A LIGHT SHOWER: NEW CHANDELIERS
Now until Sunday 6 November, The Corner Shop, Craft Central, 21 Clerkenwell Green, EC1
Tea cups, jelly moulds, cupcake tins and old clay pipes collected on a Thames beach, linked together with looping chains — unlikely ingredients of Madeleine Boulesteix’s fantastical chandeliers (right). Call 020 7737 8171, or visit madeleineboulesteix.co.uk
TERENCE CONRAN: THE WAY WE LIVE NOW
November 16 to March 4, 2012 Design Museum, Shad Thames, London SE1
When Habitat opened in Chelsea in 1964, staff wore Mary Quant, with hair by Vidal Sassoon. The stores helped transform homes in Britain. Now Habitat founder — Sir Terence Conran (below), who else? — has an 80th birthday retrospective with stories, artefacts, photographs and room settings. Beginnings were humble but, ever the shopkeeper, Conran went on to buy (and sell) BHS, Heal’s and Mothercare, selling off Habitat in 1992. So what now? “Do more,” he says. He’s just launched a collection for M&S. Tickets, £10 (design museum.org).
HIDDEN HEROES: THE GENIUS OF EVERYDAY THINGS
November 9 to June 5, 2012 Science Museum, Exhibition Road, SW7
If good design is invention, then rubber bands, light bulbs, sticky tape, paper clips and tissues, tea bags, coat hangers (and more) are unacknowledged treasures. Each has a design story, as this intriguing show reveals. Tickets: £6 (0870 870 4868; sciencemuseum.org.uk).
November 27 to December 1 at Central Gallery, 125 Portobello Road, W10
A clutch of upmarket stalls are stocked by London’s most original designers, including RCA students. Worth a tweet is Jack Smith’s plywood slot-together bird house. Melanie Rose decorates old china with sexy pin-ups, butterflies, birds — and the odd skull. Plus prints, cards, jewellery, textiles, fashion and more. Noon to 9pm daily, with party-time from 6pm onwards. Call 07791 863030 or visit todaysdesignspecials.wordpress.com
PUTTIN’ ON THE GLITZ: THE GOLDEN YEARS OF ART DECO
Until November 26 at Gallery 2, RIBA, 66 Portland Place, W1
Sweeping curves flat roofs, glossy materials and flashy motifs: Art Deco was glamorous, a little risqué, and very modern. This free show explores Art Deco architecture, from small projects to Odeon magnificence. Exhibition talk: 15 November, 6.30pm, £5. Call 020 7307 3888 or visit architecture.com