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Tuesday’s News: Contemporary crockery, a pop-up lounge and Laurent’s legacy 17 November, 2009

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Yesterday Obama criticised the ‘Great Firewall of China’ that prevents the country’s web-users from viewing ‘inappropriate content’. Quite right Mr. President – can you imagine what the British press would be like if such a policy of censorship were applied? Gordon Brown would be our national hero, Katie Price wouldn’t feature at all…hmm, maybe there would be some benefits. Still, without internet freedom, we wouldn’t be able to show you the most interesting and wacky design stories. Now that would be tragic…

mydeco’s pick of the top three news stories:

1. Design Week: Cracking Glazes

Image credit: Design Week

As Kirstie Allsopp informed us in the first instalment of her mydeco blog, ceramics are due for a revival. It could come at no better time, as some of Britain’s oldest potteries in Stoke-on-Trent  have been forced to close in the face of competition from abroad. Luckily, several of Britain’s young designers are helping to save this traditional craft with contemporary crockery patterns that couldn’t be further from your granny’s china. Follow the link to see more examples.

2. Wallpaper: Pick of the pop-ups

Image credit: Wallpaper

I should explain that a ‘pop-up’ refers to a temporary cafe, hotel, boutique or restaurant which draws in customers with unusual location or design choices, along with the inevitable charm of transience. The latest venture to jump on the fleeting bandwagon is London’s lavish members club House Home, with a pop-up ‘snug’ in its private courtyard gardens. A positive improvement on the usual patio heater and plastic chair combination in smoking areas, ‘Le Fumoir’ is designed in the style of a 19th century smoking lounge, complete with leather armchairs and antique wall hangings. The snug is only around until Spring, so unless you have the ability to scale walls, I would advise becoming a House Home member to enjoy the benefits.

3. Cool  Hunting: Sale of the Century

Image credit: Cool Hunting

As reported in the daily news blog last week, the final selection of fashion legend Yves Saint Laurent’s personal belongings are to be auctioned at Christies today. The first event, which auctioned off Laurent’s various artistic masterpieces raised €342.5 million, so the selected furniture and knick-knacks on sale tomorrow will be bargains by comparison. If you fancy picking up something like the very understated table pictured above, why not do your bit for charity and head down to Christies? (The auction is in France by the way – you might want to factor this into your expenses.)

The best of the rest:

The Telegraph: Priced-out Londoners turn to empty homes

The Telegraph: Give us a swirl

The Telegraph: Number of £1 million plus homes rises 15 fold

The Times: You too can be a Playboy like Victor Lownes

The Independent: North-south divide returns to haunt the British property market

Daily Mail: Sizzling Sardina: Brits are catching on

Daily Mail: Mortgage arrears of couple who rode the buy-to-let boom estimated at £350,000

Daily Mail: Interiors: A New Flame

Hope you enjoyed our selection today, we’ll be back again tomorrow with more design news – make sure you don’t miss it!

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