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New Designers shake up old timers

There’s a lot at stake for graduates at this week's New Designers show. Can they inject new life into our jaded design world?

Nice and nautical - trend or staple?

With Henley Regatta this weekend, Annie Deakin is loving the nautical look. But can we call it a ‘trend’?

Since when did the Union Jack go from chavvy to charming?

Fuelled by Murray-mania, Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button, the national flag is exploding onto the scene in wild colours and wacky creations

Gone 'glamping'

Camping with hair tongs and designer kit is fast becoming a national pastime - especially in these hard times, pitches Annie Deakin

Why the 2009 ‘staycation’ will save high street home shops

Home is where the holiday is, says Annie Deakin who discovers IKEA, John Lewis and The Conran Shop’s summer campaigns

Wedding lists - self-indulgent or sensible?

As Wii games consoles top wedding lists, Annie Deakin wonders when the modern bride will stop

Through the MP keyhole

Glittery loo seats or designer chairs? Annie Deakin names the politicians with bad taste and those with style

Why design can change a community

Sir Terence Conran and Tara Bernerd are asking the public (and celebrity friends) to nominate community spaces in need of renovation for the mydeco YourSpace competition, reports Annie Deakin

Why the bag lady is good in bed

Eccentric designer Lulu Guinness is celebrating her 20th year anniversary. Annie Deakin meets the eccentric force behind the business.

Did Milan Furniture Fair get crunched?

Designer furniture brands are planning different tactics to survive the recession, unveils Annie Deakin

Don't buy, do DIY

Inspired by Geri Halliwell and Kirstie Allsopp, Annie Deakin rediscovers Blue Peter.

Landlord in the fast lane

Following a near-fatal car crash, racing legend Sir Stirling Moss turned to property. Annie Deakin reports from the sideline

From comedy to celebrity art

Comedian and painter Vic Reeves embarks on a flight of fancy and debates the bond between fame and a paintbrush, reports Annie Deakin

Breaking news: Brits abroad are stylish

The first ever overseas British Design Embassy opens later this month at Milan Furniture Fair. Annie Deakin catches up with its decorator, the fashion designer Paul Smith

Is Baroque recession-proof?

On the eve of a new V&A exhibition, Annie Deakin finds herself stuck between Baroque and a hard place
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