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Switched On Set is back - in full effect


Well, lack of time led to a lack of posts for a while, but now Switched On Set is back in full effect - and has been all week.

Which means you've already missed the best of this week's contemporary art, design and technology, including everything from Sony's eBook Reader, the latest mini laptops and the Hulger 50s-style computer phone, through to the Fiat beach buggy, the latest cool lighting, a bucket-shaped foam stool, an eco-friendly wooden desk light, a revolving mini bookcase, Blek Le Rat prints and...a polar bear-shaped shelving unit (above).

Every weekday will see even more items, so make sure you add it to your reader, check it out daily or just sign up to the site's daily email.

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Wallpaper from the 70s website


It isn’t obvious from the Germany-based website “Wallpaper from the 70s” whether all of their wallpapers are vintage rolls from the 1970s or if they are just based on designs from that era. Either way, they stock a great selection of wallpapers.

Their stock is arranged by style; Floral, Baroque, Romantic, Glamorous, Surreal and Abstract. The wildest designs are probably to be found in those last two categories, which includes Apollo (pictured here), a pattern I recognise from some curtains we had back in the Seventies! There are more subtle designs then this one though.

There is a gallery section on the website, so you can view most of the patterns in situ which is great for inspiration. The prices of the wallpapers vary a lot depending on the style, but there is a helpful currency converter and they do ship worldwide.

Browse the whole collection at Wallpaper From the 70s.

Download and make your own Hermes Kelly handbag


Buying one would mean a waiting list of at least three years and a price tag up to £30.000. Buy you can actually download your own Hermes Kelly bag right now for free.

The original was introduced in 1935, but gained the 'Kelly' name much later with its associations with the actress Grace Kelly. The downloadable version is much more modest than the exclusive leather version - made of paper, but with the option to customise.

Just download the PDF, print it out, cut it out, then glue the parts together. You'll have your very own designer bag - for the price of the printer ink.

Download the bag from the Hermes USA website

Been on Electric Roulette lately?

Electric If you like your tunes, you really need to check out Electric Roulette - our daily news, reviews and features site for all things music.

And not just any music - we leave the over-hyped rubbish to everyone else. Instead, Electric Roulette goes for the cult, the classic, the unknown and the best new bands. And as we don't get paid off with luxury trips from the record labels, we tell it how it is.

New stuff today includes a beginner's guide to Gram Parsons, the Glastonbury line-up (featuring Shakin' Stevens would you believe), news, reviews and the latest singles releases with Peter Stringfellow. And there's even more of the same tomorrow and every day.

Visit the Electric Roulette website

Merrow Associates website launches


We have a problem - like many people, we collect Merrow Associates furniture designs, but there's very few resources in print or online for the company. So we have launched one - the Merrow Associates website.

The site is very much a labour of love and will not be updated daily - just when we see any new items, discover new information, see any auctions or have anything interesting to say about the company.

Over time, we hope it will build up as a worthwhile online resource, helping you pick your way through the vague eBay listings and (often) inflated prices demanded by vintage retailers. If you can help or have something to add, please get in touch.

Visit the Merrow Associates website


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