Five things to do in April

Barbara Chandler's top five homes and interiors events in London this month
INN London
Meet top designers like Merve Kahraman at INN London
Kaffe Fasset
Textile artist Kaffe Fasset is exhibiting his work in London for the first time since 1988
1. Kaffe Fasset: A Life in Colour
Open now until June 29 at the Fashion and Textile Museum, 83 Bermondsey Street, SE1 (

Textile artist Kaffe Fasset (born in San Francisco in 1937) has generously shared his abundant creativity, adding vivid colour and pattern to the lives of thousands with 18 books on patchwork and seven on knitting. But here are 100 of his own works. Tickets £8, adults; £5.50 students and concessions; under-12s go free.

2. INN London: Istanbul
April 12-14 at Victoria House, Bloomsbury, WC1 (

Described as “a contemporary grand Bazaar,” INN will highlight Istanbul in the first of a new series of shows. Visit, shop and sample Turkey’s gloriously varied cuisine. Meet top architects and designers (including Merve Kahraman, shown in her Hybrid bunny chair).

3. At Home with Morris
Open from tomorrow until June 2, Wednesday to Sunday at Penny Fielding Gallery & Interiors, 34 Orford Road, E17 (020 8509 0039)

“There’s nothing magnolia or neutral about William Morris,” says photographer Katherine Green, who tracked down and photographed 10 London interiors to prove it. “These homes have personality and drama,” adds Green.

4. Second Sitters
April 17-27 at The Parker Gallery, The Cass, 41-71 Commercial Road, E1 ( )

Upholstery from nine graduates of The Cass. Co-curator Hannah Stanton uses digital prints to bring to life rescued chairs and sofas, Julia Surnina has a sculptural approach and Rachael Southto updates caning with ribbon, leather and lacing. Inspired? Check out the courses.

5. The Secret Society: A Sculptural Banquet
April 19 to June 9 at PM Gallery & Pitzhanger Manor, Walpole Park, Mattock Lane, W5 (; 020 8567 1227)

Meet the Highwayman’s Girl, Miss London Town, Lafayette and many others, cast in plaster by London artist Kathy Dalwood, at a surreal banquet in the summer home of Sir John Soane. Entry is free.

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