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Sliced Sphere by Frederik Roijé features a line of light diagonally cut through the shade, throwing a dynamic pattern across your space while it downlights.

Welcome to the best in design for modern living. Our latest essential edit includes a lost archive of mid-century modernism, a graphic display for your magazines and porcelain with an edge

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TOP CRAIG ELLWOOD, HUNT HOUSE, MALIBU, 1955 ABOVE CRAIG ELLWOOD, CASE STUDY HOUSE #18, BEVERLY HILLS, 1958 BELOW LUTAH MARIA RIGGS, PETER BERKEY III HOUSE, CARPINTERIA, 1961 BOTTOM LOUIS KAHN SALK INSTITUTE, LA JOLLA, 1963 IMAGES COURTESY OF PHAIDON / ESTATE OF MARVIN RAND

With its beachside living, continuous sunshine and progressive clientele, California quickly became a showcase for mid-century modernism. Clean-lined homes, open to the air and landscape, were often hidden behind discreet, minimal entrances, leaving the social glamour within to the imagination of the uninvited. Companies and institutions, also keen to be seen as part of this brave new world, built sleek edifices full of graphic shadow and wide space. Photographer Marvin Rand steadfastly documented these buildings over decades, leaving a lost archive of 50,000 images to be re-discovered in 2012. Pubishers Phaidon have compiled highlights from this visual treasure trove, celebrating both the iconic buildings of the time and the unsung image maker who has given us the chance to see them again, as fresh as the day they were built.

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Display your favourite publications as art with the wall-mounted Guidelines rack. Its graphic lines overlap and intersect to create an undulating frame as stylish as the magazines it holds. Available in both white or dark grey powder-coated steel, combine them for a more dynamic display.

IMAGES COURTESY OF CHAPLINS FURNITURE

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Outdoor living can be as stylish as indoors with the right pieces. The Grid collection by Gloster includes sofas, chaise loungers and tables that can be mixed and connected in infinite combinations to suit your space or a particular gathering. Coffee tables in slatted teak and black marble feature moveable serving trays and the modular sofas are showerproof, just in case the weather isn’t quite as flexible as your seating arrangement.

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IMAGE COURTESY OF ROOM 356

This collection of mini planters may appear to be cut from marble, but they’re actually created in porcelain by UK ceramicist Jack Laverick. His innovative marbling technique, hand-cast then sanded to a matte finish, ensures each piece is unique. Available in four faceted geometric shapes, they are ideal for potting succulents, holding air plants or simply admiring as is.

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"No two materials are alike. No two sites on earth are alike. No two buildings have the same purpose. The purpose, the site, the material determine the shape. Nothing can be reasonable or beautiful unless it’s made by one central idea, and the idea sets every detail. A building is alive, like a man."

Ayn Rand The Fountainhead

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