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Route 66 Pump clock. Courtesy The One.
Route 66 Pump clock. Courtesy The One.
Two-piece tool set. Courtesy Weber
Two-piece tool set. Courtesy Weber
Linen sachets. Courtesy The Change Initiative
Linen sachets. Courtesy The Change Initiative
Parrot Zikmu Solo music system. Courtesy Dubai Audio
Parrot Zikmu Solo music system. Courtesy Dubai Audio
Abaya chair. Courtesy Maria Iqbal
Abaya chair. Courtesy Maria Iqbal

The Hot List: Winter wonder buys

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

1. Rock clock

The One is promoting a "Boho Rock" aesthetic as part of its Autumn/Winter 2012 collection. A rich and moody palette of dark reds, greens, blues and blacks is combined with plush leathers, velvets and paisley prints. Think oversized statement pieces, bold patterning and reinvented retro classics.

Route 66 pump clock, Dh199, The One stores nationwide.

2. A time to grill

You should already be taking advantage of the cooler climes to be barbecuing in earnest. If not, Weber has a host of helpful accessories to get you on your way. This two-piece tool set has soft touch handles, which provide an excellent grip and make handling food easier than ever.

Dh167, Ace Hardware nationwide and select Spinneys and Waitrose stores, www.weber.com

3. Local linens

The Change Initiative has extended its portfolio with the launch of a range of linen products that are sewed and embroidered in Dubai. The new collection includes placemats, napkins, coasters and lavender sachets.

Prices start at Dh50, The Change Initiative, Al Barsha, Dubai

4. Bright Starck

Dubai Audio has unveiled the Parrot Zikmu Solo, a 100W stereo music system fitted within a single stereo tower. Designed by Philippe Starck, the Zikmu Solo stands 75cm tall and comes in black and white versions. It has three inbuilt loudspeakers, offers a wide range of connectivity options and an application dedicated to smartphones that allows users to control the volume and equaliser, browse audio sources and adjust audio settings according to the size of the room.

Parrot Zikmu Solo, Dh3,899, Dubai Audio Center and all big electronic retailers.

5. Copping an eyeful

We spotted this pair of Abaya chairs while interviewing the Afghani pop artist Maria Iqbal a few weeks back. We love how they manage to be quirky and contemporary but also, at the same time, relevant to this region. All of Iqbal's furniture is painstakingly decorated by her own fair hand in her Al Quoz studio.

Abaya chairs, Dh3,500 for two, Maria Iqbal. Contact mxiqba5@gmail.com for more information.

     

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