A Spring in Your Step; Events Diary: What's on in London This Month? Barbara Chandler Finds the Courses and Exhibitions to Inspire You

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Byline: BARBARA CHANDLER

WITH winter on the wane, and lighter evenings just weeks away, it is time to put some exciting designer dates in your diary. From cookery courses to home makeovers and exhibitions featuring top artists and designers, March is not a month to mope about.

V&A Museum

The Art Deco Show; Cromwell Road, SW7 (020 7942 2000; www.vam.ac.uk).

Admission to the show, adults u8, concessions u5. General exhibitions free.

The Art Deco show opens on 27 March (until 20 July). On 29 and 30 March, artist Gillian Cooper demonstrates contemporary textile techniques inspired by Art Deco architecture (2pm-5pm).

Art Deco World is a three-day conference with international speakers, which will be held 25-27 April, and costs u47 a day.

Other events at the V&A include a lecture entitled Furniture in Context: the 18th Century, will be held on 13 March, with one focusing on the furniture of the 19th century held on 20 March.

Designing Interiors: Doors, is on 26 March, and Modernism in Design, will be held on 31 March.

Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture

Cat Hill, Barnet, Hertfordshire (020 8411 4394; www.moda.mdx.ac.uk).

Admission adults, u20; concessions u16.

A study day on 22 March highlights the Arts and Crafts Home, from well-known William Morris to more mundane manifestations in suburbia.

The Design School

22 Londsdale Road, NW6 (020 7372 2811; www.design school.com). Cost, u95 (15 per cent reduction for Homes & Property readers).

An interior design starter day will be held on 5 April, an introduction to professional design techniques for home owners or for those thinking of a design career.

French Designers' Days

Various venues, call 020 7235 5330 for more information.

For the week 14-22 March, avant-garde French designers are coming to top London at

design stores, including Vessel, W11; Ogier at Selfridges, W1; Chaplins of Berners Street, W1; TwentyTwentyOne, N1; Planet Bazaar, NW1; Ligne Roset, W1; Mint, W1; and Eatmyhandbagbitch, E1.

Matali Crasset, recently voted best designer by the city of Paris, is showing at the V&A and at Viaduct, EC1.

Mayor Ken Livingstone supports the visit, and says he looks forward to a "proposed return Paris visit for London designers in the not too distant future".

Daily Mail Ideal Home show

Earls Court Exhibition Hall, W8; weekday advanced tickets adults u10, concessions u7, family ticket u32.50 or u12, u8 and u37.50 on the weekend.

Tickets from 0870 606 6080; www.idealhomeshow.co.uk.

This huge annual event opens on 13 March and runs to 6 April. The tall "tower of time" dominates, presenting best architecture and design from past, present and future. …