When Purves & Purves was set up by Andrew and Pauline Purves in Tottenham Court Road, London, in 1992, it specialised in furniture, lighting and rugs. With the addition, two years later, of the larger shop next door, stocking, among other items, designer watches, cufflinks, clocks and kitchen utensils, it quickly built a reputation for contemporary design at affordable prices. Rosle kitchen equipment, a dazzling array of clocks, brightly coloured teddy-bear lights, kites and gardening novelties stand alongside more substantial purchases.

Purves & Purves, 80, 81, 83 Tottenham Court Road, London NW1 (0171-580 8223) Below, from left: blue kite, pounds 57; sitting teddy bear light, pounds 87; standing teddy lights, pounds 97