The LOEWE creative director waxes lyrical on craft as he unveils his seminal exhibition This is HomeVisit This is Home
Despite a design history amassing inconceivable skill, LOEWE’s dexterousness for their craft has never been so clear as now. And, for May 2017, the fashion house’s seminal exhibition This Is Home has taken up residence at Liberty, forming part of our on-going celebration of the Home of the Artistic Shopper. First debuted at Milan’s Salone de Mobile, creative director Jonathan Anderson has conceived a composite craft landscape assembling the expertise of a body of craft partners, from Mouseman’s hand-carved oak furniture to caned wickerwork and Spanish-made ceramics. To officially reveal the exhibition to the press, we welcomed the This is Home curator and craft connoisseur to engage in an exclusive conversation on the great crafting tradition with The Telegraph’s Bethan Ryder.
On traditional craft…
“For me, craft is incredibly important, I find it such a tangible thing, although unfortunately it can be sometimes underestimated in terms of contemporary art. Ultimately it's creating something with your hands, it's fundamental to the human being. Craft has the potential to influence art immensely.”
On the home…
“We’ve evolved in this idea that it’s really better to bring people to your house because you get to know them more. Things like furniture – modern British or ceramics – I think, why they’re having this reconnaissance, and people are looking to craft, is that when people come to your house, you want people to understand you.”
“This building has incredible history. Some of the most amazing furniture designers designed furniture for Liberty… It is a cultural building, it’s iconography, it’s shared with the people… There is something in that that you can’t wipe away, something which is shareable.”