Corinne Julius on a life in design and a love of craft

18.10.19. Curator’s home, London

Corinne Julius is a London-based journalist, broadcaster and curator who was born into design.

In this episode we discuss the history of her family firm, Hille, which revolutionised British furniture design after the Second World War, pioneering work from the likes of Robin Day and Fred Scott; her difficult time at the Royal College of Art and why she eventually felt compelled to leave; how she fell into journalism; and her introduction of craft to Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour.

Importantly too, we examine her curating work, which includes Silver Speaks: Idea to Object at the V&A and Future Heritage, her annual showcase of cutting-edge craft and design at the high-end interiors show, Decorex International. For good measure we also touch on the relationship between art, craft and design, and the importance of thinking through making.

I think it’s safe to say that Corinne had some reservations about doing the interview but (I reckon) that the finished result is evocative and really rather personal.
Over the years Future Heritage has introduced a slew of new work to the market, including these stools by Gavin Keightley. Image courtesy of Decorex International.

Future Heritage also included work from another guest on Material Matters, James Shaw, who creates products from recycled plastic. Image courtesy of the designer.