Combine fine design and reading with the new Pocket Penguin Classics: old favourites beautifully repackaged in bright colours. Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf and Out of Africa by Karen Blixen are among the first 20 titles. Scandi-store Skandium will be displaying a selection of them on the Isokon Penguin Donkey a design classic from the Thirties by Egon Riss, in the window of its Brompton Road shop from May 26. Books from £5.99 and the Penguin Donkey, £670, will be available to buy in store.
New online marketplace Trouva is devoted to sourcing unusual pieces, including this Kelim Half Moon Rug, £99 for the small size, and Kelim Striped Cushion, £65, along with a vibrant cushion designed by Nathalie Du Pasquier for Wrong for HAY at £50, and the Lucknow Day Kelim Rug, £245.
BERT & MAY
First it was reclaimed tiles, then smart sheds, now Bert&May has launched a paint range. The eco-friendly paints are available in 55 shades — of grey, beautiful blues and more, as either limewash or emulsion. Sample pot £4.99, 1 litre £23.99, 2.5 litres £49.50 and five litres £79.50.
Cycling fans will love Ella Doran’s new Bikes of Hackney cushion collection, which includes this smart linen design featuring a red ladies’ cycle, £48.95.
Tea lovers who set great store by ceremony will love Akiko Hirai’s beautiful stoneware teapots and teacups. Made as one-off pieces for lifestyle store Toast in Westbourne Grove, W11, each one is fired using a traditional Japanese technique called Kohiki, and comes individually wrapped in a small box made from Paulownia wood with a poem tucked inside. Yunomi tea bowl £240; Kohiki bowl £96; Kohiki tea set £600.
2 FORMOSA STREET
This striking black-and-gold brass bowl, £24, is just one of many lovely things at 2 Formosa Street, a former butcher’s shop that has been transformed into a new homewares haven in the heart of Maida Vale. The team behind it is homeaddress.co in collaboration with Marshall Plan Interiors. Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm, and Sunday from noon to 4pm.
Keep warm on cool summer evenings with gorgeous throws from the Sheridan Australia linen company. Haden comes in cotton Blush, Midnight or Pacific, £99; Vachon comes in Flax, £109; Earley comes in Dove, £79, and Mulgrave comes in Flax, also £79.
Artisan design is the key at new homewares store Canvas Home, which opens its first London shop in Amwell Street, EC1, on Friday May 20. Think pared-back ceramics and other desirable objects, including this Seagate pitcher, £25.30, and big Sintra ceramic bowl, £80.50. Also find the five-piece Madrid matte gold cutlery set, £67.50.