From left: a bird ornament c1925-1930, a soldier bauble handblown to a mould dating from the early 20th century and a Christmas bauble from Lauscha made in 1900-1920
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The town that invented the bauble

Lauscha, in eastern Germany, has a glassmaking tradition dating to the 16th century but is most known for its classic festive decorations

Aerial view of Camps Bay and the Twelve Apostles mountain range
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Cape Town: return of the trophy hunters

The high-end market is recovering in South Africa’s most expensive suburbs, with sales rising to $102m this year


‘The Virgin and Child (The Madonna with the Iris)’ (c1500-1510) ©Getty
The early Christians may not have been keen on growing flowers but were still dedicated cultivators
Irving Harper
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Inside the home of US designer Irving Harper

The 98-year-old has spent decades in relative obscurity. Now he is enjoying late fame for an old love — paper sculpting

Australian teacher Louise lucantonio has been living with her family in the UAE for over 3 years - first in Sharjah, now in Dubai
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Expat lives: Australian teacher’s lessons from the UAE

Louise Lucantonio has gained plenty of insights into Middle Eastern culture after her move to Sharjah and Dubai

Illustration by Dan Mitchell of a multiple-storied house
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Rise of London’s superhomes

The UK capital has become a global hotspot for extended ‘monster houses’ — but will it last?

The doll’s house: a mini history

A new exhibition reveals how the 16th-century creation has served as a children’s toy, a housekeeping aid and a plaything of the wealthy

Dame Carol Robinson at her home in Oxfordshire
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Inside the home of chemist Dame Carol Robinson

The first female professor of chemistry at both Oxford and Cambridge universities talks about her groundbreaking career

View across the Huangpu river of the Lujiazui financial district in Shanghai
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Bund and beyond: Shanghai’s waterfront market

Rising demand for high-end, river-facing homes in the city’s financial district is being led by Chinese buyers

Avantika Chilkoti stands by the sea front at Marine Drive, her favourite Place in Mumbai
©Subhash Sharma

Expat lives: FT reporter returns to a changed Mumbai

Avantika Chilkoti recalls feeling like a foreigner after moving back to the Indian city she lived in as a child

The stand of Milan’s Nilurfar Gallery at Design Miami this month
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Repeat performance: geometric patterns back in vogue

From bedding to wallpaper, designers are experimenting with symmetrical lines and shapes on a wide range of products