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New products and services, interesting shops, ideas for your garden, our pick from design fairs, and other things we like...

Clay plaster

These warm, earthy colours are created with Clayworks’ naturally-pigmented clay plasters. Available in 27 pre-mixed natural earth colours they are ready to use (you simply add water and blend). As well as reviving the UK’s clay building tradition, the plaster...

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Ottoman wallpapers

This sweet package arrived from Fired Earth to tell us of the launch of their Ottoman wallpaper collection. There are three eye-catching designs which use pigments inspired by their paint collections. Each one is available in ‘seasonal’ colourways : autumn, winter...

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Block printing course

I spent a really enjoyable Saturday learning how to block print fabrics and wallpapers. The class was taught by artist Jenny Stringer and held in the airy studios of fabric company Lewis & Wood in Stroud in Gloucestershire....

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‘Best of British’ at Ann Sacks

American tile company Ann Sacks hosted an inspiring talk last week on ‘Best of British Design’ by Philip Cooper, Design Director at Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler. It focused on designer/craftsmen collaborations and in particular on the innovative new tile...

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Heavy Metal

Spotted at the Palace Art Fair this month: freelance artist Bridget Davies’ charming watercolours of antique cutlery and other second-hand shop finds. Her ‘Heavy Metal’ paintings, in acrylic ink on watercolour paper, are £240 each, unframed. http://www.bridgetdaviesart.co.uk...

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‘Retrospectives’ paint range

‘Retrospectives’ is a range of 32 authentic 60s and 70s colours just launched by Little Greene in association with English Heritage. They show us what an explosion of colour took place in interior design during this period....

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Decorex ’11 highlights

A brilliant Decorex by general agreement: buzzy, a high foot-fall and a real sense that the top end of the decoration market is more than holding its own. We were the busiest we’ve ever been and our stand with a...

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Ester & Erik candles

  Danish company Ester & Erik  were exhibiting again at Top Drawer with this great display of their hand-made taper candles. Ester and Erik Møller began producing dipped candles in 1987.  Today the company produces tapered, block and conical candles...

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Soane Fabrics

Soane Britain, who have been creating wonderful furniture, lighting and accessories for 15 years, are launching Soane Fabrics with a range that features eight designs in different colourways.  Soane’s founder Lulu Lytle has collected antique fabrics and textiles for years...

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Holkham Linseed Paint

Linseed oil paint, which was first used in the 1700s, is enjoying a revival. A natural and environmentally-friendly method of protecting wood, it is also easy to use and durable, lasting, on average, 10 to 15 years before it needs...

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Tartan silks

It’s traditional Highland games season and silk specialists James Hare have launched a new collection of silk tartans in 73 authentic Scottish patterns, ranging from the monochrome Erskine to the full-on Royal Stewart. Perfect for curtains, bed drapes, cushions, lampshades...

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Zinc lamps

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Popham Design

We love Popham Design‘s Moroccan cement tiles, with their original take on geometric motifs inspired by Renaissance and Islamic designs. Grouped into four collections (scribbles & loops, classics & twists, flora & fauna, plain & shapely), each design is handmade...

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Damien Hirst wallpaper

At the last International Fine Art & Antiques Fair at Olympia, antique dealer Christopher Hodsoll had papered the walls of his stand in some of the medical-themed wallpaper Damien Hirst designed for The Pharmacy restaurant in Notting Hill Gate, which...

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The Tain mussel project

After the floral jockey jackets (see earlier post) we had to show you shell artist Blott Kerr Wilson’s amazing garments made from mussel shells. Her past projects include shellwork gardens and rooms as well as skilful restoration work, but this...

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