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Second Sitters vs. SCP

Part of Make! A Season of Contemporary Craft

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‘Three identical chair frames, three different upholsterers’

The Barbican Shop showcase three Matthew Hilton Balzac chairs that were upholstered as part of Second Sitters vs SCP, a live upholstery performance that took place at the Geffrye Museum in May 2017, as part of the Second Sitters touring exhibition Upholstery: Evolution to RevolutionSCP upholstered the chair as intended, whilst Second Sitters curators Hannah Stanton and Jude Dennis upholstered their chairs spontaneously in their unique styles.

Based in east London, Second Sitters is Hannah Stanton and Jude Dennis, both practicing upholsterers. Together they promote independent UK and international upholsterers through publications, collaborative working and exhibitions.

SCP is a London based manufacturer of contemporary furniture, accessories, lighting and textiles, guided by the idea that design can transform the world around us.


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How to: weaving with Christabel Balfour

In the first of our series of 'How to' workshops focussing on traditional crafts, tapestry weaver Christabel Balfour invites us in her South London studio for a weaving demonstration.

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Designer Profile: Emma Johnson

Brighton-based ceramicist and designer Emma Johnson is the latest maker to be showcased in the Barbican Shop as part of our Makers initiative. 

We catch up with Emma to find out more about her work and her Barbican range.

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