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If you plan to vist the Milan Furniture Fair next month, step on to the Design London Pavilion for an exciting glimpse of work from new London-based designers and furniture companies. The Ptah Low Table (pictured) by Horace Walters of Asaru is one such debut, alongside Julian Mayor's futuristic fibreglass General Dynamic chair and quirky pieces from Transport for London's All Zones Project. The pavilion, the brainchild of Hidden Art in association with Creative London, will consist of five key areas and will also showcase furniture from more established designers and manufacturers such as Simon Pengelly and Hitch Mylius. Visit the Fair from 13-18 April 2005, or see www. hiddenart. com for more information.

'Glasgow Toile' by Scottish textile design studio Timorous Beasties may seem a charming replica of 1800s Toile de Jouy, but look again. The wallpaper depicts 'clubbers and crack addicts in Glasgow at night' and has secured the studio a place in the shortlist for the Design Museum's Designer of the Year award. The other three nominees are: Hilary Cottam, champion of better designs in schools, hospitals and prisons;

Jasper Morrison, for his range of kitchenware for Rowenta; and the Penguin Books team for its Great Ideas paperbacks.

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