What To Do, See & Buy: Ary; Pointer Footwear; Hardy Amies; Future Mapping Company; Hendzel + Hunt; ATG Collective
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 11 August 2012
A fine balancing act
Trays are often unloved in terms of design. These fancy ones by Ary, available in three tasty designs – folk-stripes, spoons and intricately-drawn butterflies – are made from handmade Swedish birchwood, and they are also dishwasher-safe. Breakfast in bed has never looked so, well, lovely. £25.95, twentytwentyone.com
Best boot forward
Sandals be gone, it's time to get excited about autumn footwear. The new women's collection from Pointer Footwear will, ironically, put a spring in your step. These nature-hued suede ankle boots – available in copper, chestnut, aubergine and ginger – are perfect worn with skinny jeans. Pointerfootwear.com
Fine and dandy
Fifty years after Hardy Amies' delightful ABC of Men's Fashion was first published – as a follow-up to the designer's weekly column for Esquire magazine – the ultimate guide for the dapper gent is being recreated in film with sartorial tips from finely-clad menfolk in London, Paris and New York. Check it out at hardyamies.com.
The Olympics will soon be a distant memory. This commemorative pictogram from the Future Mapping Company – using the colours of the Olympic rings – is the perfect memento. From £25, futuremaps.co.uk
Built in a day
South London furniture-makers Hendzel + Hunt are opening the doors to their Peckham studio for the second 24-Hour Design Challenge. Last year, entrants were asked to make a functioning turntable from materials scavenged from the streets or bought in the local area. Visit hendzelandhunt.com to find out about this year's challenge.
Spray for today
There's life beyond Banksy – ATG Collective are street-artists to watch. A limited-edition, signed, hand-bound book of their intelligent graffiti is for sale at Eye in the Sky, an exhibition at east London's Stolen Space, until 2 September. £75, stolenspace.com
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