The Calico Club opens closed doors in the worlds of art, architecture and design. The calendar is designed to inspire, educate and entertain through considered, intelligent, lively events and thought-provoking conversations with tastemakers and creatives. The programme is updated regularly, so please keep an eye on the website for more detailed information.
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Conversations with The Calico Club: Episode Seven
Finders Keepers: How to Decorate Using Salvaged Materials with Maria Speake.
Maria Speake has long set the pace for sustainable design with her judicious and creative use of reclaimed materials. She was named House & Garden’s Interior Designer of the Year in 2019. She and her husband, Adam Hills founded the architectural salvage company Retrouvius in 1993 and have been creating inventive, beautifully crafted rooms ever since. In this week’s episode, Maria will focus on a house she designed in west London using reclaimed timbers and textiles. The talk will begin at 6pm.
At Home With Nicola Harding
Nicola Harding is one half of Harding & Read, stalwarts of House & Garden’s list of Top 100 Interior Designers. Join Nicola for lunch and a discussion on the challenges of renovating and decorating her family’s new house in the country.
At Home with The Land Gardeners
As The Land Gardeners, Bridget Elworthy and Henrietta Courtauld have established a reputation for designing walled gardens and growing cut flowers from their Oxfordshire base. Join them for an afternoon at the house and garden.
Art & Design Festival at The Fife Arms: POSTPONED
Join The Calico Club for two days of talks at The Fife Arms in Braemar. The hotel, which is owned by art dealers Iwan and Manuela Wirth, boasts an impressive art collection with works by Louise Bourgeois, Lucian Freud, Picasso and Man Ray. Over two days, guests will hear talks and participate in workshops hosted by interior designer, Russell Sage, House & Garden editor, Hatta Byng, Neil Wenman, senior director at Hauser & Wirth and textile designer, Araminta Campbell.
At Home with Ben Pentreath: POSTPONED
Join shopkeeper and architectural and interior designer Ben Pentreath for drinks in his Bloomsbury flat ahead of his talk with Lulu Lytle. Ben will take a small group of people around his home where he lives with his husband, gardener Charlie McCormick.
The Bricks That Built Me: Ben Pentreath: POSTPONED
Co-founder of Soane Britain Lulu Lytle talks to architectural and interior designer, Ben Pentreath, about the houses he grew up in and how they have shaped his aesthetic.
At Home with Shalini Misra: POSTPONED
Join architect and interior designer, Shalini Misra at home in London for drinks, dinner and a discussion on craftsmanship and design. Shalini’s house will be featured in the April issue of House & Garden. Shalini will be in conversation with designers, Bill Amberg and Rupert Bevan. Photography by Michael Sinclair.
The Evolution of the Home with the Museum of the Home: POSTPONED
In the first edition of this series with the Museum of the Home, we explore the development of the kitchen. We will look at the social and decorative history of the kitchen, in order to tell the story of what we now think of as the most important room in the house. Merlin Wright, design director at Plain English will be in conversation with food historian Ivan Day and Lucy Littlewood from The Museum of the Home.
The Calico Cookbook Club with Skye McAlpine: POSTPONED
Author and cook Skye McAlpine is our guest for the first edition of The Calico Cookbook Club. Join Skye as she discusses her favourite cookbooks and how they have shaped her culinary life.
Nicholas Cullinan at Heckfield Place: POSTPONED
Join Nicholas Cullinan, Director of the National Portrait Gallery in conversation with architect, Jamie Fobert at Heckfield Place in Hampshire. Together they will discuss the redevelopment of the NPG, the redisplay of the collection and the future of the gallery. (Photo credit: Zoe Law)
Meet Your Maker: A Workshop with Rosi de Ruig: POSTPONED
Join Rosi de Ruig at her London home for lunch with designer and business woman, Cath Kidston followed by a lampshade making workshop at her studio. Rosi is known for beautiful, hand-crafted shades made from decorative and marbled papers.