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Design/Architecture Briefing

— Global


Social housing in Paris, smart wrapping paper from Berlin, the perfect pairing of a new chair and a classic lamp, and a confession from our design editor on his secret love of tinsel.

Explorations Architecture, Gallery Fumi, Michaël Verheyden, Pleased To Meet

My guilty pleasure

Why even a design editor throws good taste out the window at Christmas

By Hugo Macdonald

Walking through London’s Columbia Road flower market last weekend with a friend I was moved to tell him of my love for silver and gold spray-painted birch branches. He looked aghast. “They’re horribly tacky, I’m a bit shocked,” he said. I was shocked by his reaction. Sprayed branches take me back to Christmases of my youth, watching my mother unleash rattly cans of spray paint over branches and pinecones and the ­occasional piece of fruit,…


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