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VM choice: John Lewis toweling fish

When next in London’s Oxford Street, do step in to John Lewis and admire the virtual aquarium of toweling fish floating serenely in the home section, neatly linking the function of a towel with something that lives in water.

The refurbished display on the just-being-reopened home floor is just as nicely colour-blocked as previously, but the simple and effective shoal of toweling fish gives the display a stylish edge.

The colours of the overlocked strips of toweling have been combined to progress gently above the related coloured towels.

A close-up of the fish explains their charm: not only do the fish have a soft, cushion-like appeal, but the woven toweling strips have a textual appeal. Each is suspended from a shallow, mesh grid fixed to the ceiling above the shelves, against a neutral grey wall.

Below this blue-toned shoal notice how the occasional shelf of rolled-up towels rings the changes.

Progressing from purple to black, this draught of fish, seems to be heading for the bedding department…