April events diary

From tasty teapots and stunning prints to eclectic furnishings and cutting-edge design, let our events put spring in your April step.
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Koomen sculptured chair in english oak and burr oak
Koomen sculptured chair in english oak and burr oak, 21st Century Furniture

21st Century Furniture – The Arts & Crafts Legacy

Wonder at the wood of it… Arts & Crafts for the 21st century, with exquisite pieces from numerous designer-makers in the UK, including Martin Grierson, Toby Winteringham, John Makepeace, and the Edward Barnsley Workshops.
Open now until 26 April: The Millinery Works, 87 Southgate Road, Islington N1; 020 7359 2019; www.millineryworks.co.uk

The Story of 301 teapots, Herend exhibition at Fortnum & Mason

Herend Fine China at Fortnum & Mason

In the heart of central Europe lies the world's largest porcelain factory - legendary Herend of Hungary, founded in 1826. From its museum comes a breath-taking exhibition on this famous food store's first floor. Just don't drop them. And the window sports a giant eau-de-nil teacup marking a new range for collectors. Tickets cost £15.
6 April-31 May: Fortnum & Mason, Piccadilly, W1; 0845 300 1707; www.fortnumandmason.co.uk

Loop Loop in stainless steel
Loop Loop in stainless steel, 1992, Ron Arad's early works

Ron Arad's early works

Ron Arad (born in Israel in 1951) is the foremost furniture designer of his generation. He started with his One Off studio in Covent Garden in 1981 - and who could forget its musical stairs, each with its own note? And the chairs made from rescued Rover car seats welded onto tubular metal frames? Now top Italian brands make Arad's furniture, while he constructs mammoth chair sculpture in sheet steel. His work is in the big international museums of modern design. But this is how it all began.
7 April-2 May: Carpenters Workshop Gallery, 3 Albemarle Street, W1; 020 3051 3959; www.cwgdesign.com; www.ronarad.com

1960’s Italian vellum drinks set (ice bucket, cooler, cocktail shaker) on mirrored tray, made by Macabo
1960’s Italian vellum drinks set, Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair

Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair

Find that special vintage piece to make your home unique, amid eclectic furnishings from 130 exhibitors. Free shuttle every 15 minutes - from outside Sloane Square Hotel. Tickets cost £8, including catalogue.
21-26 April: The Marquee, Battersea Park, SW11; www.decorativefair.com

1950's purple sofa at Paul Bonino
1950's purple sofa at Paul Bonino, Alfies Antique market spring fair

The Alfies Spring Festival

If you collect it or crave it, then find a specialist dealer at inimitable Alfies Antique Market, with its warren of 75 stalls, which will be offering discounts of up to 30 per cent. Find mirrors, kitchenware, textiles, silver, jewellery, prints and pictures, 20th century furniture and much more. For example, a 1950s purple sofa by Paul Bonino is down to £1,150 from £1,650. A 1930s beige vanity case is down to £130 from £160 at Beverly Adams.
21-25 April: 13-25 Church Street, Marylebone, NW1; 020 7723 6066; www.alfiesantiques.com

Charlotte Cory, Gentleman Badger, 2008
© Charlotte Cory/Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery
Charlotte Cory, Gentleman Badger, 2008, London Original Print Fair

The 24th London Original Print Fair

Now the old art of print-making is a modern craze with a bevy of new dealers, so expect exciting work - though some pieces date back to the 15th century.
22-26 April: Royal Academy of Arts, Main Galleries, Burlington House, Piccadilly, W1 020 7439 2000; www.londonprintfair.com

Mako shark, made from a Honda Formula 1 car
Mako shark, made from a Honda Formula 1 car, Chelsea Art Fair

The 14th Annual Chelsea Art Fair

How about an amazing Mako shark (nearly 3m long) made from the chassis of a Grand Prix Honda? This stunning "Carbonart" fish is just one of a shoal by ex-mechanic Alastair Gibson at Putney's Russell Gallery. Find original paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture and mixed media works from 35 galleries, at prices from £50 to more than £50,000. Tickets cost £6.
23-26 April: Chelsea Old Town Hall, King's Road, SW3; 0870 350 2442. www.penman-fairs.co.uk

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