Meet the Maker | Alexandra Llewellyn

Each week we ‘meet a maker’ from within the Walpole membership, shining a light on the highly skilled craftspeople creating British luxury products and experiences. Today, introducing Alexandra Llewellyn, creator of bespoke backgammon boards, and an alumnus of Walpole’s Crafted programme, as well as a current Brands of Tomorrow participant.

Tell us what you do?

I design backgammon boards, games, boxes and furniture. I have a collection that we sell through Harvey Nichols, Harrods and The Conran Shop, and half of our work is bespoke designs for clients. For these one-off commissions I use a mixture of techniques and materials – sketching and painting the designs, and often translating them in marquetry, hand-painted surfaces or engraved in semi-precious stones.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I love translating people’s lives and stories into treasured objects. There is often so much thought and love involved, especially when they are made as gifts. I also love the variety of materials my designs enable me to work in, and working in the UK with an inspiring array of workshops, each specialising in a different material or skill set. Most of all I love approaching each commission or design brief through a different set of eyes, and taking the time to develop ideas specially for the client.

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