Handmade in Britain 13
- © Jamie McGregor Smith
8-10 November, Chelsea Old Town Hall, King's Road, SW3 (handmadeinbritain.co.uk; 020 7286 5110)
Get ahead for Christmas at this modern art and crafts fair. Buy from more than 100 designer-makers, commission a bespoke piece for your home or a special gift, and see a new graduate showcase. Meet a group of ceramicists, textile and glass artists, plus wood, leather and metal workers, including silversmiths, along with fashion designers (scarves, gloves, hats, socks, jewellery and more). Tickets: £7, £5 concessions. Show this paper for two-for-one entry.
Celebration of archive
Until November 15 at Design Centre Chelsea Harbour, SW10. Free entry (dcch.co.uk; 020 7225 9166)
Archives are the bedrock of many upmarket fabric/wallpaper firms, and this free event shows them off in seven strikingly original settings. For example, design studio Carden Cunietti is doing a retro bar, above, and Christopher Moore (thetoileman.com) has used a fabric showing King George III with his many children, in dark sepia on linen. It is essential to book for curated tours tomorrow at 11.30am and 2pm — call 020 352 1900. Mercedes courtesy cars connect with Olympia.
Winter fine art and antiques fair
Until Nov 10 at Olympia, Hammersmith Road, W14 (olympia-antiques.com)
See Agatha Christie's silver and Humphrey Bogart's drinking glasses, plus works by Archibald Knox and Sir Thomas Lawrence at this famous fair, which draws 22,000-plus visitors to view pieces from 110 top British dealers. Tickets: £13 in advance, £15 on the door. Reader offer: for two for one tickets, show this paper and quote code ES2013. Asian Art in London has the same dates. Check asianartinlondon.com for workshops, lectures and demos.
Flung: the up-side of down
Until the end of November at Sketch, 10 Conduit Street, W1 (020 7659 4500; sketch.uk.com)
Abandon shopping and pop into this design-led eaterie for a coffee and surreal "disruptive design", with five installations from four cutting-edge European designers who literally turned the tables and added dripping vases and sensational suspended chairs. It's curated by the enterprising gallery 19 Greek Street, W1 (19Greekstreet.com) — pop round there for more avant-garde ideas. Also see the restaurant's room by Turner Prize winner Martin Creed, and visit the famous pod loos.
Selvedge winter fair
November 29-30 at Chelsea Old Town Hall, King's Road, SW3 (selvedge.org)
Selvedge is a popular bi-monthly specialist magazine, with an international fanbase. Its fairs mix textiles and high-quality craft from designer-makers and entrepreneurs, selling from more than 100 stands.
Find handmade yarns, fabrics by the metre, craft kits, dressed dolls, bunting, vintage linens, Welsh blankets, rugs, antique sari quilts, embroidered napkins, appliquéd cushions, jewellery, handbags and much more. A pop-up café serves delicious food, too.