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I like buying lots of back issues of Vogue on eBay (it’s a great way to get fashion and design inspiration) and was flicking through June 1990 this morning, only to find a brilliant article on French design doyenne Andrée Putman. Whether it’s creating her legendary checkerboard bathroom for Morgans hotel, New York, in 1984, or the minimal Art Deco reinvention of a Cologne watertower in her Hotel im Wasserrturm (the newest project at the time of the article), I love her style, her approach and her outlook, typified by this quote from the article…

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Owls are literally brilliant. I cannot say enough good things about owls. They swivel their heads, they sometimes have have feather trousers and have piercing eyes. Perfect. Hence my general glee at finding this cushion from by nord (thanks to Mikkili). I love wolves and stags, too, so that’s my sofa sorted for 2011. Hang on, don’t forget the trees…

Mo, deputy chief sub-editor

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Love these amazing carafes from Swedish designers, Front, as seen on The Style Files.

Livingetc has been a gushing fan of Bodie and Fou for a very long time, and is very pleased to announce an extra 10% off everything on the site, including sale items, until 31 January at midnight. Browse at your pleasure and then enter the code LIVINGETC at checkout. Happy shopping. You can also win a year’s subscription to Livingetc here.

Hello Sandwich has some brilliant wrapping ideas (thanks to The Design Files for sharing).

Life.Style.etc imagines that having a baby is a bit time consuming to say the least, so thank heavens for the team at Baby Style File, who research all shopping avenues to put together shortlists of stylish essentials in every category you need for the little one. Now, the patter of tiny feet is being heard loud and clear at Livingetc, so we’ve asked them to gather their current favourite things in preparation for gift buying. And here they are…

From top left: Ukelele bird rattle, £18, Blabla Kids at Mash n Gravy; New York taxicab bookend, £18, Susan Bradley; Alphabet wall cards, £25 for 26, Great Little Trading Co; Apple bedding set, €45.50 for a cot duvet set, byGraziela; Tour d’Europe mobile, £49, Bombdesign at Bouf; Earth & Moon music box, £8.95, MujiPram toy, £19.99, Skummis at Nordic Kids; Leka baby gym, £19.99, Ikea. Oxo Tot cutlery, £6, VUPbaby. Glodos Bit bike, £84.99, Toyella.

We wish the Glodos Bit bike came in grown-up size.

Mo, deputy chief sub-editor

It can be tricky to do incredible style and cosy, but look…

A flight to Switzerland is all that’s between you and this slice of log-cabin heaven. Thanks Japanese Trash for showing us.

You want beautiful Christmas windows? Brace yourself…

Windows at Bergdorf Goodman shows how windows should be done. Bonkers.

Look! A mobile phone that flips open to reveal a keyboard! Look! The Internet on a telly! Actually, look! The Internet! These gift guide pages from turn-of-the-century Livingetc looked like Star Trek at the time, now they look very quaint indeed. Although, even if it is a pretty colour, can we apologise to anyone who got an extension cable for their Christmas present because of us. Oh the romance!

While you’re in a futuristic mood, save precious seconds with this letter opener – perhaps the first documented evidence of electronic mail…


London was really snowy a minute ago, now it’s really sunny. Go figure the British weather. But at least the newspapers will have something to talk about. Anyway, in that brief spell of Narnia (sorry everyone up North, I know you’re still getting it), I found this brilliant blog – The Mammoth Collection – while looking at another brilliant blog – Man Make Home. It’s two British Columbia-based guys – Ben and Troy – who bring together the work of photographers from all over the word. Like Gustav Gustafsson, above (clicking through is worth it for the swan alone), Jakob Wagner (not the same one)…

Akos Major

And Nicholas Hance McElroy

Epic doesn’t really cover it, does it?

Mo, deputy chief sub-editor

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