When black and white are chic, not stark
Chicken Wire cushion
Black wool stitched wittily on to white linen. £128, placesandspaces.com
Finn Juhl’s classic Danish design. Around £8,547, www.discover-deliver.com
Jasper Conran at Wedgwood Mosaic Cream Jug
Matching ceramics available. £35, uk.wwrd.com
Rory Dobner Extinct English gentleman letter tile
An alphabetic set of quirky monochromatic characters. £39.50, www.liberty.co.uk
Jonathan Adler Gorilla
Designed in Soho, made in Peru. £198, jonathanadler.com
The line-up Classic seating
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, www.thelollipopshoppe.co.uk
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) www.john-lewis.co.uk
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.