Classics with class

Design news by Nicole Swengley
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The iconic LC4 chaise longue


If the retrospective of acclaimed architect Le Corbusier at the Barbican Art Gallery has inspired you (until 24 May) then head to Aram where a selling show of furniture designed by Le Corbusier runs until 28 April.

Made under licence by Italian manufacturer Cassina, it’s hard to believe such contemporary-looking pieces were originally designed in 1928.

These faithful re-editions of the original designs include the iconic LC4 chaise longue (pictured), from £1,550, the LC5 sofa, from £3,015, LC1 chair, from £1,190; and LC7 chair, from £885. Each has a choice of leather or fabric upholstery.

Aram, 110 Drury Lane, WC2 (020 7557 7557;

Nespresso coffee machine


Inspired by the architectural cityscapes of London and New York, Nespresso has launched three new machines aimed at style-conscious espresso and cappuccino fans.

CitiZ (£129) makes espresso only, Citiz&Milk (£179) has a built-in milk-frother for cappuccinos and lattes, while CitZ&Co (£239) makes two espressos simultaneously. Available in red, black, grey or white. Each is simple to operate using Nespresso’s coffee capsules.

Nespresso, 58 Beauchamp Place, SW3 (0800 442442;; also at Selfridges and Harrods.

Sculptural glass chick


Beat off recessionary gloom with this humorous flock of birds. The sculptural glass chicks are the offspring of cartoon-style birds created by young Finnish designer Anu Penttinen for Iittala last year.

The latest trio are made by hand at the Nuutajärvi glass works in Finland, which is renowned for its high-quality work. They come in apple green, white with a green beak or sky blue and cost £169 each.

Iittala, 126 Regent Street, W1 (020 7287 5600;

Martin Swanne Kitchens

Martin Swanne Kitchens

Specially for Homes & Property readers, Martin Swanne Kitchens is offering a 15 per cent discount on any kitchen ordered before 31 March (terms and conditions apply).

Choose from a selection of contemporary styles with the latest hi-tech, ultra-glossy lacquers combined with exotic woods and glass, or go for a classic design with traditionally crafted cabinetry in oak, almond wood or acacia.

The company offers a personal service with each project handled by the same person from start to finish.

Martin Swanne Kitchens, 72 Haverstock Hill, NW3 (020 7284 0046; email

First Home collection at John Lewis

John Lewis, First Home

Savvy first-time home-owners looking to furnish stylishly should see the affordable new range at John Lewis.

The store’s First Home collection includes multi-stripe double duvet cover, £14.50; pillowcase, £3.90; Anglepoise type 75 lamp, £68; essential recyclable storage boxes, £19.50 a pair, and more.

John Lewis, Oxford Street, W1 (020 7629 7711;


Keep 28 and 29 March free to wallow in Barbican Film’s Vu-Topia weekend of utopian architectural fantasies.

The series of short films, features and documentaries from the last century to the present day has been brought together by Building Futures, an RIBA initiative. All suggest ideas for new worlds though some appear more like cautionary tales. Themes include homes for the future, Mon Oncle, and a civic endeavour, Things to Come (UK, 1936).

Wild at Heart bouquet
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Wild at Heart

Wild at Heart is the favourite florist of London celebrities. If you want star quality, head along to Pimlico where a series of spring flower classes will be held at the company’s flagship shop.

Classes take place on 19 March (7pm to 9pm), 21 March (3pm to 5pm) and 26 March (7pm to 9pm). Places cost from £95 a person and include all flowers and refreshments.

To book, call 020 7229 1174, or email

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