Wander Art Trail invites visitors to explore outdoor artworks in Mayfair and Belgravia

Dezeen promotion: 12 artworks by Yinka Ilori, Morag Myerscough, Richard Woods and more form an outdoor gallery along a trail through London neighbourhoods Mayfair and Belgravia.

As pandemic-related government restrictions ease across the UK, Londoners are invited to explore a string of installations positioned along a walkable route, forming the Wander Art Trail.

In Plants We Trust by Yinka Ilori
Artworks along the Wander Art Trail include an installation titled In Plants We Trust by Yinka Ilori in Mayfair

Curated by Alter-Projects, the series of artworks was created by local, national and international artists and designers.

The public art projects range from murals and street furniture to large-scale urban interventions, spread out across the central London neighbourhoods.

Tell Me Something Nice by Kinska
The works range from murals and sculptures to street furniture, like this combined planter and seating by Kinska in Belgravia

“Our goal with the Wander Art Trail is to deliver a major cultural intervention across [the] neighbourhoods of Mayfair and … Read more

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Kelly Hoppen's simple wallpaper tip will streamline your busy hallway

Interiors expert Kelly Hoppen appeared on ITV’s This Morning this week to give viewers a wallpaper masterclass. On the show, she shared one simple wallpaper trick to transform your jumbled hallway into a sleek and fun entryway.

Related: Bedroom wallpaper ideas – that are guaranteed to make your sleep space gorgeous

In the segment, Kelly, Holly and Philip looked at a range of wallpaper at various price points. Among them was one lovely striped wallpaper from Lick Home, called Stripes 03. ‘This, I adore,’ Kelly says.

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Kelly Hoppen’s hallway wallpaper tip

‘You always see hallways higgledy-piggledy, and then you see doorways. If you use something like a stripe, it actually takes your eye away from all of that.

‘It makes it look taller and makes it look more fun,’ she says. This example from Lick is a really modern take on a style of wallpaper … Read more

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Crop outdoor seating by Benjamin Hubert for Allermuir

Dezeen Showroom: outdoor furniture company Allermuir has launched Crop, a colourful collection of chairs and stools designed by Benjamin Hubert of London-based studio Layer.

The Crop range features a bar stool, lounge chair and two dining chairs, available with and without armrests.

The range is distinguished by its stackable steel rod frame, with robot-welded wires forming the seat and backrests.

Stacked Crop outdoor chairs by Benjamin Hubert
The Crop range includes stackable dining chairs

Crop’s graphic lines were honed through multiple rounds of drawings and 3D models, with Hubert taking inspiration from the parallel crop fields dotted across the British countryside.

“This connection with the natural world allows the collection to sit sensitively in an outdoor context, relating each piece to its surroundings through a shared visual rhythm,” explain Allermuir.

“This relationship between the product and the great outdoors is enhanced by the dynamic interplay of light and shadow produced as the sun moves across the linear … Read more

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Best toasters 2021 – our top two- and four-slice toasters

Every kitchen needs the best toaster to make it through the morning. Whether it’s a weekend helping of avo on toast or a freshly buttered crumpet, the best toasters will guarantee an even toasting, every time. Some of the top toasters in our guide come from brands like Bosch, KitchenAid, Breville, Smeg and Russell Hobbs, and features smart extras like frozen modes and even one-sided toasting for bagels and burger buns. Now that’s fancy.

Pair your toaster with the best kettle to get your morning off to a perfect start

Because everyone likes their toast differently we tested these toasters on all the modes they have to offer, and took into account speediness and price. It’s easy to find a great toaster for under £30 but sometimes it’s nice to splurge on something you’ll use each and every day, especially as it’ll live on the kitchen counter full-time. Tested in … Read more

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Virtual nightclub Eschaton creates "feeling of a rabbit hole" by combining theatre with gaming design

“The possibilities are infinite” when you bring theatre into virtual space, according to the designers behind pioneering nightclub experience Eschaton.

Combining elements of cabaret, immersive theatre and video games, Eschaton is a virtual experience that pushes video chat technology to new levels.

Visitors are invited to explore a seemingly endless number of rooms – each contained within a Zoom window – where they can encounter anything from a burlesque performance to a murder mystery.

These rooms are framed within a virtual world filled with mysterious portals and secret passwords.

Pole dancing at Eschaton
Eschaton is a virtual experience that allows you explore a seemingly endless number of rooms

For the show’s producers, Brittany Blum and Tessa Whitehead of Chorus Productions, the online format allowed them to explore methods of staging that would have been completely impossible in a physical production.

“We could build an incredibly rich, complex and sprawling world,” explained Whitehead, who is … Read more

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