Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Design News

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Design News

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Byline: Katie Law

IMPERFECT INTERIORS

BOOK OF THE WEEK

Creative Space: Urban Homes of Artists and Innovators by Francesca Gavin (Laurence King, [pounds sterling]19.95). If you're fed up of books that show nothing but perfect homes, this one will cheer you up.

All the people it features live in quirky places which never strive for perfection. Ryan McGuinness, a Manhattan-based artist, covers walls with tree murals (left). He, and many other artists, designers, curators and oddballs show and tell their stories in this interesting book.

DISHY MATERIAL

IRIS

The Swedish company that employs the visually impaired to make all kinds of beautiful brushes has just brought out a range of knitted linen dishcloths in eleven colours. Similar to the company's range of cotton cloths, these are more durable. They can also be used as face or body flannels and retail at about [pounds sterling]5.75 each. London stockists include Summerhill and Bishop, 100 Portland Road, W11; Sally Bourne Interiors, 10 Middle Crouch End, N8 and Luma, 98 Church Road, Barnes, SW13. For more information about the company see www.iris.se/hantverk

RUNNER AND RUG BARGAIN

ROGER OATES

In a carpet sale of seconds, samples and discontinued lines, Cheltenham Old Raspberry (left) and other all-wool runners are down from [pounds sterling]95 a metre to [pounds sterling]49; rugs are reduced by 50-60 per cent and fabrics are down from [pounds sterling]45 to [pounds sterling]7.50 with moleskin colours from [pounds sterling]41.95 to [pounds sterling]10. Roger Oates carpet shop is at 1 Munro Terrace, SW10 (0845 612 0072, www.rogeroates.com).

STRAWBERRY BY THE SLICE

LAKELAND

Put perfect slices of strawberry on summer puddings using Lakeland's strawberry slicer ([pounds sterling]3.99), serve professional-looking ice creams with the Cuisipro ice cream scoop and stack ([pounds sterling]9.98), give children healthy iced lollies using colourful Twistix Lolly Moulds ([pounds sterling]6. …

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