Barometer: design

A bit on the side

Tall table shelf and frame

With inbuilt handle, this side table is easily manoeuvred. From £468,

Off-set oak and steel console table

Powder-coated steel topped by reclaimed oak. Price on application,

Orla Kiely floor lamp, £400,

Adnet Circulaire mirror, €879,

Finnieston bookcase

The shelves slide both ways for fun or for purpose. From £1,750,


The line-up Designs of the Year

The Plug Lamp

Could a desk light beat a skyscraper for Design of the Year? The shortlist for the Design Museum competition is out, and as always it pits furniture against fashion, architecture and other media. The Shard and the Olympic Cauldron are there – but so are the interiors picks shown here. From Swedish studio Form Us With Love, The Plug Lamp has a socket for charging computers in its chic aluminium base. Neat.

Reimagined chairs

These colourful chequered chairs were designed by Jack Mama and Nina Tolstrup of Studiomama, with a playful geometric fabric by David David Design. Taking old or abandoned chairs as a starting point, the steel frames were repainted and “reimagined”. They are currently on display at the 19 Greek Street design store in Soho, London.;;


The subject of a retrospective in Paris at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs this April, French brothers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec have collaborated many times with design powerhouse Vitra. Corniches, their shortlisted design, are sculpted plastic ledges for those items that so often lack a home.

“Designs of the Year” runs March 20-July 7 at the Design Museum, London SE1;

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