Origin 2008

Fair  /  07 Oct 2008  -  19 Oct 2008
Published: 22.09.2008
Origin 2008.
Somerset House

London Crafts Council in partnership with Somerset House
Daisy Choi. Pendant: Untitled, 2008. Mixed media. Daisy Choi
Pendant: Untitled, 2008
Mixed media
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Origin is a presentation of the very best of craft talent, be it ceramics, glass, metal, jewellery, furniture, textiles, paper and wood.
About Origin/

Origin: The London Craft Fair, was launched in 2006, replacing the Chelsea Crafts Fair as the UK’s principal selling event for individual designer-makers. In 2007 there were more than 20,000 visits to Origin and the event attracted 316 exhibitors across two weeks.

Somerset House is a thriving cultural destination in London. The magnificent 18th century building houses the celebrated collection of the Courtauld Institute of Art, providing the perfect venue for a contemporary craft fair. The location is easy to reach by public transport and is close to the retail areas of Covent Garden and London’s vibrant theatre district.

Origin is a presentation of the very best of craft talent, be it ceramics, glass, metal, jewellery, furniture, textiles, paper and wood. Exhibitors are a mixture of national and international designermakers, established names and emerging talent and each stand at the event exhibits work of a consistently high standard and demonstrates creativity and technical skill. 

Origin is housed in a purpose built pavilion designed by Ben Kelly and is erected in the Edward J. Safra Courtyard of Somerset House. The pavilion is designed to complement its content with transparent panels which fill the space with light.

Crafts Council

44a Pentonville Road
N1 9BY

Tel: +44 (0) 207 806 2500

Fax: +44 (0) 207 837 6891

For makers exhibiting at Origin:

Tel: +44 (0) 207 806 2512


For Press and Marketing enquiries:

Tel: + 44 (0) 207 806 2526


Dates and price

Opening & Closing Dates
    — Week One: Tuesday 7 - Sunday 12 October 2008
    — Week Two: Tuesday 14 - Sunday 19 October 2008
    — Closed for exhibitor changeover: Monday 13 October 2008

    — Tuesday to Friday 11am - 7pm
    — Late night Shopping every Thursday - open until 9pm
    — Saturday and Sunday 10am - 6pm

Ticket Prices
An illustrated catalogue included in the price of admission. Catalogues will be given out at the event.
— Full price single entry £8
— Concession single entry £6
— Full price ticket for one visit in each week £12
— Concession Ticket for one visit in each week £10
— Season Pass (unlimited entry) £15
— Under 12's Free

Concession tickets available to the following:
    — Over 60's
    — Students
    — 12 - 16 years
    — ES40
    — Registered disabled
Ticket holders may be required to provide valid identification before admittance to this event (students will be required to show a valid NUS card).

Book Tickets
Book online at or call 0844 947 2393.
Please note booking fees apply.


7-19 October 2008
Make/ Origin Interactive: Crafting Space
Come and participate in creating a crafted space at Origin. Over the two week period Alinah Azadeh will be creating a sculptured space with help from the visitors to the craft fair.

7-19 October 2008
Learn/ The Origin Intervention
Meaning many things to many people, the word craft evokes all kinds of received ideas.

Thursday 9th October 2008
Make/ Craft Lab at Origin 2008
Dip & Grow with the Craft Lab

9 October 2008
See/ Origin Late - Thursday 9th October
Join Fabiane Perrella and Karen Richmond for an evening of experimental participation.

16 October 2008
See/ Awards at Origin and Pom Pom International
An award ceremony for Origin makers and a witty mixture of pom pom making and conflict resolution.