Kevin McCloud headed up this year's GDL at Birmingham's NEC. Highlights included Kevin's latest Green Heroes ..and coffee grains take centre stage

Portuguese Bowl with Apricots by Lucy McKie

The Royal Institute of Oil Painters holds its annual exhibition at the Mall Galleries in central London, with beautiful works from abstracts to still life

It's heading into autumn, time to think about getting the woollies out and while we're about it let's give thanks for wool, that most sustainable and versatile of yarns

New Boosbeck

Opening next month, the Northern Design Festival 2017 takes the theme 'Material Matters' and celebrates art, architecture, design and all things creative happening in the vibrant north

Lepidopterists will delight in these butterfly domes by Alex MacArthur

Buying antiques is a great way of furnishing with minimal impact on the environment. And if you're always on the look-out for fascinating one-off pieces, don't miss the Decorative Antiques & Textile Fairs in London's Battersea.

Kyra Mihailovic's Tulip bowls, £40 each

It's an autumn feast of craft with the Handmade in Britain crew. They're bringing us Handmade at Kew and Sculpt at Kew, Handmade Edinburgh and Handmade in Britain

Alvar Aalto armchair, Finland 1930. Photograph: V&A Museum London

Plywood is one of the most ubiquitous and sustainable materials used in construction and for furniture. Its history dates back to the mid 1800s and the V&A is hosting an exhibition dedicated to it called Plywood: Material of the Modern World