TRY TATE: FOR SOME­THING TO WAKE THEM UP — OR HELP THEM SLEEP

London Evening Standard (West End Final B) - ES Homes and Property - - Christmas Shopping -

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).

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