Let our editor introduce you to the November Issue


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Autumn is a busy time for the interiors and art worlds. With just a few days to recover after the excitements of London Design Festival and all that it entails, Frieze, PAD London and a whole host of other art shows open their doors, ensuring we are still out and about soaking up what is new in the visual world. At House & Garden, fabrics and furniture may be our more obvious subject matter, but as I have said many times before, art - particularly of the sort that you might live with - is vitally important to us. So, to reflect all that is happening in the art world this month, November is our dedicated art issue.

'Living with Art', a special extra 28-page section (from page 91), not only highlights what is on this month, what to buy and how to hang it, but also looks in more depth at other aspects of the art world. We are all for encouraging people to buy pictures, hence our arts editor Emily Tobin's selection of original art priced under £1,000 (a price we think is doable without our taking too much of a deep breath). But we are also keen to appreciate art for more than what meets the eye, or simply to satisfy a shopping urge. To illustrate a piece on the role of women, Emily gathered together 11 women holding prominent positions to be photographed at the Tate Modern. She also looks in detail at three paintings by different artists from varying viewpoints. And she travels to Somerset to see the embodiment of 'living with art': the Farmhouse at Hauser & Wirth gallery. It is beautifully restored and filled with specially commissioned pieces, and it is available to rent. 

Elsewhere in this issue, our Lifestyle feature 'Portrait of the artists' focuses on Mr and Mrs Philip Cath (from page 81), who not only work together but - more remarkably - work on the same piece at the same time. We reveal the beautiful and very personal Herefordshire house of interior designer and paint specialist Edward Bulmer (from page 150). It is filled with art of every kind - inherited Old Masters, pieces by him and his daughters and others by contemporary artists that have caught their eye. Quite different is a striking and highly considered London house (from page 136), for which the starting point for the designer Shalini Misra's vision was the owners' collection of contemporary art. 

Meanwhile, the interior design world has certainly not gone to sleep. In fact, more than 25 interior designers have been busily creating rooms in two north London houses for the Holiday House exhibition - see our News section (from page 37) for details. The designer showhouse is a popular concept in the US - Holiday House was founded in 2008 by Iris Dankner to raise money for breast cancer charities - but we have not had anything like this in London for decades. It promises to be well worth a visit. 

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