Italian designs you can bank on
Get a slice of modern Italian design at Skitsch, the latest designer furniture store on the Brompton Road block. Banker-turnedshopkeeper Renato Preti opened his first store in Milan just a year ago, and has now decided to open up for business here.
In what used to be the Issey Miyake boutique, architect Luca Bombassei has created a stunning showcase for work by international names. Mark Sadler's Madeira chair made from ribbed polycarbonate and composite waste wood costs £100, while Aka, designed by Jean-Marie Massaud is a hybrid chair combining a light and comfortable methacrylate body with four strong oak legs at £317.
Midas glass carafes dipped in gold, above, by Swedish design group Front, cost £62 for a medium or £51 for the smaller version. Other names include the Campana Brothers, Marcel Wanders and Pagani Perversi. Skitsch, 270 Brompton Road, SW3; skitsch.it.
That's a good idea
Here is how to buy a piece of designer furniture for £300 instead of £1,300. The latest idea comes from a 28-year-old entrepreneur selling furniture and lighting at up to 75 per cent of the usual retail prices.
Ning Li (pictured right with backer Brent Hoberman) has created made. com, a website where customers can vote on a piece of homeware in advance of its production. The most voted-for designs will go into production and will get made in Chinese factories working to highlevel design briefs, with low overheads keeping costs down.
As well as persuading established makers such as Steuart Padwick to sell a version of his Stroller desk for £300 instead of £1,300, Ning Li and his team scout shows for young product designers and offer them a chance put their designs into production. Visit made.com.
Tile with style
Design tip: for that spring makeover, don't miss the sale at Surface Tiles, in Battersea, Islington and West Molesley, where there is 30 per cent off every tile until May 28.
Find inspiring room sets, learn how to make a design impact and see the very latest ideas from ultra-thin tiles to "tile-over" tiles where your old tiles stay put. Visit surfacetiles.com for details.
It all pans out
Cooks with crammed cupboards will love Lakeland's Stellar Eazi pan set, a set of three stainless steel pans with glass lids that stack inside one another like Russian dolls, with handles designed to slot into one another. £89.99. See lakeland.co.uk.
Great news if you have green fingers
To celebrate the opening of its new Garden Room home shop, Clifton Nurseries is offering readers a 20 per cent discount off Swedish company Linum's range of weather-resistant cotton furnishings and cushions (from £17.95). Clifton has always been a treat for plantlovers, but now, with this new shop selling Cornish candles, mirrors, modern ceramics, plantthemed cabinets, vintage glass, linens, tweed rugs and more, it's become a shopper's paradise too.
To get the discount, print in this page. Offer ends 30 June 2010. Clifton Nurseries, 5a Clifton Villas, W9 (020 7289 6851; clifton.co.uk).