Ingenious objects for the home

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London - This job means I am a sponge for news of (often) brilliant products. Some are brilliant not just for their beauty, but also because they are so clever. I have some favourites: while not all are super-cheap, none is throwaway; some will even help the things you already have last longer…



A small-space saviour: the Book Pin Hanger by Agustav (on ingeniously provides space for bedside books, phone and a glass without the need for a full-length shelf or table.



Trust me here: the Early Learning Centre's children's painted wooden stool doubles as a design classic in an adult context (a side-table in a mid-century sitting-room, say, or for stylishly reaching cupboards if you're my height).



There's no room to put down a wine glass or mug by my sofa, but over-arm tables are so vile - bar the Couch Arm Wrap from blisscraftand, that is. Pricey… or inspiration for the carpenter in your life?



Turn cherished old T-shirts, holes and all, into stunning lampshades. See them to believe how lovely they look at



iPhones have all but killed the beautiful old-school, wood-cased radio-alarm clock. But designer Jonas Damon has revived them - as iPhone docks that do the same job. Gorgeous and useful.



I've covered bike storage before - but the Trophy wall-hanger is extraordinarily simple and beautiful. It looks like a bull or a moose head, but made from colourful wire; you hook your frame over its horns. - The Independent on Sunday


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