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Design & Shopping: Kitsch - Art or artefacts perceived as being of poor quality, esp. when garish or sentimental; these enjoyed in a perverse or self-conscious way

There is a fine line, say Craig Masson and Andrew McMinn, between kitsch and tat, a line which their year-old South London shop Kitschen Sync treads carefully: "We won't have any knobs," says Andrew, resolutely, "or big willies that turn into things. That's tacky." What they do have in abundance is quirky, amusing and downright fabulous merchandise that is quickly acquiring cult status for their Clapham Common store.
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