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Mad for modern

Leigh Harmer
Leigh Harmer
If you have hankered after a particular piece of modern furniture or lighting, take advantage of Leigh Harmer’s shop-wide 20 per cent discount sale. Swanky names and brands, such as Tom Dixon, Poltrona, Arper, Kartell, Cavalli and many others come as bargains.

To claim your discount, quote our special offer code ES 20 before 19 November. Leigh Harmer, 2 Brandon House, 13 Wyfold Road, SW6
(020 7381 0031;

Surface Tiles
© Marco Pieri

Fabulous discounts on quality tiles

This specialist ceramic-, stone- and glass-tile store is offering readers a huge 40 per cent discounted on selected ranges between now and 23 December.

If you are looking for a cool limestone effect, check out the I Grandi, Loft and Marfil ranges. If you would prefer something more modern, take a peek at Punto, Nodo (left) or Linea. Also, check out the firm’s range of leather and fake fur tiles if you want to create a jaw-dropping effect.

To claim your discount, quote our special offer code ESST01 before 23 December 2008. Surface Tiles is at 60 Queenstown Road, SW8 (020 7819 2300) and 315 Essex Road N1 (020 7354 7000), or visit

Prison precision

Fine Cell
Fine Cell
Always a great source of presents, Fine Cell’s annual selling exhibition of cushions, quilts and home accessories - handstitched by prisoners - takes place next week in Chelsea.

There are new designs from Alidad, Cath Kidston (right), Alison Willoughby and Hazel Townsend. Cushions start from about £50. You can also buy vouchers to sponsor the training of a prisoner and, in return, receive a geometric cushion.

Fine Cell Work is at Chelsea Town Hall, King’s Road, SW3, on 14 November (10am to 5pm) and 15 November (10am to 4pm). Call 020 7931 9998, or see

The Houses of Old Cuba, by Llillian Llanes (Thames & Hudson, £22.50)
© Jean-Luc de Laguarigue

Book of the Week

The Houses of Old Cuba, by Llillian Llanes (Thames & Hudson, £22.50) is an inspiring book, a great pleasure simply to leaf through.

It serves as a reminder of just how beautiful Cuban architecture can be. Then there are the stunning interiors, which are often simple but manage also to be grand, thanks to the mix of spartan furniture, lavish raw materials and sun-drenched colours, here all admirably recorded by photographer Jean-Luc de Laguarigue.

To order, vist

Odd couple

Marie Hermann's earthenware vase (£60)
Waddesdon Manor
It seems an unlikely pairing but grand Waddesdon Manor has commissioned hip-hoppy postgraduate students from the Royal College of Art to create a range of products to sell in its shop.

There are 20 pieces, including Marie Hermann’s earthenware vase (right, £60), Suzi Tibbetts’s Birthday Candle Holder (£95 in a numbered edition of 20) made from solid silver and Katharine Morling’s sketched plates and cups and saucers (from £35). Everything is for sale at the shop or online at

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