A DEVILISH DESIGNER Kitchen Devil knives are known and loved by cooks throughout Britain. But how many people know who designed them? The answer is Robert Welch, the Gloucestershire-based designer-silver-smith, whose other speciality, studio silverware, is used in many of the countryâ€™s top establishments, from Canterbury Cathedral to 10 Downing Street. The extraordinary range of his achievements is now celebrated in a touring exhibition of his work, which runs at Cheltenham Art Gallery, Clarence Street, Cheltenham, until August 5, before moving to the Hol-burne Museum in Bath on August 19. BOLD MOVE Art Deco buffs will be meeting in Brighton between July 1 and 7 for the third World Congress on Art Deco, hosted by the Twentieth Century Society.
It will be a week of midsummer madness and scholarly delight celebrating the architecture and decorative arts of the inter-war period, and includes lectures, visits and a two-day twentieth-century collectorsâ€™ fair (July 1 and 2). The Congress is based in Brighton to take advantage of the seaside setting and the fine Art Deco collection of the museum. Tel: 0171-387 3154. Renniesâ€™ stand at the fair will show this poster and frieze. EDINBURGH LNER GEOFF HAMILTON, JOHN GLOVER; THE GARDEN PICTURE LIBRARY SHOW HOME The Dartington Hall Trust was the imaginative creation of Leonard Elmhirst and his wife Dorothy. HARDWOOD DINING TABLE DESIGN ARCHEAGE Together they built up a centre that gave focus and charitable support to a variety of activities connected with education, research and the arts. This spring, in addition to the usual work of the Trust, the Elmhirstsâ€™ Modernist house, High Cross, was opened to the public for the first time. The house, which was built in 1932 to a design by William Lescaze, is one of the best examples of its kind in England. Following its renovation, it now shows the Trustâ€™s collection of early-twentieth-century paintings and ceramics, by artists including Cecil Collins, Bernard Leach and Lucie Rie. Tel: 01803-864114 for more details.