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.
Love a lot
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 www.christies.com/calendar
Light up designer delights
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; www.thelollipopshoppe.co.uk).
Please, take a macseat
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 www.macandmacinteriors.com.
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; www.caa.org.uk). To book, Call Clare or Harriet on 020 7436 2344 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 www.summerillandbishop.com.