Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Four Things to See in January

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Four Things to See in January

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Byline: Barbara Chandler

1. THE DECORATIVE ANTIQUES & TEXTILES FAIR January 24-29, Battersea Park, SW11 (020 7616 9327; decorativefair.com). Free if you register in advance on the website, or it's PS10 on the door.

TOP of the sourcing list for interior designers, this fair lets you share their secrets. Up to 140 dealers reveal one-off "pieces with provenance". Join the hunt for fine, formal, country, Art Deco or mid-century furniture, plus upholstery, lighting, mirrors, glassware, ceramics, textiles and art, priced from about PS50 to PS50,000-plus.

This year's foyer display goes Gothic, inspired by newly restored Strawberry Hill House, though the mood is mostly delicate and light, offset by heavier pieces in carved timbers. There's a champagne bar and delicious homecooked food. Upstairs, on the same ticket, is the London Antique Rug and Textile Art Fair (larta.net), where 17 dealers offer thousands of fine and decorative rugs, runners and kilims.

2. NEW OLD: DESIGNING FOR OUR FUTURE SELVES Tomorrow until February 19, The Design Museum, Kensington High Street, W8 (020 3862 5900; designmuseum.org). Free pop-up exhibition.

OVER-60s outnumber under-16s in the UK, and this show radically rethinks attitudes to ageing. To quote the motto of The Age of No Retirement movement, contributors to the show: "Our goal is simple: to create a world where age does not define us."

Masterminded by Jeremy Myerson, chair of design at the RCA's Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, this thought-provoking, futuristic and fun exhibition explores with enthusiasm, imagination and sometimes wit, how design could help people lead fuller, healthier, more rewarding lives in an ageing society whether at home, at work, or out and about. Specially commissioned projects and products include power-assisting clothes by Yves Behar, and this robotic dog (pictured) by Sebastian Conran. …

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