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UK £40.00
US $65.00
Hardback
256 pages
900 colour illustrations
29 x 22.5 cm (11.5 x 8.75 in)
ISBN: 978-1-8589-4702-0
Published in the UK September 2022
Published in the US October 2022
Made in London
From Workshops to Factories

Carmel King and Mark Brearley

Texts by Clare Dowdy

Walking through London’s busy streets, you would not imagine that the city boasts one of the world’s most diverse manufacturing scenes. But throughout its 32 boroughs, people are making propellers, bicycles, ballet shoes, military uniforms, cardboard packaging, neon signs, umbrellas, chocolate truffles, craft beer and much more. Today there are around 4000 manufacturers based in Greater London, building on the city’s rich heritage of making. While producing world-class goods, they are all jostling for space and dealing with familiar challenges, such as rising rents and trying to keep developers at bay. This book provides a fascinating glimpse behind the doors of London’s making and manufacturing companies: the processes and spaces that are so often hidden from view, and the people who work there, from sole traders to workforces numbering in the hundreds. Fifty businesses are featured, ranging from the Tate & Lyle sugar refinery in Silvertown, one of the capital’s largest plants; to William Say, fourth-generation tin-can makers, in Bermondsey; Growing Underground, a salad farm in old air-raid shelters under the streets of Clapham; and Jost Haas, Britain’s last glass-eye maker, in Mill Hill. Made in London is a timely celebration of the vibrant manufacturing scene that contributes so much to the creativity, vitality and economy of the city.

 

A wide-ranging survey of London's thriving manufacturing scene

With 50 entries, arranged into chapters as varied as 'Metalwork', 'Arts & Entertainment' and 'Food & Drink' 

Each entry features a concise description and specially commissioned photography

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Author Profiles

Carmel King is a photographer who has spent more than a decade documenting craftspeople, heritage brands and independent businesses across the British Isles. Inspired by her own family’s three-generation textile firm, she is passionate about capturing traditional crafts and celebrating the best of British making and industry.

Mark Brearley is an architect and urbanist with special expertise in urban industry and its future. He is currently Professor of Urbanism at London Metropolitan University’s School of Art, Architecture and Design. Until 2013 he worked for the Mayor of London as Head of Design for London at the Greater London Authority. He is also proprietor of the long-established London tray and trolley manufacturer Kaymet, and for the past decade has been cataloguing London manufacturers.

Clare Dowdy is a freelance journalist, editor, copywriter and curator. She has written about design, architecture and manufacturing for the Financial Times, Monocle, Wallpaper and BBC.com, and edited the online magazine Furnace, which championed factories.

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