Cultural Adventures for
Curious Minds

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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January 2020

15th January

New Members’ Party

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

22nd January

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.

February 2020

24th February

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.

25th February

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.

March 2020

11th March

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.

18th March

The Bricks That Built Me: Ben Pentreath

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.

18th March

At Home with Ben Pentreath

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.

April 2020

1st April

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.

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