The Decorating Editor, Homes & Gardens, King’s Reach Tower, Stamford Street, London SE1 9LS. ROUND-ENDED BEDS Could you help me locate a supplier of a bed with a round-ended mattress. DINING FOR LARGE GROUPS LONDON I would like the end to be semi-circular rather than the standard square shape. S R, Hexham. precious metal, bold colours in decoration and the decorative use of reflective surfaces such as glass, mirror and lacquer.
One book that explains how style themes as different as these were expressed in ordinary domestic interiors up and down the land is Suburban Style: The British Home 1840-1960 by Helena Barrett andjohn Phillips (Little, Brown, £14-99). A good hunting ground for genuine thirties furniture and accessories is Libra Designs, Unit 45, Alfie’s Antique Market, Church Street, London NW8 8DT, (0171) 402 1976. If you are lucky you may find a cloud-back three-piece suite for around £2,000, dining furniture in light bird’s-eye maple, bedroom suites, cocktail cabinets, side tables, desks, mirrors and chandeliers. Meanwhile, for original thirties light fittings, try Jones Antique Lighting, 194 West-boume Grove, London Wll 2RH, (0171) 229 6866. French art deco furniture by famous makers now reaches high prices at auction. Restall Brown & Clennell has introduced a collection that draws on the finest furniture by Brandt, Rhul-mann and others for inspiration.