Summer design essentials

Pretty things to make your summer sizzle – plus a line-up of forthcoming design fairs

Clockwise from top left: Jean Dubost cutlery, Eva Solo picnic flask, check linen coaster, large thermometer, Artek tea trolley, hammered metal tray

Take it outside…

Jean Dubost Cutlery

Stainless steel with rustic olive wood handles. From £12,

Eva Solo Picnic Flask

With useful hand strap, by Danish studio Tools. £40.30,

Check Linen Coaster

By cult brand Fog Linen Work; made in Lithuania. £5,

Large Thermometer

Watch the mercury rise through French cultural references – Senegal at a steamy 50C. £45,

Hammered Metal Tray

Moroccan style; just add mint teas. £28,

Artek Tea Trolley

Drinks-hour on wheels, courtesy of this 1936 classic. £2,619,

The line-up: Design fairs

Expect all things sleek and Scandi, from beautiful furniture to Copenhagen candle makers and Swedish handicrafts. The great design Danes such as Bodum, founded in 1944, will also be at the fair; many of the Danish exhibitors have been in business since the 1950s. Food stalls will be plying local treats such as honey cakes and boiled sweets. August 28-30.

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Cornwall Design Fair

In the glorious gardens of Trereife House, this three-day showcase of talents from the southwest offers a chance to see local furniture makers such as Bark Studio, Falmouth-based ceramicist Tim Lake and six new young Cornish designers alongside work from students at Penwith College. August 16-18.

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London Design Festival

Back for its 11th year, the LDF will again fill every pore of London with design, from a giant Escher-like staircase outside St Paul’s to the return of key showcases such as 100 per cent Design, Design Junction and Tent. At the V&A, designers Scholten & Baijings will dress a room as a “lived-in” space, with a vacated dinner table echoing its human participants.

September 14-22.

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