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From 19–27 September the city will once again fight for the title of design capital of the world with an action–packed week of over 200 events. Expect everything from major international exhibitions to trade shows, installations, talks, seminars, private views and parties. Don’t miss these top picks.
Open House London 19– 20 September
Various locations, London. Take a snoop inside 700 buildings of every conceivable type, shape and size as London opens its doors to the public for one weekend, completely free. Let your nosy streak lead you up Trellick Tower, along Tennis Court Lane, around Hampstead Garden Suburb’s artisan quarter and beyond.
The Tournament 19–23 September
Trafalgar Square, London. Get your thinking caps on for the centre piece of this year’s London Design Festival – a giant interactive chess set inspired by iconic London buildings. The ceramic pieces have been handcrafted by Spanish designer, Jaime Hayón, and are moved across the glass mosaic chess board by The Tournament Team. Watch as contestants from the British Chess Federation and members of the public battle it out to become The Tournament champion.
Roughed–Up: Rabih Hage Designs Revisited 19 September–24 October
Rabih Hage Gallery, London. In this compelling exhibition, Rabih Hage selects pieces from his furniture collection and gives them a new and unique edge. Blending bare wood, chipped paint and rough edges with opulent contemporary materials, Hage aims to use the contrasts and layers of an object to tell its history. From the Tonneau Chair to the Bucket Sofa, there are plenty of exquisite pieces to marvel at. A must see.
One Day Designers Sale: Interior Products 21 September, 12:00–19:00
Craft Central, London. Pick up unique pieces of contemporary craft, get sneak previews of new designs, mingle with the makers, and snap up bargains from previous collections at this awesome interiors sale.
100% Design 24– 27 September
Earls Court, London. Discover the latest designs from an exciting mix of new and established talent at this annual showcase, connecting the worlds of architecture and design with innovative, contemporary interior products. Plus, rub shoulders with the industry’s key players.
100% Norway 24–27 September
Earls Court, London. 100% Norway showcases the best new works of ice–cool designers from the frosty North. Curated by Henrietta Thompson, design editor with Wallpaper*, along with co–curator Benedicte Sunde from the Norwegian Centre for Design and Architecture, the exhibition includes such gorgeous delights as the Diva lamp from Northern Lighting and the Duo sofa by LK Hjelle.
Designersblock London 2009 24–27 September
Earls Court, London. For the edgiest designers and most provocative products at the festival, head to Designersblock. From mushroom clothes hooks to Thomas Thwaites’ infamous Toaster Project, this is future–focussed, out there design at its very best. Design traditionalists steer clear.
The LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair 24– 27 September
Berkeley Square, London. Mosey on over to glamorous Mayfair to browse the wares of some 80 of LAPADA’s fully vetted members. Expect everything from medieval to contemporary art and antiques.
Tent London 24–27 September
Truman Brewery, London. Head to hipster HQ, Brick Lane, for London Design Festival’s most diverse design exhibition. From shows and installations by Guy Brown and Bricolage, to hot new names filling the Talent Zone, Tent London has it all. Come and check out art and architecture, vintage and contemporary design by emerging and established designers, dealers, retailers, manufacturers and brands from around the world. Phew!
House of Cards 24– 28 September
Haunch of Venison Gallery, London. Support Britain’s homeless by checking out this unique exhibition from housing charity Shelter. As part of their House of Cards campaign, Shelter have invited 52 of the country’s top artists and designers to create individual pieces based on a playing card from the deck. Rankin, Vivienne Westwood, Damien Hirst and Sir Terence Conran are just a few of the big names exhibiting. Art with heart.
Anish Kapoor 26 September– 11 December
The Royal Academy, London. Browse a series of signature works by one of one of the most influential and pioneering sculptors of our time, Anish Kapoor. Highlights include pigment works, stainless steel reflective sculptures and a major sculpture in the Annenberg Courtyard. Not to be missed.
Chic to Chic: Crossing The Pond 27 September, 10:00 – 12:00
Royal Hospital Chelsea, London. Get some culture with your croissants at the British Interior Design Association’s breakfast seminar. Hear from glam New York interior designer Harry Schnaper and Brixton–based product designer Gareth Devonald–Smith. Inspiration and design know–how from Brixton to the Big Apple and back.
Decorex 2009 27–30 September
Royal Hospital Chelsea, London. Consider yourself a interiors pro? Make sure you’re up to date on the latest innovations by checking out Decorex’s carefully edited selection of wallpapers, fabrics, lighting and bespoke services. Then brush up on the latest trends at lectures by the likes of Elle Decoration editor Michelle Ogundehin. (Trade only)
Focus 09 27–30 September
Design Centre Chelsea Harbour, London. Spend four days previewing new collections, attending masterclasses, and mingling with design greats such as Michael S. Smith, who recently refurbished President Obama’s private White House quarters. So much to learn, so little time!
Pop Life: Art in a Material World 1 October– 17 January 2010
Tate Modern, London. Are you a material girl (or boy)? Then head over to the Tate and discover how artists cultivate themselves as branded products through a dazzling mix of media, commerce and glamour. The show includes works from such greats as Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst and the granddaddy of Pop Art, Andy Warhol. Expect fun, kitsch and glitz.
The National Home Improvement Show 2– 4 October
Earl’s Court, London. Spend a day viewing the latest trends and designs, speaking to the experts, discovering how to add value to your home, and watching live DIY demos – all under one (very expansive) roof.
Origin: The London Craft Fair 6– 11 October and 13– 18 October
Somerset House, London. Set in the gorgeous Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court, in a specially designed pavilion, The London Craft Fair is the perfect place for anyone interested in contemporary craft. See, buy or even commission a unique piece from 300 of the finest makers.
Turner Prize 2009 6 October– 3 January 2010
Tate Britain, London. See the shortlisted entrants battle it out for art’s most notorious prize. Come and check out contemporary surrealist works, abstract installations and exquisite wall paintings, then join the age old debate: “Is it art?”
The Esher Hall Antiques and Fine Art Fair 9–11 October
Sandown Park Racecourse, Surrey. Another top date for the antique lover’s calendar, this new show promises 40 specialist exhibitors selling furniture, jewellery, ceramics, glass, works of art and more.
Maharaja: The Splendour of India’s Royal Courts 10 October–17 January, 2010
V & A, London. Marvel at the exuberance of former Indian royalty at this unique display of their artifacts, paintings, textiles, photography, jewellery and furniture.
David Chipperfield 21 October– 31 January 2010
The Design Museum, London. Discover the subtle style of one of Britain’s leading architects with this fantastic overview of his major recent projects. See his unrivalled sensitivity for materials and awareness of environment put into perfect practice with masterpieces such as the Museum of Modern Literature in Marbach, Germany, and the Hepworth Museum in Wakefield, Yorkshire.
Country Living Christmas Fair 11– 15 November
Business Design Centre, London. Deck your halls a little early this year with a whizz around this super-festive fair. From food and drink to gifts and decorations, it has everything you need to fill your home with Christmas cheer.
The Autumn Antiques & Fine Art Fair 27–30 November
Cheltenham Racecourse, Gloucestershire. Can’t make it to London? Head here to find a treasure trove of antique pieces – all with LAPADA’s seal of approval.
UK Design Fair 28–29 November
Boiler House on Brick Lane, London. Head over to London’s trendy East end and pick up a unique treat from the UK’s hottest designer-makers and designers. Textiles, lighting, ceramics, furniture, posters and prints – you name it, they’ve got it. It’s your one-stop shop for one-off pieces.
International Antiques & Collectors Fair 3– 4 December
Newark & Nottinghamshire Showground, Nottinghamshire. Browse 4000 stalls at Europe’s largest antiques fair. From furniture, paintings and textiles, to toys, grandfather clocks and antique maps – this treasure trove has more unique finds than you’ll know what to do with.
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