Design: First Class Deliveries
Friday 11 December 1998
The General Trading Company
Excellent selection of decorative accessories for the home, traditional styles as well as more unusual gifts, such as a woven blue and neutral raffia laundry basket from Madagascar (pounds 60), or a range of bathroom accessories featuring wooden bird sculptures from pounds 22.
Last orders: 21 December.
144 Sloane Street, London SW1 (0171 730 0411)
Graham & Greene
Small but select mail-order catalogue with a diverse range of items, from chic soft suede cushions (pounds 62, pictured) to faux bamboo-handled cutlery (16-piece, dishwasher-proof, pounds 44.25)
Last orders: 14 December.
4,7,10 Elgin Crescent, London W11 (0171 727 4594)
Designer furniture and accessories, ranging from classics like the Le Corbusier chaise longue in leather (pounds 695; pounds 720 in pony-skin) or a cocktail table by Eileen Gray (pounds 180), to wool blankets in black, grey and camel with contrasting stitching (from pounds 94.99), and an anodised aluminium bed tray (pounds 79.95) which is both stylish and practical.
Last orders: 12 December.
96 Westbourne Grove, London W2 (0171 221 1950)
Bibliophile friends will be thrilled by the Bodleian's catalogue. Try the Victorian books mouse mat (pounds 9.99), and a set of four Edward Lear mugs featuring Spotty Bird, Stripy Bird, Runcible Bird and Lilac Bird from Lear's Queery Leary Nonsense (pounds 20).
Last orders: 18 December.
Broad Street, Oxford (01865 277091)
Film The critics but sneer but these unfashionable festive films are our favourites
TV We're so close to knowing what happened to Oliver Hughes, but a last-minute bluff crushes expectations
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Peter Lik: The self-proclaimed 'fine-art photographer' whose work sells for millions
Best underrated Christmas movies from Trading Places to While You Were Sleeping
Grace Dent on TV: The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies was a beautifully shot, immensely considered drama
The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies, review: Jason Watkins is brilliant, but real victim Joanna Yeates is reduced to a footnote
Marilyn Manson denies involvement in shocking Lana Del Rey rape video
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Rozanne Duncan: Ukip expels councillor for 'jaw-dropping' comments made in BBC TV interview
Sony hack: Angelina Jolie branded 'seriously out of her mind' in further embarrassing leaked email saga
Panic Saturday: 13 million Britons spend £1.2bn – while 13 million others across the country live in poverty unable to afford food