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Drive-in decorating

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Colour is one of the most under-rated aspects of design, RIBA president Marco Goldschmied announced at the event for the institute's latest moneymaking wheeze, the launch with Crown Trade of the Drawings Collection Authentic Colours range of paints. He complained that the themed collections stopped with '50s sketchbook . . . I sincerely hope the '70s Pompidou may come in', going on to show his commitment to colour by fetching samples he is using for the decoration of his flat at Montevetro. These included a brilliant green that will be used on a 12m wall, and an iridescent dark grey/purple for the stringers on the stairs. 'I tried to persuade Crown to make them, ' he said, but without success. What is the automobilecollecting president using instead?

Car paint, of course.

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