London: May 2013 homes and interiors events

Barbara Chandler's top homes and interiors events in London this month
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Marylebone Interiors Day
May 25, Marylebone High Street, W1 (

See Lene from Denmark weave a classic modernist Fritz Hansen wicker PK22 chair at Skandium (, at this new event. Also taking part are Fired Earth, Farrow & Ball, The Conran Shop and Designers Guild with inspirational talks, workshops and personal advice for home design.

The Spirit of Summer Fair
May 15-18, Grand Hall, Olympia Exhibition Centre, Kensington, W14 (0844 412 4623; Tickets in advance: adults, £16 (on the door £18); children 13-16, £8 (on door £9); under-13s go free. Readers offer: 25 per cent off the advance ticket price online, or call 0844 412 4623 quoting ST6V.

This summer shopping fest has not-on-the-high-street specialists for exclusive fashion accessories and homewares. Sample gourmet wines and food, and browse five inspiring indoor and outdoor room sets (including a city garden) featuring top London brands such as Osborne & Little, India Jane, Clifton Nurseries, Wawa and Sanderson. Hear talks by Matteo Bianchi and Nina Campbell, and join workshops for flowers and chocolates.

Open Studios at Craft Central
May 16 to 19 at 21 Clerkenwell Green, EC1 and 33-35 St John’s Square, EC1. Admission is £3 to each venue, under-16s free. Thursday is drinks night to 8pm; Friday, open noon to 8pm; Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5pm.

Meet more than 90 designers in these two intriguing Victorian studio blocks, and shop for fashion, jewellery, accessories, ceramics, printmaking, illustration and interior accessories. The stunning showpiece is the huge Cloud Leopard paper-cut sculpture by Solo Kojima suspended in the new gallery space in St John’s Square (until May 23).

The Dog House
May 9 to 31, Aria, Barnsbury Hall, Barnsbury Street, N1 (020 7704 1999;

Mooch with your pooch at a May pop-up shop in Islington with top dog brand Hiro + Wolf from Shoreditch whose founders met, of course, whilst walking their eponymous dogs. Find collars, leads and poop-bag pouches in chic signature geometric prints. Plus personalised Fatboy doggie loungers, and dog bowls and treat jars from Alessi and Paul Smith. A pet party on May 9 from 6pm to 8.30pm is open to all, with drinks, biscuits and goody bags. Woof woof.

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