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We’ve been big fans of Snowden Flood for ages. It’s not just her excellent name, her designs are beautiful in their graphic celebration of landscapes both rural and urban. Her River series is a classic, and she’s now produced a new collection, Fairground. We asked her to let us peep into her creative life.

What’s great about being an independent designer-maker? Precisely that – being independent. I spent my formative years working in New York for a prestigious architecture and interiors firm designing bespoke products for wealthy clients. I spent lots of time going to international trade shows and meeting manufacturers and gained plenty of experience making products – but frustratingly not always the ones I wanted to make! I was constantly coming up with designs that I wanted to develop, but never had the time to see them through.  Having my son freed me up work on my own projects and it was then that I developed the first of my ‘iconic landmarks’ as cushion designs – and the rest is history!

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Is this a glazed china ornament? Is it a plastic peach? No, it is, of course, a meat fruit, c.1500, made from mandarin, chicken liver parfait and grilled bread.

All this can only mean one thing – Heston Blumenthal has finally come to London, this morning cutting the ribbon to open his restaurant Dinner By Heston (we’re a bit disappointed the ribbon wasn’t made from a massive rasher of bacon, or solidified strawberry jam or something…). Set in the marbled halls of the Mandarin Oriental, this place is a far cry from Bray, and the food will move away from the snail’s porridge – but not very far.

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Dylan Collard‘s Crafters series is just lovely. Handmade To Measure‘s Linda White is seen creating her magical creatures in the crumbly surroundings of a disused power station, before setting them free to charm the sofas of the nation. At least that’s Life.Style.etc’s narrative.

We found Handmade to Measure‘s work because the lady behind it, Linda White, is the star of Dylan Collard’s Crafters series of photographs. Those giant-sticks-of-rock bolsters are absolutely flipping brilliant, and would make amazing Valentine’s Day pressies.

Our cup completely runneth over for the work of ceramic-textile-knick-knack-genius Jonathan Adler. He lives in Greenwich Village with better half (his words) Simon Doonan, but says he’s an Anglophile… So come on Jonathan, when can the UK have its own store? This, and other questions, answered below…

Your day begins with… Breakfast with my sublime husband Simon Doonan and our naughty Norwich terrier, Liberace.

Then it’s off to the studio, what’s that like? Such a mess, a total disaster. It looks like an episode of Hoarders. I have the best-looking design office that we kitted out and made really nice, and then we had the intention of everybody clearing their desk at the end of the day, no-one eating smelly food, and now it’s mayhem. You could say the rules have relaxed.

For the uninitiated, describe the Jonathan Adler signature style. Hardy Amies was once asked why he dressed the queen in colourful and approachable ensembles rather than high fashion, and his answer was quite profound. ‘There is an unkindness to chic, and the queen must never appear unkind.’ Chic design is often elitist, snobbish and off-putting. I hate that. So my mission in life is to achieve the impossible and combine chic design with happy design. As for my nuts and bolts design vocabulary, I am definitely rooted in Modernism, but in a maximalist way. I mix bold colors, groovy graphics and modern forms together in my mental blender.

What was your big break? After college, I worked in the movie business for several years and got fired from every job I ever had. I was a horrid employee and the prospects for my future were quite dim. I always had a passion for clay and between jobs I would make pots. As the between jobs bit got longer and longer I was making more and more pots, and I finally showed them to a buyer at Barneys. I got an order and filled it, then got another order. It just grew organically and without any kind of plan.

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It’s not every day, er, or even year, actually, that you get such an amazing invite as I received a few weeks ago – to fly by helicopter to The Grove in Oxfordshire, the home of the late design genius David Hicks, to have lunch with his son, Ashley Hicks, to celebrate a candle collaboration with Jo Malone. It was a tricky decision, my favourite soup was on in Eat that day after all – but decided in the end to say ‘yes please’.

Ashley explored his father’s archive and chose to reinterpret three classic Hicks prints to decorate three Jo Malone candles. ‘The lively Riviera pattern, matched with Lime, Basil & Mandarin, transports me to summers spent in the Mediterranean,’ he says. ‘While the shade for Hicksonian, paired with Red Roses, is taken from the drawing room of my father’s house in Oxfordshire that was flooded with fresh blooms. And the rich plum of the geo-floral Carnation is deep and intense, just like Pomegranate Noir.’

You’ll see the candles in all their glory soon in Livingetc, but until then, have a look inside this incredible house…

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Spring/summer ’11 straight off the catwalk and into your home…

1 Completely timeless geometrics from Diane von Furstenberg and Terrys Fabrics2 Just about the chicest paint splatters on chiffon ever as seen at Jonathan Saunders and Terrys Fabrics. 3 ‘They shouldn’t work, but gosh they do’ florals by Christopher Kane, Philip Jacobs for Westminster at Fancy Moon (yellow daffodils) and Designers Guild. 4 Tutti frutti, what a cutie from Prada and Michael Miller Fabrics. 5 All the right stripes from Jil Sander and Fabrics & Papers. 6 Beautiful, breezy blooms by Cacharel and Michael Miller at Fancy Moon. Thanks to for the amazing catwalk shots.

We love these vintage ski posters, which evoke an era when skiing was a glamorous affair. A time when you could imagine riding the ski lift with Cary Grant then heading back to an Alpine lodge to chink Schnapps glasses with Grace Kelly. All good, clean and super-stylish fun. Light years away from the era of easyJet and Borovets pub crawls.

These gorgeously graphic depictions can be found in The Art of Skiing by Jenny de Gex (£14.99, Palazzo Editions). And if you fancy gazing on one of these elegant posters year-round, Christie’s is holding an auction of posters by the likes of French illustrator Roger Broders. It all starts tomorrow at 1pm.

Justin Baddon (above right) is one half of the duo behind Moleta Munro, a contemporary design store in Edinburgh. He and wife Juliet Moleta launched this storehouse of innovative objects and lighting in 2007 and have since built up a reputation as the place to go for covetable European brands and up-and-coming designers.

Describe your shop Moleta Munro is a treasure trove of classic modern and contemporary design. We have an eclectic mix, from major manufacturers to smaller designer-makers.

What’s on your desk right now? Laptop, iPhone, card from Donna Wilson, new Muuto catalogue and a package from clothing brand Finisterre.

To be in our shop a product must be… something that we would appreciate in our own home.

We love Edinburgh because… of the fabulous views, it is steeped in history and is easy to get around.

You know a design is a success when… it never goes out of production.

Why did you set up Moleta Munro? Juliet and I were looking for a lifestyle change that would allow us to relocate out of London. We both had backgrounds in different areas of design, but they found the perfect marriage in interiors.

What’s your favourite piece of design? Too hard to single it down to just one, but one thing that are definitely resonates with me is Hans Wegner’s Wishbone chair.

What music do you have on in the shop? Not as much as we had on a couple of weeks ago – someone stole my iPod from a Geneva sound system… Despite that, Plastic Beach by Gorillaz has been on almost daily.

In another life, you would be… an explorer.

What book is by your bed? The Sea, the Sea by Iris Murdoch.

Describe the perfect weekend. Escaping to our bolt hole on Skye, or any time spent outdoors – camping, mountaineering, skiing or sailing, it’s all good.

Any claims to fame? I have trekked round the Himalayas at altitude.

Which blogs do you read? I have been known to look at Swiss Miss and Remodelista.

Are you dancing? Always up for a boogie, but the last time I danced it was at a ceilidh!

Lovely mix of dark shades and luxe texture. Thanks to Not My Beautiful Home.

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