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Molteni, the Italian furniture shop, comes to London; a new service that digitally transfers a painting onto upholstery fabric
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Shop of the week

The Molteni family has run its furniture business in Italy since the Thirties, passing the reins from father to son. Now, it has opened a flagship store in London for its top-of-the-range furniture.

Sofas and chairs come in butter-soft suedes and modern textiles, and kitchens are streamlined in wood and marble; designers include Patricia Urquiola, Jean Nouvel, Norman Foster, Arik Levy, Ferruccio Laviani and Vivienne Westwood.

Prices start at about £5,000 for a sofa. Molteni, 199 Shaftesbury Avenue, WC2 (020 7631 2345;

Michelle Scrag

From paint to print

Michelle Scragg
Michelle Scragg, former textile designer and colourist for Osborne & Little, has set up a new service.

You can commission a painting from her that she will digitally transfer onto upholstery fabric, then upholster a customer’s chair or a sofa, or a piece she has sourced herself.

Michelle will visit to discuss what furniture to use and advice on colour, pattern and design. Not cheap but unique - she charges from about £1,000 for a stool and small abstract painting. To see her work visit

Book of the week

Easy Elegance by Atlanta Bartlett
Easy Elegance by Atlanta Bartlett
Atlanta Bartlett is an interiors stylist and the author of Easy Elegance, a book
full of ideas for making your home casually elegant.

She suggests using old, etched glass pub doors to add a touch of charm, covering cushions in embroidered silk shawls and framing a vintage sequined blouse for an unusual piece of art. Atlanta will be launching her website, Pale and Interesting, this summer.

Special offer: Easy Elegance is available for the special price of £17.99 including postage & packaging (rrp £19.99). To order, call Macmillan Direct on 01256 302699 quoting reference GLR 1LA.

Surface sale

Make a show with mosaics

Surface sale
Get up to 25 per cent off hundreds of colourful glass mosaics and tiles and 30 per cent off four new colours in the large format, lightweight Kerlite porcelain tile range.

Sale prices are from £91.05 a square metre (including VAT). Surface sells one of the largest ranges of glass mosaics, including an amazing new collection of floral designs and patterns and is around the corner from the Chelsea Flower Show. For details, visit, or call 020 7354 7000.

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