Two weeks ago I managed to spend a few hours at the Celebration of Craftsmanship & Design in Cheltenham, an impressive display of bespoke furniture makers both young and seasoned.
Contemporary English furniture always makes my head shift gears. Most of the stuff I see in America has roots in traditional design. But in England they are much more likely to go for broke with their designs. Some succeed; some fail.
After the show ended on Aug. 31, one of the exhibitors mentioned to me that about a dozen of the pieces at the show had been vandalized. After looking at the photos, it appeared that someone had scratched the pieces deeply with a key or coin.
A bunch of us at David Savage’s school and shop wondered this week what sort of sicko would do such a thing. Someone from the plastics industry? A rogue IKEA agent?
— Christopher Schwarz