Trends: Any chance of a quick précis?

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Time has become one of our most precious commodities, and saving it is big business. For those who love books but can't spare the hours to trawl the bookshops, Designarta (www.designartabooks.co.uk) is at hand. Just tell them the genre, and they'll build a bespoke library for you.

Similarly, the recently launched Music Concierge (www.musicconcierge.co.uk) will customise a playlist to your tastes, whether you want to rock out or chill out.

Retailers are in on the act, too: Top 3by Design (www.top3.com.au) sells only products that have received awards in design competitions, while luxury etailer 20Ltd (www.20ltd.com) stocks only 20 limited-edition items from top designers at any given time – so there's no need to waste a second worrying about good taste.

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