Craftsmanship Across Borders


Wednesday 26th July 2017 from 7pm to 10pm

The Koppel Project Baker Street

I S H K A R is proud to present a conversation about craftsmanship and design between Sebastian Conran, Sebastian Cox and Nasser Mansouri. The discussion will be chaired by Grant Gibson (editor, Crafts Magazine).

The wide-ranging discussion will tackle questions such as:
What role does craftsmanship play in the modern world?
What can craftsmanship reveal about the countries in which it is practised?
What are the intersections between craft and design, craft and technology?
Where do craftsmen and designers find their inspiration?


Sebastian Cox is a furniture designer-maker known for his passion for sustainability, love of British hardwoods and exploration of coppiced timbers. Sebastian designs at the workbench, using his material as his inspiration and strives to create objects that show off the beauty of timber. Having collaborated with the likes of Sir Terence Conran and Burberry, Sebastian Cox’s work has been on display at the V&A, and here at ISHKAR in our own shop display. Sebsatian has won numerous awards for his work, including the Homes & Gardens Designer Award in 2016.


Nasser Mansouri is Afghan by birth, but grew up as a refugee in Iran where he first learned woodworking from an Iranian master artisan. Nasser returned to Afghanistan shortly after the Taliban were removed from power, and has become one of Afghanistan’s leading craftsmen. Having already exhibited at London’s Leighton House, and Doha’s Museum of Islamic Art, Nasser’s work is currently being showcased at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C.


Sebastian Conran is one of the UK’s leading product designers. From stacking shelves at Habitat in his teens to running Studio Conran, Sebastian’s life has been focused on understanding how things are made, sold, and used, as well as designing innovative, stylish & satisfying products. He has seen many thousands of successful & enduring products through from concept to consumer, working with a diverse array of industry leading clients such from John Lewis to Virgin Atlantic, Nigella Lawson to Nissan.


Chair: Grant Gibson is UK-based design, craft and architecture writer whose work has turned up in places like The Observer, New Statesman, The Guardian, Daily Telegraph, FRAME, Dwell, and quite a few others. During his time Grant has been editor of Blueprint, deputy editor of FX, and acting executive editor of the RIBA Journal. He’s currently the editor of Crafts, as well as a contributing editor to the Dutch architecture title MARK.

Evening Programme:

7 – 8pm: A Middle Eastern buffet by The Damascus Chef and drinks will be served

8 – 9.30pm: Panel discussion, followed by Q&A

9.30 – 10pm: Tea and bakhlava


Tickets are £16 and include drinks and supper. Limited places available, please make your reservation here.