Birds of paradise

Design news by Katie Law
The Private World of Yves St Laurent and Pierre Bergé by Robert Murphy
© Ivan Terestchencko

Book of the week

The Private World of Yves St Laurent and Pierre Bergé by Robert Murphy; photography by Ivan Terestchenko (Thames & Hudson, £60)
Yves St Laurent’s former lover Pierre Bergé says: “This is not a book on decoration. It is a window on two shared lives.”

Bergé was also Yves St Laurent’s lifelong business partner and friend and collaborated on this lavish volume, which gives a glimpse of the exotic and breathtaking interiors of the worldwide homes they shared and what they collected. To order a copy, visit

The collection comes under the hammer at Christie’s in Paris from
23 to 25 February 2009.

Clarissa Hulse fabrics

Trolley dash

Clarissa Hulse
The queen of the delicately splattered textile has a new collection of fabrics and wallpapers out, its colour palettes inspired by semi-precious stones.

Tourmaline and garnet (left) are jewel-bright with neon pinks, electric yellow and gold, while onyx, amethyst and amber are easy-on-the-eye neutrals. Cushions cost from £45, silk fabrics from £39 a metre, upholstery fabrics £95 a metre, wallpaper £49 a roll and lampshades from £59.

Clarissa Hulse, 132 Cavell Street, E1. For stockists, call 020 7375 1456, or visit

Fab and French

Roche Bobois
Roche Bobois furniture
This famous French design-led furniture company has opened two new showrooms. You can now buy the popular Les Provinciales collection, including the Hortense low console (right, £2,562), at a dedicated showroom at The Trinity, 23 East Hill, SW18 (020 8877 7850).

The new Walton-on-Thames showroom sells the entire RB range. For your nearest RB showroom, call 020 8874 9818, or visit

Floral teapot

Two-for-one ticket offer

Ceramic Art London Show
Vibrant tulip candelabra (£300) by Laurence Simon, colourful bowls by Maria Wojdat and quirky floral teapots (left, £600) by Elke Eder-Eike are just some of the ceramics on show and for sale at the show, which runs from 27 February until 1 March 2009.

There will be more than 80 exhibitors from all over the world selling their work. The Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, SW7.

Tickets cost £12 for adults if you print this page and take it along, two adults can get in for the price of one. For more information, visit

London Stitch & Creative Crafts Show

Win crafts show tickets

The London Stitch & Creative Crafts Show
The London Stitch & Creative Crafts Show takes place at ExCel London from 26 to 28 February 2009. Admission to the show, which covers all aspects of stitch-craft including cross stitch, card-making, embroidery, knitting, quilting, beading, tapestry, decoupage and many more, is £9.50 a person, but there are 10 pairs of tickets to be won.

ENTER HERE for your chance to win before midnight on Sunday 22 February.

ExCel London, the International Exhibition and Conference Centre, is at Royal Victoria Dock, E16. The ticket hotline number is 01822 617744.

Green Kensal

Gyspy travels

Green Kensal
Simeon and Miranda Warburton are on a mission to turn Kensal Green into the world’s first urban nature reserve and have just opened a new shop there called Green Kensal, where they sell an idiosyncratic range of mostly one-off products, with ecological and thrifty principles in mind.

Look out for the handmade miniature gypsy caravan (£80), grain sack cushions (from £35), Aladdins Lamp (left, £22), organic jams, a recycled butcher’s block table from Bird (£375) and huge wooden feeding troughs (from £55), perfect for serving your Sunday lunch guests.

Visit 131 College Road, NW10 (07772 850 466;

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