I love small, independent galleries, I love designer makers and I love York so there are three compelling reasons to head to the Lotte Inch gallery this month.
Lotte, whose gallery is at 10 Boothham in York centre, is giving herself a well-earned break and has temporarily handed over her shop to gifted Yorkshire furniture maker Sam Parkin. Sam, who trades as Last Leaf, has transformed the art gallery into a pop-up furniture store.
It showcases his amazing skill and his beautiful designs with everything from handcrafted tables, benches and plant stands to smaller items, such as serving boards. The look is contemporary but also timeless. These are heirloom pieces that can be passed down the generations.
Sam, who will also be giving demonstrations in the shop, trained as a guitar maker at the London College of Furniture before becoming a cabinet maker. He loves wood and he always makes the most of the grain and individual markings within it, which is why he always treats it with oils, never varnish, to maximise the natural patterns. Along with his own range, he also works to commission creating bespoke pieces for clients.
Last Leaf | Takeover runs at Lotte Inch Gallery until October 6, 2018. Lotte Inch gallery will still operate from its online store and will formally reopen the gallery on October 12 with an exhibition by York-based artist Steve Williams.