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Book of the week: Simply Scandinavian; European designer furniture at new Farnham warehouse for Mac&Mac Interiors; Brighton-based Lollipop Shoppe opens London store with a huge selection of designer pieces; free child workshops at CAA, including a viewing of The Honey Bee and the Hive exhibition; Summerill and Bishop kitchenware now available online
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Simply Scandinavian

Book of the week

Simply Scandinavian, edited by Sara Norrman
Since the bleached-out, driftwood look from Scandinavia is one that never fails to please us, and can be so easily replicated under our own grey skies, a new book of Nordic interiors has to be inspiring.

The look, with simple white shelving for books, white-painted floorboards and a minimum of clutter, is inexpensive and easy to achieve with the help of a paintbrush and some pots of white and grey paint. Simply Scandinavian will be available for £17.99, including postage and packaging (rrp £19.99) by telephoning Macmillan Distribution on 01256 302 699 and quoting the reference GLR 3JI.

Hanham Court

Love a lot

Hanham Court
Antiques dealers Isabel and Julian Bannerman hope to raise about £400,000 from an auction of 300 lots from Hanham Court, their medieval abbey home between Bath and Bristol. The money will go towards maintaining the house and garden.

Lots include a terracotta bust once owned by Vita Sackville-West, and garden statuary. The sale is at 10am next Wednesday at Christie’s South Kensington, 85, Old Brompton Road, with viewing from Saturday. See the catalogue at

Verner Panton wire table lamps

Light up designer delights

Lollipop Shoppe
The online and Brighton-based homeware and furniture business has finally opened its retail doors in London, in Old Spitalfields Market, where customers will find a huge selection of designer pieces, including De La Warr Pavilion chairs by Established & Sons (£587), special edition blue Wishbone chairs by Carl Hansen (£510), Muuto’s wood lamps (£144) and Verner Panton’s wire table lamps (£800).

Find the Lollipop Shoppe at 10 Lamb Street, Old Spitalfields Market, E1
(020 7655 4540;

Magis Trattoria chairs

Please, take a macseat

Mac&Mac Interiors
Husband and wife team Emma and Owen Mackrell are in the process of opening a huge warehouse in Farnham selling pieces of European designer furniture like these Magis Trattoria chairs, which have a polycarbonate seat on a natural solid beech frame.

The couple originally started their business as an online-only concern, but are only now turning their attention to running a retail operation. The chairs cost £205 each and come in a choice of five colours. All prices include delivery. See

Michael Brennand-Wood flight path

Free child workshops

Enrol your child, from eight to teenage, on one of the CAA’s free workshops. This includes a viewing of its exhibition, The Honey Bee and the Hive. The exhibition brings together metal, glass, textiles and ceramics with a busy bee theme, including Michael Brennand-Wood’s Flight Path.

The workshops run until the end of the month and the exhibition closes on 1 May at the CAA, 2 Percy Street, W1; (020 7586 0110; To book, Call Clare or Harriet on 020 7436 2344 or email

Summerill and Bishop candelabrum

Cook up a storm; go online for kitchenware

Summerill and Bishop
Until now customers have had to visit the Notting Hill-based shop of June Summerill and Bernadette Bishop to buy a slice of their sun-drenched lifestyle and kitchenwares. But now we can buy it online too.

It’s all here — from the famous Black Forest brushes and Lebanese trays to the French vintage table linens and Laguiole knives.

Tempting new products include olivewood boards (£45) and salad servers (£29.50); a galvanised soft grey metal candelabrum (£85), and a folding shiny red canvas shopping trolley (£110). Visit

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