It's September, the leaves are turning, and London is back in full swing after an August lull. The annual design festivals take over the capital this month and feature the very latest in interior design.
The London Design Festival
Now in its seventh year, the design jamboree weighs in at a whopping 200 events - although some are for professionals rather than the public.
But you can still nip into international exhibitions, call by shopping fairs and markets, marvel at installations, and drop into workshops, talks and seminars.
Trafalgar Square will be colonised by huge ceramic chess pieces designed by London-based Spaniard Jamie Hayon - you can even book a slot to play a game. We'll post a separate diary of highlights. In the meantime, log on to www.londondesignfestival.com.
100% Design London
This is the UK's premier design show, and was the spark that later ignited the whole London Design Festival. It puts the capital at the very forefront of international design, with a huge range of products under one roof.
New technology and materials rub shoulders with older craft techniques, although everything has a contemporary twist. Here you can find designs for kitchens and bathrooms, furniture, lighting, architectural details, ceramics, glass, fabrics, wallpapers, and home and garden accessories.
Two-for-one ticket offer: Only the trade can visit from 24 to 26 September, but Sunday 27 September is public day. Admission is £15; but you can buy two tickets for the price of one if you book online in advance. Visit www.100percentdesign.co.uk and quote the offer code ES02. 100% Design London is at Earls Court, Warwick Road, SW6. For more details, call 01923 690640.
Focus Autumn 2009
Focus is the interiors highlight of the year, when more than 360 top brands in the 70 showrooms of Chelsea Harbour mount a combined display of their most exciting new upmarket merchandise. The range is vast, with the emphasis on fabrics, wallcoverings and trimmings, but you'll also find exclusive ideas for furniture, lighting, accessories, kitchens, outdoor living, tiles and carpets.
This sumptuous spread is on display for the trade only on the first three days, but on Wednesday 30 September interiors enthusiasts are welcome all day. There is no admission charge, and you can even pick up a free mini-bus to and from the event at Sloane Square Underground station.
Design Centre Chelsea Harbour, Lots Road, SW10 (plus outside participants in King's Road, Chelsea). For more details, call 020 7225 9101, or visit www.designcentrechelseaharbour.co.uk.
Decorex International 2009
Decorex International is the glittering show where interior designers source the exclusive ingredients of their glamorous schemes - swish fabrics and wallcoverings, fine furniture and floor coverings, lovely lighting and all those special accessories such as china, glass and pictures.
On most days Decorex only admits professional designers, but the public is welcome on Tuesday 29 September from 1pm to 7pm.
Tickets cost £20. Call 0844 557 2306 to book. Royal Hospital Chelsea, Royal Hospital Road, SW3. For more details, call 0844 557 2306, or visit www.decorex.com.
LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair
A purpose-built marquee conveniently set up in the West End is a new venue for this much-loved London Fair, organised by The Association of Art & Antique Dealers.
Find pictures, jewellery, furniture, sculpture, porcelain, clocks, glass - "and works of art from the academic to the curious". Everything is vetted by experts, with prices from £500 to more than £100,000. Tickets cost £10 to include a catalogue. Berkeley Square, W1. Visit www.lapadalondon.com.
Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair
29 September-4 October
Here - three times a year - you can find that special treasure to transform a room and lift your spirits, from more than 140 dealers from the UK and Europe. Wander and browse amid imposing furniture and original upholstery, ornamental mirrors and quirky pieces of architectural salvage. Also find fine paintings, or smaller pieces of lighting, ceramics or glass.
Tickets cost £8 to include a catalogue, and there is a free Renault shuttle-service from Sloane Square Tube station every 10 to 15 minutes. This is a friendly event with a good café on-site - you can even bring your "well-behaved" dog. The Marquee, Battersea Park, SW11. Call 020 7624 5173, or visit www.decorativefair.com.
This up-beat assembly of design talent fills the vast brick caverns of the Truman Brewery with multi-faceted shows, installations and happenings. The area for new products is called Content, with established brands like Bisque, Ercol, and SKK lighting mixed in with new names such as Zoe Murphy and Polly Westgaard.
Talent Zone showcases the hottest ten new graduates. Tent Digital zooms into the future, whilst Circa sells treasure from the recent past.
Max Fraser launches his new book: 'The London Design Guide' (www.londondesignguide.com) while Detnk.tv shows live interviews.
Public are admitted on all days; tickets cost £7.50 online in advance (www.tentlondon.co.uk), or £10 on the door. Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, E1, 020 7739 5561.
Special two-for-one ticket offer:
Homes & Property readers can get two-for-one tickets by booking online (www.tentlondon.co.uk) before 18 September 2009, quoting the offer code ES09.
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