Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

It's Heaven Scent; DESIGN NEWS Homes & Property

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

It's Heaven Scent; DESIGN NEWS Homes & Property

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Fun furniture: Ikea is putting children at the top of its priorities this summer following a survey of more than 7,000 of them in 25 countries. The results show that only one in three has the option to play outdoors and that 40 per cent of children in the UK cite computers as their favourite toy.

In response, Ikea has commissioned designers to produce an entire collection of "play furniture" aimed at developing and stimulating children aged between four and seven years old.

The pieces are fun, wacky, colourful and inexpensive, which means if you don't have a garden, the cat can swing indoors. Hoppig is a trampoline that folds away into a sofa, Lomsk ([pounds sterling]39) is a swivel chair with a pull-down hood; Magisk is a cabinet with interior shelves and mirrors; Parvel is a soft toy and a torch light combined.

The pieces are available from September. Find out where your nearest Ikea is by going to

Birthday music: There is no excuse like an anniversary, especially when it comes to designing a new variation on an old theme. Roberts Radios is 70 this year, and to celebrate, it invited young designers to come up with a novel take on its classic best-selling retro radio.

The winning entry was designed by Julian Brown of Hackney, who took the basic model and swathed it in a baggy chocolate leather casing, with reverse stitched seams: Roberts Radios meets Marlboro country.

The radio should be available from October at John Lewis and other retailers in a limited edition - a minimum of 100 units - costing [pounds sterling]250.

For stockists, call 01709 579 098 or see

Bargain of the week Student savings: John Lewis is promoting cheap and cheerful homewares with the student in mind this month, but that does not mean you have to be unwaged to want them.

Among under-a-tenner bargains are a Prima toaster, [pounds sterling]9.95 (above); a superbly old-fashioned brown teapot, [pounds sterling]9.50; bright and swirly mugs, [pounds sterling]3.95 each and a wok for [pounds sterling]7. …

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