The Kindcraft sees a simplified “cleaned-up” contemporary craft trend taking hold. Below, we’ll take you through the color, detail, pattern, & materials of this trend among independent makers of handmade objects.
Color: Neutral, Black & White
The dominant palette is black & white with touches of nature and warm neutral color. Grey is used to soften the contrast of black & white. Note that products retain their handmade feel while looking minimal and modern.
No. by Romy Northover
The Wandering Eye Textiles
Prempracha at Chiang Mai Design Week
Craft follows fashion’s move towards pastels, especially for ceramics as displayed here by Atelier Dion. Warm pastels mix well with the neutral, black & while palettes, especially with mid-tone greys.
Tua Pen Not at Chiang Mai Design Week
Detail: Touch of Gold
Luxe gold details splashed onto ceramics and woven into textiles.
No. by Romy Northover
Beetle & Flor at Renegade New York
The Catskill Kiwi
Geometric shapes are key to this minimal look – and triangles are primary.
Passa Paa at Renegade London
Hand drawn line-work on ceramics & textiles with simple stripes are minimal and to the point.
Pale golds and golden matte brass are seen as the must-have metal following the larger move toward warm metals.
MUSE Design Studio at Chiang Mai Design Week
Another warm metal is rosy copper, which is a nice material update for the home – especially as geometric kitchen object. Also consider copper and rose gold for jewelry.
Seen in Auckland, NZ at Everyday Needs shop
Material: Woven Fibers
The Kindcraft’s number one craft trend is free-style woven tapestry wall hangings. French artist Julie Robert is leading the way with these beautiful pieces of artwork. Note the wooden hanger detail which follows the shift towards natural materials.
Julie Robert for Nest x Gather
Material: Big Wool Knits
Large-scale wool and cotton knits are a craft trend lead by Australian artist Jacqui Fink. These big cozy knits work well for fashion and home.
Jacqui Fink of Little Dandelion
Minimal ceramics are finished with simple lines as a clever bit of color at the base, or rimmed with a touch of gold as seen on the pastel pink plate by Lindsay Emery of Suite One Studio.
James and Tilla Waters
Lindsay Emery of Suite One Studio
Sam Nichols Pottery
Wood surfaces are smooth and unembellished. These round geometric pieces complete the “Cleaned-Up Craft” trend with soft curves and warmth.