Photo by Piotr Redlinski © 2008, Property of Sony Pictures Classics

Anyone who combines their love of film with an eagle eye for good design will revel in Please Give currently screening at the BFI Southbank. It’s the story of a New York couple who run a mid-century modern furniture store, scooping up their booty by doing the NY equivalent of house clearances. The furniture alone deserves an Oscar for best supporting role – when not indulging in a game of Spot the Design Classic, with everything from Poulsen lamps to a very handsome Knoll table upstaging the leads, you can take inspiration on how to work vintage into your world. It’s a witty, wise film about lust (whether for an Ercol sofa chair or an too-tanned twentysomething), guilt and what ultimately gives our lives meaning. Uplifting and funny – you’ll have to be quick to catch it as it’s only on till Wednesday. If you miss it at the BFI, reserve it on Lovefilm now.  Jo – sub-editor

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