Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Keep It Simple; HOMES & PROPERTY

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Keep It Simple; HOMES & PROPERTY

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Byline: KATIE CAMPBELL

Book of the week Phyllis Richardson's stunning collection of artists' houses all over the world shows what can be done when you chuck out as much as possible and go back to the bare essentials.

Michele Oka Doner's Manhattan loft, once a button factory, combines the original neoclassical columns and radiators with a sleek modern kitchen to brilliant effect, while the exposed wooden beams throughout a restored Normandy barn give each room its character and resonance.

Contemporary Natural contains photographs by Solvi dos Santos and is published by Thames and Hudson at pound sterling24.95.

Just opened

At home: With Kate Malone and Edmund de Waal, two top potters who have been invited to create "rooms" at the Geffrye Museum, east London.

Malone fills hers with her colourful pieces, consisting of pots, fruits, vegetables and sea creatures, fired with vibrant crystalline glazes, in contrast to de Waal's pale green celadon-glazed vessels. At Home is open from now until 19 January. Admission is free.

The Geffrye Museum, Kingsland Road, E2 (020 7739 9893).

Shop news Muji members: Muji is setting up its own Muji Mail club. Sign up and be the first to hear about new products, sales and preview events at its stores. The autumn homewares catalogue brims with excellent value items: a cube light you can sit on (pound sterling65), freestanding aluminium mirrors (pound sterling29/pound sterling95), a wall-mounted CD player with built-in speakers (pound sterling79) and attractive Donabe earthenware lidded pots (from pound sterling9.95). In stores this month. To join Muji Mail, visit your nearest Muji store or www.muji.co.uk.

Discovering Darwin Origin of the specimens: The new Darwin Centre at the Natural History Museum has just opened. Here you'll find many of the 80 million specimens the institution has collated over 300 years, from dinosaur Tuatara lizards to a newly discovered species of river shark living in Borneo.

The merchandise includes fab replica Victorian specimen jars in various sizes, in clear or amber glass (pound sterling4.99 each), and Micro Gardens for the gardenless urban dweller, dreamed up by Japanese botanists. …

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