Recommended: Calligaris; Pull Everything Out; Frans Lanting; Balenciaga; Lux Fixe
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Charlotte Philby is a writer at The Independent with a weekly column on motherhood in The Independent Magazine. She was shortlisted for the 2013 Cudlipp award for excellence in popular journalism for her undercover investigative work, and writes for various cultural magazines.
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
In defence of liberal democracy
General Election 2015: Post-election 'shambles' looms as 70 per cent of voters say SNP 'should not be able to veto UK government policies'
The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
General Election 2015: UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power, Labour warns
General election live: SNP suspends two members for disrupting Labour rally
Schools forced to act as 'miniature welfare states' with teachers buying underwear and even haircuts for poor pupils
- 4 Frankie Boyle on Scottish independence: 'In the Interests of Unity, F**k Off'
- 5 Florida couple forced to register as sex offenders for having sex on public beach
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