Some things are just so beautifully crafted that they instantly become a statement piece. This Integra desk is topped by a panel of sumptuous leather, which makes for a superb writing surface and finishes in a loop at the side for an extra storage compartment. As any author will tell you, your writing environment is so important to your work. This desk will make sure you have the best space possible.
Integra Desk, £1,499 RASKL www.raskl.co.uk
The pinnacle of fish and chips design – the highest form of design – this fork-cum-bottle opener is all you’ll ever need for a trip to the chippie with a cold one waiting for you at home. Laser cut in stainless steel and made in Sheffield, keep this on your key ring and always be prepared for a cod and chips.
Chippie Fork Bottle Opener, £27 Mamnick www.mamnick.com
Such a simple design but an incredibly useful function. This key shelf provides a clean, well styled space for mail and keys. Fashioned out of oak, this shelf has a groove to ensure that letters can be kept there ready for someone to find, and a magnetic strip underneath to hang your keys. Absolute genius.
Key Shelf (medium), £30 Nick James, www.jamesdesign.co.uk
Perfect for horticulturalists short of space, or even just for those of us who would prefer the beauty of nature, rather than artists, to be gracing our walls. These wall plants have clever hidden hooks that ensure the pots stay tight to the wall and create a floating effect and are perfect for succulents and cacti.
Wall Plants, £99.95 M Dex www.m-dex-design.co.uk
Picking up a piece of paper is not as easy as it should be. This is why different techniques have been developed to make the process easier; some lick their fingers to get a better purchase, while others go for the scrunch-and-hope method. Luckily, with Northumbria University graduate Will Baugh’s design, neither are necessary – the tray itself provides a tight fit for your paper size of choice, to make sure the edges don’t tear, while also having a raised corner for ease of paper retrieval. Sadly, you won’t be able to get your hands on it until 2019, but soon you’ll be able to say goodbye to crumpled copy and soggy edges.
Paper Tray, Will Baugh www.willbaugh.com
Time to shake up meal times with this beautiful piece of art from AFID Design. With angled edges creating a floating effect and the ability to hang these minimalist beauties up when you’re not using them, AFID’s platters are a gorgeous, space saving alternative to plates. They are of course waterproof and food safe, so feel free to use these Japanese-inspired, hand-crafted products instead of your fine china.
Grain Serving Platter, £35 AFID www.afiddesign.co.uk
With all these great designs, you might be suffering from furniture overload in your house. Try these nesting tables as a way to declutter – not only do they stack when not in use, but their slots also mean you can overlap them when you have them out, creating a stylish, multitiered arrangement.
Crop Circle Nesting Tables, £415 Wood and Wire www.woodandwire.co.uk
A piece of dedicated furniture for hardcore libation lovers. This end table is a whisky drinker’s paradise, with ample space on the bottom shelf for your favourite tipples, mixers and syrups, and space on top for an ice bucket, lime bowl and even an integrated chopping board for limes and rinds.
Drinker’s End Table, £1,290 Galvin Brothers www.galvinbrothers.co.uk