Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Havana on My Mind; DESIGN NEWS

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Havana on My Mind; DESIGN NEWS

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Book of the week

Havana: Photographer Robert Polidori took pictures of Havana's houses, streets and people during two 10-day stays there last year. Each in its way encapsulates the faded grandeur and shabbiness of the place and its distinctive combination of magnificence and terrible poverty. In his short introductory essay, Eduardo Luis Rodriguez writes: "Polidori has puzzled out for us and for posterity the story of a Havana, which is at the same time vital and threatened, dynamic and lethargic, always intriguing and, at times, repellent." Havana, edited by Elizabeth Culbert, photography Robert Polidori (Steidl, [pound]48).

Shop news

Mankin by mail: Ian Mankin has been selling his fabulously simple cotton and linen tickings, weaves, stripes and checks (below) for nearly 20 years and he's still the best. Sit in the comfort of your own home with a copy of his brand spanking new catalogue and you really can see exactly what the fabrics look and feel like. They can be sent out to arrive within a day of payment being received. He will organise flameretardantbackcoating or stain protector and will also recommend upholsterers and curtain makers.

Order the catalogue immediately.

It costs [pound]3.50 and is worth every penny.

Ian Mankin, 109 Regent's Park Road, NW1 (020 7722 0997) and at 271 Wandsworth Bridge Road, SW6 (020 7371 8825).

Pale palettes: As the name suggests, Gustavian sells absolutely trad Swedish furniture, although some of the colours have been carefully adapted to suit English rather than Swedish light.

Beautiful beds, chairs, cabinets, chests, mirrors, stools, sideboards and bookcases in pale muted colours with those delicate distinctive details are on show now at Gustavian, 19 New Quebec Street, W1 (020 8882 9943).

Slide and divide: Draks is always coming up with ingenious ideas for blinds and screens. Its latest is a three-panel room divider made from hardwood with sandblasted glass panel in-fills. …

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