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Bulthaup opens a 3,000sq ft kitchen showroom in Putney; and a new range of hip haberdashery from Sir Terence Conran
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Bulthaup showroom, Putney

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Über smart Mayfair kitchen company Bulthaup has opened a 3,000sq ft showroom in Putney, where cutting edge kitchen wannabes can view the core B3 range, as well as the latest B1 and B2 ranges.

Whether your kitchen is large or small, there will always be solutions and ideas to inspire you.

Kitchen Architecture, 145-149 Lower Richmond Road, SW15 (020 8785 1960,

Conran Heirloom collection

Hip haberdashery

Conran Heirloom
Sir Terence Conran, inspired by his cosmopolitan travel and nights away in hip hotels, has designed a collection of fine cotton bed linen in patterns named after his favourite cities.

Paris (left) has fine pin dot details, Edinburgh has mitred borders and Milan is a woven jacquard inspired by antique haberdashery.

Pillowcases start from £20 a pair and superking covers from £120 each. The collection is available from John Lewis (020 7629 7711;

Firm favourites

Gallery Fumi
Gallery Fumi
These pieces of art-furniture may look rickety and frail but they are, in fact, standing on a frame made of solid bronze. They are the creation of an Anglo-Dutch design duo called Studio Glithero, who use bamboo and rope which is then cast in bronze to create unique extraordinary pieces.

Costing from £4,000 to £8,000, they can be seen until Sunday 7 June. Gallery Fumi, 87, 89 Tabernacle Street, E2 (open Tuesday to Sunday). Call 020 74902326, or visit

Kitchen gadgets from Dexham

That’s a good idea

A range of colourful yet practical US kitchen gadgetry has just been launched in the UK. User-friendly design is the key and most of the gadgets need only one hand to operate them.

The tower grater (left; £16.95) neatly scoops up the cheese; a veggiesteam (£11.95) comes in five vibrant shades, while the collapsible colander (£10.95) expands for use and collapses to store. Call 01730 811811, or visit

Solar sound

Roberts Radio
Roberts Radios
Renowned for its traditional-designed radios, Roberts has just launched the world’s first solar-powered digital radio, so more disposable batteries or wasting precious and expensive mains electricity. The radio, which comes in five colours, has solar panels and rechargeable batteries that can store up to 27 hours’ listening power.

It comes with a line in socket for iPod and MP3 playback and costs £80. Call 01709 57122, or visit

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