Handmade 2015: the projects

Handmade 2015: the projects

For our annual salute to craft and creativity, we bring together the best designers, artists, and manufacturers to make one-off wonders. Here, browse all the fruits of Handmade 2015

Vanity set
Larke Optics and Frank

From a vanity set in luminous acetate to a bold lipstick and scarf, there’s beauty in this bespoke set. Inspired by the French ivory vanity sets that were de rigueur during the late 19th century, Larke Optics and Frank have created a modern-day dresser set which comprises a hand mirror, three accessory trays, a lidded box and a vase. Made from Larke’s signature luminous acetates, each piece has been crafted using the tools and techniques of spectacle production.

Larke Optics
A spectacle wearer since childhood, Laura Nicholson launched her company Larke Optics in 2013. Backed by a keen eye for craftsmanship and individuality, Larke’s bold, architectural frames are handmade in England from finely patterned Italian acetate. www.larkeoptics.com

Frank is a London design studio run by Pam West and Matt Edmonds. Since launching in 2001, it has enjoyed an ongoing partnership with Established & Sons, designing its ‘M5’ table, ‘Corona’ lamp and the ‘Store’ vessels. The studio also designs captivating retail interiors and exhibitions. www.frankhome.co.uk

Photography: Felicity Ingram 

’Maiden Voyage’ lipstick and scarf
Linder and Lipstick Queen

Inspired by her travels, ‘Maiden Voyage’ is artist Linder’s take on lipstick. ‘I’m leading a nomadic existence at the moment, with a feeling of being permanently en voyage,’ she explains. She has certainly explored the colour spectrum thanks to the savoir-faire of beauty brand Lipstick Queen. Linder has also designed an elegant scarf, featuring her own artwork, to match the bold lipstick.

British visual artist Linder has mastered the art of collage over three decades of experimenting with two-dimensional and three-dimensional forms as well as light, music and textiles. Her striking compositions feature the female body and traditional ideas of beauty borrowed from both contemporary culture and fine art.

Lipstick Queen
Entrepreneur Poppy King founded Lipstick Queen aged 18, when she failed to find a lipstick to her liking. Developing it into a brand that strives to answer women’s quest to find the lipstick of a lifetime, King has, 20 years on, created a colour library that covers both the classic and the unexpected. www.lipstickqueen.com

Photography: Felicity Ingram

Vanity clutch
Salako and Isaac Reina

With the organisational capabilities of a well ordered beauty bag and the sleek looks of a clutch, this dual-purpose concept by Jimo Salako makes a stylish travelling companion. Realised in collaboration with Isaac Reina in soft navy leather, the bag’s simple construction lends it a sophisticated edge. Its discreet form has room to hold grooming essentials, while functional details such as a magnetic closing and removable elastic grips inside add to its practicality.

Hair stylist Jimo Salako has worked for a host of fashion brands including Comme des Garçons, Fendi and Stella McCartney, as well as a plethora of magazines. In 2013, he expanded his reach by opening the Salako salon in London, offering his legendary haircuts to a wider public. His sculptural creations were recently seen at New York’s MoMA as part of a Björk retrospective. www.salakolondon.com

Isaac Reina
Spanish-born Isaac Reina established his eponymous leather goods brand in Paris in 2006. With a background in architecture and fashion (and previous experience as the design assistant to Véronique Nichanian, Hermès’ menswear director), Reina approaches his product work with formal simplicity, attention to detail and a remarkable colour sensibility. www.isaacreina.com

Photography: Paul Zak

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