Chelsea Barracks Is Set To Become a Hub for Creativity During London Craft Week 2021

The Luxury British Craftsmanship Pavilion at Chelsea Barracks

Above: Chelsea Barracks Development
Chelsea Barracks, London’s most esteemed enclave, will partake in this year’s London Craft Week (4 – 10 October 2021) by becoming a destination for a series of events, thought provoking discussions and panels hosted by the industry’s tastemakers within its Luxury British Craftsmanship Pavilion.

The development which already champions creative excellence internally and externally through working with the most esteemed British architects, landscape artists and interior designers, will celebrate outstanding British and international creativity throughout the week. A headline event taking place within the Chelsea Barracks Garrison Suite includes ‘Why Craft Makes You Happy?’, a discussion fronted by Ben Pentreath, a leading name in English architecture, Ben Johnson of Albion Nord and chaired by Country Life editor Giles Kime. Elicyon will host its event ‘The Contemporary Tapestry’, a panel made up of Geraldine Larkin, Bernie De Le Cuona, Miles de Lange and Charu Gandhi. One of the finest luxury leather goods manufacturers in Great Britain. Ettinger will exhibit various British-made luxury accessories for the discerning visitor to explore, whilst Floris, Edward Green, Johnstons of Elgin and Bentley Motors will also provide demonstrations and there will be two panel talk sessions. Winch Design will host its discussion: ‘Superyachts, Private Jets and Architecture: The story of craftsmanship and design at the highest level’ alongside a showcase of the intricacies behind its work.

Save the date for each of these events with times and further details below:

Above: Chelsea Barracks Collection by Albion Nord
CHELSEA BARRACKS: ‘Why Craft Makes You Happy: How craftsmanship transforms buildings, their interiors and the lives of their inhabitants.’

Location:  Chelsea Barracks, The Garrison Suite, London, SW1W 8BG

Date: 4th of October 

Time: 10am – 12pm (panel discussion)

Time: 12-5pm (exhibition)

Britain is enjoying a golden age of craftsmanship not seen since the late 19th century. It’s transforming architecture, interior design, furniture – and the quality of our lives – in a variety of exciting and unexpected ways. What are the benefits of craft skills in the creation of furniture and buildings? How are they influencing the work of contemporary designers? How are they benefiting the environment and preserving skills? Ben Pentreath, one of the leading names in classic English architecture and Ben Johnson of Albion Nord will share their thoughts on all these issues with Country Life’s Giles Kime, who will chair the discussion.

The event will take place at Chelsea Barracks, London’s most important new residential development where both designers have been closely involved. The event will also showcase The Chelsea Barracks Collection, a collaboration between Albion Nord and leading wood and metal workers, ceramicists and glass blowers to name a few, resulting in furniture & homeware pieces that demonstrate the opportunities created by craftsmanship.

From 12pm – 5pm a selection of makers from The Chelsea Barracks Collection will be hosting their own pop-ups to showcase some of their other works. Items from The Chelsea Barracks Collection will also still be on display during this time for the public to drop in.

For more information on The Chelsea Barracks Collection items, visit


ELICYON: ‘The Contemporary Tapestry.’

Location: Chelsea Barracks, The Garrison Suite, London, SW1W 8BG

Date: 5th of October 

Time: 5pm – 6pm 

Geraldine Larkin, Bernie De Le Cuona, Miles de Lange and Charu Gandhi will take part in a panel discussion, compered by ex-Wallpaper* Editor-In-Chief Tony Chambers. With a shared passion for tapestry and craft, the panel will discuss what contemporary tapestry looks like in interior schemes today, how it straddles craft and art, why fabric can be considered ‘liveable’ tapestry and the delicate process from artisan to abode. These panelists have all been involved in the Elicyon-designed apartments at the Chelsea Barracks development.


Location: Chelsea Barracks, The Garrison Suite, London, SW1W 8BG

Date: 6th of October 

One of the finest luxury leather goods manufacturers in Great Britain, Ettinger will showcase its British-made luxury accessories throughout the day.

Floris, Edward Green, Bentley and Johnstons of Elgin will also provide demonstrations and there will be 2 panel talk sessions.
WINCH DESIGN: ‘Superyachts, Private Jets and Architecture: The story of craftsmanship and design at the highest level’

Location: Chelsea Barracks, The Garrison Suite, London, SW1W 8BG

Date: 7th of October 

Time: 12pm – 5pm 

Since its inception in 1986, Winch Design has become known as the ‘go to’ studio for billionaires wishing to commission their dream home: on land, in the air and at sea. Initially specialising as a sailing yacht design studio, the studio now encompasses aviation and architecture. Winch has since delivered the largest superyacht in the world, the biggest private jet to hit the skies and the largest private residence in London – and shows no sign of slowing down.

Each project is as unique as the clients themselves and behind closed doors, talented craftspeople bring the stories of the clients and their homes to life in exquisite detail. The world of bespoke top-end design is often discreet and elite, and Winch is pleased to open the doors and give an insight into what craftsmanship is like in a design-world where every stitch matters.

Attendees will be able to meet the wood carvers, furniture makers, embroiderers, ceramicists and textile designers who have helped create some of Winch’s most iconic projects, learning about their craft and gaining an insight into what it takes to create work for this calibre of clients.

The makers providing this insight will be:

Max Bainbridge from Forest + Found Studio (One of Three Winch QEST scholars):

Max will be exhibiting some of his completed wooden vessels, and will be working on a mounted wall piece during the event. Max will be showcasing pieces that require ‘finer’ hand work.

Paul Jewby:

Paul creates beautiful and traditionally ornamental carvings. Having worked with Winch for many years, extensively on yacht projects, he will be bringing a number of carvings that he is actively working on.

Aiveen Daly:

Aiveen will be showcasing her fine-needle work and fabric manipulation, having several of her leather wall panelling and finished featured on Winch’s yacht projects.


Scabetti will be displaying Winch Design’s new piece, based on a bird in flight. This will possibly be in the form of a fine bone china wing, mounted on an oak block for ease of presentation. Scabetti will also bring a Table Top Shoal which boasts a translucent ceramic wing. There will be a display of physical elements that will help to communicate the process of creating the work the studio does.

Laurent Peacock 

Laurent will be bringing new work that he has completed over the last year to the event, all working in a fantastically clever way with wood. He will be showcasing pieces in their final stages, as well as works in progress.