Cult candles: Astier de Villatte

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Are fancy scented candles passé ? I hope not ‘cos I’m still not quite done with them. In particluar Astier de Villatte‘s which come in paper-thin ceramic pots, available from Liberty, Designers Guild, The Conran Shop and Couverture.

Two notable ones are collaborations. The latest (above) is from John Derian, the New York decoupagist. His Provincetown candle is a tribute to the Cape Cod artists’ enclave and gives off an evocative whiff of sea mist, cedar and wild berries inspired by the local marshlands. Perfect for the weekend cottage (real or imaginary) mantlepiece, no?

The other collab is the Commune De Paris candle (below) that came out last year. I’ve been consumed with this cube pattern for months (I want my bathroom tiled in it) – especially the Gallic colourway. All Astier de Villatte’s candles are Paris-made from vegetable wax with cotton wicks and are based on olfactory journeys to faraway places. One for the self-gifting pile, I’d say…

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Contrasts and contradictions at the London Edition hotel

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Does London really need another luxury hotel? Probably not, but the new London Edition in Berners Street hopes to offer something different. Berners Street is an odd one. At one end is the Sanderson Hotel and Alison Jacques Gallery while the other boasts the not-so-posh end of Oxford Street and the Topshop HQ. (more…)

Buy it now: Smythson’s iPad Air sleeves

Smythson is the market leader in posh tech accessories in my book. So it makes sense that it has produced these iPad Air leather sleeves in record time. Choose from classic red or navy, or the more adventurous zingy neons…


Red Smythson iPad Air sleeve, £225

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Quote of the day: Stephen Godfroy, Rough Trade

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“Visiting us is like visiting a cultural hub; it’s not simply a place for purchasing.”
Rough trade co-president Stephen Godfroy in The Guardian’s story on the opening of Rough Trade Records in New York

[Image: New York Times]