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Stay Home with Simple Shape: The Simple Pleasures of Life

SEEN fell in love with homeware company Simple Shape at first sight. It was founded in 2015 by Helen Osgerby with the simple premise that working with good people and making good things made good sense. It did indeed, and still does, make good sense: Helen curates only the best crafted things for the home, beautifully designed with thought to their purpose, and are made by British and Irish craftspeople (established as well as emerging makers), with love and care. Now we congratulate Simple Shape on the news that their second exhibition, Stay Home, presented for London Craft Week, will open to the public from 3rd to 7th May 2017.

SEEN had the pleasure of visiting Simple Shape’s first five-day pop-up shop in London last year, where we could touch, feel and smell the quality craftsmanship of all the homeware objects on sale. Their first exhibition called Gradient: Experiments in Clay, that took place in September 2016 as part of the South East Makers Club (a new design trail for London Design Festival) put South East London on the design map.

Elliott Denny
Elliott Denny

Now Simple Shape’s second exhibition, Stay Home, celebrates the simple pleasure of staying in and dining at home. Set in its studio in South East London for London Craft Week (3rd-7th May 2017), it will centre round a dining table made by British furniture designer Sebastian Cox, who established his studio in South East London in 2010 and was recently named the Carpenter Of London.

Luke Hope
Luke Hope

Hand-thrown ceramic place settings by the emerging talent Florian Gadsby will sit alongside ceramic accessories by the potter Elliott Denny, who recently completed a residency at the acclaimed Guldagergaard Ceramic Research Centre in Denmark.

Joining the table setting, will be striking wooden platters, the brand new work by self-taught woodworker Luke Hope, better known for his elegant wooden spoons.

Luke Hope
Luke Hope

To accompany the exhibition, Helen Osgerby will show you the pleasures of staying in by hosting Stay Home Dinner on Friday, 5th May. a specially created three-course dinner at her home in South East London. The menu, which will be designed and created by chef, food stylist and event producer Olivia Bennett, makes reference to the disciplines of the craftspeople whose works are on display: so expect smokey wood flavours and clay-bakes.

Dinner guests will be invited to view the exhibition, enjoy specially created cocktails and take part in a making event. They will then join the exhibition’s designer-makers Sebastian Cox, Luke Hope, Elliott Denny and Florian Gadsby for a delicious dinner and creative conversation. You can book your tickets here.

Stay Home Exhibition
Simple Shape Studio,
Ashby Mews (behind 106 Manor Avenue),

Stay Home Dinner
Simple Shape,
106 Manor Avenue,

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