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Designer Gifts And Homeware At Fab

I’m always on the look out for online stores that offer something a little bit different, products that I can’t find on the high street.  So of course, I was delighted to be told about Fab, a stylish site offering interesting designer pieces ranging across homeware, furniture, gadgets,  accessories, jewellery and clothing.

Fab works with designers from around the world and its mission is to bring innovative design to everyday life and make it fun.  An antidote to fast fashion and design, the site’s products range from affordable pieces to brighten up your home to handcrafted investment pieces that you will treasure forever.

Here are a few of my favourite products on sale now at Fab….

This Marcie Accent Table by Safavieh reminds me of one that you might find in a decadent Parisian bar.

I already have a set of colourful felt coasters at home, so this vibrant lambswool yellow and grey Circle Cushion by Katie Mawson would be a perfect match.

This retro solar-powered UNTROD SOL Watch by I.D.E.A International not only looks cool, but its forward thinking eco technology means it will never let you down.

I adore this Oslo Necklace in Charcoal by Jolita, designed by Algis Abromaitis using hand-dyed silk threads and crystals.

How cute are these YumBots cupcake moulds!  Perfect for a family treat or adding a bit of geeky fun to tea time.

Simply sign up to receive daily alerts for new products on sale and excellent bargains.  With so many amazing, innovative products online, it could become addictive!

For the latest news on designer products and sales, follow Fab on Facebook and Twitter.

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IKEA takes over Paris Métro!

Clever IKEA have read commuters’ minds and made the underground more like home.  For two weeks, four Paris Métro platforms will host relaxing pop-up lounges with dozens of sofas lamps and wallpaper bookcases.

IKEA are promoting their best selling Ektorp and Karlstad sofas in some of the busiest stations in central Paris and they must be pretty confident that they’re good enough to withstand all the grime, sticky hands and jumping kids for two weeks!

From what I’ve seen in Paris on my travels, they have major points over the London transport system, with heaters in the main train stations, generally larger platforms and now pop-up lounges which just wouldn’t work in London.

Saying that, the number of people sleeping rough in the Paris metro stations in the evenings come winter is quite startling, so whether IKEA like it or not, at least they’ll have somewhere a bit more comfortable to rest.

If you’re in Paris, you can rest your weary bones on the platforms of  Saint-Lazare, Champs-Elysées Clémenceau, Concorde and Opéra.

Whether IKEA’s sofa sales will increase remains to be seen, but what a brilliant publicity stunt!

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