July 2013: London homes and interiors events

Enjoy Italian culture at the House of Peroni, discover Covent Garden's floral history at the Food and Flowers festival and celebrate Richard Roger's 80th birthday at the Royal Academy.
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Art in Clay
July 5 - 8; Hatfield House (opposite Hatfield station), Herts. Tickets: adult £9, concession £8.50, under-15s go free; print this feature and get two tickets for the price of one (0115 987 3966; artinclay.co.uk)

To the grounds of this Elizabethan manor (with the oak tree where Elizabeth I heard news of her accession) comes a formidable band of 190 makers. Meet big and new names in British ceramics, alongside artists from as far afield as Japan. We like Ann Goodfellow's Noir et Blanc bust (pictured), 22ins high and £1,270. Collectors have a field day, but there are lots of mugs and bowls for the home. Workshops include throw a pot, and families can make and take their own creations.

The House of Peroni
Opens today until the end of July; 41, Portland Place, W1 (thehouseofperoni.com)

A month-long celebration of Italian culture (sponsored by the famous beer brand), filling seven rooms of a central London townhouse with contemporary art and food from the Michelin-starred Costardi brothers. The beer's logo has inspired sculptor Carlo Bernardini's "blue ribbon" centrepiece which runs up five floors of the building, and Ludovica Gioscia (pictured) has done out the front room with UV-lit wallpaper that changes from day to night.

Food and flowers festival
July 13, noon to 5pm at St Martin's Courtyard, WC2 (enter from Long Acre, Upper St Martin's Lane or Mercer Street) (stmartinscourtyard.co.uk)

Nibble on a nasturtium or savour the sweetness of roses, hibiscus and other edible blooms as six international restaurants celebrate Covent Garden's floral history. Here also is the home of The Covent Garden Academy of Flowers, which will fashion a spectacular floral banquet, while helping you make your own flower-based cupcakes.

July London events
This Murano eye bowl from Italy is being auctioned at The Cabinet Rooms this month
The Cabinet Rooms
July 9, 7pm; preview July 6 to 9, 10am to 7pm; The Sorting Office, 224 Westbourne Grove, W11 (thecabinetrooms.com)

The first of a series of pop-up auctions around London, The Cabinet Rooms specialises in highquality 20th-century furniture, lighting, ceramics and more — including this 75cm Murano eye bowl from Italy, circa 1960 (estimate £400 to £600). The 150 lots will feature such famous postwar designers as Charles Eames, Hans Wegner, Willy Rizzo and Ettore Sottsass. "Our prices will be much keener than in shops," promises director Christian Quinlan. To bid online, register in advance at thesaleroom.com

Richard Rogers RA: Inside Out
July 18 to October 13; Royal Academy, Burlington Gardens, W1. Tickets: £8; under-12s go free (020 7300 800; royalacademy.org)

A celebration of the 80th birthday of Lord Rogers, one of Britain's most famous architects. Get the lowdown on a string of his high-profile projects from the Pompidou Centre, Paris to London's Lloyd's building. Also look out for his Manufactured House in the courtyard through August until early September, a flat-packed eco-home and an example of how technologies can help shape better mass housing.

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