Absolutely South West June 2021

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South West JUNE 2021 / £3.95

Mad WORLD

SPECIAL 50 Pages of inspiration and insight

Curiouser and Curiouser at the V&A

JUNE 2021

Mother’s Pride

SPACE DREAM

Laura Dockrill and her Zombiemum podcast

London's best home extensions

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Contents JUNE 2021

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76 C U LT U R E 10 ABSOLUTELY LOVES

HOME 66 THE TOP TEN

14 WHAT'S ON

72 MODERN WOMAN

FOOD & DRINK 26 KITCHEN CONFIDENTIAL

76 MEMPHIS STYLE

10 things we’re coveting this month

Your diary for June

News from the industry

29 BOX FRESH

The best meals, delivered

30 RECIPES Vietnamese made simple

FA S H I O N 41 RING RING

Astrid & Miyu's Connie Nam

42 THE SHOOT The new style guide for Ascot

All the best ceramics

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A Charlotte Perriand retrospective

Reviving the 1980s movement

78 NEW BUILD

The New London Architecture awards

110 FASHION PLATES Henry Holland's new homewares 117 COLOUR WASH

New paint shades for summer

A B S O L U T E LY M A M A 143 MAMAHOOD 14 pages of babies and bumps incorporating Absolutely Mama magazine

A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N The online guide to inspirational London living that helps you stay one step ahead of the crowd and gives you the chance to win exclusive prizes.

O N T H E C OV E R ascot.co.uk/royalascot

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Editor’s

LETTER ABSOLUTELY’S June issue highlights

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Off the wall

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lthough this is the first month of many when the notion of going out is a possibility, we at Absolutely are focusing on interiors. The irony's not lost on us, but clearly our homes still matter. Judging by the amount of scaffolding up on houses all over London, and by the reported shortage of materials, everyone is still refurbishing and renovating in pursuit of the perfect home – and we are reflecting that in our 50-page Home special. In it we look at everything from colour and pattern to mattress comfort, via windowboxes, ceramics, paint shades and even dog beds. We take an extensive look at the capital's best new extensions and discover what it's like when your house is used as a film location; we find out about Henry Holland's new interest in pottery and consider how best to store books. And we look outside the home too, discucssing subjects as diverse as post-partum psychosis with Laura Dockrill and piercing with Connie Nam, while eating and drinking our way around town. Enjoy June.

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Dream homes

We're swooning over Couverture's of fabulous fashions and interiors.

4 Flower fairies

All the best floral gens

PENDLE HARTE EDITOR

New paint colours making it impossible to choose.

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Lilac time

Our favourite interiors shade of the moment: lilac.

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Shape shocker

Anything Memphis-inspired gets our vote this month. Even wallpaper.

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Wish LIST 10 things we Absolutely love COMPILED BY

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C U LT S TAT U S Couverture's latest arrivals fuse new and emerging designers with more established cult brands. Seasonal favourites include beautiful floral print silk dresses from Christian Wijnants and blooming puff sleeve blouses of Rejina Pyo mixed with slow fashion labels Untitled Co. and Ssone. couvertureandthegarbstore.com

TRUE BLUE Redefining relaxed Scandinavian glamour, Valle&Vik's pared back silhouettes showcase folk-art inspired prints and brilliant colours splashed on perfectly cut luxurious silk. The Cannes Do dress in turquoise, £415 valleandvik.com

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RARE F LOW E R

C O L O U R M AT C H

Guerlain's annual limited edition bottle of Muguet lily of the valley fragrance is an equisite creation by young Parisian textile and paper designer Lucie Touré in a limited edition of 4,500. £450 guerlain.com

Anthropologie's new summer collection is a riot of print, pattern and colour with beautiful flowing dresses and bright summer knits including this striking multi-colour cardigan. anthropologie.com

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ABSOLUTELY • LOVES

ON THE NAIL New nail shades from Peacci are all pastels and candy tones. Our favourite is Sealight with its beachy vibe. £10 peacci.com

STELLA FOR G R E E N P E AC E

HOOP HOOP Cartilage Cartel's Stoned Huggies in gold and turquoise have a summery feel and are set to bring joy to your ears. £25 cartilagecartel.com

Stella McCartney is releasing a capsule supporting Greenpeace’s campaign to stop deforestation in the Amazon. Launched as part of the Summer 2021 collection, the Stella x Greenpeace capsule features graphics inspired by vintage eco activist designs on sweatshirts made from soft organic cotton in pale blue and white marble colourways. stellamccartney.com

ART OF GLASS House of Flora's smooth glass vase with a tapered top is designed with speckles of crisp white, turquoise and black. This is a quirky accent piece that introduces a subtle splash of colour to any interior setting. £48 hofliving.shop

IN THE SHADE GIGI Studios' new sunglasses designs are made in natural acetate and inspired by the 1970s. All of them have the triangular details characteristic of the Vanuard collection. gigistudios.com

I N TO T H E B LU E Flattering swimwear is on everybody's wishlist at the moment and Amelie's Follies has a great selection. We love the Hypnotique Bette Miraclesuit in blue. ameliesfollies.co.uk

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C U LT U R E

ELEGANCE PERSONIFIED AUTO ROYALE

Auto Royale will showcase the cream of the world's most collectable motor cars at Waddesdon Manor this July, such as Mike Malone's stunning 1955 290MM/250 Testa Rossa. This evocative sports racing car's story will be fully revealed to attendees at the new Concours d’Elegance event. autoroyale.org

IN ASSOCIATION WITH

What's on 14 • Alice at the V&A 16 • Auto Royale 22 A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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LO N D O N ’S H OT T E ST H A P P E N I N G S

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Hideaway Cinema From 20 May VARIOUS LOCATIONS Hideaway Cinema is coming back to London this summer, with locations to include Hampstead Heath and Kew Gardens. Londoners are invited to choose from a number of films to enjoy outside on warm summer evenings in the Capital’s most picturesque locations. Scheduled films include Mamma Mia and Pulp Fiction. hideawaycinema.com

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Feel The Music BA R B I CA N • F RO M 17 MAY

After a year with no live events, Barbican has revealed that its Live From The Barbican series will take place from the 17th of May. The critically acclaimed series will feature performances from Moses Boyd and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. The Barbican hall will operate at a reduced capacity for a safe and socially distanced experience. Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS barbican.org

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Hot Stone Fitzrovia Opening 19 May F I T Z R OV I A & I S L I N G T O N The acclaimed Islington restaurant Hot Stone is opening its doors in Fitzrovia. The restaurant claims to be an immersive experience with hot stone cookery and an elevated modern Japanese menu curated by Chef Padam, who has two decades worth of experience at London’s most prestigious restaurants, including Nobu and Zuma. 3 Windmill Street, London W1T 2HY hotstonelondon.com

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Take one picture 17 June - 12 September T H E N AT I O N A L G A L L E R Y The 26th annual Take One Picture exhibition returns to The National Gallery this summer. The gallery invites primary schools from across the country to focus on one of it’s paintings and respond in a creative way. The exhibition aims to put art of the centre of children’s learning. This year, the gallery has chosen ‘The Battle Of San Romano’ by Paolo Uccello as the source of inspiration. nationalgallery.org

A DATE WITH

LO N D O N See the city through fresh eyes with a unique tour

TREASURE HUNT EXPERIENCES Take a journey through London with HiddenCity and experience undiscovered places and secrets about the capital. Opt for the Cheshire Cat game and solve a range of clues on an ‘adventure in the strange, surreal and absurd’. inthehiddencity.com

E X H I B I TI O N

ELECTRIC CITY:

GOD’S OWN JUNKYARD TAKEOVER AT LEADENHALL MARKET

This Month’s Must See

26 May - 31 July MONUMENT From 26 May, Leadenhall Market is getting a neon makeover from the brains behind God’s Own Junkyard. Designed to inject colour and joy back into our lives after a difficult year, the exhibition will celebrate the reopening of the market’s 35 restaurants, bars and shops with an immersive technicolour light production. leadenhallmarket.co.uk

‘BR I NG I N TO BE I NG’ 27 MAY – 3 1 O C TO BER • CHISWICK HOUSE AN D GARDEN S

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rom the 27th May, Chiswick house and gardens will be transformed into a cultural hotspot with an impressive selection of artist commissions, events and activities on offer. The exhibition will feature three site-specific art installations curated by Turner prize winner Mark Wallinger. Burlington Lane, London W4 2RP chiswickhouseandgardens.org

GUIDED WALKS Discover the history behind the streets of London with a guided walk. The Jack The Ripper Tour takes you through the dark streets of Whitechapel and Spitalfields, revealing the city's dark history. The tour is dedicated to the victims of Jack The Ripper. walks.com

HOP ON, HOP OFF

Play tourist for the day with one of London’s famous open top bus tours. See London illuminated with a ‘London By Night’ bus trip, or enjoy a night of laughs with ‘Comedy Night On An Open Top Bus’. Public transport has never been so much fun. goldentours.com

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CULTURE • V&A ORIGINAL DRAWING FOR ALICE IN WONDERLAND OF THE WHITE RABBIT, 1967 © RALPH STEADMAN ART COLLECTION, 2019. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. PHOTO CREDIT: VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM, LONDON

M E E T A L I C E Fall down the rabbit hole at the V&A’s new Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser exhibition B y L AY L A T U R N E R

The V&A's exhibition is set to be their 'most ambitious yet'

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he much anticipated exhibition is open to the public from 22nd May We first met Alice in 1865 in Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland. Over 150 years later, the book has seen countless reinventions, including Walt Disney’s 1951 film adaptation as well as Tim Burton’s 2010 dark-fantasy esque portrayal. The V&A’s exhibition, taking place in the Sainsbury Gallery, is set to be their ‘most ambitious yet’, aiming to ‘inspire visitors to conjure their own ideas of wonderland’. Originally set to open in 2020, there has been a huge amount of anticipation surrounding the event. The exhibition will be made up of over 300 objects and five sections: Creating Alice, Filming Alice, Reimagining Alice,

ARTIST ANNA GASKELL, SOLOMON R. GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM (C) COURTESY OF GALERIE GISELA CAPITAIN, COLOGNE. PHOTO CREDIT: VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM, LONDON

Staging Alice and finally, Being Alice. Each ‘Alice-inspired world’ will explore key themes relating to the title including film, performance, fashion, music, art and photography. Creating Alice will transport visitors right back to the origins of the story, exploring Victorian London and the people, politics and places that inspired the character. Fashion lovers will be able to marvel at Alice inspired fashion collections from Iris Van Herpen and Viktor & Rolf, while the 2018 Pirelli Calendar – which has been described as ‘chaotic - in the best possible way’ – will also feature in the exhibit.

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CULTURE • V&A VIKTOR&ROLF HAUTE COUTURE AUTUMNWINTER 2016 – VAGABONDS. PHOTO CREDIT: TEAM PETER STIGTER

Reimagining Alice is set to be a particularly eclectic part of the collection, celebrating the surrealist works of Salvador Dali and featuring a life-sized Mad Hatter’s tea party, bought to life with psychedelic and playful digital projections. The exhibition will also be the first ever by the V&A to offer a virtual reality experience, inviting guests to the Queen of Hearts’ croquet ground for a Curious Game Of Croquet. The experience was produced by immersive games studio Preloaded and will of course offer fun for all the family. The final section of the exhibition, Being Alice, will explore the 'the modernday fascination and reinvention of Alice In Wonderland across art, science and popular culture. The Being Alice section of the exhibit will feature photos from political protests, album artwork for British rapper Little Simz and Alice-inspired street wear garments. Being Alice will demonstrate the varied interpretations of Alice In Wonderland through the ages. Finally, guests will be invited to leave through the looking glass. The exhibition will end on a 'through the looking glass-inspired' digital art exhibition, set to be a huge hit with art lovers. 2021 marks the books 150th anniversary,

“Sometimes we need to slow down and take a second to enjoy life and all its absurdities” ALICE AT THE MAD HATTER'S TEA PARTY, ILLUSTRATION FOR ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND BY JOHN TENNIEL, 1865 (C) VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM, LONDON

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CULTURE • V&A CONCEPT ART BY MARY BLAIR FOR WALT DISNEY'S 1951 ADAPTATION OF ALICE IN WONDERLAND (C) DISNEY

CONCEPT ART BY MARY BLAIR FOR WALT DISNEY'S 1951 ANIMATION OF ALICE IN WONDERLAND (C) DISNEY

“A Mad Hatter’s tea party is bought to life with psychedelic projections” and there has been countless reinventions of the story over the years. Through all adaptations of Alice In Wonderland, the main themes have been apparent: Identity, coming of age and absurdity. The story depicts a young girl ‘falling through the looking glass’ into a crazy and colourful world – think talking rabbits and magic potions. Living in London in the current day can sometimes be a stressful and tiresome experience and many of us are guilty of taking life too seriously. Sometimes we need to slow down and take a second to enjoy life and all its absurdities. The V&A invites you to explore a different world for a day. Kate Bailey, Senior Curator of Theatre and Performance at the V&A, sai: ‘We look forward to welcoming visitors of all ages into Alice’s magical and mind-bending wonderland, to imagine their own world on the other side of the looking glass’. ZENAIDA YANOWSKY AS THE RED QUEEN IN CHRISTOPHER WHEELDON'S BALLET ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND. THE ROYAL BALLET. ©ROH, JOHAN PERSSON, 2011. SETS AND COSTUMES BY BOB CROWLEY

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ALICE: CURIOUSER AND CURIOUSER Victoria and Albert Museum. Tickets £20. Children go free. vam.ac.uk

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The Royale

The new event that will change what you know about luxury cars By MARK KEBBLE

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EVENT DIRECTOR PAUL MATHERS

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t’s hard enough staging a new event without having to deal with a global pandemic along the way, something the founder of Auto Royale, Paul Mathers, knows only too well. “For any event organiser, COVID has been an overwhelming challenge and most of us, despite not being able to deliver events, have had to get by on little or no support – Auto Royale is no exception,” he says. “As a start-up with a new event we have been pushed to the limit and our innovation and problem-solving has been really tested. But, right now, summer looks clear for us to restart.” It is indeed time to look forward, not back, and Auto Royale is certainly an event that will help banish lingering memories of lockdown. Being staged from 16-18 July at Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire, this promises to be something car enthusiasts have not experienced before. “Concours d’Elegance events have been around for many years, and many have fallen into step with a

certain paradigm,” Mathers takes up the idea behind his event. “With the exception of the cars on the field, which are always a joy for an enthusiast, the rest of the event runs the risk of being predictable and underwhelming. Auto Royale seeks to subvert people’s expectations. “If other events aim to be traditional, then Auto Royale is contemporary. If others are snobby or elitist, Auto Royale aims to be high quality and inclusive. If another has a soundtrack of jazz, then ours will be of Bowie. I’ve often said that if other events are ‘the Queen’, then Auto Royale is ‘Queen’, the band. We want to take some of the stiffness out of concours and make it fun.” ALFA ROMEO 8C

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CULTURE • INTERVIEW ASTON MARTIN D24 VIGNALE

What else is

ON SHOW AT AUTO ROYALE T H E TO U R & G R A N D A R R I VA L

The extensive tour takes entrants in the British International Concours d’Elegance from the historic Wappenbury Hall, former home to Jaguar Cars founder, Sir William Lyons, on a scenic drive through Warwickshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire. •

CONCEPT & I N N OVAT I O N L AW N

This showcases the very latest designs and innovations as incorporated into the classics of the future, whether they be high-end, motor show concepts, pre-production or launch models. •

JEAN-CHRISTOPHE NOVELLI WILL BE CREATING A SPECIAL MENU

T H E PA R T E R R E T E R R AC E

Located above the Parterre and with views to the beautiful Chiltern Hills, the Parterre Terrace is Auto Royale’s second entertainment and hospitality space. •

VIP LOUNGE

Where Jean-Christophe Novelli will be a guest chef, serving up a lunch menu to 200 lucky VIPs. •

S U N S E T PA R T Y

As the sun sets on Waddesdon Manor, festoon lights illuminate the French chateauesque building’s facade as invited guests enjoy five-star hospitality at the official opening night party.

WADDESDON MANOR

“We want to take some of the stiffness out of concours and make it fun” Who would he say the event is aimed at? “Anyone who really loves cars, history, storytelling, great art and design – because the stories behind great cars capture all of these things,” Mathers replies. “Auto Royale is an event where you can meet your like-minded friends and celebrate the path back to normality, or meet new friends and connections through a mutual love of motoring.” There’s sure to be some truly magnificent motors on show in a stunning setting. “The Concours d’Elegance is essentially a beauty pageant for cars, and they range from vintage (1910) through to contemporary (2015),” Mathers says. “Over 100 cars will compete for Best in Show, and

many of them are already award winners from other events. Some are one-offs, some are very low production numbers, and some have been famous racers or have been owned by celebrities. Some of these cars have never even been seen in the UK before, and some are worth tens of millions of pounds. The common factor that unites them is that they all possess a special story – and Auto Royale is where they get to tell that story.”

IT'S NOT JUST ABOUT THE CARS...

AU TO R OYA L E To be held from 16-18 July at Waddesdon Manor autoroyale.org

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FOOD & DRINK

CHICKEN TONIGHT SIDECHICK

The heart of Marylebone newcomer Sidechick's offering will be juicy corn-fed roast chicken, but it will be so much more than this, with seasonal vegetables, salads and flatbreads cooked over coals playing an equal counterpart. sidechick.co.uk

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WHAT TO DRINK

GRAPE news Wine recommendations for the month

TASTING NOTES

London’s food news and most exciting openings this month B y L AY L A T U R N E R

By WINE&SOMETHING

Champagne Corbon Absolument Brut NV  £40 This non-vintage Champagne grown from just 2.7ha has a base of 2009 paired with other recent vintages, and offers a truly appealing palate of creamy almonds, white flowers and lots of sweet, juicy cherries. This has flesh and fruit, and finishes polished and elegant.

Domaine Gueguen Petit Chablis 2016  £15 A Petit Chablis that offers wonderful freshness in a rich vintage. This moderately simple but flavoursome wine opens up with notes of smoky gunflint that is further fleshed out by red apples and lime. Unlike some other Petit Chablis, the grapes for this one are grown on the region’s famous Kimmeridgian soil.

Gros Ventre High Country Red Passe-tout-Grains 2017  £25 This unique wine delivers a lifted nose and crunchiness on the palate. It offers aromas of pomegranate, cherry, violets and sweet spice. The Gamay brings supple and generous, red fruit flavours lively acidity. A wonderful example of this style of wine, rarely seen outside of Burgundy.

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Feel The Love THE IVY SOHO BRASSERIE

We all deserve some fun this Summer. The Ivy Soho Brasserie is launching its ‘Summer Of Love’ campaign to celebrate the reopening of indoor dining . Alongside The Ivy’s much-loved menus (which will be refreshed with seasonal dishes), guests will be able to enjoy entertainment provided by live DJs as well as an array of ‘refreshing summer of love cocktails’. We can’t wait. 26-28 Broadwick Street, W1 theivysohobrasserie.com

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FOOD & DRINK• NOTES

BRUNCH DATE The booziest brunches to enjoy this month

D E VO N S H I R E T E R R AC E

Up high SABINE

If you enjoy disco balls and smoke machines , then boogie on down to Devonshire Terrace to enjoy their Disco Brunch. Every saturday from the 29th of May, guests can enjoy bottomless cocktails alongside a brunch dish of your choice. Devonshire Square, EC2

Londoners love a rooftop bar, and will rejoice at the news of the cities hottest new rooftop destination, Sabine. Opening on the 20th of May in the heart of St. Paul’s, Sabine will offer unparalleled views of the city, botanical interiors, contemporary cocktails and bar food. Be sure to order one of their impressive sharer plates with burrata and white peach for the perfect summer dining experience. sabinelondon.co.uk

GI N PLEASE NOBU

Transport yourself to Tokyo with Nobu Portman Square. The branch of the highly regarded restaurant has partnered with House Of Suntory’s Roku Gin to create a Japanese-inspired gin garden where Roku gin cocktails will be on offer alongside Nobu’s signature dishes. Don't miss it. 22 Portman Square, W1 noborestaurants.com

T H E A N T H O LO G I ST Sometimes, you just need to have a sing. Lift your spirits by paying a visit to Motown Brunch, the latest offering by The Anthologist. Sing along to classics by Beyonce and Aretha Franklin whilst enjoying dishes including pancake stacks, eggs royale and braised short ribs with polenta masks. Happy weekend. 58 Gresham Street, EC2

S U S TA I N A B L E

CHOICE

Seaside Vibes

SPRING

THE GORING

This summer in London is set to be an exciting one indeed, with hotel and restaurant The Goring bringing a splash of the Cornish coast to Belgravia. The restaurant will be serving fresh-off-the-boat lobster and freshly shucked rock oysters. The seafood will be paired with chilled glasses of Della Vite’s Prosecco Superiore DOCG, the new vegan prosecco brand by the Delevingne sisters. 15 Beeston Place, SW1 thegoring.com

T H E F O L LY West End Drag Brunch by The Folly is set to be an experience like no other. Featuring drag queens from top West End shows such as Kinky Boots, it’s a fun filled day of entertainment. Guests can enjoy 90 minutes of a bottomless cocktail of their choice alongside a range of grazing plates. 41 Gracechurch Street, EC3

Skye Gyngell, acclaimed chef and owner of Spring restaurant in Somerset House, is opening Spring Farm Shop in Notting Hill. The products on offer will all be sustainably sourced from ethical farmers, and will include jams, vinegars and preserves. springrestaurant-shop.co.uk A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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Awarded the BEST ALFRESCO SPOT in South West London The Sanctuary by Yum Sa in Putney opens a fully climate controlled outdoor dining experience. Serving our signature Veuve & Grooves Champagne Brunch on Saturday and Sunday from noon onwards with music and a 7 course Modern Asian Menu All Thai’d Up. BY RESERVATION ONLY

VEUVE AND GROOVES BRUNCH @ 70 PER PERSON SERVED ON SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS FROM 12PM  4PM Includes a bottle of champagne per person. House spumante and wines as well as alcohol free options available

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Singapore Fried Noodles with purple sprouting broccoli Serves 2

This is great as part of a feast, weekend brunch or a midweek special. Swap out broccoli for any other seasonal vegetables or herbs.

INGREDIENTS For the sauce • 1 tsp caster (superfine) sugar • 1 tbsp soy sauce • 1 tbsp oyster sauce • 2 tsp sesame oil For the omelette • 2 eggs, beaten • 1 spring onion (scallion), sliced diagonally • 1 cm (½ in) thick • Pinch of caster (superfine) sugar • Pinch of freshly ground black pepper • 1 tsp soy sauce • 1 tsp vegetable oil • 1 small round shallot, sliced For the noodles • 2 tbsp oil, for frying • ½ bird’s eye chilli or 1 whole red chilli, finely chopped • 2 round shallots, roughly chopped • 10 dried shrimp, soaked in boiling water for 10–15 minutes until soft, then drained (optional) • 70–100 g (3–3½ oz) purple sprouting broccoli, sliced, bite-sized • 150 g (5 oz) fine rice vermicelli (0.8 mm), soaked in cold water for 5 minutes, then drained • 100 g (3½ oz) beansprouts • 1½ tbsp Vietnamese curry powder • 100 g (3½ oz) cooked king prawns • 100 g (3½ oz) Roast Barbecued Pork (see below), roughly chopped (optional) • 20 g (¾ oz) garlic chives, cut into 5 cm (2 in) pieces • Freshly ground black pepper

METHOD Mix together the sauce ingredients and set aside. 2 In a small bowl, combine all the omelette ingredients except the shallots. Set aside. 3 In a large frying pan or wok, gently fry the shallots with a dash of oil over a medium heat until golden, then pour the egg mixture over and fry until set. Remove from the pan, slice into 1 cm (½ in) strips and set aside. 4 Place the same pan back over a medium heat, pour in 1 tablespoon 1

of oil and fry the chopped chilli, shallots and dried shrimp together for a minute until soft. Then turn to a high heat, adding the purple sprouting broccoli and continue to fry for a further 3 minutes, shaking the pan and charring the edges. 5 Still on a high heat, add the beansprouts for 30 seconds, then the noodles, mix together and stirfry for a couple of minutes. Pour in the sauce ingredients and evenly sprinkle with the curry powder, covering the noodles all over and mixing well together for 2 minutes. 6 Add the omelette to the pan with the cooked prawns and continue stir-frying for a further 3 minutes, or until the noodles are soft. Turn off the heat and mix in the garlic chives. Season with black pepper and serve immediately.

favourites, making great additions to many meals. You can also use water or chicken stock instead of white wine.

INGREDIENTS • 1 tbsp vegetable oil • 30 g (1 oz) ginger root, julienned • 1 Asian or small round shallot, sliced • 2 red chillies, finely chopped • 15 g (½ oz) butter • 1 tsp fish sauce • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped • 4–6 anchovies, coarsely chopped • 50 g (2 oz) cavolo nero, sliced 3 cm (1 in) thick • 100 g (3½ oz) baby courgettes (zucchini), halved lengthways • 100 g (3½ oz) tenderstem broccoli, sliced diagonally 3 cm (1 in) thick • 100 g (3½ oz) fine green beans, topped and tailed • 75 ml (2½ fl oz / ¼ cup) white wine

METHOD

Hot & Fiery Greens with anchovies Serves 2-4

You can use a variety of vegetables for this or just one kind; the garlic, ginger and anchovies will lift the vegetables to another level and you’ll find that these vegetable sides become household

1 Have a wok or large frying pan (skillet) on high heat and get it hot. Add the vegetable oil, ginger, shallot and chillies and cook for 2 minutes until lightly golden. 2 Add the butter, fish sauce, garlic and anchovies – stir, fry, toss. Add the vegetables and let sit for 1 minute to char. Toss again, then leave to sit for another 1 minute. 3 Finally, add the white wine – if your pan is hot, this should create some flames. 4 Leave to sit for a couple of minutes then cover with a lid for 1 minute. The vegetables should be soft but still retain some bite. Serve immediately.

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• Leaves from a few sprigs of Thai basil and/or sawtooth (if you can get it) • Freshly ground black pepper • Bird’s eye chillies, sliced (optional) • Lime wedges

METHOD

Chicken Pho Makes 4-5 bowls

Easy to pull together, this is a favourite among the young, the old and everyone in between, all across the world. This is a much lighter fragrant pho. Among the Vietnamese, the rules are strict with the flavours of pho – but don’t let that stop you. It is okay if you don’t have all the spices, but it is important to have star anise. Make ahead broth 5 days Herbs & noodles 2–3 days

INGREDIENTS • 2.5 litres (88 fl oz/10 cups) water or enough to cover the chicken • 1 corn-fed, free-range chicken (about 1.5 kg/ 2 lb 4 oz)

• 1 large onion, cut at both ends to stand • 150 g (5 oz) ginger root, halved • 10 cm (4 in) daikon or parsnip (optional) • 15 star anise (10–15 g/½ oz) • 4 whole cloves • 1 cinnamon stick • 2 black cardamom pods (optional but good to have) • 1 tbsp coriander seeds in a ball strainer or small muslin infuser • 30 g (1 oz) rock sugar or 1 tbsp caster (superfine) sugar • 15 g (½ oz/1 tbsp) sea salt • 4 tbsp fish sauce (or more to taste) • 1 chicken stock cube • 75 g (2½ oz) dry flat rice noodles per serving or fresh ho fun noodles • Freshly ground black pepper For the garnish • Coriander (cilantro) leaves, torn or coarsely chopped • 3 spring onions (scallions), white and green parts, sliced lengthways, soaked in cold water until curled • 1 red or white onion, thinly sliced

1 Measure the water into a saucepan just large enough to hold the chicken and bring to the boil. 2 Trim off any excess skin and fat around the cavity and neck of the chicken, then submerge in the boiling water. To achieve a clear broth, once the pot comes back to the boil, cover and simmer for 30 minutes, occasionally skimming off impurities. 3 In a griddle or frying pan over a high heat, char the onion, ginger and daikon or parsnip on both sides, then add to the broth. Use the same pan to toast the spices until fragrant, then add them to the broth with the stock cubes, sugar and salt. Simmer for a further 30 minutes until the chicken is cooked. 4 Remove the chicken from the liquid and check that the juices run clear when you pierce the thigh. Set aside to cool. Remove the vegetables, bones and spices from the broth and discard. Separate the meat from the carcass and slice the chicken against the grain into bite-sized pieces. 5 Cook the noodles according to the packet instructions. Divide the noodles among serving bowls. Place the sliced chicken on top, garnish with coriander, spring onion, red onion and basil leaves. Season with a pinch of pepper and a couple of slices of chilli, if using. 6 When ready to serve, season the broth with fish sauce, tasting with every spoonful to see if it’s to your liking. Bring to the boil, then ladle the hot broth into the bowls, making sure that all the ingredients are submerged. Serve immediately with a squeeze of lime and more of the garnishes.

Recipes taken from Vietnamese by Uyen Luu, £22 h/b Hardie Grant

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ne day, we might look back nostalgically at the days of eating outdoors because we had to. Now that we’re back to indoor dining, and assuming things stay this way, we might never sit outside a restaurant in a downpour again. But when we visited Tavolino, the weather wasn’t kind to us. This Thameside spot carries impressive, expansive and even cinematic views of Tower Bridge and the London skyline, and with lots of outdoor seating it seemed like an ideal spot for the pandemic-inspired al fresco

DECOR dining movement. Blankets on each seat look inviting and cosy, and the scene is set for sunshine. By the time the rain set in, we were so well fed and enjoying the wine so much that all we needed was an umbrella to keep the mood going. We started with delicious cocktails – the best was Prugna Frizzante with Akashi-Tai plum sake, white grape and apricot soda, prosecco, and large juicy Sicilian olives. To start, we had a summery Devon crab, buffalo ricotta, endive and pistachio dressing, which was fresh, sweet and tangy, plus a crispy pizzette with burrata, tomato and black olive. A plate of zucchini

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fritti arrived at the next table looking so inviting, an elegantly stacked and perfectly fried heap of battered and deep fried courgette strips, that we had to have that too. Juicy, salty and full of texture, this was a moreish number. Main courses were porcini, ricotta and chestnut ravioli and pan-seared sea bream with agrodolce salad and caper sauce. The ravioli was rich and intensely mushrooms, and the fish silky and fresh. For pudding, we shared a smooth amaretto panna cotta and were finishing our espressos when the rain started. Inside, the restaurant was empty but out of bounds, and yet we were outside with no shelter and entirely exposed.Still, rather than abandon the rest of our wine, we accepted the offer of a vast umbrella and pulled our blankets over us. Next time, we’d opt for a pod – though ideally next time, we hope, we’ll be eating inside. TAVO L I N 0 2 More London Riverside, SE1; 020 8194 1037

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SUMMER SPIRIT B L AC K C OW VO D K A The Black Cow Negroni is an international twist on the classic Italian Sundowner. Made using Black Cow vodka, Italian Campari, Spanish vermouth, and a secret blend of natural bitters which add a citrusy zing, it can be sipped outdoors, neat over ice, or topped up with soda for a longer drink.

£25; blackcow.co.uk

FLORAL FLAVOUR PA L E F OX Recently branded the 'Best Asolo Prosecco in the world' by Italiy's foremost drinks magazine, Pale Fox is a delicious single estate wine with a delicate, floral flavour. It's sustainably produced and vegan too.

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WINE LIST B E R RY B R O S Berry Bros' seasonal suggestions include the wine experts' own Provence Rose, which is a treat. Fresh flavours of red plum are followed by vivid notes of wild strawberries, raspberries and redcurrants.

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ocktail deliveries were devised during the pandemic and are set to become one of the legacies of lockdown, because they're definitely here to stay. Like Moonshine drinkers during Prohibition, cocktail lovers have spent the past year trying to recreate the ceremony, the recipes and the buzz of a new cocktail. And when our own attempts have been lacking, countless companies have been tailoring their wares to our need. Cocktail deliveries range from elaborate bar kits to simple, ready mixed concoctions for instant gratification and maximum variety. The latest one to come through our letterbox is Boxtails, which literally does fit through the letterbox – this will soon become significant as we all begin to leave our houses again and re-experience the missed delivery. Our box of six ready-to-pour pouches included a passionfruit Martini, a Negroni, a Gimlet, a WooWoo, a Daiquiri and a blood orange Mojito, along with a list of serving tips, specifying type of glass and type of garnish. Most pouches should be chilled before serving, ideally in the freezer for half an hour, and then they're ready to pour. There's also a dedicated Picnic Party Pack which includes eight fruity pouches and a corresponding playlist of tracks including Harry Styles' Watermelon Sugar and Robbie Williams' Candy. So picnic blankets at the ready: summer – we're coming for you. BOXTAILS

Set of six cocktails £28.99 boxtails.co.uk

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Q You’ve just opened a new store in Notting Hill. How has business been in lockdown? I actually started my business here from a flat in Notting Hill so it’s like coming home. We had the shop all ready to go last November but we had to wait until now to acutally open it. Luckily the landlord has been very sweet. In lockdown we took everything online and sales were good – especially earrings, with people wanting to jazz up their ears for Zoom calls.

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feedback list every week. Then we went to New York and found that piercing parties were really popular. So we came home and applied for all the licenses and found a piercer – I thought we’d have a one-off party and just treat it as a marketing cost. It was really successful, so buzzy that we started doing it once a week and found it fully booked. We went up to twice a week, then three times, so we thought that maybe this could be our business. When we did pop-ups in New York people were queuing. It was fun because everyone was talking to each other – someone said it was like the girls’ bathroom in a cool nightclub. I thought, that’s exactly what we want! Q What about the collections? We have new collections every six weeks. The next one is all about fun and optimism, with gemstones and pearls. 80% of our business is earrings and the huggies sell really well. Q So what’s next? More shops. We’re in final negotiations for Coal Drops Yard and Kings Road, and also Cambridge and Brighton.

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MANE attraction e’ve all been there: you secure an appointment with your hairdresser, excited to unveil a brand new look, only to leave feeling less than glamorous. There is more to deciding on a hair colour than just picking out a shade you like. Skin tone plays an important role, and it’s basic rule of thumb that those with a cooler skin tone should stick to a shade with cooler undertones while those with warm skin tones will match with a colour with warm undertones. Vita Krafty, long time hairdresser based at Head Spa salon, shares her advice on choosing the correct hair colour. ‘Most people come in wanting to go blonde or refresh their blonde shade. Platinum shades always work best on porcelain-skinned girls, whereas more gold or caramel-based blonde shades look great on those with cooler undertones, too. For those wanting a fresh new brunette shade, fortunately brown hair is a flattering option for most skin tones, while deep brown and black hair looks amazing on those with darker skin tones. For those deciding between blonde and brunette, a balayage is a great way of combining the best of both worlds’. For colour maintenance, choose the correct shampoo and conditioner for your shade. Purple shampoo works wonders for blondes, whereas products for brunette hair add shine and dimension. HEAD SPA

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ANYTIME FITNESS The perfect spot for a late night workout, Anytime Fitness has 49 locations across London. Classes on offer include spinning and yoga sessions. anytimefitness.co.uk

P U R E GY M With over 60 locations across London, PureGym offers the best in equipment and classes with most locations open 24 hours a day. puregym.com

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 Paws For Thought operate classes at luxury yoga studios throughout Essex and London, and have previously done sessions with adorable Malamutes and French Bulldogs amongst other breeds. ‘We are passionate about mental health and wellbeing and we aim to help people relax and unwind by hosting stress free yoga classes surrounded by cute, cuddly puppies’. pawsforthoughtuk.com

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HAND WORK

Exquisitely hand-painted by artisans in Portugal, each piece in the Floro collection is unique. Using traditional freehand techniques, these vibrant designs bring a splash of colour to the table. £38 heavenlyhomesandgardens.co.uk

IN THE PINK

Crafted from durable stoneware, the Ida dinnerware makes for stylish everyday dining with its dark toned rim, pink centre and crackled glazed finish. £95 for six. coxandcox.co.uk

DA FUNK

Combining various styles of ceramic history, the Stack Funk collection is an artistic illusion. Appearing to be three plates stacked one upon the other, these are highly individual plates. £32 mineheart.com

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As an illustrator, photographer and most recently, a ceramicist, Hal Haines is inspired by visual storytelling. His exclusive Couverture collection has been inspired by the flower farm behind his house throughout the seasons. Platter, £245 couvertureandthegarbstore.com

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H O M E | TOP TEN FASHION PLATE

Built using a drape molding method in earthenware clay and finished in a high gloss transparent glaze, these bowls are the product of fashion designer Henry Holland’s new passion for ceramics. £85 henryhollandstudio.com

LACROIX DARLING Christian Lacroix’s collections for innovative Portuguese tableware company Vista Alegre are designed to be mixed and matched with their contrasting patterns and watercolour shades. vistaalegre.com

COLOUR CUBE

Casa Cubista’ bright and bold pieces are made by artisans in the Portuguese town of Olhão and the range is stocked at Liberty. casacubista.com

CABBAGE LOVE

Portuguese artist Raphael Bordallo Pinheiro’s unique ceramics are known all over the world. The brand continues to use traditional techniques to expand their ever-growing collection. Cabbage plate, £20 micucci.co.uk

ART BOWL

This bright bowl is hand finished in Yinka Ilori’s signature style. Hand-thrown in Portugal, each bowl features subtle irregularities in their organic shape, contrasting the precise, geometric elements of the artwork. £115 scp.co.uk

JADE GREEN

Crafted in Denby’s Derbyshire pottery, the John Lewis x Denby Quartz Jade is a durable and versatile ceramic collection inspired by green, biophilic design. From £10 johnlewis.com

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TO M D IXO N Burst is a new, dynamic and threedimensional array of lighting without lots of dangling wires. Intended for larger spaces and ceiling voids, it's inspired by an interest in molecular structures and the space age with its chrome aesthetic and geometric configuration. tomdixon.net

H A R K V I N TA G E Midcentury glass, ceramics and enamelware as well as Ercol chairs, rattan stools and French posters are all part of the offering at Hark Vintage. It's a great source of unusual and one-off pieces. @hark_vintage harkvintage.etsy.com

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M U S TA R D M A D E New at Mustard Made is lilac, the shade of the moment, adding to the colourful collection. These metal lockers are versatile and stylish, and come in a variety of sizes and shapes. mustardmade.co.uk

FISH EYE BIORB Aquariums can be stylish too. ThebiOrb aquarium has practical and aesthetic benefits, bringing its user closer to nature while providing a calm and tranquil place for contemplation. From £89.99 oase.com

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ANY TIME, A N Y P L AC E JOHN LEWIS

John Lewis' new ANYDAY collection great edit of stylish, good-quality products at surprisingly affordable prices. Combining real life solutions with great style, it's an excellent new addition. johnlewis.co.uk

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Sculpd has enabled a new generation of DIY creators to discover their love of pottery with their clever kits, the latest of which is this filament lamp kit, enabling yout to design and craft a clay-based lamp. £65 sculpd.co.uk

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Quilts are in vogue at Couverture with Tessa Layzelle's one-of-a-kind upcycled appliqué quilts stocked alongside Dorset’s Projektityyny’s handmade patchwork cushions and soft furnishings.

Fearne Cotton has launched an exclusive wallpaper and fabric collection with British design house Woodchip & Magnolia. There are five new wallpaper and fabric designs in an array of timeless colourways exploring the blossoming and romantic beauty of wild spring florals. woodchipandmagnolia.co.uk

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SUNSET STRIP OT TO TI LE S

The new Sunset collection consists of three new pastelhued geometric designs; Sunset, Sunset Stripes and Beach on handmade encaustic cement tiles. Otto's signature tiles are crafted from recycled and sustainable materials and produced using eco-friendly methods. ottotiles.co.uk

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DESIGNS FOR LIFE

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Charlotte Perriand, Gaston Regairaz (architects), Guy Rey-Millet/AAM (site manager), La Cascade residence, Arc 1600, 1967-1969 © AChP

Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret and Jean Prouvé. However, in recent years her reputation as a furniture designer and architect has matched the stature of her peers – her furniture in particular has become highly prized by collectors. The exhibition is divided into three sections: The Machine Age, Nature and the Synthesis of the Arts, and Modular Design for Modern Living. Starting with the design of her own studio apartment in Saint-Sulpice, Paris, expect to see Perriand’s early mastery of metal furniture before she joined Le Corbusier’s studio. Explore the notebooks in which she developed the tubular steel furniture designed with Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret, which

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Charlotte Perriand, Bookcase for the Maison du Mexique, 1952 © ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2020

would define 1920s modernism. Transported into the world of Perriand, sit in vivid one-to-one room recreations of the Salon d’Automne interior from 1929, reconstructed by Cassina, and the London branch of the Air France office designed in 1957. She believed: “Dwellings should be designed not only to satisfy material specifications; they should also create conditions that foster harmonious balance and spiritual freedom in people’s lives.” Justin McGuirk, Chief Curator said:“Charlotte Perriand was a hugely inf luential figure in design [though] long overshadowed by her male counterparts... this exhibition presents her as a brilliant designer who deserves wider recognition – she was also a natural collaborator and synthesiser. There is so much to admire not just in her work but in the way she lived her life.” The exhibition charts Perriand’s development of modular designs for more affordable and adaptable interiors. Modular furnishing systems were seen as the way forward during the post-war reconstruction of Europe. Most famously Perriand designed her iconic bibliotheques, or Proposition d’une synthèse des arts (Proposal for a Synthesis of the Arts), Takashimaya department store, Nihonbashi, Tokyo, 1955 bookcases, for fabrication by Jean © AChP/ © ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2021 Prouvé’s metal workshop. Originally intended for student dormitories such as the Maison du Mexique – recreated in the exhibition – these egalitarian metal shelving systems have ironically become highly prized collector’s items. Perriand was a keen hiker and skier, and the exhibition traces her love of travel and the outdoors in her work. It delves into her architecture,

Charlotte Perriand on the chaise longue basculante B306, 1929 © AChP/ © ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2021

which mostly catered to the grow ing demand for leisure and tourism,especially in her beloved mountains. Through architectural models, photographs and sketches, discover how Perriand sought to make the pleasures of nature accessible. The exhibition culminates in her grandest architectural project, the Les Arcs ski resort in France. Developed over two decades, this resort for 30,000 skiers called for easily transportable components to be prefabricated, and drew on all of her creative and collaborative skills. Take a virtual tour of the resort and see how the buildings fit seamlessly with the contours of the mountainside, and how Perriand makes thousands of mini apartments feel warm and generous.

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Memphis Mania

Wallpaper brand Hovia unveils a brand new collection, inspired by the 80s magic of the Memphis Group Words E V E H E R B E R T

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he design collective known as the Memphis Group first exhibited at Milan’s Arc74 gallery in 1981, lighting a fire under modernist design with its exuberant mixture of colour and shapes to form an entirely new cultural design movement. The group became famous for their furniture and patterns, often described as ‘bizarre’, ‘misunderstood’ and even ‘loathed’. Some described the style as a marriage of ‘Bauhaus and Fisher-Price’. They drew inspiration from pop art, emerging technology, 1950s kitsch and futuristic ideas. Now to celebrate 40 years since the birth of Memphis, Hovia – formerly Murals Wallpaper– has launched a new collection transforming iconic 1980s Memphis designs into modern, liveable designs that are still easily recognised as Memphis-influenced, thanks to the geometric shapes and quirky patterns. The in-house design team has opted for a contemporary colour palette of pinks,

purples, reds, oranges, and blues. There are six designs in the collection: Salone, Mendini, Nathalie, Ettore, Bowie and Carlton. Tori Dennett, designer of the Memphis collection said: “The Memphis collection has been almost a year in the making. After initially drawing over 70 sketches, we narrowed it down to six designs that we felt took the modern 80s aesthetic that is so classically Memphis into 2021. With bold colours and geometric shapes, these designs are the perfect talking point for any home or commercial space.” hovia.com

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Grain House is a remodelled and extended Victorian, semi- detached property in the de Beauvoir Conservation Area.Designed for a young family, the house connects original and new living spaces and creates a visual link from the entrance, through the family spaces to the garden and on to the new artist’s studio at the back of the site. Prior to the works, the house was arranged as a series of small, cellular spaces with only a narrow ‘servant’s stair’ connecting the living spaces on the lower and upper ground floors. The new design dramatically reconnects these living spaces with the creation of a 2-storey courtyard at the heart of the house.

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A Cloistered House CLAPHAM TURNER ARCHITECTS LTD

Referencing Dutch courtyard paintings, traditional East Asian courtyard houses and monastic cloisters, this extension has a formal courtyard arrangement with the intent of creating a protected and quiet space at the heart of a family home.

Mountain View SYDENHAM, BROMLEY CAN

A radical transformation of an Edwardian semi-detached house into a colourful family home topped with a stage set mountain. Materials, shapes and colours are intersected throughout to create highly textural and tactile spaces. The house takes its design cues from numerous pop culture sources including a Disneyland rollercoaster and a scene from the film Trainspotting.

The new design dramatically reconnects the living spaces The House Recast HARINGEY

STUDIO BEN ALLEN

Green patterned columns and beams create a framework for the salmon colour structural wall panels of the first-floor bathroom. Internally the use of pigmented concrete continues — with stairs, counters, sink, floors, benches, bath and washbasin all cast in pigmented concrete.

Motel House DALSTON, ISLINGTON OFFICE S&M

By removing internal walls, an open plan, dual aspect kitchen and dining space was created, with a further two bathrooms and utility space, built at the back. As well as needing to be a place for the family to cook and dine in, the brief was to create a space full of surprise and delight for each member of the family to enjoy for many years to come.

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This seemingly simple side extension encountered added complexity due the irregular shape of the existing plot situated on a gentle curve in the terrace. This led to some interesting structural geometries to optimise the internal space. The clients, both designers, wanted something simple and minimal yet vibrant and graphic. This gave rise to the simple formal moves, material palette and expressive facade.

A disregarded house is transformed into a home with character

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HARINGEY GREEN LANES, HARINGEY THE DHAUS COMPANY LTD

DHaus have refurbished a maisonette to form a triplex home, extending into the loft of a period property using digital design as part of the fabrication process. As one enters the apartment the giant up and over glass window completely opens up to the sky. A perforated plywood staircase allows natural light to filter through.

Council House Renovation BERMONDSEY VATRAA

The client commissioned VATRAA for a complete transformation of her ex-council house, aimed at preserving a discrete appearance on the outside while becoming warm, protective, and spacious on the inside. The project transformed a disregarded house into a home with a distinctive character, now proud to tell its story through space, light and materials.

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Two And A Half Storey House STOKE NEWINGTON, HACKNEY BRADLEY VAN DER STRAETEN ARCHITECTS

After unsuccessful attempts to get planning for a new full- height roof extension, the solution was to add a halfheight box dormer, invisible from the street. The challenge was to make the unconventional interior volumes habitable.

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PECKHAM RYE , SOUTHWARK DRAPER STUDIO

Rear ground floor extension, internal refurbishment and landscaping of rear garden to an Edwardian terrace. The client brief set out to achieve a simple rear extension in which to better engage with the rear garden and existing summer house. The principle materials were oak and concrete to create the feeling of warmth and robustness.

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STUDIO HALLET T IKE

For this ground floor flat in an Victorian terraced house, the design adds a bedroom and dining room. The previously cramped galley kitchen is now a fluid connection between the traditional reception room and a contemporary and light-filled sunken dining space. With a muted colour palette and an emphasis on natural materials, the apartment retains many original features.

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St Mary’s House PAUL ARCHER DESIGN

Tired and in need or rejuvenation, this project set about restoring the original features of this modestly scaled Victorian terraced house. The fabric of the main house has been faithfully repaired and restored and a glass infill extension provides extra floor space.

Terrazzo Studio HACKNEY, HACKNEY SONN STUDIO

The project aimed to add an additional area to a one-bedroom garden flat. The build resulted in a tropical oasis within a Victorianterrace street, consisting of a studio space that doubles as a guest bedroom and a hidden workshop to the rear. Bespoke green terrazzo cladding wraps around the building, grey microcement flooring, dark stained cork and dense tropical landscaping result in an urban tropical haven.

Dense landscaping creates an urban tropical heaven

Overcast House HARINGEY, HARINGEY OFFICE S&M

This project made use of north light through carefully shaped rooflights which shield the windows from direct sun. Gold leaf evens out and warms up the skylight, while soft green beams support the numerous openings. Externally the absence of direct sunlight is investigated through “shadow catchers” which are cast from pigmented concrete and lend the house its name.

Summerhill Road SOUTH TOTTENHAM, HARINGEY OEB ARCHITECTS

The project is an exercise in reduction, finding both the least amount of material and the fewest types of elements that can be used. The volume is a matter-of-fact response to planning constraints. The extension is two rectangular boxes, one slightly larger than the other, stepping in plan and elevation towards the garden.

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Space is often at a premium in the bathroom, so consider incorporating smart storage solutions. In the Geberit Acanto range from the Geberit Aspire Collection, each compartment and drawer is created especially to house everything from toiletries and towels to electricals and cleaning products. Unique innovations such as a wall-mounted magnetic board maximise unused wall space, using niche storage trays and brackets attached precisely where you need them so that everything is within easy reach.

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Another key design-led solution is to consider wall-hung WCs and ceramics. These not only look stylish, but utilise the latest in quick-to-fit, behind-the-wall technology to create the illusion of a larger room and hide unsightly pipework. Wall-hung furniture makes cleaning and maintenance

“Artwork and furnishings can help soften a bathroom's hard surfaces”

easier. Hygiene is more important than ever before, so consider coupling wall-hung WCs with touchless flush plates, activated by the simple wave of a hand.

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Experimenting with a mix of contemporary and vintage styles and incorporating artwork and furnishings can help soften a bathroom's hard surfaces. Biophillic design is an increasingly popular trend, encompassing everything from surfaces, air quality, ventilation, acoustics and lighting. Bathroom suites and ceramics in natural materials such as Geberit’s Citterio in Oak or Selnova Square S in light hickory are on trend. Finishing touches like flush plates are available in natural finishes, like the Sigma50 in Black Walnut or Slate.

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Geberit has teamed up with award-winning interiors blogger, writer, and social media influencer Lisa Dawson, for an exciting bathroom design journey and styling transformation. Documenting her journey through Instagram, Lisa will be sharing the entire design process from beginning to end, from the initial room sketches, mood boards and trends inspiration to product decisions, sneak peeks and finishing touches. geberit.co.uk/insiredbygeberi

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he Campbell Collection use ancient Indian cra f t to create beautiful furnishings, while reinvesting profit to improve the lives of their makers. Founded by Bathbased husband-and-wife duo, Emma and Tim Campbell, all of The Campbell Collection’s products are handmade in India, by artisans who have been weaving or printing for generations and are proud masters of their craft. Whether its a women-led paper making studio in Jaipur, or a presidential-awarded silk weaver in Varanasi, everyone who works on these products is highly skilled and takes pride in their work.

Ethics are at the heart of the sourcing process: all makers are paid a fair wage for their work, and many of the brand’s community partners are small cooperatives or individual self-employed weavers. Emma and Tim are so passionate about improving the lives of their makers that they’ve pledged to donate 10% of their yearly profits back into the areas where their products are made. This will go towards funding health, education and empowerment projects in their artisans’ local communities. Materials matter, too. The worldwide textile industry is hugely harmful - from intensive irrigation of conventional cotton crops, to the large-scale use of nasty chemicals, to the poisoning of communities who live alongside factories.

Emma and Tim believe that companies have a responsibility to source materials and use processes that are kind to both planet and people, which is why their first collection uses organic cotton, organic linen, pure silk and recycled cotton paper. The Campbell Collection’s rugs are made from 100% GOTS certified organic cotton. GOTS stands for the Global Organic Textile Standard - a certification that is recognised worldwide. Organic cotton is grown traditionally without the use of dangerous pesticides and chemical fertilisers. Conventional cotton farming can lead to local waterways becoming polluted, which can cause the surrounding communities to suffer from skin rashes, cancer and birth defects. Instead, this organic cotton is grown using crop rotation

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alongside food, which enables the soil to be nurtured - making it viable long-term for the farmers as well as providing food security and additional income. The Siga Siga rug is hand-tufted in Bhadohi, known as ‘the carpet city’ - a small hamlet outside of Varanasi. It is home to one of the largest handwoven carpet industries in South Asia. All of The Campbell Collection’s organic cotton yarn is also dyed here, using only natural dyes. The Riaz rugs (striped) and Luna rug (with striped shapes) are flatwoven by a small weaving co-operative in Chunar. The weavers are paid a fair wage and are free to work flexibly around their other responsibilities, such as farming or caring for family. The cottage industry, as it is known, is important in India as it sustains livelihoods outside of major cities, which are now hugely overpopulated. The silk cushions are made using pure Indian silk, handwoven by a silk weaver in Varanasi who has previously won a presidential award for his exquisite

weaving. He is one of the only remaining weavers in Varanasi working with the traditional technique of Kadhwa. He is passionate about teaching and equipping the next generation, so that these precious skills do not die out. The linen cushions are made in the famously pink-hued city of Jaipur - in the same studio as the art prints below. Emma and Tim have sourced the organic linen from Jharkhand in North Central India. They felt it was important to use local Indian materials, which is why they didn’t choose the more commonly used European linen. The paper used for the prints is made from surplus waste cotton from the textile industry, giving each one serious eco credentials. They are handmade by a women-led paper making and block printing studio in Jaipur. Their specialty is converting the last bits of textile scraps from local fabric manufacturers into beautiful handmade paper. thecampbellcollection.co.uk A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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bedroom design and streamlining, so that the bed you choose can be housed in an environment that’s conducive to optimum sleep health. For manager Rui Franca, guiding clients through the process involves paying close attention to their needs. The showroom is a very calming place and people are encouraged to take their time. “We like people to come and spend an hour or two trying the beds. We can provide sleep masks, lower the lights and let people rest,” he says. For the UK market, Carpe Diem Beds has introduced 36 different Designers Guild fabrics for beds and headboards that can be colour matched with carpets, cushions and curtains. Franca explains: “In selecting the fabrics we look at colours that are neutral and subtle. Bright colours are energising

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1 K E E P TO N E S N E U T R A L Bright colours are not conducive to relaxation – neutral shades of beige and grey create a sense of calm that will aid sleep.

and we need to be relaxed in a bedroom, so there are no oranges or shiny finishes. It’s all about neutral tones, which are adopted in Scandinavian design to create a sense of calm in the mind.” Fabrics are beiges and greys with some darker tones and maybe some light pinks at the more colourful end of the neutral palette. “In store we have access to side tables, carpets and throw

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cushions. We have slick metal side table and lamps too, with finishes in chrome and marble, all in calming soothing tones.” The look is luxurious but minimalist and the neutral tones are designed to be mixed and matched alongside lifestyle products such as kimonos, slippers, sleep masks and scented candles. The latest addition to the range is a matching dog bed, made to the same exacting standards as the regular beds, which achieved immediate cult status on its launch in Sweden. There’s a widespread misconception that a firm mattress is better for you, says Rui. “But we believe that you should sleep in the bed, not on the bed, and our contour pocket system is meant to contour your body so that you feel you’re sleeping on a cloud.” Carpe Diem Beds was founded 25 years ago by chiropractor Börje Thuleskär in partnership with the Spinal Unit at Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Sweden. The company’s patented Contour Pocket System has a unique cushioning ability, which gently yields and supports at the same time, instantly moulding to your body’s contours and changing with your every movement. Now the brand is associated with high quality Scandinavian design and innovation. A Carpe Diem bed is a long-term investment in sleep, with a superking model priced between £4,500 and £30,000. If that sounds expensive, Franca says: “We spend a third of our lives asleep and it’s funny that we’re inclined to spend more on our cars than on our beds.” Funny indeed.

2 C L I M AT E C O N T R O L The room shouldn’t be very warm or very cold. 18-20 degrees maximum is a good temperature. Bedrooms should be well insulated and the heating should be off.

3 NO DEVICES! Checking your phone makes your brain active. It’s better to read a book. The ideal sleep experience comes with mental relaxation.

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MADE Asuna Wide Sideboard, £399 made.com

DAALS Clarence velvet green sofa, £309.99 daals.co.uk

EARTHBORN Faerie paint 2.5 litres, £46 earthbornpaints.co.uk

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HOT POTTERY Salad bowl, £35 libertylondon.co.uk

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Art Print Pink Green, £10 omgkittyclub.com

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NICHOLAS ENGERT Cage Cordless Floor Light Green, £566 nicholasengert.co.uk

WOODCHIP & MAGNOLIA X FEARNE COTTON Pondering Peonies Duck Egg Wallpaper, £99 woodchipandmagnolia.co.uk

ABODE LIVING Fish Fish medium green glass £8.50 abodeliving.co.uk

GLOW LIGHTING Bertie Cluster Coloured Glass Pendant Light, £550 glowlighting.co.uk

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What is your background - how did you come to be a designer? I always had a passion for clothes, influenced largely by my grandmother who was a model in the 50’s and was always very glam. I grew up in Somerset and she was in London, so we visited her often. It was always so exciting to see city life, I used to get such a buzz driving in on the Westway. Both she and my mother have a very classic look in how they dress and how they would put a room together. My father is an architect, retired now. I grew up discussing buildings and his projects with him, and I was always interested, though he never encouraged my brother and me into it. For me it’s to slow a process anyway. I always knew I wanted to study fashion. Though going to fashion college put me

off the industry. So instead of finding a job in it after I graduated, I started my own business. One of many that finally led me to Humphries and Begg. Humphries and Begg has a distinctive colourful look. Was that there from the start? I’ve always had a flamboyant style personally, so yes always colourful, but my style of print has developed as the brand evolved. I design the collections from a colour palette that has inspired me.

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Tell us about moving from fashion into homewares. How did it happen? During my 20s, I had various different part time jobs. Often in retail and one of them was for the Cloth Shop on Portobello Road. This is where I learnt a lot about interior fabrics. We had a lot of interior designers in and I guess I picked up a lot from them and from the manager at the time, Alex Adams. She was brilliant with colour. I used to always do the windows and had a lovely time there. We had the flat above which was amazing! you can still find pictures of that if you google Humphries and Begg – somehow they ended up on the Dulux website . Anyway I always knew I wanted to do something with fabrics and start making my own one day. We moved from London to Stroud in Gloucestershire before my daughter was born in 2019 and bought our first house. I think this, combined with lockdown, fast forwarded the idea a bit quicker than it would have happened, had life remained normal. What designers do you admire? There are a few designers I feel I learn a lot from: Blockshop Textiles, Ace and Jig and Bode, also Lrnce and Marimekko. All for different reasons. I went to a talk at Hauser and Wirth in Somerset a few years ago on Alexander Calder – I love how he would use so many different mediums and didn’t feel the need to stick to one. He would design or create pieces for around the house, everyday objects and had the most exciting life. Is your house a riot of colour and pattern? It’s pretty colourful – and slowly our fabrics are being infiltrated throughout. It’s currently a bit of a building site but will

We had beautiful hand-spun cotton made in some of our favourites prints, the perfect weight for tableware be glorious I hope when it’s finished. In a few months, we hope. I love objects and seem to be a bit like a goldfish, growing to fit the room I’m in. Your new table linen is full of summery joy. Tell us about that. We had this beautiful hand-spun cotton made in some of our favourites prints. They are the perfect weight for tableware so we used a few local makers here in Stroud to make them up. As it’s all about being at home and making the most of our gardens at the moment, it felt like the perfect time. What’s next for Humphries and Begg? The pandemic and Brexit have really

made it harder for us to work with artisans overseas. We will always make our printed summer collection in India with our brilliant print team there, but we want to bring a bit of production back to the UK. So we have been meeting new suppliers here and that feels exciting, we can do shorter runs and be a bit more spontaneous with what we make. I’ve been designing some bed quilts for winter, which is exciting – and we have some amazing wool rugs arriving very soon. Tufted and woven in super bright colours. These will be available to preorder around June. humphriesandbegg.co.uk A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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 RAINBOW COLOURS If you have a collection of books with brightly coloured spines, then one way to create visual impact is to order them by shade rather than by type or subject – this can be particularly striking if the room decor is neutral, whether it uses darker or lighter tones, as the colours will really pop. If you like the idea of books as decorative objects, but your collection doesn’t really lend itself to this treatment, then you could consider covering them with patterned or plain paper (though admittedly, if you have hundreds this might be a bit of a tall order).

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and a book collection (of whatever size) can not only be a very cherished possession but also bring an additional dimension to an interior’s aesthetic appeal. Fitted bookshelves are the obvious choice for book storage, but if space is tight, think creatively about where you put them. A wall-hung shelf above a doorway, for example, can be an excellent way to use ‘dead’ space that isn’t ordinarily filled with anything. Wall niches or the alcoves either side of a chimney breast are traditional locations for built-in shelves, but if you don’t

 SHOW SUPPORT If you have a lot of books, then storage must be thought about carefully – not only will you need space but sturdy shelves are a must, as a large collection of books can weigh rather a lot.

have these, other storage options are worth considering. If you have a large library, a modular shelving system is an excellent and stylish solution, and it can be dismantled and taken with you if you relocate. There are also lots of freestanding shelving options. Although these tend to be less flexible, they can be an attractive addition to a room and some can even act as room dividers (but make sure you fix them to the floor if you have pets or children). As well as being vehicles for thoughts and knowledge, books can be decorative objects in their own right. Current reads can go on a coffee table. In addition, stack volumes under tables or benches, arrange them in empty fireplaces or awkwardly shaped alcoves or alongside ornaments on trolleys or in display cabinets.

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he apartment has been designed for a very successful business woman working in the entertainment field. She travels a lot, and even if she is based in Ireland, she has a very modern house in LA. Her family home is a listed stone house on the coast, beautifully renovated and furnished for contemporary living. Because of her travelling all year around she has developed a great knowledge of contemporary living and a special eye for hotel suites, in which she particularly likes the great space distribution, the en-suite and dressing areas intended as a place to prepare for the workday and to relax after a long intense working day. As she attends lots of social events, she has quite a unique and precious clothes collection, which suggested the need for a walk-in wardrobe with glass door and dedicated areas to accessories and particularly to shoes and bags, the most iconic pieces of most women. The apartment in the listed Hale House has been totally stripped out to be renovated and refitted with traditional features converting, with the guidance of the architect, in a more contemporary style. The property has a wide main reception room opening towards the pedestrian Canning passage, a large family room, kitchen, four bedrooms, four shower rooms, of which three are en-suite, plus a bespoke walk-in wardrobe in the master bedroom. It has been designed to meet the client's expectation of high-quality finishes and contemporary design in respect of the original features, high ceilings, and traditional sash windows. The kitchen has a warm and elegant feeling with natural oak units and a Lucifer marble island with striking veins through the worktop area. The light grey quartz splashback serves as a background for the wall units and can be seen through the glass doors and shelves. The led strip lighting illuminates the glass cabinets with indirect, warm light. The design is complemented by the Penta Glo Black Glass Pendants hanging over the kitchen island.

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This is a key first step because the right amount of drainage can be a matter of life and death for your plants. Waterlogged soil causes a plant’s roots to rot and is likely to kill it. Consider drainage when purchasing the pots you plan to use. The minimum size for a drainage hole is half an inch in diameter for small or medium-sized pots, while larger pots will need holes at least an inch in diameter.

If you’re not keen on watering, then grow succulents

Choose the right soil

Fill your containers with a high-quality potting soil. Don’t use soil directly from your garden because, unlike potting mix, which includes ingredients like perlite and vermiculite to improve aeration and keep soil loose and well-draining, earth from your garden is likely to harden and compact when dry.

Look at your light

Different plant varieties have varying needs and likes when it comes to light so, when selecting your plants, take note of the care tags and make sure you know whether they grow best in sun or shade. You want to avoid mixing sun- and shade-loving plants in the same pot if you are creating an arrange-

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ment. There are also plenty of houseplants that can tolerate low light if you are worried your home may be too dark for anything to thrive. It is worth saving these care tags to remind yourself of feeding and watering requirements.

Feed your plants

Although the perfect consistency for container planting, many potting mixes don’t always contain enough nutrients for your plant, so be sure to fertilise regularly. You can mix a slow- release fertiliser into your soil when you pot up and then regularly treat plants to a liquid plant food added into your watering can when you water. To make your job even easier, some brands offer pre-mixed feed, designed specifically for container gardening, that you can just pour into pots straight from the bottle.

Choose plants that suit your lifestyle

To have the most fun and chance of success, assess how you live before you take the plunge. There will be a type of container garden that suits your lifestyle. For example, if you’re not keen on watering, then grow succulents and other drought-resistant plants. If you want something that will last and return to bloom again next year, choose to plant perennials and be sure to deadhead or chop back when necessary to encourage further growth and keep them blooming. Alternatively, if you like to chop and change with the seasons, plant annual flowers and swap out for new ones, as and when you need to. Just do a little research and find out what works for you.

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By far the most stylish carbonator on the market, the Aarke sparkling water maker is an excellent addition to any kitchen. With three satifying pulls of the pump, you'll have a litre of fizzy water and no plastic bottles in your recycling. Not only does this look amazing in your kitchen , but it's a very sensible purchase too. £219 aarke.com

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KitchenAid's new K150 Blender is the latest addition to the range, ideal for occasional users looking to make the best flavoured, textured smoothies and frozen drinks with the simplicity and speed expected from KitchenAid. £229 kitchenaid.co.uk

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Smeg's new Slate Grey stand mixer is perfect for baking enthusiasts with a love for minimalist style. Sticking with Smeg's signature '50s retro aesthetic, it has the brand's signature curves and high gloss finish. £449.95 smeguk.com

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Eyra is dedicated to ergonomic design to help people with mobility concerns. The first products, a set of kitchen utensils with ergonomic handles, are designed Sebastian Conran and stocked at the Design Museum. £60 per set. eyra.design

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I like to mix modern design with brutalist and vintage pieces Though at first glance one might take Isis for a Paris native, she was actually born and raised on the Spanish island of Ibiza, and first moved to Paris as a young adult to study literature and film. “I was brought up in a very strong counterculture by my artist parents – it was the 1970’s and we lived in a small hippie community,” Isis tells us. Being raised by artists, one could say that creativity is a part of Isis’ DNA, but they weren’t the only ones who sparked her initial interest in design: “My uncle, who is only ten years older than me, worked at YSL in the early 90’s. He imparted a lot of his design taste to me, and I still love the aesthetics from that period.” After finishing her studies, Isis worked as a publishing assistant and later, as a television presenter on various children’s shows. For 13 years, she worked both on and off

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camera, producing segments as well as hosting them. When Isis eventually began the journey with MilK in 2003, it was a fusion of her many talents and experiences: her education in literature, her experience in children’s entertainment, her time in publishing and not least her experiences as a mother. Her objective? To offer a modern journey into the world of childhood, or as she so succinctly puts it, “to depict the art of family living.” Today, an edition of MilK Magazine is filled with the latest in sustainable microfashion, children’s interiors and family-friendly travel destinations, as well as articles that profile contemplative, weighty issues affecting modern day families, such as raising a child with disabilities, mindfulness for all ages and the influence of technology on a child’s cognitive development. Published quarterly

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in both French and English, MilK Magazine has expanded to include a design publication – MilK Décoration – as well as Japanese, Korean and Chinese editions. Isis currently holds the title of Managing Editor and Editorial Director at MilK, as well as that of Director at FOVEA – a creative and consulting agency she started 6 years ago. In the wake of all these accomplishments, Isis remains humble. “I hope to have created unique and inspiring magazines,” she says modestly. “At MilK, we care about beauty and sustainability, and in a traditional country like France, it isn’t always easy to highlight a new lifestyle.” Isis’ confidence to try something new is certainly mirrored in her home. Her extensive ceramic collection, which she describes as her hobby, includes pieces by artists from the Memphis Movement, an Italian design A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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Metal beams introduce an unexpected and modern element into the space collective that came out of Milan in the 80’s. Shunning the minimalism of mid-century modernism, the artists instead embraced vivid colours and geometric forms in an intersection of Art Deco, Pop Art and Kitsch. You can feel this rebellious vein running through Isis’ home – no more so than in the black metal beams and perforated metal walls that run throughout the home and stand in great contrast to the original 1930’s coving and stucco. “The metal beams play a functional role by allowing us to redistribute the spaces and restructure the original

floorplan from the 30’s,” Isis explains. “It also introduces an unexpected and modern element into the space. I like to mix modern design with brutalist and vintage pieces.” Designed and installed six years ago by the Italian architecture firm UdA – now MARCANTE–TESTA – the beams are based on a unique rack system of metal tubes and perforated sheet metal, and allow for the creation of open, communal spaces ideal for family living, as well as creating new and functional spaces that the previous floorplan lacked. One such space is the ensuite master bathroom, separated from the bedroom only by coloured glass and perforated metal screens. Here the linear lines of the metal beams are contrasted by a cream- coloured spiral, also formed out of metal, which Isis playfully uses as a towel rack. Therein lies the magic of this unique Parisian apartment – although it is filled with bold, beautiful design elements, it is all done with a sense of ease and joy. When asked what makes a home, Isis’ answer is simple: “family memories, pieces from our travels and the nonchalant presence of our cat.” fermliving.com

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Fashion designer Henry Holland’s newfound love of ceramics has inspired a collection of homewares Words P E A R L B OY D

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“Henry fell in love with the meditative process of building each piece by hand ”

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he former Creative Director of his eponymous fashion la b el House of Holland, Henry first discovered a love of ceramics during the pandemic, enrolling in lessons at his local Hackney pottery studio. Initially intended only as a parttime creative outlet, Henry quickly fell in love with the meditative process of building each piece by hand, which provided a new, and welcome pace of working, following years spent in the frenetic world of fashion. When lockdown restrictions closed the local studio, Henry stumbled across his own interpretation of the nerikomi pottery technique while practicing at his kitchen

table. The slow method of stacking, folding and rolling coloured clay into slabs, then hand moulding them into functional shapes, means that each piece is organic in nature, and impossible to recreate exactly. Now able to work from his studio again, Henry’s first collection of ceramics includes table and serveware in a range of different colours. Each object is unique with the combined colour combinations of the different earthenware clays, creating Henry’s signature colour combinations and patterns. This debut collection marks the start of a series of homeware collections for Henry Holland Studio who, as well as in-house ceramics, will also be launching new collaborative projects for different areas of the home. “It is a privilege to design beautiful things that people are willing to live with, says Henry. “To contribute to someone’s personal environment in this way, to be treasured, and to build treasured things, that’s the kind of connection we are all looking for”. henryhollandstudio.com A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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G LOW U P AMBIENTEC

Nao Tamura, Japanese designer of this stylish Turn+ outdoor lamp, was inspired by natural light and the gentle, familiar lines of classic lanterns. It's rechargeable, waterproof and portable. ambientec.co.jp

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The Traditional Malawi Cane twoseater will bring rustic elegance to your garden. Sustainable and stylish, it’s been handwoven by skilled artisans in rural Malawi. It's available in black, white or another colour of your choice. £410 hadeda.co.uk

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Celina Digby's lovely waterproof textiles are designed for outdoors. This tablecloth comes in lots of sizes and prints, with or without an umbrella hole. £49.99 celinadigby.co.uk

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The Palm Springs day bed is dual use, in that the canopy can be easily lifted off so that just the sofa section can be used by itself. It's perfect for a conservatory. £1,600 rajtentclub.com

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This outdoor dining set is designed to be kept outside year-round.The anti-corrosive seats are stackable and lightweight, and the set has been expertly crafted from galvanised steel frames. £1,399 bridgman.com

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The deep-filled luxury mattress in the Deeply Dishy Bed can be lifted out of the bed sides to be used on its own as a simple day bed mattress – handy if you are travelling with your dog. £140; charleychau.com

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Spoil your dog with the gorgeous Asha Dog Basket. This gorgeous dog bed features a natural cane frame with a sumptuous, cotton and polyester cushion, providing your dog with a luxuriously comfortable place to rest. £194; sweetpeaandwillow.com

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Bold geometric lines will make an impact whether you're a minimalist or maximalist. Get ready for some peace and quiet, your dog is going to conk out on this insanely comfy monochrome dog bed £124; settlebeds.com

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There’s a lot that goes into your bathroom before you do. At Ripples, we work slightly differently from others. Our talented bathroom designers try to get to know you first. They chat with you about what you like and what you don’t like. They go over your ideas, your torn out pages from magazines, your Pinterest boards – whatever it is that inspires you. Before we do anything, we find out exactly what you’re looking for, and then we make sure as much of you goes into our ideas as possible. We don’t do one size

fits all solutions, but we do take dreams and ideas and turn them into bespoke designs for your new bathroom. From the moment you step into our showroom to the moment you step into your new bath, we make the whole process as smooth and stress-free as it can be. It’s the Ripples effect. Let’s have a chat about what we can do for you.

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“These bold and charming yellows illustrate our desire to return to warmth without regressing to cream”

esigned to make choosing colours a pleasure and intuitive for the user, Little Greene’s two new colour cards bring together the best of its capsule collections, showcasing 196 Little Greene colours in a new format, presented together, providing customers with a refined and refreshed Colours of England collection alongside an expanded range of graduated shades in the new Colour Scales offering. With confidence in colour central to the Little Greene ethos, the new cards span over 300 years of historic interior design and include many authentic 18th, 19th and 20th century shades. These historic colours are presented alongside a carefully adjusted palette of contemporary shades, embracing modern interior design aesthetics and current decorating trends. The new Colours of England card has been updated to meet the growing desire for classic, timeless colours that are both simple to choose and a joy to live with. The collection includes many significant shades from all over the British Isles that have contributed to the internationally renowned style of English Interior Design. A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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“The neutral trend for 2021 continues subtly away from cold greys and traditional country creams”

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Ruth Mottershead, Marketing Director comments, “Alongside the cherished Little Greene signature colour palette, it is wonderful to be able to introduce new colours that celebrate the desire for warmth and joy such as Indian Yellow, named after the traditional oil pigment used by fine artists, Bassoon with its deep-ochre undertone, and Giallo, an uncompromising, yet very easyto-use, burst of golden sunshine. These bold and charming yellows illustrate our desire to return to warmth without regressing to cream. The punchy new yellows are accompanied by a host of new colours that include gentle powdery pink Masquerade,

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rich and charismatic charcoal grey Vulcan, the beautiful and inviting new mid-strength blue Etruria and Silent White- the answer to the everlasting quest for the perfectly balanced, calming and elegant neutralwarm white.” She continues: “The neutral trend for 2021 continues subtly away from cold greys and traditional country creams, towards neutral stone tones, complex greys and nature’s favourite; green. By providing these soft tonal colours in families we can offer a subtle spectral range that consumers can combine with confidence. The lightest four shades work beautifully to add discreet depth to a room, softly defining characterful architectural features, or reducing the contrast of walls and ceilings which might be subjected to different light levels. The deeper shades can be used to complete a coordinated, harmonious scheme that, while monochromatic in hue, makes a strong statement with an expansive depth of colour.” littlegreene.com A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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Gillian Millner has hosted 500 film shoots in her south London house and set up an agency helping people do the same. Absolutely meets her Interview P E N D L E H A R T E

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How did you get into using your house as a location? I used to work for Natmags and all our advertorial shoots were in people’s houses. I noticed that some houses were glorious and others were just normal. So when my husband and I were in the process of moving house I wanted to find one spacious and different enough to rent out for shoots because I knew that houses that are super special or have beautiful gardens or a unique sense of style were in demand.This was 20 years ago – at first we were thinking of an old factory in Dalston but in the end we found Deerhurst Road – it was a square 1970s house with incredible huge pivot windows and an indoor swimming pool. It was in a right state. We ended up having to take the whole back of the house off, but the space was already there and I could see that we could make it work. What did you adapt specially? We obsessively went for a 1970s interior to go with the architecture. I bought 1970s wallpaper and anywhere I could put wallpaper, I did. We collected vases, pots

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BELOW AND LEFT: CHRISTOPHER KANE CAMPAIGN, 2018

Jenna Coleman came here for a shoot in our disco room after The Serpent

and everything. My house is a bit weird now with all its pot plants and retro storage jars. I do live in a normal bed though – the whole house isn’t 70s. We’ve got a roof deck and I was very clear with the gardener that I need plants that are low maintenance and will never die, because they need to provide a good background year round. The garden has plastic grass for the same reason. We have a disco room with wooden panelling, a red floor and a Christian Dior banquette sofa. Jenna Coleman came here for a shoot after The Serpent and we had the Krays in it a couple of weeks ago. And the bathrooms are 1970s. One has a huge buttercup yellow circular plastic bath, which was there when we bought the house. There’s a yellow loo, shower and double sink too. The other bathroom is avocado.

How does hosting film crews work with family life? My children think it’s great. My son was six months old when we moved in; he’s 17 now and he’s grown up in a shoot location. They’re used to having to go and get

breakfast in the cafe on the common and eating takeaway food because a film crew has taken over the kitchen. One of my favourite memories is Olly Murs singing “Lola” to my daughter Lola. He shot his music video Busy in the house. How much work is it to maintain your house in readiness for a shoot? It’s a nice way of getting another income but it’s not without work. The house has cost us a fortune but it helps earns its keep. For instance I know that I’m going to have to tidy today and I’m always nagging my family. I do a lot of cleaning and get through a lot of hand cream and Marigolds. What about damage? I’m not precious about the flooring. We have a laminate wooden floor and people can drag things across it. In fact I’m unprecious about the whole house. If shoots cause damage they’re very quick to say and they just make good. The main stress is making sure you keep on track with neighbours when you have lots of cars and trucks parking on your street. A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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The house has cost us a fortune but it helps earns its keep

And inconvenience? We’ve never moved out even for a night. The house is big enough that we can be upstairs if they’re shooting downstairs. You don’t have to go out but you shouldn’t hover. I generally sit in my office – which could be any room they’re not in. What have been your shoot highlights? We’ve had everyone here – Jenna Coleman, Claudia Schiffer, Olly Murs, Christopher Kane, Jamie Dorman, Rita Ora, Rupert Everett, David Walliams, Daisy Lowe, Simon Pegg and Heston Blumenthal among others. You’ve launched an agency to help other people market their houses as locations. Why did you start that? It’s more a consultancy – I go in and hold their hand, take photographs and video

footage, set up a website and instagram feed and introduce them to the location libraries. I either set them up and they run it or I manage it. It’s a great way to monetise your house. What advice would you give to anyone considering it? Come to me! It’s important to set up good house rules - set them up carefully and respect your neighbours. It’s important to consider whether you’ve got enough space to accommodate 10-15 people, otherwise there’s nowhere for the crew to go. And if you have a beautiful house you can’t be too precious about it. www.deerhurstroad.co.uk @deerhurstroadshootlocation locationcreation.co.uk A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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Under cover

The “smart art” way of printing awning covers Words E V E H E R B E R T

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wning covers protect you from the sun and they colourfully decorate your home. Now there are even fabrics with an artistic touch. The 16 “smart art” fabrics from awning manufacturer markilux showcase flower blossoms, leaves, dots, geometrical shapes and motifs reminiscent of modern acrylic painting. The patterns are printed digitally onto the textile material using weatherproof and water-repellent latex dyes.

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The attractive patterns are even visible from underneath the cover. To achieve this,

 Smart Art awnings With its 16 exciting, “smart art” patterns, awning specialist markilux is bringing art and awning covers together. The cover material is digitally printed with environmentally friendly latex dyes and the beautiful motifs are even clearly visible from underneath the cover.

the fabric is pre-treated in a special way. This allows the thin, slightly elastic layer of latex to adhere permanently to the top of the fabric. It is particularly smooth, so the material stays clean longer in comparison with other printed outdoor fabrics. In addition, the awning covers are completely immune to the effects of wind and weather. Moreover, the digital textile print, with its water-based, odourless colours, is extremely environmentally friendly.

These awning covers are reminiscent of acrylic paintings

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The expressive, graphic motifs employed in the ‘smart art’ collection were inspired by artists of the 19th and 20th centuries. Silhouettes, overly dimensioned mobiles, die stamping and other techniques are sources of inspiration. The exclusive patterns are

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s the nation transitions out of lockdown and back to some sort of normality, Lucy Pittaway, crowned the UK’s Most Popular Published Artist by the Fine Art Trade Guild, shines a Rainbow of Hope with smile-evoking artwork to brighten up your home. Lucy’s latest releases are inspired by the sanctuary we found in our homes, the simple things we learned to appreciate and the passions we rediscovered throughout one of the most challenging years we have ever encountered. “The last 12 months have been a rollercoaster ride for us all. We’ve been tested and pushed to our limits. Despite the devastating world around us we have somehow managed to rediscover our hobbies and interests, taken up new ones, learned who we are and what we can be, and most of all,

“Rainbow of Hope radiates with optimism that there is light at the end of the tunnel ” learned to appreciate the simple things in life. My latest work explores all that we have enjoyed in these strange times – from seeking solace in our homes to exercising outdoors and the companionship of close family members,” says Lucy. Inspired by the rainbow-filled windows that lined our streets during the first lockdown, Lucy’s recent release ‘Rainbow of Hope’ features a row of colourful houses, radiating with optimism that there is light at the end of the tunnel. The red hearts symbolise sending love from our homes to those that we have missed. While ‘Love is All Around’ is an ode to the imperative work that key workers have done throughout the pandemic. This limited-edition piece is inspired by love, thanks and an appreciation for our national health service, with blue hearts floating from homes of all shapes and sizes across our land. 25% of each sale of this print is donated to NHS charities Together and so far, has raised in excess of £4,000.

“We’ll never forget the hard work of all NHS workers during these unprecedented times. We’ll always remember the scenes of people clapping on Thursday nights. We’ll forever be grateful to all those people who have risked their lives for others while we stayed home.” Amidst the hectic, fast pace of daily life, we were suddenly forced to stop and take some time out. Encouraging us to find joy in life’s simple pleasures, spend quality time with family, exercise outdoors and rediscover traditional recreational hobbies to fill our time. ‘That’s My Boy’ depicts a father, teaching his young boy to ride a bike. The street, usually bustling with life, is deserted symbolising a bizarre time of social isolation. All of Lucy’s work can be found on her website. Order online for home delivery and enjoy free shipping for a limited time.

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Crafting the perfect at home gym with Fitness Superstore

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ver the past year, more time has been spent at home than ever before. Unable to go out, our homes have undergone makeovers in a bid to create an enjoyable space. Whilst the closure of shops, restaurants and pubs was a difficult and strange time, it was the closure of gyms that had a severe impact on mental health, with many using gyms and exercise to ensure mental wellbeing. Fitness Superstore, the UK’s number one fitness equipment store, has all the equipment you need to create your at home fitness haven. The space saving Schwinn IC8 Indoor cycle is the perfect option for cycle lovers. Complete with a magnetic resistance system, USB port for easy charging, bottle holders and a media rack (cycle + netflix = dream combo), The Schwinn IC8 offers an intense workout experience from the comfort of your own home. Another space saving option is the Nautilus T628 Light Commercial Folding Treadmill. The folding element of the treadmill means it can be easily put away whilst out of use. The treadmill features the best in class components, from the rebound deck cushioning system to optimise natural movement

to the 26 programmes including manual, quick goal, train and weight control. The Nautilus is an essential piece of equipment for every cardio lover. For those wanting to take their cardio training to the next level, the Body Power R200 Water Resistance Rower is a must have piece of kit. Built with a large resistance tank that delivers unlimited resistance range the harder you row, the more resistance you encounter. No home gym would be complete without an elliptical machine, and the Bowflex MAX Trainer M8 is sized at a fraction of others on the market, yet still delivers the most effective low impact platform for high intensity fat burn. The M8 features 20 resistance levels, tailored workouts and contact heart rate monitoring. At home calorie burning has never been so easy. Those really wanting to step up their home work out game should opt for the Life Fitness G7 Cable Motion Gym & Bench. The ultimate piece of equipment inspired by the health club model, the G7 offers endless possibilities for strength training and allows you the flexibility to build your own workouts. The motion gym, complete with an exercise ball, weight stack, bench and straight bar, offers the very best home workout experience. fitness-superstore.co.uk

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Nikki holds a diverse professional career within the creative industry. Working at the Natural History Museum in the Display/Art Department, Urban Outfitters as a Creative Artist Manager, as well as in the Art and Design Department at inner London schools, it has provided Nikki with a breadth of knowledge and skill that is evident in the work she produces. Her creative inspiration derives from her surroundings.

Touch points such as architecture, colour in nature, to high-street fashion and the sounds of music, Nikki creates work that reflects an ever-changing society, demonstrating diversity and contemporary notes in her work. Since moving to Devon, Nikki has continued to produce work to the highest quality, with everything she produces being unique, distinctive, and irreplaceable.

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A tartan picnic blanket is the ultimate classic and the waterproof blankets in recycled wool come in a vast range of tartans at the Tartan Blanket Co. From £70 tartanblanketco.com

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A cunningly versatile orange picnic blanket rolled in a chestnut brown leather carrier strap, the Fox picnic blanket is an orange colour woven with a cream herringbone and fringe. £125 tollymcrae.co.uk

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This 100% cotton, easy-care picnic or beach blanket comes in a selection of colourways, large enough for the whole family to sit on - almost three metres by two metres. It's great as a sofa throw or bedspread too. £59.95 annabeljames.co.uk

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Danish designs

Create your dream decor with BoConcept’s new collection Words P E A R L B OY D

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oConcept’s 2021 collection is impressive. Their worldfa mous i nt er nationa l designers have pieced together a stunning new collection of contemporary furniture, coordinating accessor ies, new colours, new functionalities and exciting materials. BoConcept’s new collection gives you the ability to create a space that’s as unique as you are. Because when we express our true individuality, our lives become extraordinary. B o Concept ’s pa red-back a nd functional Danish furniture designs come to life when you personalise them to your taste. You can change size, colours, finishes, configurations and more, and they offer more than 120 gorgeous fabrics and leathers and a range of solid materials. Their designers have worked closely together to create a totally coordinated look across their collection of furniture and home accessories. All their products suit a large variety of moods and express current trends. In addition to BoConcept’s selection of customisable Danish furniture and accessories, they offer a coordinated collection of contemporary bespoke curtains and blinds combined with a measuring and fitting service. To complete your stylish home, BoConcept have many stunning wallpapers from modern classics and opulent silks to delicate florals and bold geometrics. Finally, you can discover bold rugs such as luxurious shag and lustrous cowhide or classics like rounds and freeform abstracts to suit all homes. More than customisable Danish design,

BoConcept help bring your home to life with free styling advice - from styling a new sofa to choosing colours - in-store or by video call. BoConcept also have dedicated Interior Designers in-store that can explore your ideas and needs. With their help, you can co-create colour palettes, mood boards and 3D visualisations. This is all part of the free interior design service! BoConcept’s Interior Designers incorporate decor ideas, home accessories and more to craft a unique look for your home, no matter what your style is. Visit one of their stores located at Battersea Reach, Finchley Road, Notting Hill, Tottenham Court Road, Kingston, Guildford and now Westfield London or online at boconcept.com A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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Herne Hill School is the largest standalone independent school in the country focusing exclusively on children up to the age of seven and now it has opened a dedicated nursery from age two. hernehillschool.co.uk

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t the top of Herne Hill, a three-minute walk away from its main site, Herne Hill School has just opened a new, state-of-the-art Kindergarten entirely dedicated to optimising the development of its youngest children (two and three years old). The stately Victorian mansion has been completely refurbished to the highest standard to create a warm, welcoming 'home from home' environment. It is conducive to stimulating the children’s creativity and maximising their learning through an expertly devised play-based curriculum. The site also boasts a large garden with an amazing 'sand land' and

nature-centric activity areas such as water play, mud kitchen and herb growing. From the autumn, an additional tumble space building, the 'Bach', will also be available at the back of the property. It will open onto the garden through large Crittal-style doors to provide easy access to the outdoors, thereby giving the children the freedom to explore, learn and enjoy the natural environment. Children can attend term-time once they have turned two, for fullday provision two to five days per week. They are grouped into four small classes (Heather, Lavender, Rosemary and Sage), for each of which a patch with multiple varieties of their namesake is planted in the garden. This helps the children appreciate the whole cycle from growing, harvesting, preparing and eating seasonal produce to

“Children have the freedom to explore, learn and enjoy the natural environment”

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repurposing food waste back into the ground through composting. In the latter part of the academic year, the children are gradually introduced to the school's main site and its woodland area to enable a smooth progression through the five-year continuous curriculum. There, they transition from playbased learning to more formal learning and then move on to their next schools at a natural entry point, equipped with all the required foundational skills to shine for life.

ABOUT HERNE HILL SCHOOL

Herne Hill School was founded in 1976 as a nursery school in the deceptively large grounds of the Old Vicarage behind St. Paul's Church. In response to parental demand, it expanded ten years later to also become a pre-preparatory school. Today, it is the largest standalone independent school in the country focusing exclusively on 2+ to 7-year old children, i.e. the period of Early Childhood Education and Development (ECED) research has unequivocally established as the most formative in a child's life. Loving, caring and expert staff guide the children in a highly individualised manner on their ‘whole child’ development journey through play, exploration, creativity and learning through music, singing, dance, art, drama, movement, woodwork as well as the use of the outdoors. The school’s ethos of “Love · Care · Excellence” provides a pervasive cultural umbrella for all activities and relationships. Herne Hill School has been continuously recommended in the Good Schools Guide since 2013. HERNE HILL SCHOOL 127 Herne Hill, SE24 hernehillschool.co.uk

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Milbourne Lodge School on the inspiring things that happen when Art and IT meet W o r d s T I G G Y B AW D E N , H E A D O F A R T A N D S Y B I L C A R Y, H E A D O F I T

MONEY CAN’T BUY BOARD GAME COMBINING ART & IT SKILLS (YEAR 5 AND 6)

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t Milbourne Lodge we approach the teaching of Art & IT in a rather unique way. Each year we choose a different theme. We have this year chosen the life of Frances Hodgson Burnett and ‘The Secret Garden’. We hope that pupils will relate to the author’s resilience, confidence and self-belief. Our themes are chosen, planned and researched by us during the Summer holidays and jointly introduced to pupils the following term. Previous titles have included ‘It’s a Wild World’, ‘Take One Shoe’, ‘Sport’, ‘Idioms’, ‘Make IT Happy’, ‘Money Can’t Buy’ and ‘Swallows & Amazons’. Our Art & IT departments are found side by side on the top floor of our century-old prep school in Surrey. We teach all 200 pupils from Year 3 to Year 8, but in small classes which rotate weekly, and allow us to give individual attention to all. Although carefully planned, invariably our themes develop organically. A key to our success is that as teachers we are both incredibly different, yet tremendously similar. Wellbeing is fundamental to our teaching and we often see a different side to pupils in

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our small, relaxed environment. They talk freely when engrossed in a piece of work. Our theme always excites and engages the whole school, but we know it is just the ‘pretty packaging’ around the fundamental skills we need to teach in Art & IT. We too love learning, and pride ourselves that we never teach the same project twice. Pupils build on their self-esteem, identity and confidence in our lessons. We often draw on the talents of visiting speakers, as well as hosting workshops and participating in external competitions. Our teaching is never static. Pupils, we know, thrive outdoors and where possible we will film, photograph, animate and build installations using the wonderful outdoor spaces at school. Our aim is to stimulate pupils to explore and question the world around them. Looking at artists and innovators who have gone before brings context to this learning. Children today find themselves living a life that is always ‘connected’. It is

imperative that we teach them to know how and when to step back and ‘disconnect’. At Milbourne Lodge we want to encourage pupils to gather digital skills and use them to create, not just consume, content. Pupils are proud of their work displayed in our Summer Exhibition. This opens on Speech Day and remains in the Dining Hall for the following year. It is wonderful to listen as children explain to their parents how they have created their pieces, confirming their progress and development. Our virtual gallery, created during online teaching last year, is a wonderful example of how pupils expressed their feelings and emotions based on our theme of ‘Identity’ (https://artsteps.com and search for ‘ml’). We hope that our pupils leave Milbourne Lodge with a love of learning, exploration and creativity and an understanding of how our two subjects work so well together – the traditions of Art combined with the innovations of technology.

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Championing The ARTS Catherine Beddison, Deputy Head (Operational) at Cranleigh Prep School, on making space to protect the arts

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ver the last year, schools have all had to find ways to respond resourcefully to the current changing lockdown guidelines, rules and restrictions as best they can, catering for their pupils in ever more creative ways. The Arts have so much to be proud of during the lockdown periods of 2020. Many people have found comfort through art, craft or design; temporarily escaped from their worries through film, TV or music; expressed themselves through movement, painting or in other ways. Huge numbers of people have explored technology to help them connect with each other, becoming impromptu video editors and sound engineers to facilitate communication and share their projects with the wider world. It has been a time like no other and our hearts go out to those professionals whose very livelihoods have been so threatened by the pandemic. So what happens next? Schools are certainly looking forward to the time when everything returns to normal. Teachers have been tasked with the job of helping pupils to catch up in key areas where they have missed curriculum time and all educators are looking forward to a time where the future is more predictable, and planning can be seen through to completion. It is imperative, therefore, that schools make sure that they protect space

for the Arts to flourish and grow at a time when there is sure to be pressure to concentrate on the core curriculum, the academic building blocks and the measurable data. Pupils at Cranleigh Prep School were fortunate to return to school last September with access to a broad and balanced curriculum, including a full programme of creative and artistic subjects and activities. Whilst this was a challenge organisationally, the primary

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“Finding ways that draw their communities back together and allow children to express their emotions are going to be so important”

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CATHERINE BEDDISON Deputy Head (Operational) Cranleigh Prep School cranprep.org

focus was, and continues to be, about making the day-to-day experience as positive as possible for our pupils. Music ensembles were reformed into much smaller year group bubbles, special events were postponed or redesigned, lesson plans were rewritten, plays and concerts turned to films instead of being live performances. The list goes on. Was it worth all the effort? Absolutely. Now schools have the opportunity to build on these experiences as they move forward in 2021. Finding ways that draw their communities back together and allow children to express their emotions are going to be so important. We do not yet know what long lasting effects the pandemic will have on our society, but we know that collaborating with each other and developing a shared bond through experiencing artistic activities together will allow children to reconnect with each other in a way that is very different from, yet complementary to, traditional academic learning. I urge schools to be uncompromising in championing the Arts and making sure there is space to nurture the next generation of musicians, artists, performers and creative people. We couldn’t live without the Arts during lockdown, so we certainly should ensure we protect them now.

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Speaking out about mental health • SCANDI PARENTING

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aura Dockrill is beaming at me from her pink living room, wearing bright lipstick and laughing. She doesn’t look like the type of person to suffer from post-partum psychosis. But as anyone who has listened to even a single episode of her new podcast Zombimum will know, there isn’t such a type of person. Dockrill was hospitalised with crippling psychosis soon after her son was born, and after recovering slowly, she made it her mission to tell her story. And because she is who she is, she makes it approachable, relatable and even funny.

Not that it was funny at the time. “Jet was three weeks old when I was hospitalised and I was seriously unwell in those three weeks. I couldn’t have a conversation because I was constantly either catatonic or manic. Brain racing, sentences not making sense. I went to hospital for two weeks during which I got better for a moment when I took to the medication really well, but then a new strand appeared – a bit like coronavirus – and it ramped up again. One of my paranoid delusions told me that I had to be out of hospital, so I left too early and then fell into a depression, which is quite normal after a psychotic episode – and that was probably worse than the psychosis. Depression has

a nasty way of making you think that you owe everybody, that you’re in debt and you have to get better quickly, plus you’re on lots of medication that makes you put on more weight so you don’t feel like yourself.” She has told this story a lot, though it took her a long time to find the courage to talk about it. “As a children’s writer at first I didn’t want to write about it in case it infected my work,” she says, though as a storyteller with a natural talent for shaping a narrative, she found herself frantically writing about it on her phone in what became a book What Have I Done?, which came out last April, in lockdown. At that point her son was two, and she says that writing it healed her. “Every time I talk about it, it exorcises some sort of ghost. You’re throwing scary dark things into the light and it brings down the fear factor, so I’m very grateful for that. It’s a well-trodden path in my brain now.” Dockrill’s energy is remarkable. She’s an author, performance poet and illustrator who has published eight children’s books in addition to her own memoir – she’s energetic and fun and instantly likeable, and that’s what makes the podcast such a success. If writing about her own experience healed her, then talking about it publicly is a step towards healing other people. Guests on her show so far have included Paloma Faith, Candice Braithwaite, Catherine Cho, Denise Welch, Joe Wicks and her own husband, musician Hugo White. There are a lot of laughs but also a lot of harrowing content. “I want to speak the truth. Why did nobody tell me that there was a chance I wouldn’t feel ok in my mind after having a baby? I’d been told so many times to look after my pelvic floor muscles, yet nobody told me that I could get severe anxiety and insomnia and suicidal thoughts. This is not about not being able to fit into your clothes – it’s about not being able to fit into your life.” Why does she think it happened to her? “I’ve had a whole new bout of insomnia wondering about this,” she says. “I was naive before, thinking I’d never get mentally ill. But that’s like thinking you’ll never get cancer or never get run over by a car. I was referred to a consultant and I asked him why, and told him my theories. He just said ‘it just wasn’t your day’. That was it, and it weirdly liberated me so much – I felt comforted that it could just happen to anyone. After that I could deal with recovery and acceptance.” Recovery will always be a part of her life now, she says, and

“This is not about

not being able to fit into your clothes – it’s about not being able to fit into your life” having a supportive partner is something she’s hugely grateful for. “He’s sick of me now,” she laughs. “His tolerance for difficult stuff is enormous; he’s so gentle and kind. He constantly listened and reassured me and validated me. I used to think that the point of talking was to share – but another benefit is that you get bored of it. It dilutes the fear. When I go to my phone to write spaghetti and the word schizophrenia comes up, the word has lost its power to scare me now.” Comedy has helped too, and finding things to laugh about within the trauma. “My friends now refer to things and say ‘you weren’t there then, you were in psychosis’ as if I was off on holiday. Comedy has sugared the pill. “This illness has a really nasty way of creeping up on people and making people feel shame and not ask for help. There’s so much pressure to be the perfect mum, soft and kind and gentle, it doesn’t look good to have a mental illness.” This is what Zombiemum is addressing, and creating a safe space in which to discuss serious subjects and find laughs too. “Sometimes it is quite intense but it’s good to know that when I’m done I can just run to the living room and watch Hey Duggee with Jet for half an hour.” Lucky Jet.

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whole life-changing experience, physically, mentally and often emotionally, with no real celebration or acknowledgment of her part. It was this observation that sparked a thought that mothers could be more luxuriously yet sensibly supported during their pregnancy. While jewellery is ALWAYS welcome, it is neither practical, nurturing, healing nor supportive. These boxes bring that and smiles to faces. That underpins everything. Those initial thoughts became Primrose & Ginger, a range of beautifully packaged self-care boxes that take mothers through each key stage of their pregnancy and beyond. The name Primrose & Ginger refers to when natural remedies like primrose oil were used for fertility and ginger for nausea relief. Interestingly, there is a huge sycamore tree outside of the family home which symbolises love, protection and fertility. primroseandginger.co.uk

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he Scandinavian style of childrearing is practical, egalitarian and free from outdated myths. In Parenthood the Swedish Way, two leading Swedish medical specialists, Dr Cecilia Chrapkowska and Dr Agnes Wold, guide parents through a maze of information to help them raise healthy, happy families in the twenty-first century. Here are 5 tips they’ve shared to help you parent the Scandi way.

or 99–1, ‘out of habit’. We suggest you draw up a partnership contract before the baby arrives. It should contain a plan for the split of parental leave and care in the first year. A partnership contract lays the foundation for active and equal involvement by both parents.

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Resentment occurs when one party in a relationship feels that they are not getting their fair share of something — often freedom, time, or money. The emotion of resentment can be a healthy and natural defence mechanism. Resentment should be taken seriously as a warning sign that one person in a relationship may be being exploited. Sharing parenting duties equally, down to the most minute level, will help guard against resentment and allow your child to have an equally strong relationship with both of their parents. When a baby is born, there will always be a certain amount of chaos, so you will need to plan in advance to avoid falling into the 80–20 model or the default model of your society, whether it’s 80–20, 70–30

There are masses of companies that thrive on expectant parents who want to be fully prepared and who don’t know yet how few things a newborn really needs. Don’t be taken in by special offers, and don’t buy anything unless you’re absolutely sure you’ll need it. A newborn needs a few clothes, a lot of nappies, something to be carried around or pushed in, and a car seat (if you have or use a car). If you choose to feed your baby on formula, you will need to spend money on the formula and bottles; if you choose to breastfeed, the mother will eat more, and so groceries will be a little more expensive. A changing table can be handy, but it isn’t an absolute must. A bed sounds important, but in fact homes are full of cots that babies have never slept in, so hold off on buying a cot — there are other alternatives that may be more suitable to start with. In particular, be sceptical about any type of product that is said to monitor or improve your baby’s health and safety – many monitors create more anxiety than peace of mind.

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I T ’ S O K TO D R I N K A LCO H O L WHEN BREASTFEEDING

It is completely unnecessary for women to pump and discard their milk if they have drunk alcohol. Breast milk will always contain the same concentration of alcohol as the blood. If you weigh 60 kg and quickly drink two glasses of wine, you’ll have around 0.05 per cent alcohol in your blood (50 milligrams per 100 millilitres). Your breast milk will then also contain 0.05 per cent alcohol, which is 40 times less than the alcohol concentration in low-alcohol beer (2.1 per cent). Such a minimal alcohol level is not going to harm your baby. In fact, many natural foods — including yoghurt, fruit, juices, and other products containing alcohol-forming yeasts — have such minimal levels of alcohol.

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Around 97 per cent of Swedish parents choose to vaccinate their children in accordance with the national immunisation program –

one of the highest vaccination rates in the world. The effectiveness and safety of public vaccines is constantly monitored, and no vaccine is added to the schedule unless there is a thoroughly satisfactory safety margin. Vaccinations are medical interventions that save many lives every day. By following your national immunisation program, you can provide your child with excellent protection against seriously dangerous diseases. Do it.

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The definition of an allergy is having allergic symptoms to something that is not actually harmful. You may see offers for ‘allergy tests’ at clinics and online. The term ‘allergy tests’ is misleading because these tests can’t reveal whether or not a child is allergic. Instead, they show whether a child has IgE antibodies against various allergens, which is called being ‘sensitised’. The presence of antibodies in a child’s system is not a symptom and, hence, is not evidence of an allergy. It is pointless finding out whether a child has been sensitised to something if they don’t exhibit any symptoms. Sensitisation without symptoms is very common, and should not be treated. There is no research which suggests that a child should avoid a substance to which they have been sensitised.

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Love Monster is off to the beach, determined to be the Best Surfer in the World! But as he gets closer to the extremely big waves, the less sure he is. Will he even have the courage to dip a toe in the ocean? A funny, reassuring and empowering story starring Love Monster, who now appears in his own animated TV show on CBeebies. T H E C O W T H AT L A I D A N E G G By Andy Cutbill , Illustrated by Russell Ayto

Marjorie the cow doesn’t feel very special. She can’t ride bicycles or do cartwheels like the other cows. But one morning, Marjorie is astonished to discover something extraordinary… She’s laid an egg! But does the baby inside the egg really belong to Marjorie? Little ones will love the sheer craziness of this fantastically funny farmyard story.

Beep! Beep! Hilda Snibbs is taking her three mischievous monkeys to visit her mother, but what is supposed to be a relaxing holiday is soon filled with chaos! Quentin Blake’s delightfully funny story is brought to life by Emma Chichester Clark’s beautiful illustration, now available in a Book and CD edition with audiobook read by Oscar-winner Olivia Colman. P E R C Y T H E PA R K K E E P E R N AT U R E T R A I L AC T I V I T Y B O O K By Nick Butterworth

Discover nature with Percy the Park Keeper and his animal friends in this fun-packed summer activity book from the bestselling creator of One Snowy Night. With wildlife facts and photos, nature-spotter guides and exciting creative projects – as well as more than 400 stickers – this book is bursting with indoor and outdoor fun for all the family.

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The iconic song is now an incredible picture book! Celebrate 50 years of Cat Stevens’ timeless anthem with this joyfully illustrated picture book filled with hope, love, and the celebration of all cultures and identities. Peace Train changed the world and defined a generation and the heartfelt and heart-warming lyrics of this anthem have never been more relevant. W H AT I F, P I G ? By Linzie Hunter

Join kind, thoughtful but ever-so anxious Pig as he learns how to turn his “what if” worries from anxiety to optimism, with the help of his loving friend Mouse. This adorably funny picture book about friendship and the endless worry of “what if” is a great way to talk to your children about worries or anxieties. Perfect for anyone who has ever had a worry or a wobble. HARPERCOLLIN S CHILDREN ’S BOOKS For free activity sheets, audiobook extracts and more visit harpercollinschildrensbooks.co.uk

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eing a parent is an enormous privilege, and we’re so lucky when we get the chance to watch our kids grow and become the amazing people we know they’ll be. That’s the disclaimer done. It also SUCKS. Suddenly the world is not your oyster – it is a carefully planned excursion to the local café where you may or may not manage to eat a slice of cake without getting crumbs into the eyes of your perfect new baby. Not to mention constantly questioning why cake is now part of your daily diet. Or it is to the local playgroup which has a 30 minute window, in which you or may not stand a chance of getting there before the song starts, which in turn means you miss the offering of a lukewarm cup of weak tea. When you have kids, the place where you used to go all the time doesn’t want you any more, and where they do want you, you’d rather not set foot. Parenthood is not just a change in circumstances, it is change in self-perception – and not always for the better. Identity matters. On top of all this identity change, we then have the logistical and emotional challenges of returning, or not returning, to our former working life. Suddenly we might run our own business, become a freelancer, negotiate flexible hours or condensed hours. Either way – it’s a lot.

Where can people turn for affordable and ad hoc childcare support? Or just for advice to negotiate the huge and rapid changes occurring in the workplace? There’s no one-stop shop, and though some options are genuinely amazing, they are often out of the financial reach of the vast majority of people. Before Peace + Riot, the choice was always either/or. Peace + Riot is a kitchen, bar and workspace with childcare on site. ‘Peace Keepers’ work just like home-helps would – except (finally!), you’re not at home. Someone else has done the meal planning, the shopping, the cooking, the washing up – and someone else is keeping your kids entertained while you can just catch up with life admin, that email you were trying to finish, or with your friend or partner who you’ve not managed a full conversation with since the spring of 2019. When you become a member of Peace + Riot you will be able to book your table, have one free visit a week (or use them in a block), discounts on food and drink and multiple discounts with partner brands. That’s the micro needs taken care of. We also take care of the macro. Your membership gives you access to coaching and training events and to a Member’s Portal where you will be able to network with your peers. Last but not least Peace+ Riot is a fantastic place to come for delicious food and a menu of carefully crafted house drinks. P E AC E + R I OT Visit peaceandriot.co to join the waiting list as new memberships are released. @peacandriotco • peaceandriot.co

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PROPERTY

WARREN ROAD KT2

£4,850,000

delightful and spacious family house perfectly positioned on a gated private road in the Coombe Estate. Vincent House is a grand, modern 6 bedroom house with superb entertaining space and only a 2 minute walk to Royal Richmond Park. With exceptionally high ceilings throughout, an exquisite large kitchen/dining area and truly elegant reception rooms, the house manages to be both grand and welcoming (7498 ft2).

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www.johnmartinestates.com 1995-2020

EALING W5

£610,000 SHARE OF FREEHOLD

A spacious and airy three bedroom first floor flat, now in need of updating, in this traditional block close to Montpelier Park. The property offers double length lounge, well arranged fitted kitchen, three double bedrooms, the main with en suite shower room, and family bathroom. The property also has an array of period style features, double glazed windows, gas fired central heating, communal lift system, beautiful communal gardens and garage in separate block at rear. Energy Performance Certificate D.

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EALING W5

£495,000 SHARE OF FREEHOLD

A stunning ground floor purpose built flat with its own private entrance in this sought after Art Deco style block conveniently located a short walk from both Ealing Broadway and Pitshanger Village. The property offers lounge, well arranged fitted kitchen, modern family bathroom and two good sized double bedrooms. There is also gas fired central heating, double glazed windows, ample storage, communal gardens and off street parking on first come first serve basis. Energy Performance Certificate D.

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EALING W5

£465,000 SHARE OF FREEHOLD

A beautifully modernised ground floor, two bedroom flat only a short walk from Hanger Lane Central Line station and award winning Pitshanger Lane. The property has been tastefully redecorated and is in immaculate condition throughout. The accommodation comprises south facing lounge with balcony/terrace, newly fitted kitchen, two good sized bedrooms and modern bathroom. There is also gas fired central heating, double glazed windows, entryphone system, burglar alarm, two storage units to the rear and communal gardens to the front and rear. Energy Performance Certificate C.

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EALING W13

£435,000 LEASEHOLD

A spacious two bedroom, second floor apartment in this purpose built Art Deco block opposite Cleveland Park and a short walk from award winning Pitshanger Lane. The property offers large lounge, well-arranged kitchen, family bathroom, separate cloakroom and two double bedrooms. There is also gas fired central heating, double glazing, wood flooring throughout, entryphone system, ample storage and well maintained communal gardens. Energy Performance Certificate E.

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Alwyn Avenue, W4

£1,212 per week Hartswood Road, W12

This five bedroom Edwardian house has original period features, two spacious reception rooms as well as a sociable kitchen, making this home perfect for family living, energy rating c.

Arranged over three floors, this six bedroom family home has a generous open plan kitchen with French doors leading onto a secluded garden and study, ideal for homeworking, energy rating d. 020 8742 4100 chiswicklettings@fletcherestates.com

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Elliott Road, W4

£1,430 per week

£995 per week Ramillies Road, W4

Situated in central Chiswick, a four bedroom house with a contemporary kitchen, double reception room and feature fireplaces. Turnham Green underground station is nearby, energy rating d. 020 8742 4100 chiswicklettings@fletcherestates.com

£1,200 per week

A four bedroom semi-detached house with a modern kitchen and a large entertaining area with wooden floors. There is also a highly desirable west facing garden which has rear access, energy rating b. 020 8742 4100 chiswicklettings@fletcherestates.com

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Dale Street, W4 Set on a quiet residential road, this four bedroom Victorian home has been recently refurbished and is beautifully presented. The extended kitchen has plenty of natural light and bi-folding doors that lead onto a landscaped garden, energy rating d.

St. Albans Avenue, W4 Located within easy reach of Chiswick High Road, a four bedroom Victorian home with a large open plan family kitchen to the rear, a separate formal reception room and two modern bathrooms. There is also a private garden and off-street parking, energy rating d.

£1,500,000 020 8987 3000 chiswicksales@fletcherestates.com

£1,250,000 020 8987 3000 chiswicksales@fletcherestates.com

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The Green, Wimbledon Common

£6,000,000

This wonderful Grade II listed Georgian house dates back to the 1730’s, with later additions, and has stunning south-westerly views across Rushmere Pond to Westside. The house enjoys a very wide frontage with a beautiful mature front garden. It offers extensive lateral space, mainly over the ground and first floors, with many lovely features. Entrance hall, drawing room, dining room, study/snug, kitchen, breakfast/family room, 8 bedrooms, 1st floor study/dressing room, 3 bath/shower rooms (1 e/s), beautiful front & rear gardens, garage & off-street parking

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Coombe Lane, Wimbledon

£1,250,000

Woodside Road, New Malden

£1,895,000

Very attractive 4 bedroom family house that has been completely refurbished by the current owners to a high standard. 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 reception rooms, open-plan kitchen, utility room, garden, summer house, off-street parking

A beautifully presented 5 bedroom detached family house that offers spacious accommodation arranged over three floors. 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 3 reception rooms, kitchen/dining room, utility room, garage, off-street parking, garden

Warren Rise, New Malden

Warren Road, Coombe Hill

£1,650,000

A delightful, charming and very rarely available 3 bedroom period semidetached cottage located in a quiet lane off Coombe Lane West. 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, living room, dining room, study, conservatory, kitchen/breakfast room, walled garden, garage

£3,950,000

A fully restored and substantially extended 7 bedroom detached residence of over 7,000 ft2 on the exclusive Coombe Estate. 7 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, 5 reception rooms, cinema room, kitchen/ breakfast room, garage, off-street parking, garden

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FAIRLAWN AVENUE, ROTHSCHILD ROAD,W4 W4

£465,000 £1,395,000

LETTINGS

A than average semi detached family housethe ideally located in this after and residential offering closebedrooms, proximity toluxury all amenities. Anwider amazingly light, four wellbedroom presented triple aspect flat with added benefit ofsought a balcony privatearea garden. Three bathroom, Accommodation comprises a master bedroom with suite,central three further bedrooms, bathroom,balcony 24’ through room, 21’ kitchen/breakfast room, 14' reception room, fully integrated kitchen, gasenfired heating, share infamily the freehold, andreception private garden with side access. Ideally utility room, cloakroom, private 40’ofsouth facingPark landscaped garden, secure covered side access. Ideally situated infacilities this treeon lined residential road offering close situated within close proximity Chiswick tube station and the extensive shopping and restaurant Chiswick High Road. proximity to Chiswick Park tube station and the extensive facilities on Chiswick High Road. No chain.

LINDENCOTTAGE, GARDENS, W4 LAMB CHISWICK GREENW4 STUDIOS, W4

£330 PER WEEK £1.600,000 £1,500,000

newly decorated floor garden flat with west facing garden. Large double bedroom with wardrobes, reception AA spectacular 1830sqftlower tripleground aspect warehouse apartment setprivate within this prestigious gated development with secure underground parking, gym androom with wood floors, bathroom with over, fitted kitchen, garden. The flat is on 32’ one of Chiswick's bestintegrated located roads, from the shops, concierge. The exceptionally lightshower and spacious accommodation compromises a feature reception room, fully kitchen,moments master bedroom with restaurants cafés on the High Road and minutes from Green station. The property is available September, furnished.Ideally situated luxury ensuite, second double bedroom and5bathroom, largeTurnham entrance hall, third bedroom/second reception room,early private balcony, cloakroom. within close proximity of both Turnham Green and Chiswick Park Stations, local bus routes and the extensive facilities on Chiswick High Road. No chain.

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LETTINGS POINT WHARFROAD, LANE, TW8 GROSVENOR W4

£350 PER WEEK £3,500,000

An outstanding and unique opportunity to own this recentlyfloor redeveloped detached of theafter art Victorian house in the heart of Chiswickaand close toopen all plan Beautifully presented two double bedroom second flat in this highlystate sought riverside development. Boasting stunning amenities. The accommodation offers anbalcony abundance and ensuite comprises master bedroom with luxury Grohe & Dornbracht ensuite, kitchen reception room, a river side andofalight master bedroom. Large open plan reception room, fully fitted bespoke kitchen hand with veneered granite work walnut dressing room, topand floorriverside gym which couldUnderground be divided intoparking two double bedrooms, two further bedrooms, luxury wet room, large entrance hall, drawing tops, fitted wardrobes views. space included. room, 31’ x 24’ bespoke kitchen/dining/living room, cloakroom, pantry, utility room/cellar, private 109’ x 29’ south-facing landscaped garden. Off-street parking, underfloor heating, dynamic water pressuring system, CAT7 cabling, CCTV. No chain.

QUEENCOTTAGE, ANNESROAD, GROVE, W4 LAMB W4 W4 BLANDFORD

£430 PER WEEK £1.600,000 OIEO £1,700,000

large, light and beautifully presented twolocated doubleonbedroom flat onresidential this highly desirable road Park in the heart of Bedford minutes from AAbeautifully refurbished picture perfect property this sought after road in the Bedford conservation area. The Park, housejust has been Turnham Green underground station. Top floorhigh position ensures views from reception and bedrooms. sympathetically extended and refurbished to a very standard with abeautiful clever design that linksthe all the ground floor areas whilst maintaining defined spaces. Formal south-facing reception room with pocket doors that open the reception to the entrance hall, second reception room with chimney breast removed to allow for a large TV/snug area, extended L-shape kitchen/dining room with bespoke fitted kitchen, private landscaped garden, full-width south facing master bedroom with fitted wardrobes, luxury ensuite shower room and balcony, three further double bedrooms, family bathroom, top floor WC, ground floor WC and eaves storage.

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