June 2013: London homes and interiors events

Visit Waddesdon Manor, discover the Uk's best new designers and get two-for-one tickets to the Olympia Art and Antiques Fair.
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Waddesdon Manor
All summer. Near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire (01296 653226; waddesdon.org.uk)

Goggle at the château-style pile of Waddesdon Manor, with its fantastical turrets and spires, gorgeous gardens, lavish interiors and oodles of art, plus lots of seasonal events. Careering across the lawn is this dramatic new coach-and-horses contemporary sculpture by Xavier Veilhan (right).

Inside, the sculpture is softer, with extraordinary work in pristine white, folded linen (a kind of fabric origami) that goes way beyond the napkin. This was a 17th-century art that's been revived by master-folder Joan Sallas to make dining room decorations, including a three-metre snake, vegetables, animals and a spectacular "table fountain" flanked by heraldic beasts. In the coach house an ethereal assembly of glass tubes by international light artist Bruce Munro changes colour in time to music.

Planting in the magnificent flower beds reflects a show of textiles within. There are also tours, talks, workshops, wine-tasting dinners, music and drama, and a family festival on June 29 and 30. Get the full programme off the website.

Handblown: New Work In Glass by Nigel Coates
Open until July 26 at White Post Gallery, 25 Thurloe Street, SW7 (020 7838 1068; nigelcoates.com)

Original and poetic glass pieces catch and reflect the light in an impressive show of work by maverick architect Nigel Coates (who headed the architecture department at the RCA from 1995-2011). Work includes vases, bottles and spectacular light fittings. "I love the fluidity of glass and use it to freeze the movement," he says.

Olympia International Art and Antiques Fair
Open tomorrow until June 16 at Olympia Exhibition Centre, Olympia Way. London W14 (olympia-art-antiques.com)

Tickets cost £15. Reader offer: two tickets for the price of one. Enter promo code ES2013 online, or show this page at the box office.
This is the big one, with 32,000 collectors, interior designers and homeowners flocking to eyeball the one-off wares of about 180 international exhibitors. Revel in objects that start with prehistoric fossils and range right up to contemporary art.

Interior decorators love this fair because of its fine furniture — more than 30 dealers sell everything from Asian treasures to Queen Anne Baroque, as well as continental and 20th-century design. With an abundance of china, silver and glass, and prices from £100 (though rising to £1 million), it's a good one-stop shop for that special summer wedding gift.

Among the art deco treasures, Raffaello Pernici has a seated Nella (pictured above), a legendary Lenci figure by Helen König Scavini, from 1933, for £9,500.

June 2013 events
New talent from the UK's best design and art colleges flaunt their work at the Islington Business Design Centre
New designers 2013
Part 1: June 26 to 29
Part 2: July 3 to 6
Business Design Centre, Islington, London, N1; newdesigners.com

Fast track to shiny new talent from the UK's best design and art colleges, as their graduates flaunt their finest work and projects. Find these leaf seats by Nicolette de Waart (pictured left), and much more.

Part 1 embraces contemporary applied art, ceramics and glass, fashion, textiles, accessories, jewellery and precious metalwork, while Part 2 focuses on furniture and product design, visual communications and interiors. Also in Part 2 is Prime Cuts, a new section for film, video and costume design.

Tickets start at £11.50 for one day, booked online in advance. Also available are concessions, a two-week ticket, and a family ticket.

The Southern Homebuilding and Renovating Show
June 29-30 at Sandown Park, Surrey; surrey.homebuildingshow.co.uk

Reader offer: two tickets for the price of one. Call 0844 581 1377 and quote the code ES241.
Get out of town to explore home renovations and self-build, with specialist suppliers, masterclassess and one-to-one consultations. Bone up on the latest trends (with design advice from Dulux), including eco-tech and sustainability. And deal with the hard stuff like planning permission and finance. Tickets cost £8 in advance or £12 on the door (under-16s go free).

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