Konfekt Korner

Sun-soaked hosting, handmade knives and tennis

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31 May 2022

Episode 16

53 minutes

This episode looks at the meaning behind the things we own and the craft that goes into them. We meet knife-maker Holly Loftus in her small London studio, speak to Ajiri Aki, an entrepreneur who deals in antique linens and beautiful crockery, and journalist Fleur MacDonald muses on the iconic white Airtex and green turf that signal the arrival of June’s tennis season.

31 May 2022

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Chapter 1

24 minutes

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Chapter 1

Setting the table

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With a background in fashion and a degree in the decorative arts, entrepreneur Ajiri Aki settled in Paris in 2011 and six years later founded her homeware and antiques brand Madame de la Maison. She gives us tips and tricks for sun-soaked hosting and explains the importance of joie de vivre.

24 minutes

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Chapter 2

13 minutes


Photo: Loftus Knives

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Chapter 2

Craftsmanship: Loftus Knives

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Description: We head to the south London studio of Holly Loftus, maker of Loftus Knives. She tells us why handmade kitchen utensils are items to be held in high esteem and how they become prized possessions that stand the test of time.

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Chapter 3

6 minutes


Photo: Nicolas Vigier

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Chapter 3

Italian artisans with Gillian Dobias

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Gillian Dobias switches from co-host to guest this month as she tells deputy editor Chiara Rimella about her recent travels through Italy meeting makers and artisans.

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Chapter 4

8 minutes


Photo: Getty Images

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Chapter 4

Can tennis be a metaphor for life?

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Journalist Fleur MacDonald on how in life, just like in a tennis match, pretty much anything can happen but there are ways of exercising some control.

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