Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Bright as You like; (1)Design News (2)WHAT'S NEW

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Bright as You like; (1)Design News (2)WHAT'S NEW

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Super and natural

John Lewis

Super Nature is this season's theme at John Lewis Home, which means gearing up for global warming with tropical leaf prints for your walls, and citrus green for hammock seats ([pounds sterling]40), barbecues (pictured, from [pounds sterling]55), bean bags ([pounds sterling]60) and UFO folding sofas ([pounds sterling]75).

It also means that the company aims to make all its outdoor furniture, for example, from timber from Forest Stewardship Council-certified sources. The outdoor living department at the Oxford Street store opens on 18 February, from which time many items will also be available online.

Visit John Lewis at 300 Oxford Street, W1, call 020 7629 7711, or go to

Cushions on the button

House of Fraser

GORGEOUS and exclusive Dragonfly pillowcases ([pounds sterling]12) and duvet covers ([pounds sterling]60), designed by Clarissa Hulse, are not the only reason to track down the new homeware collection in House of Fraser stores from early February. Look out for beaded, lace-trimmed, sequinned and mohair cushions, in every shade of pink from raspberry to rose ([pounds sterling]15 to [pounds sterling]40), and smart stripy glass vases from only [pounds sterling]20.

Find House of Fraser at 318 Oxford Street, W1 (0870 160 7258) and at 101 Victoria Street, SW1 (0870 160 7268).

I feel pretty and witty -

Global and Gorgeous

This witty website, which sells everything from mink garters ([pounds sterling]79.50) and lollipop screwdrivers ([pounds sterling]3.50), to springbok-hide cushions ([pounds sterling]430) and dahlia-design chargers ([pounds sterling]150), is cutting 50 per cent off its listed prices until 22 February.

Among the many other temptations are neat cups and saucers that are silver on the outside and multicoloured on the inside (pictured above, [pounds sterling]180 for six) and brightly coloured glass tealights (pictured below, [pounds sterling]3.50 each).

Buy online at, or visit the firm's Hampshire headquarters, by appointment, by calling 01256 701913.

It might as well be spring - in your living room

KA International KEENLY priced and ever-accommodating Spanish furnishings company KA International has gone into the pink this season with Cartuja Fucsia cotton upholstery fabric that looks and feels like linen but costs only [pounds sterling]38 a metre. Other new fabrics include Jimena, a jacquard with pink-andwhite florals on a stone background, for [pounds sterling]33 a metre, and Jerez, a little flowery number, at [pounds sterling]23 a metre.

KA International, 793 Fulham Road, SW6 (020 7736 5008;



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