September events diary 2011

During September, the annual London Design Festival takes over the capital, with more than 250 events showcasing the latest in cutting edge design
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Mr Smith The Second Chair
Mr Smith The Second chair by Anthony Hartley at Tent London (September 22-25)


September 17-25
Check out more than 250 listings at, including 100% Design, the big industry trade show with more than 400 exhibitors (public admittance, September 25, £20; Earl's Court, Warwick Road, SW5 9TA;

Go East for the edgier Tent London, September 22-25, £10 on the door, £8 in advance (Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, E1; Smaller but free is designjunction, September 22-25 (Victoria House, Southampton Row, WC1B 4DA;

The Origin Contemporary Craft Fair, September 22-28, shows 200 makers (Old Spitalfields Market, Brushfield Street, E1; £10 on the door, £8 in advance;

Decorex interior design trade show has more than 250 stands; public day September 27, 1pm to 7pm, £30 (Royal Hospital Road, SW3; And Focus public day celebrating new trends at Design Centre Chelsea Harbour is on September 28, free to enter (Lots Road, SW10;

Stacking vessel, Pia Wustenberg
Stacking vessels (£750 each) by Pia Wustenberg at London Design Festival


September 21-25
Berkeley Square, W1

That imposing tent which pops up in Berkeley Square from time to time (and cleverly incorporates the majestic plane trees) is conveniently central, just a few minutes from Oxford Street. Venture inside later this month to find around 90 UK top dealers in art and antiques plus continental specialists. Check them out on the new LAPADA iPhone app.

Feast your eyes on the finest treasures of Europe, from Pre-Raphaelite paintings and early continental furniture to 20thcentury design and sculpture as early as 2000BC. And if you're buying (and everything is vetted), prices start at about £500. The new Rhubarb restaurant, with its own separate entrance, is open late. For casual snacks there is a less formal café. Tickets are £15, but two-for-one if you show this page (

Baroque sofa
© Chris Challis
Fontaine Baroque revival style sofa (£3,800) at The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair, September 29-October 2


September 29 to October 2
The Marquee, Battersea Park, SW11

Another tent, another show — but the objects are very much to use at home, to add an original and personal touch to any room. Browse early Windsor chairs, Georgian townhouse furniture, late 19th-century upholstered sofas, and classic Scandinavian pieces. Plus all kinds of smaller pieces, from vases and china to lamps and textiles.

A gamut of styles includes Art & Crafts, Art Deco, Art Nouveau, and midcentury modern. And a striking foyer display marks the 60th anniversary of the Festival of Britain — close to Battersea Park Gardens, where (in tandem with the South Bank) so much of the fun took place. Entry £10 including catalogue but free if you show this page (020 7616 9327;


Open now until September 29
La Galleria, 30 Royal Opera Arcade, Pall Mall, SW1

The Prince of Wales is upping the ante for his second Wool Week (September 5-11). For example, top names in interiors, fashion, art and crafts have created one-off pieces to fill the glamorous Galleria gallery with a show which will later tour the world. See works by fashion labels Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen, Mark Fast, David Koma, Kenzo and Giles, and by leading craft and interiors designers.

Gotcha! frog by Takako Shimizu
Gotcha! frog by Takako Shimizu
Outside, Erdem have created a spectacular 40-metre red patterned carpet for Brintons to run the entire length of this graceful early 19th-century covered arcade, designed by John Nash. Don't miss the Dyed in the Wool Forest by Not Com on the upper floor. All this Is literally taking wool to new heights, with Angela Wright's huge sculptural skein of wool cascading from ceiling to floor (


Open now until September 17
London Glassblowing Studio and Gallery 62-66 Bermondsey Street, SE1

Japanese artist Takako Shimizu makes colourful intricate mosaic to cover small pieces of sculpture using shells and glass plus broken jewellery. Every fragment is painstakingly cut to fit.

She is inspired by artists such as Antonio Gaudi, Brancusi and Barbara Hepworth. From frogs and fish to human heads, the effect is entrancingly surreal. Prices start from about £2,000. Call 020 7403 2800 (

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