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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.

Previous Events

2021

May

6pm, Wednesday 26th May 2021

Order and Balance: How I Decorate with Veere Grenney

Conversations with The Calico Club: Season Three – Episode Fifteen

Veere Grenney creates interiors rooted in, though not beholden to the traditions of classicism. He is a master of streamlined, classical glamour and sophisticated colour combinations. His rooms are serene, elegant and harmonious, they are places you want to spend time in. In this episode of Conversations with The Calico Club, Veere explores the importance of composition and balance; the impact of a well positioned object and the power of simplicity.

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6pm, Wednesday 19th May 2021

Drawn From The Land with Tom Stuart Smith

Conversations with The Calico Club: Season Three – Episode Fourteen

Tom Stuart-Smith is a landscape architect whose work is characterised by strong contrasts between built form and naturalistic planting. In this episode of Conversations with The Calico Club Tom will look at several of his gardens, offering rare insight into his methods and inspirations, as well as his thoughts on planting, design and landscaping.

Tom Stuart-Smith is one of the most highly regarded figures in British landscape design, working in the UK and abroad on an eclectic array of projects both public and private. He was also the most recent recipient of House & Garden’s garden designer of the year award.

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6pm, Wednesday 12th May 2021

Clever Tips and Tricks for Decorating Small Spaces with Ruth Sleightholme

Conversations with The Calico Club: Season Three – Episode Thirteen

What small rooms lack in space, they can more than make up for in charm and atmosphere, all that is required is creative flair and a little ingenuity. In this episode of Conversations with The Calico Club, House & Garden’s decoration editor, Ruth Sleightholme will share her clever tips and tricks for making the most of diminutive spaces. From layout, to creative colour choices and flexible furniture, Ruth will provide a step-by-step guide to getting the best out of every corner of your home.

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6pm, Wednesday 5th May 2021

Exploring The Life of a Pattern with Neisha Crosland

Conversations with The Calico Club: Season Three – Episode Twelve

Neisha Crosland explores the beauty and complexity of pattern. A good pattern is one that people connect with – it must have a sense of familiarity about it, but at the same time the design must surprise with its freshness. It must always be beautiful and must have emotional appeal – one that excites and delights both the eye and the mind of all who look at it. 

In this episode of Conversations with The Calico Club Neisha Crosland shares her insights into what makes a good pattern. She follows a few of her patterns on their journey from the spark of the idea to the finished product, whether it be a textile, wallpaper, a rug, tiles or ceramics.

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April

6pm, Wednesday 28th April 2021

Design Secrets: Adding Character and Style to Interiors with Kit Kemp

Conversations with The Calico Club: Season Three – Episode Eleven

‘My living space acts like a mirror to my thoughts and feelings’ says Kit Kemp, the co-founder and creative director of Firmdale Hotels,‘it should restore and rejuvenate and be the central hub of joy and activity’. In this episode of Conversations with The Calico Club Kit will share her design secrets on how to think creatively at home, how to reappraise your surroundings and how to design rooms that welcome and embrace all the senses.  

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6pm, Wednesday 21st April 2021

How to Decorate with Colour with Farrow & Ball

Conversations with The Calico Club: Season Three – Episode Ten

A good colour scheme can make the world of difference to a room. It won’t just transform the way it looks but the way it feels too. But decorating with colour can often feel laborious which is why so many of us revert to the safest shades on the paint chart. Joa Studholme is Farrow & Ball’s colour curator and in this episode of Conversations with The Calico Club she will be sharing her knowledge on how to choose and work with colour.

6pm, Wednesday 14th April 2021

Design Ideas: How To Create a Home That Really Works with Turner Pocock

Conversations with The Calico Club: Season Three – Episode Nine

In this episode of Conversations with The Calico Club Bunny Turner and Emma Pocock will offer creative solutions to some of the trickiest aspects of design. It’s one thing creating a room that looks beautiful but how do you ensure it really works? Bunny and Emma will discuss how to design stylish rooms that are practical too. They will explore clever storage ideas, joinery, bespoke furniture and much more.

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March

6pm, Wednesday 10th March 2021

The Thoughtful Gardener: Unlocking Landscape and Garden Design with Jinny Blom

Conversations with The Calico Club: Season Three – Episode Eight

Landscape designer Jinny Blom has spent the last 20 years creating landscapes that push the boundaries of creative and intelligent design. With an undefinable style, her work is driven by a need to understand what lies beneath and what has gone before. It is these initial discoveries that become central to how the projects unfold and why Jinny so often works with local artisans who have an invaluable understanding of the place.

In this episode of Conversations with Calico Club, Jinny will demonstrate how her landscape designs evolve, looking back at past projects throughout the world.

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6pm, Wednesday 3rd March 2021

How to Decorate with Antique Textiles with Joanna Plant and Katharine Pole

Conversations with The Calico Club: Season Three – Episode Seven

Katharine Pole and Joanna Plant both understand the emotive power of antique textiles. Katharine is an antique textile specialist whose fascination stems back to her childhood in northern Nigeria and Joanna is an interior designer who creates elegant, seemingly effortless rooms which often include pieces bought from Katharine. 

In this episode of Conversations with The Calico Club Katharine and Joanna will discuss the ways in which textiles can give depth to a room and delight the eye while reflecting the passage of time. From eighteenth and nineteenth century indigo textiles to Provencal quilts, Indiennes, toiles and much more, Katharine and Joanna will celebrate the power of print and pattern as a vital form of expression in decorating. 

February

6pm, Wednesday 24th February 2021

A Story of British Craft with Catherine Lock

Conversations with The Calico Club: Season Three – Episode Six

In 2010 Catherine Lock, co-founder and Creative Director of The New Craftsmen, went on an adventure around the British Isles to explore crafts and objects which are rooted in, and indicative of, the various regions, communities and cultures of the British Isles. It was the pathway which led to the creation of The New Craftsmen where the craft journey continues.

Catherine will share stories of crafts, people and places (and a few secret gems) and how they have defined her view on the meaning of Craft.

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6pm, Wednesday 17th February 2021

How to Choose, Use and Restore Antiques with Max Rollitt

Conversations with The Calico Club: Season Three – Episode Five

Max Rollitt has been in the business of buying, selling and restoring antiques for the best part of three decades. His historical knowledge, expertise and gimlet eye make him highly respected within the world of interior design. In this episode of Conversations with The Calico Club, Max will share his in-depth knowledge and enthusiasm for antiques.

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6pm, Wednesday 10th February 2021

How Design Can Make You Happy with Martin Brudnizki

Conversations with The Calico Club: Season Three – Episode Four

The rooms we live in should bring us joy. Martin Brudnizki has long been creating interiors that are unashamedly feel-good. He delights in unexpected details and witty combinations without compromising on style or comfort. In this episode of Conversations with The Calico Club, Martin will explore how beautiful, harmonious design can impact our lives for the better. 

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6pm, Wednesday 3rd February 2021

Pattern on Pattern: Mastering the Layered Interior with Nathalie Farman-Farma

Conversations with The Calico Club: Season Three – Episode Three

Nathalie Farman-Farma is known for her enchanting, pattern-filled interiors. Decidedly maximalist, Nathalie is an alchemist whose textile designs are imbued with folkloric charm and romantic exuberance. Her knowledge on the subject of pattern is boundless. In this episode of Conversations with The Calico Club, Nathalie will celebrate the power of print.

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January

6pm, Wednesday 27th January 2021

Future Heritage: Designing a Home that Stands the Test of Time with Salvesen Graham

Conversations with The Calico Club: Season Three – Episode Two

The key to successful design is creating a home that is as comfortable and as stylish today as it is in years to come. Mary Graham and Nicole Salvesen are known for their quintessentially British interiors which revel in colour and pattern. In this episode of Conversations with The Calico Club they share their tips on how to produce timeless schemes.    

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6pm, Wednesday 20th January 2021

Back to the Future: Modern Design for Old Buildings with Jonathan Tuckey

Conversations with The Calico Club: Season Three – Episode One

Architectural designer Jonathan Tuckey understands the human value of well-designed spaces and the importance of home. He has made a career of working with pre-existing buildings, revelling in their constraints which, he says produce more creative and beautiful results. He is an expert at combining contemporary design with layers of built heritage and in this episode of Conversations with The Calico Club he will examine how old and new design can work harmoniously together. 

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Wednesday 13th January 2021

Conversations with The Calico Club: Season Three

Season Three of Conversations with The Calico Club will return in January 2021 in which host Emily Tobin will be in conversation with interior design duo, Salvesen Graham, textile designer Nathalie Farman-Farma, architect Jonathan Tuckey, antiques dealer and interior designer Max Rollitt, and many more exciting creatives.

2020

December

6pm, Wednesday 2nd December 2020

Collecting and Curating: Sophie Ashby's Guide to Art, Antiques & Interiors

Conversations with The Calico Club: Season Two – Episode Eleven 

Sophie Ashby’s projects invariably start with the pictures on the wall. She understands the emotive power of art and its ability to tell a story. In this episode of Conversations with The Calico Club Sophie will discuss how to successfully incorporate art and antiques into an interiors scheme and the vital role they play in giving a room character.

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November

6pm, Wednesday 25th November 2020

How to: Make a House a Home with Nicola Harding

Conversations with The Calico Club: Season Two – Episode Ten

The way a house looks is important but the way it feels is key. Interior designer Nicola Harding sets out to design places rich in soulfulness and atmosphere. In this episode of Conversations with The Calico Club she will discuss how to get the most out of your home, how to create atmosphere and how to make a space user friendly.

Viewers can submit their questions live during the second half of the talk. This is an exciting opportunity to seek advice directly from some of the best creatives in the business.

Once you have bought your ticket you will be sent a link to the session. The link will be available to access from 5.30pm on the day of the talk. If you can’t watch live, don’t worry as a video recording will be sent out the following day at 6pm.

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6pm, Wednesday 18th November 2020

Gardening for the Mind with Sue Stuart-Smith

Conversations with The Calico Club: Season Two – Episode Nine

In her book The Well Gardened Mind Sue Stuart-Smith combines contemporary neuroscience, psychoanalysis and compelling real-life stories to investigate the remarkable effects of nature on our health and wellbeing. Drawing on her experience as a clinician and gardener she presents a compelling and moving argument for reconnecting with the natural world. Sue will be in conversation with Emily Tobin.  

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6pm, Wednesday 4th November 2020

Rooted in Nature: Kitten Grayson's Guide to Sustainable Planting & Floristry

Conversations with The Calico Club: Season Two – Episode Eight

In this episode of Conversations with The Calico Club Kitten Grayson celebrates sustainable planting and floristry. She will explore biodynamic growing and discuss how to bring nature into the home with a particular focus on decorating sustainably for Christmas.

In this season of Conversations with The Calico Club viewers can submit their questions live during the second half of the talk. This is an exciting opportunity to seek advice directly from some of the best interior designers in the business.

Once you have bought your ticket you will be sent a link to the session. The link will be available to access from 5.30pm on the day of the talk. If you can’t watch live, don’t worry as a video recording will be sent out the following day at 6pm.

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October

6pm, Wednesday 28th October 2020

Antiques for the Modern Home with Lennox Cato

Conversations with The Calico Club: Season Two – Episode Seven

The pages of House & Garden are filled with designers and tastemakers using antiques in clever and interesting ways. Something old not only tells a story but also adds atmosphere and interest to a room. In this episode of Conversations with The Calico Club antique dealer Lennox Cato – who is also a furniture specialist on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow – will discuss how to use antiques within the modern home.   

In this season of talks viewers can submit their questions live during the second half of the talk. This is an exciting opportunity to seek advice directly from some of the best interior designers in the business.

Once you have bought your ticket you will be sent a link to the session. The link will be available to access from 5.30pm on the day of the talk. If you can’t watch live, don’t worry as a video recording will be sent out the following day at 6pm.

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6pm, Wednesday 21st October 2020

The Recipe for a Good Kitchen with Plain English

Conversations with The Calico Club: Season Two – Episode Six

Plain English has long been synonymous with timeless, simple, well crafted kitchens. In this episode of Conversations with The Calico Club the people behind the designs discuss what makes a kitchen not only stylish but practical too.

In this season of Conversations with The Calico Club viewers can submit their questions live during the second half of the talk. This is an exciting opportunity to seek advice directly from some of the best interior designers in the business.

Once you have bought your ticket you will be sent a link to the session. The link will be available to access from 5.30pm on the day of the talk. If you can’t watch live, don’t worry as a video recording will be sent out the following day at 6pm.

Tune in on Wednesday 21st October for indispensable advice on what makes a good kitchen.

Watch the talk here

6pm, Wednesday 14th October 2020

How To: Start an Art Collection with Nazy Vassegh

Conversations with The Calico Club: Season Two – Episode Five

Inspired to start an art collection but not sure where to start? In this episode art advisor Nazy Vassegh will set you on the right path. With over 25 years of experience in the international art and design world, Nazy will offer viewers honest, open and independent advice on how to build an art collection.

In this season of Conversations with The Calico Club viewers can submit their questions live during the second half of the talk. This is an exciting opportunity to seek advice directly from some of the best creatives in the business.

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Wednesday 7th October 2020

How To: Live a Creative Life with Frances Palmer

Conversations with The Calico Club: Season Two – Episode Four

Frances Palmer has found harmony in the pursuit of her many passions – from creating beautiful vases and tableware in her studio to gardening and beekeeping. In this episode she shares her inspiration and lessons on creativity and curiosity. Frances is invariably cheerful about the outcome of her efforts and that should give us all heart and confidence.

In this season of Conversations with The Calico Club viewers can submit their questions live during the second half of the talk. This is an exciting opportunity to seek advice directly from some of the best creatives in the business.

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September

6pm, Wednesday 30th September 2020

How To: Introduce Colour into your Life with Lucinda Chambers

Conversations with The Calico Club: Season Two – Episode Three

As fashion director of British Vogue for 25 years, Lucinda Chambers has inspired the wardrobes of millions of women. Lucinda is renowned for her painterly and visionary fashion shoots and her love of eclectic finds. She is also the founder of Collagerie, where she curates the very best fashion, interiors and beauty products. In this episode Lucinda discusses how to bring colour into your life.

In this season of Conversations with The Calico Club viewers can submit their questions live during the second half of the talk. This is an exciting opportunity to seek advice directly from some of the best creatives in the business.

Watch the talk here

Wednesday 23rd September 2020

How To: Create a Room Scheme with Suzy Hoodless

Conversations with The Calico Club: Season Two – Episode Two

Creating a successful room scheme involves a particular sort of alchemy. There is lots to consider: fabrics, wallpaper, paint colours, finishes. In this episode interior designer Suzy Hoodless explains how to combine pieces with confidence in order to create beautiful, long lasting designs.

In this season of Conversations with The Calico Club viewers can submit their questions live during the second half of the talk. This is an exciting opportunity to seek advice directly from some of the best interior designers in the business.

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Wednesday 16th September 2020

How to Choose Curtains and Blinds with Lucy Hammond Giles

Conversations with The Calico Club: Season Two – Episode One

Curtains and blinds can offer just as much to the design of a room as the furniture. Lucy Hammond Giles, who is a decorator at the venerable Sibyl Colefax and John Fowler shares her invaluable advice on how to get them right.

In this season of Conversations with The Calico Club viewers can submit their questions live during the second half of the talk. This is an exciting opportunity to seek advice directly from some of the best interior designers in the business. Perhaps you’d like to know what the best option is for a small window or if a bay window requires something special. Lucy will be able to answer your questions with some of her tricks of the trade.

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August

Wednesday 12th August 2020

The Bold and The Brave: Rachel Chudley’s Guide to Colour

Conversations with The Calico Club – Episode Sixteen.

Interior designer Rachel Chudley is known for her instinctive and exuberant use of colour. In this episode of Conversations with The Calico Club she shares her tips on how to use colour with confidence at home. Rachel’s work is fresh, creative and cleverly combines high drama and comfort which is why she was the winner of House & Garden’s Rising Star Award in 2019.

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Wednesday 5th August 2020

To Hold: Collecting and Curating Craft with Peter Ting

Conversations with The Calico Club – Episode Fifteen.

Collecting is a wholly personal experience. For some people it is intentional, for others it is a happy accident. Ceramicist Peter Ting, who is a passionate and knowledgeable advocate of craft skills, has played a vital role in nurturing talented makers. In this episode of Conversations with The Calico Club he shares the delight that can be found in collecting and curating craft.

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July

Wednesday 29th July 2020

A Room to Live In: Inside Kettle’s Yard with Andrew Nairne

Conversations with The Calico Club: Episode Fourteen.

Kettle’s Yard is a renowned house and gallery at the University of Cambridge. The house, which opened in 1957, was created by ex Tate Curator, Jim Ede. In this episode of Conversations with The Calico Club the director of Kettle’s Yard,  Andrew Nairne, will talk about a number of the unique arrangements of art and objects which make Kettle’s Yard so special, offering insights into such questions as how to hang art in a home, the importance of light and why pebbles matter.

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Wednesday 22nd July 2020

A Holistic Approach to Design with Shalini Misra

Conversations with The Calico Club: Episode Thirteen

Architect and interior designer Shalini Misra is known for her global portfolio of glamorous projects. In this episode of Conversations with The Calico Club she examines the vital role of craftsmanship, collaboration and wellbeing in design. She will also discuss her garden in Delhi which was designed by the late landscape architect and godfather of postmodernism Charles Jencks.

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Wednesday 15th July 2020

Slow Decorating: How to Create a Considered Home with Classical Architect George Saumarez Smith

Conversations with The Calico Club : Episode Twelve

George Saumarez Smith is one of the leading classical architects of his generation. Much of his inspiration comes from the appreciation and study of historic buildings, combined with a keen interest in the continued use of the classical design techniques handed down through history. In this episode of Conversations with The Calico Club he examines the idea of slow decorating, taking us on a journey through his own house. George will provide practical design advice and thoughts on where to source antiques and pictures.

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Wednesday 8th July 2020

Print, Pattern, Colour: The Story of My House with Cath Kidston

Conversations with The Calico Club – Episode Eleven.

In this episode Cath takes us on a tour of her home revealing her decoration tips and showing how to use print, pattern and colour to great effect.

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Wednesday 1st July 2020

Unlocking Your Imagination with Beata Heuman

Conversations with The Calico Club: Episode Ten

Interior designer Beata Heuman’s projects are packed full of personality and confidence. She creates beautiful, comfortable rooms with playful, considered and sometimes unexpected elements. In this episode, she will discuss how to make a room sing by unlocking your imagination.

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June

Wednesday 17th June 2020

Conversations with The Calico Club: Episode Nine

Design Ideas from the Homes of Modern British Artists with Simon Martin.

As director of Pallant House Gallery, Simon Martin is responsible for its significant collection of Modern British paintings. In this episode Simon will explore the creative impact of artists’ houses such as Charleston, home of the Bloomsbury Group and Farleys House, the home and meeting place of the Surrealists. The talk will begin at 6pm.

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Wednesday 10th June 2020

Conversations with The Calico Club: Episode Eight

How to Buy Antiques with Drew Pritchard.

Almost every interior can benefit from a well chosen antique. Old pieces bring atmosphere, interest and tell stories but starting the search can be daunting. In this week’s episode of Conversations with The Calico Club antique dealer Drew Pritchard discusses where to go, how to look and what to ask. The talk will begin at 6pm.

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Wednesday 3rd June 2020

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.

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May

Wednesday 27th May 2020

Conversations with The Calico Club: Episode Six

Fashion & Interiors: Exploring The Way We Dress & Live with Alexandra Shulman.

Alexandra Shulman was editor-in-chief of British Vogue for twenty five years. In this episode of Conversations with The Calico Club she explores the relationship between clothes and interiors; examining the power of colour, the importance of texture and the social implications of a particular garment. Does a white shirt imbue the wearer with the same feeling as a sparse, luxurious white room? The talk will begin at 6pm.

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Wednesday 20th May 2020

Conversations with The Calico Club: Episode Five

Cooking in Quarantine: Rediscovering the Cookbooks I Love with Skye McAlpine.

Author and cook Skye McAlpine delves into her cookbook collection and shares the recipes and dishes that have inspired hope and delight during this time. Skye lives between Venice and London and loves good, simple mostly Italian food. The talk will begin at 6pm.

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Wednesday 13th May 2020

Conversations with The Calico Club: Episode Four

Growing Fruit and Vegetables in Pots with Aaron Bertelsen.

Aaron Bertelsen of the acclaimed English garden at Great Dixter will talk you through growing vegetables in containers, whether that be a window box or a terracotta pot on a balcony. This talk will show that lack of space is no barrier to growing what you want to eat and that cooking food you have grown yourself is a total pleasure. The talk will begin at 6pm.

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Wednesday 6th May 2020

Conversations with The Calico Club – Episode Three

Beg, Borrow, Steal: How to Furnish a House with Rita Konig. There is a particular alchemy involved in creating a successful room and often the magic lies in the most unexpected pieces. Interior designer, Rita Konig discusses how to decorate with what you have and how the simplest of changes can reinvigorate a space. The talk will begin at 6pm.

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April

Wednesday 29th April 2020

Conversations with The Calico Club – Episode Two

Growing flowers that you can cut and bring into the house is one of the most satisfying things you can do – and it’s not rocket science. Garden Editor Clare Foster explains how to get the most out of a cutting garden by planting bulbs and sowing seeds, and gives us her 10 must-have cutting flowers.  The talk will begin at 6pm.

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Wednesday 22nd April 2020

Conversations with The Calico Club – Episode One

The Power of Print: Five Fabrics That Changed The Way We Decorate with Gabby Deeming. From English chintz, to French textiles and Indian block prints, pattern has long been a vital form of expression in decorating. Gabby Deeming tells the story of textile design in five fabrics. The talk will begin at 6pm. For more information on how to register to watch contact us at thecalicoclub@condenast.co.uk

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March

Wednesday 11th March 2020

Meet Your Maker: Breakfast at The New Craftsmen

From blacksmithing to basketry, from weaving to woodturning, the UK is home to an incredible range of heritage craft skills but many of these are critically endangered. How do we prevent important craft skills from falling into extinction? Join The New Craftsmen for breakfast to discuss what can be done.

February

Tuesday 25th February 2020

Behind the Scenes at Emma Bridgewater

Join Emma on a tour of her Stoke-on-Trent factory where her handmade, hand-decorated designs have been produced for over 20 years, followed by lunch and a curator-led tour of The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, home to the world’s finest collection of Staffordshire ceramics.

Monday 24th February 2020

By Design with Dan Pearson

This talk forms part of the Sir John Soane Museum’s series – By Design, in which leading designers discuss their practice through the lens of a single object. Design critic and author Alice Rawsthorn is in conversation with celebrated landscape designer, horticulturalist, gardener and writer Dan Pearson. The talk will revolve around an antique Japanese sake flask from Dan’s own collection.

January

Wednesday 22nd January 2020

Burn’s Night Supper with Christopher Howe

Christopher Howe is known for his ceaseless enthusiasm and gimlet eye. He has been in the antiques trade for over 30 years, but has more recently turned his hand to creating interiors, too. Join Christopher for a supper to celebrate Burns Night.

Wednesday 15th January 2020

New Members' Party

A drinks party for new members. Come and meet the House & Garden team and fellow members of The Calico Club.