Wall&decò's textured wallpapers are designed "to be explored with the hands"

Dezeen promotion: Design-led wallpaper company Wall&decò has created the Essential Wallpaper Collection, which has a range of textures, inlays, engravings and relief patterns.

Each design in the Essential Wallpaper Collection, which have been created by architect André Fu, Milan design agency Studiopepe and  Wall&Deco founder and art director Christian Benini, are united by the fact that they all share a focus on texture.

Milan-based Studiopepe designed the chevron-style Yumi wallpaper for Wall&decò

“Material research is the key to interpreting the Essential Wallpaper Collection,” said the brand.

“Since its first edition, it has been based on full collaboration with designers such as Studiopepe and Christian Benini: surfaces to be explored with the hands as well as seen, a universe of micro signs, 3D textures, inlays, engravings and light details in metal that create real bas-reliefs.”

Studiopepe also designed the brand’s Haru wallpaper, which features fan-like markings

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Working from home? Martin Lewis says you can still claim £6 a week – here's how

Tonight on The Martin Lewis Money Show we saw how those working from home could still be owed money. Martin explains that we’re entitled to claim tax back for using our homes to work, despite returning to the office for limited days.

The money-back revelation has proved great news for anyone who’s found themselves working from home ever since the pandemic began in March. Martin has spoken about the £6-a-week claim before, but on tonight’s show he revealed the new finding, on what it means if we’re in the office back part time.

Related: Small home office ideas – stir creativity no matter how tight on space

Martin Lewis: claim tax back for home working

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In a segment called ‘News-you-can-use’ on his award-winning ITV show the money saving expert revealed a new revelation about calming tax back while working from home, … Read more

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Violet Zhou translates mental states into ethereal fashion collection

Rosy-hued shells of organza encase the wearer of these garments by Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) graduate Violet Zhou, which explore different states of mind experienced during personal struggles.

Inspired by her own personal experiences and “emotional turbulences”, Zhou sought to translate certain feelings into tangible products.

Her fashion collection, titled Within, comprises six looks, each representing a different stage in the process of going through and overcoming various emotional and mental challenges.

These include angry, weighed-down, wounded, sinking, numb and emerging.

Violet Zhou translates mental states into ethereal fashion collection

Designed to create a sense of “confinement”, many of the pieces literally seal their wearer inside the garment with an outer layer of fabric.

Each look progresses onto the next, until finally “emerging” from the turmoil into a lighter state of mind, where the wearer physically breaks free from the material casing.

“I wanted it to look like the model is vacuum-sealed in between two plastic sheets, … Read more

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Attention star bakers! The Aldi stand mixer is back – just in time for Bake Off

From making banana bread to whipping up homemade loaves, baking has been off-the-scale so far this year. And with The Great British Bake Off returning next Tuesday 22nd September and possible further lockdown measures, it’s safe to say homemade treats will be trending once again.

As a nation we love both baking and bagging bargains! The lovely folk at Aldi have catered brilliantly for both passions, with the return of this year’s affordable baking SpecialBuys range.

Which includes the classic stand mixer, returning with the same £49.99 price tag. The dynamic baking accessory is joined by baking tins and plenty of helpful baking accessories.

In other Bake Off news: Own the Great British Bake Off house! Harptree Court is up for sale

The Classic Stand Mixer is available to pre-order online from this Sunday 20th September. The further accessories range will be in stores from 24th September.

Affordable Aldi stand

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Umé Studio pads Zabuton Sofa with cushions used on Japanese tatami floors

California practice Umé Studio has created a modular sofa with bolsters, wooden units and traditional Japanese Zabuton cushions that are often used on tatami floors.

Umé Studio created the Zabuton Sofa to provide a different use for the cushions that are traditionally placed on tatami, which are woven-straw mats placed on raised floors in Japan. For centuries, the cotton-filled cushions have been used to make resting on the floor more comfortable.

Zabuton Sofa by Ume Studio

“Our Zabuton Sofa is a take on re-introducing traditional Japanese living into a modern piece of furniture,” the studio said.

“With the raised floors being popularised in the 17th century, Japanese society as a whole adopted tatami living as the driving design principle of housing design, Zabuton were used to bring comfort to the seating of the nobility.”

Zabuton Sofa by Ume Studio

The cushions are used to pad out the wooden furniture piece, which comprises a low, maple wood plinth that has grooves … Read more

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