Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

A Breath of Spring Air; HOMES AND PROPERTYDESIGN NEWS

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

A Breath of Spring Air; HOMES AND PROPERTYDESIGN NEWS

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Byline: KATIE CAMPBELL

Shop news

New at Old: Jon Old, who offers some of the most interesting and inspiring lifestyle accessories around, has heaps of lovely things this spring. Best of all are floaty velvet curtain panels with beaded fringe edges in pretty pastel shades ([pound]80 and [pound]110 each), Gervasoni wicker furniture, frostproof stoneware clay lights in cubes and spheres and Nicoline Elliott Grigg's extraordinary glass mosaic tiles and mirrors (from [pound]44). All from Jon Old, 9 Stratford Road, W8 (020 7565 8808) or visit website www.jonold.co.uk

Armani at home:

It was bound to happen. The king of fluid frocks and well-fitting jeans has finally launched his own home collection, Casa, with characteristically modest claims: "The colours are new to the decorating world, and include greyish greens, greys merging into beige and anthracite with lapis highlights." The Armani Casa Collection, comprising tables, chairs, containers, boxes, screens, beds, sheets, blankets and bedspreads, will be available exclusively from the Harrods homeware department from the middle of April.

Painting outdoors:

Good news for those of us who like to paint our outdoor furniture and woodwork in anything other than bog-standard colours. Farrow and Ball has produced its own range of exterior paints in 18 "historic" colours, such as Chartwell Green and Mr Wade's Blue, in both oil-based exterior eggshell for wood and metal ([pound]10.99 for 750ml) and water-based masonry paint for brick and stone ([pound]18.99 for 2.5 litres). F&B also brings out, this spring, Papers 6, a new range of wallpapers, using traditional block-printing techniques and its own paint ranges. Prices vary from [pound]27.95 to [pound]37.95 per roll.

For nearest stockists and enquiries call Farrow and Ball on 01202 876141.

Going global:

William Yeoward has designed a stunning new collection of fabrics under the Designers Guild aegis. He's called it Notebook, because the designs are apparently inspired by his travels from the American Midwest to Thailand, via Provence and Japan. There are chenille jacquards, linen ottomans, cotton voiles, flocked prints and three-dimensional velvets in earthy rich colours like gooseberry, kumquat, currant and damson. They sound and look yum. See the collection, together with Yeoward's signature glass and furniture at his newly expanded showroom at the Old Imperial Laundry, Battersea or from Designers Guild showrooms.

Arabian nights:

Fashion designers like to bring out home collections, but here's a company doing it the other way around. Layla Moussa, a Jeddah-based embroiderer has just launched her first textile collection, which includes haute couture and pr?t-aporter ranges. The sumptuousness and detail on some of the fabrics will leave you gasping (as will the prices). Intricately embroidered with metallic threads, they include silk velvets, linens, jute, dupion, taffeta, organza and flannel. Available from Layla Moussa, by appointment on 020 7262 2878.

Mail order news

Oka:

The all-girl team that unleashed stylish rattan furniture and accessories on the world in mail-order form, has come up with a new catalogue that includes a collection of pretty blue-and-white Chinese porcelain based on 17th century exportware. Unlike the originals, this porcelain is dishwasher and microwave proof, and it's affordable, with a side plate costing [pound]6.99 and a deep salad bowl only [pound]36. Other good things include woven rattan children's furniture and heavy cotton table linens from India. Call 0870 160 6002 or visit the website at www.okadirect.com

Ocean drive:

Natural materials abound in the latest Ocean catalogue. Get the cowhide, leather and seagrass look in a variety of shapes and styles from this bumper issue, which proudly boasts no fewer than 120 new products. Sandblasted glass, aluminium and brightly coloured plastics also feature, as do lots of different woods, including an extremely "now" darkwood (chairs, coffee tables and sideboards) and a rather nifty beech table and hanging stool - great for space-saving in the kitchen or a kid's bedroom. …

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