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In the papers today: 02.01.08

Death may seem a rather grim way to start the year’s news, but the death of Memphis Group founder Ettore Sottsass is the dominating story on the first day back at work.

In the Daily Telegraph, the anonymous obituarist relates how Sottsass was lauded by Karl Lagerfeld and Philippe Starck. Deyan Sudjic – supremo of London's Design Museum, which ran a Sottsass exhibition last year – writes in the Guardian that ‘Sottsass was an exception in that he really was a highly gifted architect, even though he was entirely outside the mainstream.’

On an even gloomier note, the
Independent notes that while Liverpool will officially be declared European City of Culture, it may also get the unwanted title of Britain’s capital of debt. House repossessions are expected to soar. In a similar vein, the Financial Times reports that property loan defaults are forecast to rise sharply.

A happy new year to all our readers.

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