London Design Festival 2010
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London is the world’s centre of design and this is its annual celebration. There are over 200 events - mostly free - embracing design of all kinds, from furniture, lighting, surfaces, textiles, ceramics and glass to materials, architecture, digital technology, engineering, transport, graphics, sculpture and fashion, presented in shows large and small.
Plus talks, walks, “happenings” and pop-up shops. Spectacular robots in Trafalgar Square will write your message in the sky. For more details, visit londondesignfestival.com.
East is where it’s at for this year's London Design Festival, with so many venues within walking distance. Tent is the more alternative wing of the London Design Festival and its second largest event.
Over 200 emerging and established designers/companies from over 10 countries present the very latest in furniture, lighting, digital and interior products. Tickets cost £10/£8 (adult); £5 (children aged 5-16 years).
Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, E1. Visit tentlondon.co.uk.
100% Design London
23-26 September (public day on 26 September)
This is the 16th edition of the London Design Festival’s biggest event, a showcase for all aspects of cool contemporary interiors. The 400 exhibitors at this trade show include 14 fascinating pavilions from countries overseas showing as groups. See emerging talent in 100% Futures and new technologies in 100% Materials.
Source products, attend a free seminar and talk to the people who will design your future home. Tickets cost £15 in advance online, or £20 on the door.
Earls Court 2, Warwick Road, SW5; 0844 588 8087; 100percentdesign.co.uk.
Origin: The London Craft Fair
Here is the London Design Festival’s big shopping bonanza. Buy fine craftwork direct from around 220 makers at this Crafts Council annual showcase where the motto is: “made not manufactured.” Browse ceramics, paper, glass, metal, textiles, furniture and jewellery. A single day pass costs £10/£8, A multiple day pass costs £15/£12.
Old Spitalfields Market, Spitalfields, London, E1 ; 0844 545 0062; www.originuk.org.
Decorex International 2010
26-29 September: trade only (public open day 28 September, 1-7pm)
Here you can find interior design’s cream of the crop, with over 260 exhibitors - and around a quarter of them are new to the show this year. Thus you will find the best of the traditional - including eccentric British legends - to the latest avant garde ideas.
The mix is eclectic to say the least, spanning lighting, furniture, wall and floor coverings, accessories such as knobs, switches and curtain poles, and more: in fact all the components of a beautiful home. Design, craftsmanship and high-quality materials are paramount. Tickets cost £20 in advance or on the door.
26-28 September: trade only (public open day 29 September)
Interior design’s big launch of new patterns/colours/products fills the huge glassy domes of Chelsea Harbour - an incredible 400 brands in 85 showrooms. And it’s free!
Design Centre Chelsea Harbour, Lots Road, SW10, plus Osborne & Little and Designers Guild in the King’s Road, SW3; dcch.co.uk; 020 7225 9101; free shuttle bus from Sloane Square.
Open House London
This great architectural showcase is completely free, with over 700 buildings - from major landmarks to small private homes - open to the public over the weekend. Also walks, architects' talks, cycle tours and more. Get a guide from the website; londonopenhouse.org.
LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair
Prices start at around £100 - but finish well over £10,000 - at this prestigious annual antiques fair in a marquee in Berkeley Square, W1. Around 90 LAPADA member/dealers sell fine and rare works of art, furniture, jewellery, pictures, silver and sculpture from the 15th to 21st centuries. Everything is fully vetted for quality and authenticity.
Tickets cost £15; on the door or in advance from LAPADA, 020 7823 3511; lapadalondon.com.
The Chelsea Antiques Fair
Londoners and tourists alike love this fair, which has been going since 1950. Leading specialist dealers from across Britain sell authenticated art and antiques - prices start at well under £100, and the mood is informal and friendly. Famous visitors over the years have included Lord Snowdon, Rod Steiger, Larry Hagman, Margaret Thatcher, Charlie Watts, and Elaine Paige. A buyer from Argentina once used it to furnish his entire home.
Admission costs £5. Chelsea Old Town Hall, King's Road, SW3; 01825 744074; penman-fairs.co.uk.
E17 Designers Market
Sunday 12 September (2-6pm)
Browse for unusual hand-made products at this individualistic East End fair with a wealth of handmade products. Find jewellery and fashion for all ages, plus home accessories and art prints.
Entry is only £1, and includes a free drink; 2-6pm. Asian Centre, 18a Orford Road, London E17; 07904 546294; e17designersmarkets.blogspot.com.
Museum of London Docklands
Saturday 11 September, 12.30–1.30pm; and 2.30-3.30pm
Using advanced computer technology, print your own chintz, and discover the history and charm of this world-famous fabric. Children welcome.
West India Quay 1 Warehouse, London E14; 020 7001 9844; museumindocklands.org.uk.