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Iconic Cornishware is back with a bigger range than ever before; the V&A celebrates its 10th alternative village fete, and much more
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The Iconic Cornish is back

TG Green & Co, purveyors of the original iconic blue- and white-striped Cornishware went bust two years ago, but thanks to entrepreneur and fan Charles Rickards, it has been been brought back to life and relaunched.

Currently pieces are made in China, but the company hopes to reinstate UK manufacture. In addition to the familiar plates, bowls and mugs, there are now pestles and mortars, utensil jars, condiment sets and more. For nearest stockist details, visit or call 020 8874 6546.

DeLonghi expresso maker

Cool and continental

House of Fraser
Give your kitchen a touch of the cool blues with this DeLonghi Icona Pump espresso maker (left, £149.99). It will make smooth Continental-tasting cups of coffee using coffee pods, and is available from House of Fraser.

Other House of Fraser news includes fashion guru Christian Audigier designing a series of wine bottles, inspired by his bling style, for a range of Rhône Valley wines made by the Montpeyroux Estate that include a Merlot and Syrah, and a special-edition rosé. The wines are priced from £18.99.

For more information, visit

Book of the week

Godrevy Light
Godrevy Light
(Twelveheads Press, £18;

The ruggedly beautiful reef of rocks at Godrevy lies on the north eastern headland of St Ives Bay in Cornwall. Graveyard to countless ships, the reef acquired its Trinity House lighthouse after a national outcry in the mid 19th century.

The place has inspired a succession of poets, painters and writers, including Michael Foreman, Virginia Woolf and Robert Borlase Smart, whose achievements are celebrated in a charming new book, Godrevy Light, by Jessica Mann and Charles Thomas. The couple compiled it in celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary and the 150th anniversary of the inaugural lighting of Trinity House.

V&A village fete

At the village fete

V&A village fete jubilee
On Friday 24 July 2009, the V&A celebrates its 10th alternative village fete. Visitors can play games and win prizes by young British designers. There will also be live music and an outdoor bar.

Stall-holders setting up for the day in the John Madejski garden include paper cut-out king Rob Ryan and bespoke jelly makers Bompars & Parr. A recreation of a corner shop will be stacked high with tins of Spam.

Admission prices: adults, £3; children, 50 pence. Friday 24 July: 6.30 to 10pm. Saturday 25 July: 10am to 5.45pm. For more information visit

Red linen thread from Selvedge

Reeled in by a good yarn

The magazine that lifts textiles, yarns and knitting patterns from the dowdy to the desirable has just opened its first London shop, having run a mail order catalogue, Drygoods, for the past two years.

It sells beautifully-crafted objects from Fog linens, Cote Bastide’s blue- and white-striped towels and Iris’s Swedish brushes, to Jurgen Lehl’s divine indigo bed linen and Tobias and the Angel’s vibrant block-printed bags. Selvedge, 162 Archway Road, N6 (020 8341 9721;

Easy-to-hang fine art

Surface View
This company has recently launched Just Stick-it-up - a collection of large poster-format images with adhesive film on the back that you strip off. Once it is up, it will not fall off but you can move it around easily without marking the wall.

The range, which costs from £50, currently includes paintings by Stubbs, Seurat, saucy 1950s pin-up girls and vintage Marvel comic posters, but more iconic images will be added. Visit

Shaker-style bathroom cabinet

Inside the Homes & Property shop this week

20 per cent off at A Place for Everything
These white-painted Shaker-style cabinets, from the specialist storage company A Place for Everything, are ideal for tidying up cramped bathrooms where space is at a premium, ensuring that all your lotions and potions are kept well out of sight.

Mount them one above the other on a wall, or place them in different corners of the room without cluttering precious space. The units normally cost £30 for a pair but are on offer at a 20 per cent discount (£24). Simply visit

Lutyens garden bench
15 per cent off at Crocus Sale
The elegant Lutyens garden bench, with the addition of some smart cushions, can easily be used indoors.

A faithful replica from garden specialist Crocus, it is already priced at only £149 (plus £5.99 for delivery) - down from £299 - but H&P shoppers can claim an additional 15 per cent off before 31 July 2009.

Visit, and enter the code 9330 when prompted.

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