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The hot list: simple pleasures from streamlined shapes Streamlined shapes, scaled-back graphics and muted colourways make for a celebration of simplicity

Streamlined shapes, scaled-back graphics and muted colourways make for a celebration of simplicity.

Mini Stacked Large. Courtesy of Muuto
Mini Stacked Large. Courtesy of Muuto

1 Block by block

They may be an old favourite but the Stacked shelves never lose their appeal. Simple and practical, they are the epitome of good Scandinavian design and come in a range of sizes and styles – from pretty pastels to a natural ash finish.

• Mini Stacked Large, Dh699, D.tales, DIFC and Jumeirah Beach Road and www.design-tales.com

2 Sweet heart

These pretty porcelain dishes by French company Astier de Vilatte are as sweet as can be. Understated but heartfelt, they would make a great gift for a loved one.

• Heart Bowl, Dh270, Comptoir 102, Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai

3 Plastic pachyderm

Charles and Ray Eames designed the simple plywood elephant seat way-back-when, but it never went into production. This plastic version is now being manufactured by Vitra. It is intended for children but would make a quirky addition to any room.

• Eames Elephant, Dh935, www.wamli.com

4 Comfy shades

Made from wool and silk aubusson, the Miss Shady Gold cushion is the brainchild of renowned British designer Tara Bernerd, founder of the London-based Tara Bernerd & Partners. Bernerd’s collaboration with The Rug Company, which began in 2008, has resulted in the creation of the Miss Shady collection of handwoven tapestry cushions, the glam Tattoo range of velvet cushions and a number of wool and silk rugs. We love the cool-as-you-like Miss Shady Gold, which will look fab sitting on a neutral sofa.

• Tara Bernerd Miss Shady Gold Cushion, Dh1,330, The Rug Company, DIFC

5 Be cool getting warm

With temperatures dropping slightly, it might be a good time to invest in one of Dyson’s bladeless fan heaters. The AM05 also works as a cooler, so you won’t have to store it away once the summer sets in again. Temperature is controlled by a thermostat, the fan is easy and safe to clean, it can be controlled with a remote, and it looks great to boot.

• Dyson AM05, Dh1,949, for a range of stockists see www.dyson.ae

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