In a time of globalisation, it's hard to know where your products come from, how they were made or who made them. Yet, in recent years, especially during the pandemic, local making and shopping has taken on a renewed importance. People are on the hunt for locally produced items, from homeware to fashion. They want to connect to those products on a deeper level – and they want to better understand the real human stories behind them.
Enter Atelier100, a new project backed by IKEA and H&M that's bringing together local creatives, makers and manufacturers located within a 100km radius of London. Core to the project is a bustling new shop in the heart of Hammersmith, where makers can connect, learn and create. And, luckily for you, it's where you can also buy what they're selling…
The space was designed with London-based studios Plaid and Bibliothèque. We caught up with Plaid's co-founder, Brian Studak, and one of Bibliothèque's founding partners, Tim Beard, to find out more.
Every product on offer in the store was designed, manufactured and brought to life by makers in and around London. The ready-made products available to purchase in the store, from homeware and accessories to jewellery and fashion, were carefully curated by Courier's editors. When Atelier100's community of makers create original products during the program, these will also be on sale.