There’s a rash of furniture around that plays around with the contrast between plain, pale timber and slashes of bright colour. It seems that you need to get the balance right (lots timber, and a little colour) and also get the colour itself right, which needs to be blisteringly bright to catch your eye. For designer brands look to Colombian Reinhard Dienes, whose Le Belge shelving fits together with bright green butterfly screws, or Brit Charlie Crowther-Smith, whose Dowel desk features a coral-coloured brace linking its rear legs (both designs are unified by their simple construction). And on the high street, Terence Conran’s Webster dining table for M&S hits the spot. It’s a bit of frivolity in a serious world.