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What To Expect At Handmade Contemporary Fair 2019

Handmade Contemporary, our favourite fair of the annual design calendar, is celebrating its 10th anniversary – and is going to be one to remember.


It’s been 10 years since the first Handmade Contemporary Fair, and this year’s organisers are going all out to celebrate what has to be one of House and Leisure’s absolute favourite design events.

Taking place on the rooftop of Hyde Park corner this weekend, the special anniversary edition of the fair will highlight some of the landmarks of its decennial occasion, bringing the best of what the fair has to offer. 

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Baskets from Design Afrika.

Celebrating under the theme ‘Memories and Dreams’, the 2019 Handmade Contemporary will reflecting on its legacy of showcasing African creativity.

‘The theme "Memories and Dreams" is really just a love letter to the incredible work that the artisans and entrepreneurs all over the country and across the continent put into the creations we’re so privileged to showcase at the Handmade Contemporary Fair’ says Lesley Hudson, director of Cut2Black Media, the fair’s newly announced management company.

‘The exquisite craftsmanship that will be on display this year continues in the proud tradition that the fair has established over the past decade.’

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Marbled 'soft pots' by ceramicist Anthony Shapiro.

Over 100 exhibitors are confirmed to be at the fair, crossing the boundaries between art, design, food, drinks and entertainment.

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Beaded pendant necklaces by The Herd.

Kenya-based jeweller Adele Dejak makes a return, as does Famke Jewellery and Zulu beading brand The Herd.

There will be more beautiful baskets from Design Afrika this year, as well as a selection of the country’s most beautiful ceramics from Anthony Shapiro, while the craft gin and fine wine sections will be populated with the likes of Autograph Distillery and Silvermist Vineyards.

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Colourful espadrilles by Galago Shoes.

On the fashion front, Missibaba, Mami Wata, Mille Collines and Galago Shoes are just a few we’re looking forward to seeing. 

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A wood and sterling silver spoon by Liz Loubser for Tinsel Gallery's collab with HL.

At this year’s fair, House and Leisure will also have our own stand, presenting a unique collaboration with Tinsel Gallery, Sirkel Jewellery and Geraldine Fenn.

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A cutlery piece by Eric Loubser for the Tinsel Gallery x HL collab.

We will also be showing some of our previous collabs with the likes of Houtlander, Karabo Poppy and a selection of the country’s most exciting ceramicists.

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Geraldine Fenn's 'Fly' spoon in sterling silver.

Excitingly, House and Leisure will also be judging the stands at this year’s Handmade Contemporary Fair, so make sure you let us know what your favourites are on Instagram by tagging pictures of your favourites with #HLHandmadeFaves. 

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