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The Selvedge Summer Fair comes to Highgate, and don't miss the Conran and Viaduct homeware sales
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Selvedge Summer Fair
The Selvedge Summer Fair is on Saturday 26 June in Highgate

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Selvedge Summer Fair
Textile magazine Selvedge also runs a shop in Archway ( selling craft-based homeware. On Saturday 26 June 2010, it holds its first summer fair, sponsored by Cabbages and Roses (pictured), featuring work by more than 30 designers, from Bluebell Gray’s floral-painted cushions (from £55) to Starch Green’s mugs and notebooks.

This dainty affair, with tea served on vintage crockery, will be in the church hall at St Augustine’s of Canterbury, Highgate, St Augustine’s Vicarage, Langdon Park Road, N6.

Cokey Dokey

If you have ever wondered what happens to empty plastic Coke bottles, US firm Emeco has one answer: it turns them into chairs. It takes about 111 bottles to make one chair. This version, 111 Navy Chair, comes in six colours and costs £230. Buy it online at or at The Conran Shop ( from early next month.

Oswald sofa
Oswald velvet sofas are down from £3,167 to £2,533 at Conran

Save on a sofa

Sale: Conran
From July 1 to 18, 2010, you will find reductions of between 20-50 per cent at Conran. The sumptuous Oswald sofa in yellow velvet (pictured) is down from £3,167 to £2,533; the Oswald Squint sofa is down from £3,595 to £2,876; the red Luca Trazzi espresso machine goes from £395 to £55 and the Kaveri mango wood and white metal leaf dining table is down from £3,195 to £2,556. See more at

Dog's tired

Linen Press
Treat your cat or dog to a bed cover from The Linen Press. Machine washable and in three sizes, they cost from £20. The firm’s other new products include linen red gingham tablecloths (from £80) with matching napkins (£10). Visit or call 017683 72777.

WrongWoods cabinet
The Wrong Woods cabinet is down from £1,492 to £950

Big names create star buys in EC1

Sale: Viaduct
From Saturday 26 June to July 10, 2010, star buys in this sale include a black glass Irony table by Zeus, down from £1,469 to £750; blue velvet M3103 bed by Mondo down from £2,975 to £1,495 and a WrongWoods cabinet (pictured) by Established & Sons, down from £1,492 to £950.

Viaduct, 1-10 Summers Street, EC1 (020 7278 8456). For more information, visit

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