The best of British design
Hugh St Clair previews highlights of, and events around, the London Design Festival 2012
This exhibition at the Contemporary Applied Arts Gallery (CAA) is showing how some of our best designers (including artisan potter Janice Tchalenko) collaborate with large corporations such as John Lewis, Heal's and overseas design companies. Also exhibiting are Wales&Wales (furniture), Helen Yardley (rugs) and Ptolemy Mann (textiles).
7 September to 20 October, CAA, 2 Percy Street, London W1: 020-7436 2344, www.caa.org.uk
LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL
The Victoria and Albert Museum has always been a showcase for the best in design. This year's festival has a programme of activities, talks and workshops. Special installations include Prism, Keiichi Matsuda's stunning sculptural and digital installation in the entrance hall. Outside the museum there will be an exhibition of benches made by designers working with Established & Sons, the company founded by Sebastian Wrong, which seeks out and manufactures work by some of this country's most talented craftspeople.
14 to 23 September, V&A, Cromwell Road, London SW7: 020-7942 2000, www.vam.ac.uk
Established & Sons, 5-7 Wenlock Road, London N1: 020-7608 0990, www.establishedandsons.com
CERAMICS IN THE CITY
East London's Geffrye Museum specialises in the history of the English domestic interior, with a permanent display of furnished period rooms from the past 400 years. It is also hosting Ceramics In The City, a selling exhibition of work by 50 potters, to be accompanied by free workshops and demonstrations.
21 to 23 September, Geffrye Museum, 136 Kingsland Road, London E2: 020- 7739 9893, www.geffrye-museum.org.uk
DECOREX INTERNATIONAL 2012
Interior designers meet here to see the latest fabrics, furniture and rugs – the public is invited, too. There are also talks from industry professionals.
23 to 26 September, Royal Hospital Chelsea, Royal Hospital Road, London SW3, www.decorex.com
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Daily tip from the lady archive
“PEOPLE cannot help being influenced by their surroundings and their environment; therefore how all important it is that both of these should be healthy and cheery, for health and happiness both go hand-in-hand.”The Lady. The Blessing of Old Health, 18th November 1920