK. A highly regarded Design Curio booth at Design Miami/ Basel 2016 launched the two organisations’ three-year programme to improve the sales, profile and horizons of British craft makers internationally.

Four Bowls by Juliette Bigley, who explores how we negotiate our physical and emotional place in the world with sculptural vessels. Photo: Odi Caspi
Four Bowls by Juliette Bigley, who explores how we negotiate our physical and emotional place in the world with sculptural vessels. Photo: Odi Caspi
Ravine by Joseph Harrington, whose unique Lost Ice Process uses salt to sculpt ice from which he casts glass. Photo: Anne Purkiss
Ravine by Joseph Harrington, whose unique Lost Ice Process uses salt to sculpt ice from which he casts glass. Photo: Anne Purkiss
Ravine II by Joseph Harrington, whose unique Lost Ice Process uses salt to sculpt ice from which he casts glass. Photo: Anne Purkiss
Ravine II by Joseph Harrington, whose unique Lost Ice Process uses salt to sculpt ice from which he casts glass. Photo: Anne Purkiss
Glass vessel by Edmond Byrne, whose work resonates with qualities of an ancient past. Photo: Anne Purkiss
Glass vessel by Edmond Byrne, whose work resonates with qualities of an ancient past. Photo: Anne Purkiss
Textured Moon Jar by Edmond Byrne, whose work resonates with qualities of an ancient past. Photo: Anne Purkiss
Textured Moon Jar by Edmond Byrne, whose work resonates with qualities of an ancient past. Photo: Anne Purkiss
Herringbones chairs by Raw Edges, a London design studio led by Yael Mer and Shay Alkalay, and
Herringbones chairs by Raw Edges, a London design studio led by Yael Mer and Shay Alkalay, and
Herringbones tables by Raw Edges, a London design studio led by Yael Mer and Shay Alkalay, and known for its witty approach.
Herringbones tables by Raw Edges, a London design studio led by Yael Mer and Shay Alkalay, and known for its witty approach.
Flora table by Marcin Rusak, suspends flowers in black resin to create a marble-like material.
Flora table by Marcin Rusak, suspends flowers in black resin to create a marble-like material.
Flora Lamp by Marcin Rusak, suspends flowers in black resin to create a marble-like material.
Flora Lamp by Marcin Rusak, suspends flowers in black resin to create a marble-like material.
Viewpoint by Nicola Tassie, ceramicist who focuses on the conceptual and material possibilities of domestic forms. Photo: Matthew Stylianou
Viewpoint by Nicola Tassie, ceramicist who focuses on the conceptual and material possibilities of domestic forms. Photo: Matthew Stylianou
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