November design events:five unmissable fairs, talks and demos across the capital from Handmade in Britain to Seeking Africa

Inspiration comes from across the globe at London’s best design events this month.

1. HANDMADE IN BRITAIN

This buzzy fair has friendly booths offering handmade gifts, with makers ready to explain and sell. Meet up to 120 skilled UK-based designer-makers, offering ceramics, glass, furniture, textiles, jewellery and silver.

Find, for example, the natty knitted chairs of newcomer Veega Tankun, pictured above. Tickets £10, £8 concs on the door. Get two tickets online for the price of one.

November 11-13, Handmade in Britain, Chelsea Old Town Hall, King’s Road, SW3.

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Natty: knitted chairs of newcomer Veega Tankun at Handmade in Britain

 



2. SEEKING AFRICA

Show curator Liliane Fawcett, director at Themes & Variations, has explored African art, design and craft in the continent’s museums, private galleries and art shows.

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The result is a spread of high-quality African baskets, furniture and jewellery from more than 20 artists and designers. Shown is a cabinet by Hamed Ouattara, of Burkina Faso. Prices from £200 to £15,000.

November 16-December 16, Themes & Variations, 231 Westbourne Grove, W11.



3. ST JUDE’S IN THE CITY

Design aficionados know St Jude’s of Norfolk as award-winning makers of wallpaper, fabric and cushions with a distinctively rural theme — expect running hares, corn stalks, game birds etc. Directors Angie and Simon Lewin are bringing 15 artists to London for a display of limited prints, paintings and collages.

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Prints are priced from £45 to £500. A large collage by Mark Hearld will cost £1,500. Some prints are framed to take away. Pictured is Mick Manning’s lovely Lurcher Pup, a stencil print.

November 23-December 4, St Jude’s in the City, Bankside Gallery, 48 Hopton Street, SE1.



4. COUNTRY LIVING CHRISTMAS FAIR

Find stocking fillers, tasty treats, decorations, gifts and pampering items at this showcase for wholesome food, handmade crafts, pictured, and homely household hints. Join talks and demos, get tips on festive wreath-making and try food/drink from 12 UK regions.

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Adults £14 in advance, £18 on the door; five-16s, £8 in advance, £8.50 on the door. Quote code CL16XL1 and get an advance ticket for £13. Booking fee per order is £1.50.

Until November 13, Country Living Fair, Business Design Centre, Upper Street, Islington, N1.



5. GARNITURES: VASE SETS FROM NATIONAL TRUST HOUSES

A garniture is a set of decorative vases designed to display in a group and fashionable from the 17th century until the 19th century, when they fell out of favour.

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(Victoria and Albert Museum, London)

This show recreates their splendour with sets from 13 National Trust houses, pieces from the V&A, and private loans, including this 17th-century Chinese porcelain set, below. Admission free.

Until April, Garnitures, V&A Museum, SW7.


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