Designed for Kids: A Complete Sourcebook of Stylish Products for the Modern Family
by Phyllis Richardson (Thames & Hudson, £18.95)
Now that we can buy almost everything online, parents in search of fun and funky items for their children will be able to find and buy them more easily with this book.
It includes state-of-the-art strollers, LED nightlights, puzzle furniture, cutlery trays, space-age sleep stations and colourful “learning walls”. For more details, visit www.thamesandhudson.com.
A good-quality knife is an investment. The new Twin Cuisine kitchen knives by German manufacturer Zwilling are super-sharp, since they are made using special ice-hardened stainless steel.
They are designed with ergonomically shaped handles and come with a lifetime guarantee. Prices start at £43 for a peeling knife. For details of stockists, call 01923 635440.
This multi-talented designer launched her first collection at the autumn design exhibition Tent. It includes delicate, unglazed milky- white porcelain teaspoons, tea lights and bowls.
The small bowls start from £18 each and the spoons are £48 a pair. Swift also makes delicate hanging porcelain leaves and flowers in muted grey or off-white.
Swift, who previously worked as head of knitwear for Benetton and Sisley, does a line in fine cashmere cardigans, too. Presentation and packaging are key elements in her design philosophy, making this website an ideal source of gifts. For more information, visit www.carolineswift.com.
Harrods' own bed linen collection is made with supima cotton, a superfine and luxurious 100 per cent extra-long staple cotton with a 460-thread count. Only 0.5 per cent of the world’s entire cotton crop makes the grade.
During October, Harrods’ homeware and lifestyle floors are offering wonderful discounts, savings and offers with purchases.
There are also offers in the newly revamped sound and vision department. For more information, visit www.harrods.com.