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Zoe Pilger reviews feminist artist Sarah Lucas's first major solo exhibition

The 10 best hair straighteners

The last thing anyone needs on a frizzy, bad hair day is a pair of ineffective irons. So here are 10 that won't let your locks down. Just watch your fingers...

The Ten Best Irons

The pressing matter of having a crisp shirt or dress is no laughing matter. Which is why we’ve put all manner of electric irons to the test.

Pieter Vermeersch, Untitled (Blue 0-100%)

Belgian artist Pieter Vermeersch is having a ‘blue period’ if his solo exhibition at London’s Carl Freedman gallery is anything to go by.

The ten best kitchen scales

Whether your preference is retro or ultra-modern, it’s worth finding a stylish way to weigh out your ingredients. We’ve got sets for cooks of all persuasions...

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The ten best children's car seats

Whether you have a baby on board, an energetic toddler or an older child, we find the safest, most comfortable and practical seats for your journey...

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Roger That: phonetic alphabet in pictures

The visual interpretation of the alphabet should be simple enough. What better way to visualise the letter 'a' than by thinking typographically, after all. But three design studios have decided to reinvent the alphabetical wheel by imagining what written letters would look like based on their phonetic versions: Alpha, Bravo, Charlie and so on.

The 10 best home phones

You can make your landline a real talking point, whether you're looking for sleek design and the very latest technology or a touch of retro nostalgia.

The 10 best fridges

The hottest things in cool come in all sizes, from under-counter compacts to huge American-style two-doors. Your choice of shape is more limited...

The 10 best fountain pens

Step away from the keyboard and write a letter in style with a traditional ink pen. From high end to easily affordable, the nicest nibs are right here...

The ten best cutlery sets

Whether you’re after Seventies chic, ergonomic comfort or old-school charm, eat supper in style with the finest knives and forks on the market...

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The ten best children's watches

Whether it’s digital or analogue, a fun watch can help youngsters learn to tell the time. They’ll (probably) never be late for school or swimming again...

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The 10 best Wellington boots

The right wellies can improve everything from gardening to dancing in a field. Buy now for damp spring days, or to save for festival season.

Backstage pass: Behind the scenes at London Fashion Week

The photographer Patrick Lindblom scouts around behind the curtain at the hottest autumn/winter shows...

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Ten best dinner plates

Yes, there’s always a place for plain white flatware, but there are plenty of beautiful decorative pieces too, if you fancy a more glamorous table setting...

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The ten best dog accessories

From transporting a tired terrier in style to making Fido shoulder his share of the load, we take a lead and scoop up the best canine clobber...

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