17. New Best Buy: Room 39 Side Plates

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Design

MY new best buy are these beautiful side plates called Knit & Loop from Room39.room39plate

Currently on sale (just £7 each!) they’re fine bone china decorated in Stoke-on-Trent (a recurring theme in my life at the moment), and are simple but beautiful. I usually like super plain plates, but I also like to remember the patterns from everyday products I used as a kid (all the 70s prints!) and how they stick in your mind and how they subliminally influence your taste and thoughts going forward, and I like the idea that my two will forever remember these… IMG_4598

*www.room39.co.uk

16. Splashback Beauty

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OFTEN seems to me that splash backs are where you can add the most personality in a kitchen. I love the romance of Martin Moore’s alternatives to Metro tiles (although they do those too and I do still love them). Martin Moore Notting Hill New Classic (14)

First up is book matched lavender marble, then antiqued glass tiles, and thirdly sculptured walnut. Which is your favourite? [Sidenote, how beautiful is that copper tap?]Martin Moore Marten (16)

All from family-run company Martin Moore – kitchens from £35,000 – www.martinmoore.com / @MMDesignMartinMooreElland

15. New High Street offer – Finery London

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FRANKLY it’s about time the British high street produced something new.Finery London 1

And there’s much excitement about the latest British label – Finery London – not least because its team is made up of Emma Farrow, former TopShop Unique head of design, and Caren Downie, former TopShop buying director and ASOS fashion director. finerylondon2

These designs are for those of us who have outgrown disposable high street fashion, and high turnover fashion too.finerylondon3

It’s a more mature, independent, curated collection, including fab dresses, really amazing directional shoes and sandals (my favs), and perfect knitwear. Most impressively prices are super affordable…finerylondon4

www.finerylondon.com

14. Aerial View: Tommy Clarke

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I THINK there’s something so appealing about seeing the earth from above. It’s comforting being reduced (or should that be elevated) to a pattern or a series of patterns. Life seems so much more ORDERED!Bondi2

New from Lumitrix are these prints by London-based aerial photographer Tommy Clarke, available in a host of different sizes, framed or unframed from £90 to £850, all in limited editions (the super big one being a 25 edition).boats1sm

Lumitrix will be showing at The Affordable Art Fair in Battersea, London, from 12-15th March. www.lumitrix.com; www.affordableartfair.comTop Road Containers

13. Best in Glass: Giopato & Coombes

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IT’S NO secret I have a current blown glass obsession – particularly in lighting. There were some amazing handblown glass lighting pieces at Maison & Objet – including Michael Ruh, Bocci and Pulpo. I never made it to the Giopato & Coombes Editions stand – foot fatigue put paid to that – but their work is amongst my favourite of last year’s launches (they initially showed in London at last year’s Designersblock).giopatocoombes3

Made by Venetian artisans using traditional methods but with super modern LEDs, Cristiana Giopato (who works alongside her English counterpart and other half, Andrew Coombes), aims for the range to introduce traditional skills to modern audiences.giopatocoombes1

 

giopatocoombes4The Bolle (Bubbles) and I Flauti (Flutes) lights feature in their own beautiful Italian home, much of which they have designed themselves…giopatocoombes5

The lamps, from around 1260 Euros , can be ordered from the Giopato & Coombes studio. www.giopatocoombes.comgiopatocoombes2