A true icon of 20th century design, the Serpente table lamp by Elio Martinelli is still available over 40 years after its first appearance.
Designed in 1965 for Martinelli Luce, this snake-like table lamp features a swivelling metallic upper arm and a rounded white opal methacrylate diffuser, responsible for that very bright glow.
Sat in many modern design museums, it can be sat in your living room for £450.
Find out more at the Lollipop Shoppe website
Another way of using up surplus vinyl sleeves – the Artyfakt recycled record CD case.
Yes, there is a certain amount of irony at work here, but there’s no denying that this is a very smart case. There’s a number of records to choose from, with this one using Ray Charles’ Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music LP. The box holds around 12 CDs in jewel cases, with a tortoise shell-coloured handle to carry it round.
You can pick it up from Etsy for $48, which is around £24. Here’s hoping they can make some 45 cases in the same way.
Find out more at the Etsy website
The novelty phone died out sometime in the mid 80s – until now that is, with Tesco (of all people) bringing one back to the high street in the form of the Mybelle stiletto shoe telephone.
Yes, a phone like a classic stiletto shoe, featuring an adjustable ringer volume and last number redial. The number pad, as you can see, is in the middle of the ‘shoe’.
Ideal for adding a bit of cheese to your living room, it retails for a very affordable £14.95.
Find out more at the Tesco website
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The Duncan Mug is not named after the designer or any past celebrity of that name, but it is a reference to ‘dunking’ that quaint British habit of dipping one’s biscuit into one’s tea.
These mugs are so called because at the bottom of each one as a mould of a favourite biscuit that reveals itself when you finish your drink. Available in a choice of three classics, Custard Cream, Jammie Dodger or Shortbread, the mugs are made of white earthenware
Pedlars are selling from for £12 each.
A little short notice, but if you are able to get to the John Smedley factory shop or you happen to be in London, the company is having a clearout of slight seconds and end of range items.
There are always classic knitwear bargains to be had, so it is well worth the effort. Details of the events below.
Saturday & Sunday 3rd/4th November:
John Smedley factory shop, Lea Mills Matlock Derbyshire DE4 5AG
Time: 10am until 4pm.
Prices from £10 for slight seconds and end of range styles.
Monday 5th November:
London College of Fashion,off Oxford Circus, central London
Time: 10am until 6pm.
Current season sample styles at clearance prices.
Browse the current range at the John Smedley website
A few months back, we featured the initial range of Flavia Del Pra lamps. If you liked the look of them, but couldn’t quite find one right for you, there’s a new range now available to order.
And the new set certainly matches the old ones for bright and bold design on both the ceramic base and fabric shade, all inspired by flowers, traditional lace and Oriental forms and typified by the two new lamps above.
You can order now, with small lamps retailing for £300 and the large lamps (which are one off pieces) selling for £360.
Find out more at the Bodie & Fou website