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Conceptual fashion

Conceptual fashion

Wearer-collectors looking for that spark of originality are being drawn back to the early works of fashion’s Japanese and Belgian “troublemakers”, says Avril Groom

Picnic sets

Picnic sets

A new generation is discovering the glory days of picnicking in grand style – with beautifully crafted vintage hampers, says Jenny Dalton

Victorian stained glass

Victorian stained glass

These beautifully translucent, jewel-coloured 19th-century works of art are being appreciated in a new light – as striking design statements for the home, says Ruth Caven

Chinese snuff bottles

Chinese snuff bottles

Once tokens of affection and accomplishment in the 17th-century Imperial Court, these exquisitely crafted bijou vessels retain their potent appeal, says Beatrice Aidin

Riva boats

Riva boats

These super-sleek mahogany craft synonymous with retro Riviera glamour never seem to lose their appeal, says Charlotte Abrahams