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Marie Amar's 'conceptual photography' will all come out in the wash

They look like ghostly Rothkos – 10 uniform rectangles made up of beguiling bands of like colours. But Marie Amar doesn't use oil and canvas to create her work; rather she painstakingly collects the lint that builds up in her washing machine and layers it, according to colour, to create one-off "dust sculptures". She then photographs the wispy structures – some pinky violet, some yellowy white, depending, one imagines, on the day's load – and enlarges them into large-scale prints.

48 hours: Miami Beach

Golden beaches, blue skies, and no shortage of neon lights – Florida's glamour district is at its vibrant best during next weekend's celebration of art deco architecture. Harriet O'Brien reports

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My Secret Life: Ciaran Hinds, actor, 57

My parents were... My father was a GP, my mother was a teacher and amateur actress. My father was a bit of a storyteller, but the acting influence must have been from her – yes, put it down to my mother.

Stay the night: Haweswater Hotel, Cumbria

These days, this hotel in the Lakes is well received. But that wasn't always the case, says Mark Rowe

La Soirée, South Bank Big Top, London

It was slightly alarming to see Christmas trees in the shop windows last week, but I didn't feel so bad after rolling up to La Soirée on the South Bank. This is the cabaret show formerly known as "La Clique", and it's housed in a glorious art deco Spiegeltent by the National Theatre.

Galleries of Modern London, Museum of London, London

Previously hidden amid the Barbican complex, the story of the capital's history at last has a decent platform

Pick of the Picture Books: Paris/ New York: Design, Fashion, Culture 1925-1940, Edited by Donald Albrecht

In design, how many styles persist as an instant visual shorthand for elegant fun and relaxed sophistication more than 80 years after their creation? There's only one answer to that question: the Art Deco of the 1920s and 1930s, whose gleaming chrome, sinuous curving lines and luxurious geometry remain a must-have for restaurateurs keen to ride out the recession.

<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/independent/2008/09/emma-cook.html" target="_blank">London Fashion Week: Emma Cook</a>

Saloon showgirl met art deco vamp at Emma Cook's show yesterday, where she gave us her signature tiered and fringed frocks, as well as overwhelming, ultra-violet and iridescent textured dresses and photographic print shifts.

V&amp;A to show how Morris and Ruskin inspired world's artists

After blockbuster art deco and art nouveau shows, the Victoria & Albert museum in London is to stage the country's most comprehensive exhibition on the Arts and Crafts movement started by John Ruskin and William Morris.

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