Your inbox is full of greymail from brands advertising their latest products – so let us cut through all the noise. Here’s the best new buys, releases, collaborations and limited-edition launches to hit the shops this week from new tech and gadgets to well-crafted pieces for your living space. Add to basket, and thank us later.
Away ‘The Expandable’ suitcase
Away has become a bit of a go-to of ours for strong, sturdy and superbly priced metal cases. However, we’re also terrible suckers for last minute souvenir shopping – and, being a hard-set size, a metal case leaves very little flexibility to slip in a cheeky bottle of aperitivo before you head for the airport. So we’re glad that Away has now expanded its range to include fabric cases that are built to give a little extra room when needed thanks to a zip which, when deployed, adds an extra 1.75 inches of depth. Available in four sizes, we’d suggest going for ‘The Expandable Bigger Carry-On’ which is perfect for most plane cabins, but grows to accommodate a last minute sweep of duty-free.
Apple iPad 2019
Accompanied by noticeably less fanfare than usual, Apple quietly launched its new iPad this week. An update of the 2018 iteration, the newest kid on the block features a wider 10.2″ LCD screen, and can be connected to a Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil for increased productivity on the go. What’s more, it’s made from 100 per cent recycled aluminium, boosting both Apple’s green credentials – and your own.
£350 at johnlewis.com
George Sowden for Hay salt and pepper mills
Bring some design nous to your breakfast table with these seriously stylish salt and pepper mills. Available in different colours and heights so you can mix and match as you fancy, they’re designed by the Milan-based, British designer George Sowden, who took inspiration from the clean lines and stark silhouettes of minimalist modern furniture.
From £35 at connox.co.uk
Bored by your white plates? Up the ante on your dining table with this marbled plate from Istanbul studio Bornn, part of its new collection. As each plate is individually handcrafted, they all have individual patterns making them totally unique. Pair these with your new George Sowden mills, and your table will be a kaleidoscope of colour.
£20 at goodhoodstore.com
Nude on orange with blue shadow and red ground by Hester Finch
Art is always a good investment. Hester Finch is a contemporary artist who specialises in the nude form, recreating this age-old subject through the female gaze. She captures it in bright, inviting colours which in turn trap the unsuspecting onlooker into a surreal, unsettling world.
£650 at partnershipeditions.com
House of Hackney snakes and ladders cushion
House of Hackney has never been one for stark minimalism. The east London studio is famous for its verdant, maximalist fabrics, which have become even more outré in its latest autumn collection. This plush green velvet cushion features more than just an illustration of snakes and ladders on the front – it also comes with a pouch containing semi-precious runes and a dice, so you can play as well. Certain to be a conversation starter on your sofa.