January diary

This month in London is by no means drab. Now is the time to catch up on all those outings pushed aside in the frantic pre-Christmas rush. Around town, art and craft are high on the agenda with several high-profile events. Collectors will have a field day
Collect: Silver Pinecone Organism by Junko Mori (Clare Beck at Adrian Sassoon, UK)
Collect: Silver Pinecone Organism by Junko Mori (Clare Beck at Adrian Sassoon, UK)
9-20 January: Designer Crafts 2008 showcases work by members of the Society of Designer Craftsmen with work to commission, or to buy and take away from the "shop within the show". The Mall Galleries, near Admiralty Arch, The Mall, SW1; tickets cost £4 (concessions available), to include a free catalogue.
Call 020 7930 6844, or see www.societyofdesignercraftsmen.org.uk.

18 and 25 January: free pre-school children's workshops at the Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green. The Wondertots: Time to Travel activities run alongside the museum’s ongoing exhibition, Space Age: Exploration, Design and Popular Culture. Children will make a space rocket to take home. Sessions, for under-fives and their parents, run from 10.15am to noon and from 12.45pm to 2.30pm.
Museum of Childhood, Cambridge Heath Road, E2; 020 7942 2502; www.vam.ac.uk/moc.

16-20 January: The London Art Fair celebrates its 20th anniversary with a wide range of work from LS Lowry to Gavin Turk. This is the contemporary art world's first major fair of 2008, and more than 100 galleries are taking part - from Britain and abroad. Tickets cost £10 in advance (plus £1 booking fee), or £14 on the door; concessions, £8 (£9); children under 12 get in free. Catalogues cost £10. Tickets to Tuesday's preview evening cost £20, as does a five-day ticket.
Islington Business Design Centre, N1; 0870 122 2895; www.londonartfair.co.uk.

Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair: Regency mahogany bérgère chair, c1820 (Guy Dennler)
Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair: Regency mahogany bérgère chair, c1820 (Guy Dennler)
18 January: Liberty of London: Design of Our Times. Using images from Liberty's extensive archive, Anna Buruma (archivist at Liberty) will talk in particular about how Liberty's famous fabrics have evolved from the end of the 19th century through the Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau movements to the present day. From 7pm to 8.45pm; tickets cost £15, which includes a drinks reception with the speaker.
V&A, Cromwell Road, SW7; 020 7942 2211 to book; 020 7942 2000 for information; www.vam.ac.uk.

19 January: Home and Garden: Domestic Spaces in Paintings from 1960 to the Present Day exhibition study day. Tickets cost £35, to include coffee and a light lunch. Exhibition runs until 3 February.
Geffrye Museum, Kingsland Road, E2; 020 7739 9893 to book; 020 7739 9893 for general information; www.geffrye-museum.org.uk.

22-27 January: The Winter Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair features more than 130 dealers with everything old for a beautiful home. There is a free shuttle from Sloane Square Hotel in Sloane Square every 10 to 15 minutes. Tickets cost £8 on the door; this includes a free catalogue, which allows re-entry. "Well-behaved dogs" are welcome.
Marquee, Battersea Park, SW11; 020 7624 5173; www.decorativefair.com.

23-24 January: work from the MA course in furniture design and technology at Bucks New University is on display at the Vitra showroom, 30 Clerkenwell Road, EC1.
Call 020 7608 6200, or see www.vitra.com.

Wizards in Wood: twisted ebony and laminated urns by Stuart Mortimer
Wizards in Wood: twisted ebony and laminated urns by Stuart Mortimer
25-27 January: The Stitch and Creative Crafts Show. Tickets cost £5 in advance; £7 on the door; concessions, £6 and £4).
Sandown Exhibition Centre, Esher, Surrey; www.stitchandcreativecrafts.co.uk.

25-29 January: Collect, "the international art fair for contemporary objects", brings together 42 galleries from around the globe at the V&A, showcasing the very best in decorative and fine arts from more than 350 leading artists. You will find ceramics, glass, textiles, jewellery, silver and metalwork, wood and furniture - supported by a programme of special events and lectures. While at the museum, see also Out of the Ordinary: Spectacular Craft, which feature the unusual work of eight artists around (admission free; runs until 17 February).
V&A, Cromwell Road, SW7; 0870 842 2208 to book; 020 7806 2512 for further information; www.craftscouncil.org.uk/collect.

29 January-16 February: Wizards in Wood is an exhibition of the work of master artists/craftsmen Stuart Mortimer and Joey Richardson. Both turn wood on a lathe, and then add their own distinctive decoration, from burning, carving and ebonising to piercing and painting. Both Mortimer and Richardson will give live demos on 31 January, and 6, 7, 13 and 14 February from 11am and 3pm.
Linley Mayfair, 46 Albemarle Street, W1; 020 7290 1410; www.wizardryinwood.com; www.davidlinley.com; www.stuartmortimer.com; www.joeyrichardson.com.

Follow us on Twitter @HomesProperty and Facebook