Five things to see in April

Gorgeous glass or magical mono? Both make this a memorable month
Monochrome rooms

Magical Monochrome at the Fantasy House of Moooi

Until 29 April
(all day Friday, 10am to 5pm; Monday to Thursday by appointment)
Moooi is the innovative, quirky Dutch design company, whose name means “beauty” in Dutch – “but with an extra o for extra appeal,” says Marcel Wanders, its founder. After ten years trading worldwide, Moooi has set up a UK showroom in a beautiful West London Georgian house, with this special show to celebrate. Rooms, complete with period details, have been filled with dramatic monochrome installations by the Internationally-celebrated set-designer and stylist Despina Curtis.

The effect is magical, and slightly spooky. See fantastical outré furniture, fabrics, throws, lights, rugs, china and so on, including the new soft-touch and a little scary Monster chair, all available to order – if you dare. Admire the super-smooth hand-poured Senso resin floors, some with mod-Baroque motifs. This house is part of The Dock complex, opened in 2009, with Tom Dixon’s showroom/shop/restaurant just across a bridge over the canal.
Moooi & Senso Showroom, The White Building. Portobello Dock, 555 Harrow Road, London W10; 020 8962 5691;;;

Toby Winteringham’s coffee table with triangular marquetry veneers

Twenty-First Century II: The Arts & Craft Legacy

Until 25 April
Arts & Crafts designs, from the turn of the last century, are eminently domestic, fitting happily into the homes of today. Inspired by this popular period of the past comes a bevy of modern furniture makers who are taking the ideals of craft, beauty and a robust function into a new age.

Wood is mainly their chosen medium, from the fluted scorched oak of Tom Kealy’s chest ( to the sharp triangular marquetry veneers of Toby Winteringham’s coffee table (
The Millinery Works, 87 Southgate Road, N1;; 020 7359 2019

Stained glass


Until 12 May
London is blessed with a bevy of modern glass masters (each with their own studio), whose work brings beauty and light – and often a poetic touch - into even the smallest and most cramped of city homes. Four of them - women artists who worked together at the celebrated stained glass company, Goddard & Gibbs (sadly now closed) - have come together as the Glass Works Collective, and are putting on a stunning group show called Refraction.

Showing off the glory which is modern glass are 49 hanging panels, with typical prices of £500. Also find jewellery (every piece unique) from £25 to £100. The most expensive piece is £4,900 for a marvellous undulating glass wall. Buy from the show or commission for a door, window, screen or so on. Complex techniques range from traditional glass painting (Zoe Angle), to hydrofluoric acid etching (Sharon McMullin), glass fusing (Laura Pes) and kiln-forming (Louise Watson).
Cochrane Theatre Gallery, Southampton Row, London, WC1;

Plumen low energy light bulb in restaurant

Brit Insurance Designs of the Year

Until 12 August
In just four years, these Awards have become one of the most stimulating events in the design calendar, thanks to this engrossing annual show at the Design Museum. Despite the title, it’s a truly international cull of the world’s most interesting new design. On view are the final 89 Award nominations, which fall into seven categories - Architecture, Fashion, Furniture, Graphics, Interactive, Product, and Transport.

Gratifyingly 27 are British, including the overall winner. This is Plumen, a stunning sculptural low-energy light bulb by London’s Sam Wilkinson, on sale at the Museum’s shop, or from Also London-based is Sam Hecht of Industrial Facility, who won the Furniture Award for his ultra-elegant slim-line Branca chair, in silky natural ash, or a choice of colours ( And Barclays Cycle Hire (aka “Boris bikes”) won the Transport Award for Transport for London.

More Brits included the Jason Bruges Studio, with an entrancing light panel that reacts to movement (, and Studio Glithero whose Blueware vases and tiles have delicate patterns created with London pavement weeds and light-sensitive chemicals ( Check the website for workshops and talks.
Design Museum, Shad Thames, SE1 2YD; 020 7940 8790;; £10 adults; £9 concessions; £5 students; under-12s, free

Rabbit print

The London Original Print Fair

19 to 21 April
Hanging an original artist’s print is a thrilling way to decorate a wall – and this fair is where to find one. Indeed, founded in 1985, it’s the longest-running specialist print fair in the world, with over fifty exhibiting galleries. Works on sale cost from as little as £100 to over £100,000.

Work ranges from etchings by Canaletto and engravings by Hogarth, to prints by famous modern artists such as Peter Blake and David Hockney. Other notable names are Richard Hamilton, Marc Quinn and Gary Hume. For new blood, check out the RCA Printmaking Department, with work by up-and-coming students. They will launch a new edition called Folio to celebrate the 50th birthday of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Tickets cost £10 including catalogue; concessions, £7.
Main Galleries, Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1; 020 7439 2000;

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