Making – whether it’s a Rolls-Royce, a sterling silver pen, or extruded plastic furniture pieces – is a multisensory experience. In appreciation of overt creativity and meticulous craftsmanship, KEF partners with London Craft Week to bring you Sound of Craftsmanship. This inspiring series of stories explore the sonic cues, inspirations and wares of expert makers.
For designer Alexandra Llewellyn, working life is all fun and games. That’s because she’s found a niche for herself in making exquisite backgammon boards and poker sets. Inspired by the joy and clamour of street-side backgammon playing, the games she makes today explore materiality – using not just wood, but leather, metal, glass and stones – transforming the experience altogether.
Designer James Shaw not only creates objects and furniture, he creates the material they’re made from. His best-known works are made of extruded post-consumer plastics: ostensibly saved from a destiny of centuries in a landfill, the plastic is dyed with pigments, and shaped into playfully weird but hard-working, functional pieces.
We meet artist Yinka Ilori, whose playfully bright style has been applied to everything from chairs, to playgrounds, to public infrastructure. Drawing from his Nigerian heritage, his work is inspired from music by the likes of Fela Kuti, King Sunny Ade, Ebenezer Obey.
We meet metalsmith Adi Toch, whose mainly silver and copper vessels sit somewhere between a domestic object and artwork, they often create or even interact with sounds in charming, playful ways.
Rolls-Royce has a signature brand sound: silence. But, a very particular silence. We meet Dave Monks, engineer, who uses some unexpected sounds to fine-tune the experience behind the wheel.