TRY TATE: FOR SOMETHING TO WAKE THEM UP — OR HELP THEM SLEEP
TATE SHOP has a terrific selection of artist-designed homewares, including these Doorways to the Kingdom of Heaven espresso cups and saucers, left, by Damien Hirst — perfect for an art lover’s morning coffee, priced £20 for a cup and saucer. We are already eyeing the Louise Bourgeoisdesigned eye mask, left, at £28. The French-American artist, who suffered terrible insomnia, described the concept of sleep as “paradise” (tate.org.uk).
SIR JOHN SOANE’S MUSEUM: TAKE TIPS FROM THE MASTER
THE home in Lincoln’s Inn Fields of neo-classical architect John Soane (1753-1837), who built the Bank of England, features convex mirrors at every turn. Soane used them to bring in light and to expand the impression of spaciousness throughout the house — an idea that works perfectly year round, not just at Christmas. This one, above, is £55 from the museum shop. While you’re there, book lovers can’t fail to be impressed by these Corinthian Architectural Bookends, below, £150 (soane.org).