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1970s

The high street is packed with 1970s buys – from wallpaper to floorcoverings, accessories to wall art. So, how should you approach the look to get it right?

Goodbye to the splendid 1930s world of Poirot

Goodbye to the splendid 1930s world of Poirot – David Suchet has had his last outing as Poirot. The TV adaptation was a glorious love letter to the design and architecture of the 1930s.

One object beautifully sums up David Suchet’s Hercule Poirot. The tiny “lapel pin vase”, a metal brooch holding a cut-down flower, was present through much of the 24 years of the series.

It is both a significant object from a particular story (The Chocolate Box), but also an emblem of Poirot’s character. The Belgian detective is meticulous – in his detection, but also in his dress, in his groomed moustache and in his immaculate modern (for the 1930s) flat.

“They had made a decision in the very early days that although the books run over nearly 60 years that they would still set everything in the mid-1930s,” says Jeff Tessler, production designer on Poirot from 2005.

10 bizarre objects found in ‘cool’ offices

10 bizarre objects found in ‘cool’ offices – A man is sitting in a room surrounded by a life-sized plastic llama, an indoor slide and a disco tunnel. It might sound like the beginning of a strange dream, but these are all objects found in some of the UK’s “coolest” offices, writes Kate Magee.

Companies, particularly in the creative or tech industries, are ploughing money and energy into designing offices that look more like adult playgrounds than a place of work, in the hope that it will make their employees more creative.

It’s a trend that had its genesis in the US, with basketball hoops and jelly bean machines cropping up in creative offices.