Fruitopia.. grab a piece and go...

Kingston University student George Woolley has a novel proposal to get us to eat more fruit...take apples, pears, bananas etc out of the fruit bowl and mount them in a plum position on the wall instead. His design is called Fruitopia. Loony or a damn good idea?

Carpenter Tim Mansfield built this enclosure for residents in north London

Vital as they are, wheelie bins and recycling boxes aren't the most beautiful things. The answer to bin blight? Store them in a wooden enclosure and make a feature of an eyesore

Sweden's capital Stockholm

If you should be in Stockholm at the end of August, head to The Stockholm Act. It's an action packed week-long range of events to galvanise our efforts to meet the sustainable development goals set in 2015 by the UN

Liberty table and chairs

Designer maker mover shaker..this September marks 40 years since John Makepeace OBE founded Parnham College in Dorset - the design school that produced some of the best names in furniture today. And the cabinetmaker behind the exquisite and often extraordinary furniture that is much coveted by collectors around the world is himself still hard at work.

Features

Plants indoors create a healthy environment

If you hate to be parted from plant life, or you don't have any outside space but would like some greenery in your life, then why not think about having a green wall in your home?

It's oft lamented that we don't make anything in Britain any more. Well, while heavy industry may have gone, the country's upholstery businesses are pretty perky all things considered. So if you're after a new sofa with a Made In Britain label, try these brands for size

A table should be a once in a lifetime purchase

A table, a bed, a chair... everyone needs these pieces of furniture says Mark Godsell-Fletcher, founder of the popular independent reclaimed wood furniture company Eat Sleep Live

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Charlie Luxton trained as an architect..but never got round to taking his final part 3 exams

Architectural designer and TV presenter Charlie Luxton is optimistic that self-build is the future for the next generation. And he's all for thinking well and truly outside the box.

Choose your message

He's the go-to man for stripes. Soft, subtle, abstract, hard, straight, curved, technicolour, wild, ordered, garish, it's stripes unlimited

Accessories

With summer almost upon us, it's time to embrace the pale pinks, baby blues and lilacs over darker hues

eglooinfo.it - Egloo says it can warm up a 20m2 space by 2-3 degrees in 30 minutes

If you get chilly while working late at your desk, or you need a bit of heat during an al fresco supper, the Egloo could be just the thing to give you that soupçon of additional heat to keep you going

The Ethical Silk Company is based in Ireland

If you don't like to think about the nitty gritty of silk production, you might want to consider Peace or Ahimsa silk. The Ethical Silk Company has a small range of products for which no Bombyx mori met a hot water end

Interiors

Ethical and fair trade brand Sep offers exquisite hand-embroidered homewares and decorative accessories. Pieces are hand-made by Palestinian refugees in Jordan who are skilled in the art of cross stitching; and four years into the project, some 800 women are working with Sep

Wall tiles made from recycled paper by US' MioCulture, £32 for 12 tiles, plus shipping

How environmentally friendly is wallpaper? If 'not very' is the answer...which it is.. what products can be used to make our walls green and interesting company? Kay Hill investigates

Family room at the Wilton Street house by Residence One

Come on, we all like a bit of vicarious luxury, since most of us don't live in it ourselves! And if you want to know whether eco issues do arise when designing for the super rich, interior designer Emily Carlisle at Laura Hammett Interiors says yes, they do