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Trompe L'oeil interiors

I'm not sure if I love or hate this new Dutch Design Stool from Utility. What do you think?

The "Beechwood" stool, £25, from Utility, is not what it seems: it is made, not from wood at all, but from FSC corrugated cardboard, trompe l'oeil style. So the self-assembly stool is super eco-friendly (it  comes flat-packed) and is surprisingly sturdy – your largest friend (unless they are in the crane-lift out of bed arena) could comfortably sit on it, as it supports up to 200 kilos of person.

Do you love or hate its cardboard deception?

There's a lot of it about. It started with Piet Hien Eek's "Scrapwood" wallpaper, and now the idea has mushroomed...

This  Kapyton Linen Beige wallpaper paper looks so tactile and sumptuous. Couture Deco, $89 (£56) per roll, plus $9.99 (£6.30) UK delivery.

And while  this Boua Drift wallpaper doesn't have the variety of pattern that the Piet Hien Eek designs have, the price tag is much more accessible. It'd go well with the deliciously dusky, leathery scent of True Grace's Library scented candle or diffuser.

The fabric printed Montmartre stairs, $199 (£125) is the trompe l'oeil to trump them all.

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