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DESIGN is rife in London this weekend: 100% Design at Earls Court and London Fashion Week almost everywhere else are only the beginning. Take your pick from the city's exhibitions:

STROLL ROUND "WALK 98 - the Design Route". This consists of a dozen exhibitions at the frighteningly fashionable design shops close to Westbourne Grove. Bill Amberg, for example (10 Chepstow Road, W2) has specially designed a set of leather bowls; Duchamp (75 Ledbury Road, W11) is producing one- off precious-metal cufflinks, while Themes & Variations (231 Westbourne Grove, W11) is mounting an exhibition of contemporary French furniture, opening today.

OVER IN Spitalfields is Designers Block, a satellite show of furniture and artefacts, housed in the Old Truman Brewery. They include Ingo Maurer's theatrical "Fly Candle Fly" - a display of 100 "flying" candles in a blackened room - and Cappellini's room sets designed by five maestros: Jasper Morrison, Marc Newson, Michael Marriot, Michael Young and Barber Ogersby of BOA.

Designers Block is at 146 Brick Lane, E1 until Sunday 27 September, Fri, Sat 12-10, Sun 10-6. Tel 0171-247 9992.

THE WORK of contemporary designers is for the first time being admitted to the 20th Century British Art Fair under the auspices of Modernground. Look out for Tessa Katzenllenbogen's beaded mobiles; Francesca Bristol's stingray-skin silver pendants and Jacopo Foggini's resin cast lights.

The 20th Century British Art Fair is at the Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, London SW7 until Sun 27 Sept (Fri 11-8, Sat & Sun 11-7). Entry pounds 7. Details 0181-742 1611. Contact Modernground on 0171-510 1021.

IN THE past, potter Vivienne Foley has created massive pieces with thick glazes and rich colours. In her new work she shows a change of direction: black and white porcelain vessels with smooth surfaces and bird-like necks. Catch them until 30 Sept, at Bowwow, 70 Portland Road, London W11 (0171- 792 8532).

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