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Designer chair at the Sofa Studio at The Courtyard in Dubai. Satish Kumar / The National
Designer chair at the Sofa Studio at The Courtyard in Dubai. Satish Kumar / The National
Libratone Live. Courtest D.Tales
Libratone Live. Courtest D.Tales
Nodo d'Amore. Courtesy Interior 360
Nodo d'Amore. Courtesy Interior 360
A wall hanging from a classic novel. Courtesy Original Wall
A wall hanging from a classic novel. Courtesy Original Wall

The Hot List: Mix pared-back neutrals with blocks of colour

Our favourite design finds this week.

1. Colourful classics

We love this colourful interpretation of the classic Acapulco chair. Based on time-honoured Mayan hammock-weaving techniques, the chair's deceptively delicate-looking frame offers ergonomically solid support and a super comfortable seat.

Dh1,195, Sofa Studio, Al Quoz, Dubai

2. The art of bookishness

If you're looking for something a little different in the way of art, check out Original Wall. The company sells a range of Penguin classics, all beautifully set in stylish white, black or oak frames. There are 150 titles to choose from, all colour-coded in Penguin house style - orange for fiction, blue for biography, pink for travel and adventure, green for crime and light blue for the Pelican's non-fiction. And if you need some help sticking with your New Year's resolutions, why not pick a title that'll spur you on - The Passionate Year or Grow Up - and Live perhaps?

44.95 (Dh265), www.originalwall.co.uk

3. Seamless love

We love the sinuous lines of the romantically named Nodo d'Amore or knot of love. It is sculpted from a single piece of wood and would make a stunning addition to any interior.

Nodo d'Amore, Dh2,899, Interior 360, Al Quoz, Dubai

4. One-stop shop

The Spanish kitchen, tile and bathroom brand Porcelanosa has opened its first showroom in Dubai. Located on Al Ittihad Road, the 500-square-metre facility offers high-quality, technologically advanced Porcelanosa products for the bathroom and kitchen, as well as products by sister brands such as Venis, Gamadecor, Butech, Noken and Ceranco.

Porcelanosa, Al Ittihad Road, Dubai, and Khalidiya Street, Abu Dhabi

5. Superior sounds

Stylish wireless speakers by Libratone are now available from D Tales. Whether you opt for the portable Libratone Zipp or the adaptable Libratone Live, the speakers offer PlayDirect and AirPlay technology so you can stream music effortlessly from your iOS device, Mac or PC whether you're connected to a Wi-Fi network or not. The speaker covers come in a range of vivid colours and are easy to change, so you can constantly adapt the look of your sound system to suit your mood.

Libratone Live, Dh2,951, D Tales, DIFC, Dubai or www.design-tales.com

   

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