DESIGN OF LOVE‘s collection of seating and planters is inspired by 17th-century royal French décor, but is crafted from modern plastics. Long lasting, fun, and very easy to care for, these could be new heirlooms. Log on to www.designoflove.com
ACCOR has launched reBorn, a special eBay online store to sell the hotel group’s second hand furniture.
Nearly 2,500 items, including Louis XVI bedside tables, bronze chandeliers, 1980s wing armchairs, minibars, outdoor furniture, and even safes are being progressively put on sale. The store will be restocked regularly throughout the year as properties are renovated. Log on to stores.ebay.fr/Accor-hotels
PHILIPPE STARCK‘s new design headphones, known as the ZIK Parrot, are controlled by a swish of your finger. The hi-tech design integrates smartphones into the headset, and is optimised for intuitive music control via gestures, such as swiping upwards to increase the volume, downwards to lower it, forward or backwards to navigate through the track list. Active noise control monitors internal and external sound, which can be isolated and cancelled. Just taking them off stops playback. Compatible with smartphones via bluetooth, a bone conduction sensor detects jaw movement, optimising sound for clearer calls when engaged in a telephone conversation. Log on to zikmu.parrot.com for further information.
FRENCH CONNECTION will launch a home and lifestyle range this spring. Mixing traditional and contemporary styles, the range will include bedding, soft furnishings, living textiles, ceramics. Hand-blown recycled glass, driftwood, and kiln-fired ceramics create the rustic feel of the collection, and a muted palette of cool grey to neutral putty will feature in bed linen and accessories, such as chunky knit throws and cushions, vases, and candles. Star pieces to make note of include the hand-woven wool and leather rug, safari chair, and ‘Born 1972′ French Connection clock. The collection will be available in selected stores, and online from April. Log on to www.frenchconnnection.com
EASY ART enables you to shop for own art collection online. Prints are sourced from the same high-quality printers that produce many of the images sold by the Royal Academy, National Gallery, and Tate, and from relationships with contemporary artists. Prints are customisable, with a variety of bespoke framing and canvas options. Log on to www.easyart.com
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