Recommended: Calligaris; Pull Everything Out; Frans Lanting; Balenciaga; Lux Fixe
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Charlotte Philby is a writer and reporter at The Independent, currently based on the news desk after six years on the Saturday magazine. She has been shortlisted for the 2013 Cudlipp award for excellence in popular journalism for an undercover investigative into a website offering students up to £15,000 in return for sex. She has also written for cultural magazines including Dazed & Confused and NYLON and contributed to several books, among them a biography of French street artist Blek Le Rat. A mother and born-and-bred Londoner, she spends most of her free time working on her first crime fiction novel.
Saturday 30 June 2012
In the pink
Who knew a pink plastic chair could be so alluring? The new 'Hero' model from contemporary Italian furniture-makers Calligaris comes in various lairy shades including lime-green, orange and white. Perfect for inside or out. £92.50 each, calligaris.com
Pull Everything Out opens at Bristol's Spike Island gallery today. Expect 70 fabulous dayglo screen-prints from the late great Corita Kent, alongside a range of colourful pieces by Glasgow-based Irish-Canadian artist Ciara Phillips. Spikeisland.org.uk
Of all the slightly silly Olympic-themed paraphernalia we've seen recently, the rather charming patriotic paper Cake Top is our favourite. £3.50 from talkingtables.co.uk (Victoria sponge not included)
In step with nature
Publisher Taschen has reformatted Frans Lanting's awesome wildlife photo-book, LIFE, in a smaller, cheaper collection of his breathtaking images of animals and landscape. Featuring multicoloured jellyfish and some of the planet's finest creatures in high definition. £17.99, taschen.co.uk
Obviously we can't possibly justify spending £1,545 on a handbag. But if we could, we'd be all over the pillar-box-red All Time leather number from Balenciaga, with gold embossing and a shiny padlock to keep your treasures safe. Sigh. Matchesfashion.com
Online members site, Lux Fixe, brings flying ducks up to date with 'Ducks on a Pond', based on a vintage French design and part of a sweet wallpaper collection at the company's new luxury interiors shop, Squint. £70 per roll, squintlimited.com
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