Colourful classics are back – with a modern twist
It’s good to see colour back in the sitting room, with both new designs and reissued classics given a modern twist from leading French designers Ligne Roset.
The Archi armchair is one of several by Pierre Paulin - his original came out in 1955 and remains simplicity itself: a metal frame and upholstered body with removable covers. It is available in 29 different fabrics, including hide, and costs about £1,813 (right; in citrus Divinia Melange) depending on which fabric you choose.
Pascal Morgue has designed a range of sofas and chairs called Cityloft which comes in citrus bright colours, while Tadao Hoshino puts a new spin on the original storage drawers with Aphrodite, a set of either five or eight drawers which are cantilevered and look as if they are about to topple over.
There are several Ligne Roset stores in London; for your nearest visit www.ligne-roset.co.uk.
Get lit up with bright ideas
This company has finally discovered colour and has introduced lots of it into its summer ranges this year.
The Area 51 chair, made from waterproof polypropylene, comes in fuchsia pink or white, and in lime green and orange (right, £77.50 each); the green wire cage planter is both modern and retro, while Clarissa Hulse has designed a waterproof fabric parasol (£225) and matching floor/seat cushions (from £35).
Inspired by the humble glowworm, the Glow furniture range includes a table that lights up from within (plug and cable needed) for £2,195 and matching chairs (£250 each) which do not light up but come in glowing colours.
Melamine picnicware and square glass candles (£15 each) complete the look. Visit www.heals.co.uk for stockists or to buy online, or call 0870 024 0780.
Farrow & Ball reader evening and goodie bag
Thursday 7 May, 6.30pm to 9pm
Joa Studholme of Farrow & Ball will give an illustrated talk on using colour at home. Rosalind Savill, director of the Collection, will talk about the restoration of this amazing museum. After the talk, enjoy a glass of wine and refreshments - and everyone gets a goodie bag.
Tickets for In the Home are £14.50 each. To book, call 020 7563 9567, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Wallace Collection, Hertford House, Manchester Square, W1.
Good clean fun
Compagnie de Provence
This clever French company that has helped turn Marseille soap from a traditional household essential into a modern desirable.
Using wild rose, orange and cherry blossom, verbena, fig, olive and other delicious-smelling ingredients mixed with palm, almond and olive oils, glycerine and other natural products, the soaps are available as foam bath, liquid soap and even an anti-pollution liquid soap for washing your fruit and veg to eliminate pesticides.
All come in sleekly designed glass or plastic bottles, with a liquid soap costing £13. Call 020 7349 9415 to find your nearest stockis, or visit www.lcdpmarseille.com for more information.
Brio is a range of cot beds in gorgeous and glossy colours such as pillar box red, lime green (right) and lemon yellow that will last your baby from birth to around six years of age.
The base is height adjustable and each side can be removed. To turn it into a child’s bed, take all the sides off and attach a safety rail. The cot bed costs £99 (or £130 in black), plus £25 for a standard mattress.
It is one of many products in this smart baby and toddler catalogue, which is always filled with the latest design ideas that are practical, bright and modern. For more information, call 0870 850 7541, or visit www.lulasapphire.com.
Pick up some bargains at the mid-season sale including 20 per cent off fuchsia pink birds of paradise (from £12.25 to £9.80), left, and fret-cut lime green aluminium wreaths (down from £44 to £35.20). Save 40 per cent on India blankets/throws made from vintage sari remnants (from £240 to £144). While stocks last at www.whippetgrey.co.uk.
Superstructure at a super price
Until the end of the month only, get from 40 to 50 per cent off selected chairs and tables at Skandium in Brompton Road. The fabulous Poltrona Frau Isidoro drinks cabinet is down from £5,740 to £3,444, while the classic Superstructure Chair (right), in black, is down from £3,320 to only £1,610. Find Skandium at 247 Brompton Road, SW3 (020 7584 2066).