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We will be promoting The House Directory at both Decorex (stand K320) and 100% Design (media stand M3) this year. And we’re looking forward to meeting up with many of our member companies, most of whom are launching new products. See below for details of these top events in the decoration calendar.

Tips and trends

'In this workroom, close-up lighting is needed over the centre work-table area. The original and alternative solution has been to suspend an oversized industrial lamp, which operates on a hook and pulley system. Attached to a winch, the light can be lowered or raised at will'.

We all need a space where we can catch up on emails, tackle household admin or enjoy some crafting. In A Space of My Own, Caroline Clifton-Mogg shows you how to make the most of your personal workspace by choosing the right furniture and lighting, attractive storage to keep things conveniently at hand, and personal decorative touches. The book also features inspiring examples of home offices, shared workspaces, craft rooms and children’s and teens’ spaces. £19.99 www.rylandpeters.com

Members' News

Lewis & Wood have some great workshops lined up for the autumn - from lampshade-making and book-binding to block-printing and making a smart leather-handled shopper out of one of their lovely fabrics. All workshops take place in their studio in leafy Gloucestershire and cost from £95 to £120 a day to include most materials, lunch, homemade cakes and tea and coffee. Have a look at their website for more details: www.lewisandwood.co.uk

Scottish textile and ceramic company Anta is to open its first overseas shop in Milan. Anta's tartans will be on sale in the Excelsior, a new department store in Galleria del Corso. The firm was one of a handful of UK brands chosen by Excelsior to represent British style in the Italian fashion capital. www.anta.co.uk

Roche Bobois are celebrating 50 Years of Design (and the 40th Anniversary of the iconic Mah Jong sofa system) with a retrospective exhibition (15th-18th Sept) at their Finchley Road showroom www.roche-bobois.com

The Designer Magazine holds annual design competitions to promote and celebrate excellence in professional residential design. Well done to Debi Harris of Porous Designs for reaching the finals in the Bathroom Designs of the Year 2011 category. www.porousdesigns.com

Luxury English brand Czech and Speake are opening a new 120sq m showroom in Pimlico Road, to showcase their elegant bathroom furniture, and bathroom and kitchen fittings. The sales, marketing and design teams will also be based there, so expert design and technical advice is on hand . 54 Pimlico Road, London SW1. www.czechandspeake.com

OKA have opened their first concession store. On the fourth floor of Selfridges, it’s 3,000 sq ft, and presents a large selection of their stylish furniture and accessories. www.okadirect.com/selfridges

New Books

Glass Houses by Catherine Slessor (Ryland Peters & Small, £30) explores striking glass homes all over the world. The book looks at the work of architects over the last century who embraced the potential of glass, including Mies van der Rohe, Richard Neutra, John Lautner and Richard Rogers. It also showcases contemporary homes where glass plays a significant role in the construction of a building; is used to marry the interior and the exterior; features as a key component of interior design, from screens to stairs and baths to basins. www.rylandpeters.com

Whether you want to make grand chateau-style curtains or paint a cupboard for a Provencal look, Annie Sloan’s Creating the French Look shows you how in 25 step-by-step projects. Cico Books, £12.99. www.cicobooks.co.uk

Don't miss this month

International Antiques & Collectors Fair (6-7 Sept), Ardingly, South of England Showroom, West Sussex. Around 1700 stands selling (almost) everything you could possibly imagine. www.iacf.co.uk

Power of Making (6 Sept- 2 Jan 2012). V&A Museum, SW7. This major new show celebrates the role of making in our lives by presenting an eclectic selection of over 100 exquisitely crafted objects. www.vam.ac.uk

Maison & Objet (9-13 Sept), Parc des Expositions Paris-Nord, Villepinte. Trade- only show for design & decoration. www.maison-objet.com

Heritage Open Days (10-11 Sept), National Trust properties nationwide. Over 190 historic properties will open their doors to the public for free. To see which are taking part, visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Top Drawer Autumn (11-13 Sept), Olympia, London. A trade show with 700 suppliers of gifts, home accessories, jewellery, cards & stationery, outdoor products and more. www.topdrawerautumn.com

Paris Design Week (12-18 Sept). A new idea, coinciding with the tail end of Maison & Objet. Over 100 trade and public events have been organised. www.parisdesignweek.fr

20/21 British Art Fair (14-18 Sept), Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, SW7. Now in its 24th year, this fair champions modern British art, with 56 exhibitors selling paintings, original prints, drawings and sculpture by established names as well as by emerging artists and recent graduates. www.britishartfair.co.uk

Luxury Antiques Weekend (17-19 Sept), Stapleford Park Country House Hotel, Stapleford, near Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire. Twenty antiques dealers from around the country (mostly members of BADA or LAPADA), will be selling town and country furniture, jewellery, oriental rugs, oils, watercolour paintings and original book illustrations, 19th century and contemporary sculpture to fine porcelain, glass and objets d’art. www.staplefordparkfair.com

Open House London (17-18 Sept). The capital’s largest architectural showcase is now in its 18th year. Over 700 buildings of all types and periods open their doors to the public, with FREE admission (NB some tours must be pre-booked). www.openhouselondon.org.uk

The London Design Festival (17-25 Sept). An annual event celebrating British design. Visit over 200 specific events and activities over nine days to sample the extraordinary diversity of world-class design talent in the capital. For more information, visit www.londondesignfestival.com

The Lapada Art & Antiques Fair (21-25 Sept), Berkeley Square, London W1 This glamorous fair returns to its purpose-built marquee in Mayfair. Some 80 members of the UK's largest association of art & antique dealers will be selling contemporary and traditional fine art, furniture, sculpture, jewellery, silver, watches, clocks, glass and ceramics. This year there’s also a free app to download. www.lapadalondon.com

The Chelsea Antiques Fair (21-25 Sept), Chelsea Old Town Hall, King's Road, London SW3. A small and relaxed fair with thirty-six dealers, offering formal and country furniture, ceramics, oil and watercolour paintings, fine silver and jewellery. Prices from under £100 to over £20,000. www.penman-fairs.co.uk

Origin: the London Craft Fair (22-28 Sept), Old Spitalfields Market London E1. Now in a new location in the refurbished Old Spitalfields Market, Origin is an annual showcase of original contemporary craft, presenting 200 of the most innovative UK and international makers. It offers a rare chance to buy directly from the makers and meet them face to face. www.originuk.org

100% Design (22-25 Sept), Earl's Court Two, London, SW5. The UK’s best-known contemporary interiors event. Presenting big brands, emerging talent and new building materials, 100% Design attracts leading manufacturers, star designers and specifiers from the UK and overseas. For more information, to register, or to download their app, log on to www.100percentdesign.co.uk

Tent London (22-25 Sept), Truman Brewery, Brick Lane. Now in its fifth year at the Old Truman Brewery, Tent London presents over 200 international exhibitors, showing the very latest in contemporary interior products - furniture, lighting, ceramics, textiles, materials and accessories.  www.tentlondon.co.uk

Brighton Art Fair (22-25 Sept), Corn Exchange, Church St, Brighton.
The largest art exhibition on the South Coast brings together about 130 of the most talented national painters, printmakers, photographers and sculptors along with artist groups and Sussex based galleries. To take up a special offer of two tickets for the price of one, simply e-mail your name and address to 241@brightonartfair.co.uk before 17 Sept. www.brightonartfair.co.uk

The London Art Book Fair 2010 (23-25 Sept), Whitechapel Gallery, London E1. An annual event which brings together individual artist publishers, galleries, magazines, colleges, arts publishing houses, rare book dealers and distributors, plus a programme of talks and events. Admission is free. www.whitechapelgallery.org

Vintage Fashion & Textiles Fair (25 Sept), The Armitage Centre, Fallowfield, Manchester. Vintage clothes, antique textiles, couture designer items and accessories. www.decorativefairs.co.uk

Focus/11 (25-28 Sept), Chelsea Harbour, London SW10. The Design Centre showrooms (and selected showrooms in Chelsea) present their latest collections. The first three days are trade only, and on Wed 28th everyone is welcome. www.dcch.co.uk
Decorex International (25-28 Sept), Royal Hospital Grounds, London SW3. A place of annual pilgrimage for interior designers, buyers and architects from all over the world and a ‘don’t miss’ in the annual decoration calendar. Over 300 top interior companies take part, including The House Directory – don’t forget to come and see us on stand K320 ! Visit www.decorex.com to register.

The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair (27 Sept-2 Oct), The Marquee, Battersea Park, London SW11. This thrice-yearly fair, in the relaxed surroundings of The Marquee in leafy Battersea Park, has around 140 exhibitors and is an excellent source of painted furniture, Gustavian & Swedish design, 20th century design, lighting, accessories and named-design furniture, and excellent mirrors. For a free email ticket for two, contact  pr@pipparoberts.com, quoting The House Directory.  www.decorativefair.com
London Design Auction (27 Sept), Phillips de Pury & Company, Howick Place, London, SW1. This sale will feature the most important group of modernist ceramics ever to appear at auction, including works by master potters Lucie Rie and Hans Coper.  www.phillipsdepury.com
‘Cabinet of Curiosities’ (28 Sept-15 Oct), Ben Pentreath, 17 Rugby Street, London WC1.  Ben Pentreath crams his shop with covetable curios at his annual show. This year artist Bridie Hall launches her first collection of interior objects and unique designs.  The focus of her work is intaglio boxes, decorative decoupage and country-house scented candles.  www.benpentreath.com

Date in Your Diary

The Textile Society’s London Antique Textile Fair (2 Oct) Chelsea Town Hall, London SW3. Dealers from UK, France , Germany and Holland offer a vast array of quality items including ethnic rugs and fabrics, vintage clothing and accessories, antique costume and textiles and related items. Open 10.30am- 4pm. www.textilesociety.org.uk

Palace Art Fair (6-9 October), Fulham Palace, London SW6. Launched last year, and organised by the team behind the Brighton Art Fair. Over 100 artists across all media will exhibit and sell their work direct to the public. To take up a special offer of two tickets for the price of one, simply e-mail your name and address to 241@palaceartfair.co.uk before 1st October. www.palaceartfair.co.uk

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