Journal

Thomas Seckford

This month the Journal traces the origins of the Sekford name from a quiet street in central London to the courts of Queen Elizabeth I, capturing a snapshot of five centuries of history in the British capital. ... Continue reading

Nigel Raffety — Interview

It’s winding day at Raffety, the antique clock dealership in Kensington established by Nigel Raffety in 1979. Though today international horological innovation is concentrated on wristwatches, and the ever greater miniaturisation and complication of their mechanisms, Raffety’s showroom is a cathedral to the cutting edge of the 17th century. Here, the gentle chatter of the longcase clocks lining the walls and the smaller, ornate carriage clocks arranged on tables, attest to the enduring skill of the craftsmen who built them over 300 years ago. ... Continue reading

Sekford in September

In a unique collaboration with Sekford, Salvatori, the Italian design company renowned for their work with high-quality stone, will be hosting an exciting project exploring the evolution of typography and lettering in stone.

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Michael Craig-Martin — Interview

Michael Craig-Martin occupies a unique place in the history of contemporary British art. As an artist, his hugely influential 1973 work An Oak Tree – a glass of water placed on a high shelf with a text explaining how it had been transformed by the artist – marked a turning point in the development of conceptual art, and the series of paintings that followed it – simple, minimal depictions of everyday objects produced over the past thirty years – have confirmed him as one of the most celebrated artists of his generation. At the same time, as a tutor at Goldsmith’s College in London, Craig-Martin was instrumental in fostering the radical, irreverent and often controversial work of the Young British Artists – a group that included Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin and Rachel Whiteread. ... Continue reading

Richard Kindersley — Interview

Richard Kindersley is one of Britain’s pre-eminent lettercutters and experts on typographic design. The son of esteemed cutter and sculptor David Kindersley, who studied under Eric Gill, Richard has gone on to work on major national and international projects, including the monument commemorating the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge, inscriptions for the UK Supreme Court and special commissions for the Victoria and Albert museum and St Paul’s Cathedral. ... Continue reading

Retail Partners — News

Sekford is now stocked by three institutions of British retail – Selfridges, Ogden of Harrogate and Harvey Nichols. To celebrate, this month The Sekford Journal delves into their long, illustrious histories to discover tales of Tutankhamun, Absolutely Fabulous and an all-girl gun club in the centre of London.

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Paul Barnes — Interview

Tucked away behind London's Fleet Street, most people will never notice the quiet lane that winds down to the St Bride Library. Founded in 1895 when the surrounding area was the heart of London's publishing industry, the library is dedicated to preserving and promoting the now antique technology that, until the advent of the personal computer, disseminated the written word for over 500 years.

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Mark Wilkinson — Interview

To kick off the new year we head to Lincolnshire to talk to the printmaker Mark Wilkinson whose gothic woodcut fox is at the centre of Sekford’s visual identity. After a career in the RAF and a chance encounter with the work of English designer and artist Eric Gill, Wilkinson founded Inkshed Press. His timeless engravings, inspired by gothic revival and the Arts and Crafts movement, share Sekford’s values of craftsmanship and British design. Here we discuss the enduring appeal of printmaking, the challenges faced by working with Sekford and what 2016 holds for Inkshed Press.

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Margot Henderson — Interview

This month we chat to one of London’s most influential chefs, Margot Henderson. Having honed her simple, earthy style with her husband Fergus, founder of the celebrated St. John restaurant, Margot now runs a catering business and the Rochelle Canteen in Shoreditch. Hidden behind an unmarked door, the Canteen is housed in a converted bike shed in the oldest council estate in Europe. There, surrounded by the practical, no-nonsense red-brick buildings, we sat down to discuss Margot's love for the British countryside, her influences and why she enjoys catering for groups.

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