The New Craftsmen Garage is a pop-up gallery that opened in June, turning a Victorian stables in Mayfair into a "multi-sensory evocation of craft and its roots". Now it is part of the London Design Festival, hosting a series of fantastic events, from a bridle leather workshop to design masterclasses and a celebration of Sheffield — well, its stainless steel industry. Find it at The Garage, 14 Adams Row, W1. September 17-21 (thenewcraftsmen.com).
Mr and Mrs Smith launches its first interiors range
Hotelier Mr and Mrs Smith has launched its first interiors range inspired by the firm's global travels. It has also come up with the idea of iPatches, a smart improvement on fiddly colour paint swatches. These are A4-size and will stick to a wall without damaging it so you can see how the colour really works, then you can peel it off again and try it somewhere else or take it with you on your hunt for matching fabrics and furnishings. Available in 28 colours, the samples are £2.99 each (mrandmrssmith.com).
Decorative Living Fair coming to Chelsea
Caroline Zoob and Hetty Purbrick's popular Decorative Living Fair is coming to Chelsea. The one-day event sold out in Tunbridge Wells, so they've decided to give it a go in the capital. A great place to find luscious textiles and pieces to create a stylish garden, it is at Chelsea Old Town Hall, King's Road, SW3 on September 18, 11am to 7pm. Admission £5.
The electric Aga controlled by an App
Aga, famous for its country kitchen ovens, has now produced a version for busy Londoners. The electric Aga iTotal Control is a bit smaller than a country version — but it's also a whole lot cleverer. It comes with an App so you can control it with a swipe of your iPad from your desk, getting the dinner started before you've even left the office. It will even text you back to tell you supper's on its way. It costs £10,090 and you'll have to find a further £5.99 a month for the little box that sits on the wall waiting to receive and reply to your instructions (agaliving.com).
Ikea's first side table is being revived
The first Ikea side table — which sparked the flatpack revolution — is being revived. It is said that in 1956 Swede Gillis Lundgren collected a side table he'd designed from his carpenter but couldn't fit it into his car, so he sawed off its legs and reattached them when he got home.
Now Lundgren's original Lovet design has been updated and relaunched as the Lövbacken side table, left. It has a poplar veneer top, solid beech legs dipped in gold foil, and costs £40 — flat-packed, obviously (ikea.com).