Collect 2015 craft fair: the highlights

Contemporary craft selling fair Collect opened today at London’s Saatchi Gallery, featuring new pieces from designer-makers and galleries around the world. Collect always offers an inspiring range of ideas for colour, material, finish and form, and this year feels particularly fresh. Here are our top picks from the show, which runs until Monday.

Metals feature widely across the show. Clemens Stier’s geometric compositions pair flawless surfaces with cut-and-paste, totem-like shapes for a minimalist effect that exudes luxury.

Chien-Wei Chang’s Keepers have a more utilitarian feel, with brushed finishes, visible seams and endearing finishing touches in the form of charm tassels.

Also brightening up metallics, Kaiser Matthias’ pots feel slightly anthropomorphised, with long necks, fat bodies and perching on one leg. Silver mugs and cups play with texture, placing faceted lines next to rough, stippled surfaces and uninterrupted shine.

Fluid, morphing forms are a key theme this year. Laureys Anne Marie’s sculptures look almost alive, with rhino-like skins that vary in tone from grey-blue to dusted cocoa.

Sachi Fujikake’s rippling, bulging sculptures are – almost unbelievably – made from sheet glass, which is blown and kiln-worked to look like the softest of paper, or a digital wireframe on a rendering program.

Jewellery is tactile and expressive across the show: Levan Jishkariani’s chunky, sculptural necklaces mix media and colour to create vibrant assemblages.

Ceramicist Jacob van der Beugel is showing both his signature bottle forms, in chalky tones of sand and white, and a more colourful gradation of tiles that progress across the gallery wall.

Peter Marigold’s Bleed Cabinets draw attention to the fixings of furniture. The zinc coating of each nail is stripped back to expose the steel and react with the cedar wood panels, causing a blackened staining around each joint.

Claire Lindner’s bulbous sculptures are made from grogged stoneware, which is sprayed with glaze to achieve a two-tone effect that’s almost iridescent.

Traditional Japanese metalwork informs Takahiro Yede’s “woven” metal bowls, which are made by hammering strands of copper alloys shibuichi (silver/copper) and shakudo (gold/copper) together with soldering silver into a tapestry.

Jongjin Park’s vases top porcelain with tissue paper, creating a delicate tactility and almost loofah-like surface effect.

Plaid vases, indigo-dyed wall pieces, moiré mirrors, conceptual headphones, 3D printed vessels by Michael Eden and a pastoral new chair by Tord Boontje – from his mini-retrospective Chairy Tales – provide further highlights.

Collect 2015 runs until11th May. WGSN Lifestyle & Interiors subscribers can find more craft and materials inspiration in the trend reports Timeworn & HistoricalPoetic Resin and Decorative Stitching.

– Sarah Housley

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