Design spy:six unique furnishings for the home

Summer is a good time to update your home, but where should you begin? We've got six fancy furnishings to get you started.

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1. The Bagsie sofa: from £1,795. It is just one of many models Notting Hillbillies can test out for themselves in the newly opened local Loaf Shack. Charlie Marshall’s second store — all 5,500sq ft of it — offers a great selection of beds, furniture and lighting. The store opens July 15. Loaf Shack, 103 Lancaster Road, W11 (




2. This Red enamel miniature shade, £92.21 from the Factorylux lighting collection. It is just one example of how you can create a bespoke-colour light. Tailor every part, from the colour of the shade and fabric cord to the hue of your plug. Pick’n’mix online (




3. Since the departure of Jasper Conran from The Conran Shop, the family design store has been looking for a new creative director. Step up Stephen Briars, who has previously worked for Urban Outfitters, Louis Vuitton and Paul Smith. Punters can expect to see his new merchandise vision from this autumn. Meanwhile, we love the Wonki Ware Parrot serving platter £69 (





4. Tiling company Domus has opened a new gallery space at its Battersea showroom where anyone wanting to see how their dream tiled, stone or wood walls or floors might actually look in place can get a really good idea, thanks to the full-size rooms and courtyards on display. You can also discuss creating your own designs. We love these Tex porcelain tiles, from £319 per square metre (





5.  Always keen to raise its design credentials, Ikea has just announced two new partnerships — the first with UK designer Tom Dixon, the second with fab Danish furniture brand Hay. Expect to see functional furniture, like this Hay chair, for family living in our ever-shrinking spaces. The new collection is due next year (





6. What happens when you put a royal on wheels? You come up with the Linley skyline skateboard, created by the Queen’s nephew, David Linley, in collaboration with south-east London boy Hector Morton of Hecs Decks, whose uncle owned Isokon Plus. Made in walnut and bubinga wood, there are three different laser-etched London skyline designs running across the underside. A snip at £750 each — and they can serve dual purpose. Take them for a spin or put them on the wall (

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