Barometer: design

Noir thrillers

When black and white are chic, not stark

Chicken Wire cushion

Black wool stitched wittily on to white linen. £128,

Chieftains Chair

Finn Juhl’s classic Danish design. Around £8,547,

Jasper Conran at Wedgwood Mosaic Cream Jug

Matching ceramics available. £35,

Rory Dobner Extinct English gentleman letter tile

An alphabetic set of quirky monochromatic characters. £39.50,

Jonathan Adler Gorilla

Designed in Soho, made in Peru. £198,

The line-up Classic seating

Artek Stool 60

Special Edition

Artek, the design house co-founded by Alvar Aalto, has sold millions of its signature three-legged Stool 60. On the 80th anniversary of this neat, sturdy design, Artek has reissued the stool in a bright new colour palette. Shown here is one of the multi-hued versions by German designer Mike Meiré, made from birch.

£195, The Lollipop Shoppe,

John Lewis of Hungerford

Coventry chair

The other John Lewis turned 40 last year and continues its tradition of British-made furniture. This year it launched new contemporary designs, including this Coventry chair, Scandi-esque in spite of its name. It can be painted in any colour from the in-house range.

£456, 0700 278 4726, (not available on the website; call for details of nearest showroom)

Cobbler stool

High enough (just) to be used at a cosmopolitan dining table, but nevertheless firmly rooted in rural working life, this sweet little piece is inspired by traditional milking and cobblers’ stools. As with the old designs, it is comfortably grooved for long sittings. In pale FSC oak, it is designed by Uffe Berg and supplied by Danish furniture collection Skagerak for Twenty Twenty One.


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