October 2007 Newsletter

Welcome to our monthly newsletter, providing you with the latest events and courses, trend forecasts, new sources, and answers to your interior design problems.

"There are many advantages to buying British - not least the removal of any pressure to fill a container with identical pieces to be imported.  Collaboration with small British workshops enables you to put your stamp on the smallest details of a design. Compromise is out of the question as your table, chair or light is being custom-made with only you in mind." Lulu Lytle

Lulu Lytle and Christopher Hodsoll’s company Soane Britain produces impeccable quality, custom-made furniture, lighting and upholstery. They now have over 250 designs and can adapt every detail to meet their clients’ tastes and requirements. Visit their redesigned and enlarged showroom at 50-52 Pimlico Road, SW1.
Don't miss this month
The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair (2-7 October) , The Marquee, Battersea Park, SW11. With over 140 exhibitors, this will be the largest ever held. A must-see, in the foyer, is Robert Barley’s display of sculptures created using semi-precious stones, curios and beach-combed objects. He is one of the best-known figures in the antiques trade and has been a regular at this Fair since it began 23 years ago. 2 tickets for the price of 1 with a print-out of this newsletter. Origin: The London Craft Fair (2-7 and 9-14 Oct), Somerset House, Strand, WC2. Over 300 artisans, with works priced from £20 to £20,000. Art London (4-8 Oct), Royal Hospital, Chelsea. 75 galleries will be showcasing their very best paintings, drawings, prints, photography, sculpture, glass and ceramics. Grand Designs Live (5-7 Oct), NEC Birmingham. A new feature is a Live Property Auction of 5 homes a day – through UKAuctionlist. Plus seminars, one-to-one sessions with RIBA architects, advice on solar energy and no fewer than 450 exhibitors. RHS Harvest Market (9-10 Oct), Greycoat St, SW1. Seasonal produce and advice on how to grow your own fruit and veg, however little space you have. International Antiques & Collectors’ Fair (11-12 Oct), Newark & Notts International Showground. The largest antiques fair in Europe, with over 4000 stalls. The LAPADA Autumn Antiques & Fine Art Fair (11-14 Oct), The Centaur, Cheltenham Racecourse, Glos. Some 65 members exhibit their best stock at this annual event. 2 for the price of 1 admission on Fri 12 Oct. Frieze Art Fair (11-14 Oct), Regent’s Park, NW1. 151 galleries from around the world provide visitors with the opportunity to see and buy art by over 1000 of the world’s leading contemporary artists. Design Art London (12-14 Oct), Hanover Square, W1. London’s first fair devoted to modern and contemporary furniture and decorative arts from around the world. Zoo Art Fair (12-14 Oct), Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, W1. Now in its fourth year, but no longer at the Zoo, this is a showcase for up-and-coming contemporary art talent. An introduction to the Repair of Old Houses (13-14 Oct), Glastonbury, Somerset. One of SPAB’s popular weekend courses for homeowners. (They also run courses for builders and professionals). See their website for more dates. The Affordable Art Fair (18-21 Oct), Battersea Park, SW11. A relaxed and ‘unpressurised’ fair, with around 110 galleries from across the UK – everything is under £3000. International Antiques & Collectors’ Fair (30-31 Oct), South of England Showroom, West Sussex. Around 1700 stands selling everything you could possibly imagine!

Date in your diary Spirit of Christmas (7-11 Nov), Olympia, London. This year’s ultimate Christmas shopping event will include over 600 exhibitors. Gifts, decorations, specialist foods and wines galore.
Ask the experts
Selected from our free Q&A service - this month it's glass doors and knobs... Q: I have been searching high and low for crystal cupboard knobs. I need clear crystal and also pastel colours - pink, aqua etc. Everything I have found so far looks cheap.
A: Charles Edwards (, has some very smart star and ring cut glass cupboard knobs; Haute Deco has a chic translucent pull knob (; and Papilio Collection supplies recycled glass bottle knobs in 5 pretty colours as well as Murano glass cabinet knobs in shades of silver and amber shown here. (
Q: I want to install a glass door to my en-suite bathroom. Do you know where I could buy/have made a door in the London area?
A: For specialists in glass doors I would try Preedy Glass, who not only can supply the door, but also a large selection of the door hardware you will need.
Q: I am looking for glass or crystal door lever handles, for interior use. A: have a ‘polished chrome glass lever’, and stocks the ‘infinity glass round rose lever’ handle shown here. Merlin Glass are also currently designing and producing a prototype for a lever-style glass handle with maximum strength and durability, so you might give them a try too.

Sources of the month
More from Pimlico Road …
Potterton Books have been supplying books on design and antiques for over 25 years by mail order and from their stands at exhibitions and trade fairs. Now they have opened a London shop at 93 Lower Sloane Street, London SW1 (Tel:020-7730 4235). They can also source out-of-print books for you. While you are there, visit Appley Hoare’s new premises at 22 Pimlico Road, SW1 (actually just a stone’s throw from their original shop). Their website, is regularly updated with great photos of their new stock, and you can read Appley’s interesting articles on zinc and Arras garden furniture.

New book For some armchair escapism, dip into Vacation Homes and Perfect Weekend Hideaways. It’s a great mix of relaxing homes all over the world, ranging from a simple Suffolk hide-away to a luxury spa in a former Colorado mining town. The photographs are stunning - hardly surprising, as the author, Karen Howes, owns The Interior Archive, a picture agency and library specialising in interiors photography Published by Merrell, you can buy it at the special price of £26.95 inc p&p (rrp £29.95) if you call 01235 465 500 and quote ref. MER/HGVH.