Function+Form Design Gatherings Heal's Forge & Co

Last Saturday we celebrated the launch of Function+Form with our first gathering – a relaxed brunch with like-minded others at Forge & Co along with our sponsors AtMine. The location couldn’t have been more fitting as an introduction to what we’re about, nestled inside Heal’s, a British brand who has always held the support of independent designers at its heart. The new cafe/co-working space, with its modern industrial interior, exposed brick, deep blue walls and wide warehouse windows created the feeling of warmth and hibernation – a nod towards our styling for this November morning.

Function+Form Design Gatherings Heal's Forge & Co Jono Smart Sarah Quinn

Welcoming our guest speakers potter Jono Smart and linen apron designer Sarah Quinn of Enrich & Endure, we settled down on sofas and chairs to listen avidly to their creative journeys, delve into their own processes and consider what resonated from both designers; to find what you love, to simplify and live at a slower, more considered pace. It was wonderful to experience their pieces first hand, hold them and wear them.

Function+Form Design Gatherings Heal's Forge & Co Linen Aprons

Function+Form Design Gatherings Heal's Forge & Co Annie Kruse

Function+Form Design Gatherings Heal's Forge & Co

Function+Form Design Gatherings Heal's Forge & Co

After, we shared a hearty breakfast of pancakes, fruit and bagels and enjoyed the work of our partners Concrete Jungles and 31 Chapel Lane whose linen napkins and concrete planters looked beautiful styled on our table. Keeping it simple and cosy, we worked in potted rosemary and tall stems of eucalyptus for scent, dry seed heads picked from the roadside and soft moss and figs. The deep blue wall at one end of the table really set off the whole look and brought out the grain in our long wooden table. And the chairs. Did I mention the chairs? Check out those Kartell Masters

Function+Form Design Gatherings Heal's Forge & Co Table Styling

Function+Form Design Gatherings Heal's Forge & Co Kartell Masters Chair

Function+Form Design Gatherings Heal's Forge & Co Jono Smart Vase

Function+Form Design Gatherings Heal's Forge & Co Jono Smart

It was a real “pinch me” moment to see all our plans come together and such a fantastic group of people around the table enjoying themselves, making new connections. Yes to more of those moments. We have so enjoyed the journey thus far and are already making plans for Function+Form02 in Spring 2016.

Function+Form Design Gatherings Heal's Forge & Co Concrete Planters

Function+Form Design Gatherings Heal's Forge & Co

Thanks to our guests who turned out to support us on an early Saturday morning and to our brilliant partners for lending their designs to our stylings:

31 Chapel Lane

Concrete Jungles

Hole & Corner magazine

Jono Smart

Enrich & Endure

And to our sponsors AtMine for their support.

If you’d like to join our growing community, be it through attending future gatherings, speaking as a designer/maker or perhaps as a partner or sponsor, you can get in touch with me and Annie here. We’d love to talk more with you.

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Photography © Tiffany Grant-Riley

3 Comments on This Was Function+Form 01

  1. Thank you again for hosting such a lovely morning, I had such a fab time meeting the makers and chatting to other likeminded people! The setting and styling was just purrrfect. Can’t wait for the next one! xx

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