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Handout: Homange to Normandie (Courtesy The ONE)
Handout: Homange to Normandie (Courtesy The ONE)
Handout: Weber Genesis EP330 Premium Gas Grill (Courtesy Weber)
Handout: Weber Genesis EP330 Premium Gas Grill (Courtesy Weber)
Handout: Michael Aram 'BlackFeather' serving set at Harvey Nichols (Courtesy Harvey Nichols Dubai)
Handout: Michael Aram 'BlackFeather' serving set at Harvey Nichols (Courtesy Harvey Nichols Dubai)
Handout: Belmondo (Courtesy Four Frontiers)
Handout: Belmondo (Courtesy Four Frontiers)

Hot list: cool furniture, a hot grill and traditional folk art

Inject some style into your space with these inspiring design finds.

Inject some style into your space with these inspiring design finds:

1 Italian job

The Belmondo collection by luxury Italian furniture brand Meridiani is now available in the UAE. Belmondo's modular sofa units come with removable covers and are made from wood, non-deformable polyurethane and reinforced feathers.

Price on request, www.fourfrontiers.com and www.caspaioudesign.com

2 Cook off

With barbecue season just around the corner, it's time to invest in a new grill. We love Weber's Genesis EP-330, which is now offered in a stylish copper finish. A large cooking area, stainless steel work surfaces, practical built-in tool holders, a front mounted control panel and integrated thermometer mean you'll be cooking up a storm in no time.

Weber Genesis EP-330, Dh6,533, Ace stores nationwide, the Dubai Garden Centre, Desert Garden Centre, Abu Dhabi and selected Spinneys and Waitrose stores

3 Paper chase

If you're looking to stock up on Diwali gifts or Indian-inspired homeware and fashion items, head down to the Majestic Hotel in Bur Dubai tomorrow for Palette, a one-day exhibition featuring traditional folk art, accessories and idols, handcrafted marble, Indo-fusion fashion items and more. Make sure to check out the Paper Spice stand for stationery, home accessories and jewellery made out of recycled paper and other natural materials.

Palette, October 13, 10am to 8pm, Majestic Hotel, Mankhool Road, Bur Dubai

4 Birds of a feather

We've long been fans of Michael Aram's sculptural, handcrafted tableware, but his Black Feather collection could be our favourite yet. Available exclusively from Harvey Nichols, Dubai, the collection includes serving sets, serving bowls, nut dishes, cracker plates and vases made from black nickelplate and stainless steel.

Black Feather Serving Set, price on request, Harvey Nichols, Dubai

5 Ship shape

The One's Autumn/Winter 2012 collection is in stores now. The collection features a fresh take on Long Island style, with cool, calm colourways, raw woods and natural leathers. There are also vintage accessories like this poster, a homage to the 1930s cruise liner Normandie.

Dh6,495, The One stores nationwide

   

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