Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Five Things to See in MarchBy Barbara Chandler

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Five Things to See in MarchBy Barbara Chandler

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Byline: Barbara Chandler

1. THE OPEN ART FAIR A celebration of excellence in art, design and craftsmanship, March 18-24, Duke of York Square, Chelsea SW3. Tickets PS20 (theopenartfair.com). ANTIQUES are guaranteed to set a home apart and the director of this event, Thomas Woodham-Smith, co-founder of Masterpiece London Art Fair, says this show is "lighthearted, welcoming and well-priced". More than 104 international exhibitors, from established galleries to small online operators, are punting thousands of objects from all eras. These specialist dealers will sell, for example, fine and fun furniture, 18th-century Chinese porcelain, carpets, silver, kitchenalia, aeronautica, handcrafted model automobiles, Art Deco mascots, London Underground maps and 19th-century Japanese bronzes. We covet this Queen Anne cabinet, PS39k, from Millington Adams of Somerset.

2. THE NEW STONE AGE Open now until May 15 at the Building Centre, 26 Store Street, WC1.

Admission free (buildingcentre.co.uk/ stone; 020 7692 4000).

IN A quiet crescent off Tottenham Court Road, the Building Centre is celebrating stone with international works that highlight the world's oldest building material, not only as practical and beautiful -- such as the pictured tourist office in Plainfaing, France, by Studiolada -- but also as seriously sustainable.

Stone, it is claimed, can reduce a project's carbon footprint by an incredible 90 per cent compared to typical steel or concrete frames.

Curators Amin Taha of Groupwork, Steve Webb of Webb Yates and Pierre Bidaud from the Stonemasonry Company are the architect, engineer and craftsman who made the controversial 15 Clerkenwell Close, EC1, the seven-storey building with a rough-hewn limestone facade, fossils and fallen columns that narrowly escaped a demolition order last summer. Webb says: "Stone is strong and abundant and its extraction does not require huge amounts of energy. Modern improvements in design and analysis mean that it can be used in ways not thought possible before. …

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