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Urban Picnic

The East London area was once home to hundreds of traditional furniture manufacturers. The objects within this collection refer to this lost industry by using traditional ornamental veneers from the last companies in the UK who still manufacture them in a traditional manner. To honour these lost trades, we claimed back derelict pieces of land, exhibited our contemporary picnic and invited the public for relaxation, fun and play.


‘The Vauxhall Collective’ is an annual bursary scheme and one we were lucky enough to win with an idea centred around ‘The Great British Weekend.’ We set about designing a body of playful objects for a series of ‘Urban Picnics’ which popped up in East London. City tarmac and concrete pavement were temporarily transformed into grassy spaces inviting Londoners to meet, mingle and consume their picnic under the summer sun. Picnickers entered an interactive and fantastical space featuring traditional weekend fares with a contemporary craft twist. From bat and ball, to logs and benches to sit on, the creations intended to bring jaded city dwellers back to their childhood memories of the quintessential British weekend.


This project was featured in Power of the Making at The Victoria & Albert Museum and pieces have been acquired by the Crafts Council.

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All images ©Sophie Mutevelian

All images ©Sophie Mutevelian