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    Tottenham Court Road, London.

    C/U of two pyramid shaped white light shades hanging at an odd angle - they are designed by Henry Long and are made from Perspex. The narrator explains these shades and all the other furniture in this item are from Christopher and Anthony Heal's latest collection.

    M/S of a living room (in fact, like all the other 'rooms', it is an elaborate display on the forth floor of the department store, Heal's) . A woman dressed in red, Ann Taylor, enters and goes over a cocktail cabinet, designed by Nigel Walters, made from wood and white plastic. She slides open the main door and then opens a smaller side door which pivots. The pivoting door stands on fold away legs like an ironing board to create a 'bar'.

    M/S of a dressing table made from white metal and pine standing in the corner of an elegant, modernistic bedroom designed by Ernest Race. A woman dressed in pink, Coral Ellahi, enters and sits at the dressing table. She demonstrates how a central mirrored panel lifts and folds to create a make-up mirror. She uses the mirror to fiddle with her hair. She folds up a wooden panel to the left of the mirror to reveal a compartment for keeping make-up and jewellery. M/S of Coral revealing the rest of the bedroom decorated in dark blue, white and pine. Coral walks over to the wardrobe. Instead of opening like a conventional wardrobe, the plasticised fabric doors fold up like garage doors. Coral takes a chiffon scarf from the wardrobe and wraps it around her neck. She then goes to the next door, opens in and takes out a pink fur lined coat which she folds over her arm before exiting.

    M/S of a living room with a brown armchair and sofa and a wooden dining table laid out ready for tea. The two designers Christopher and Anthony Heal enter. Christopher sits on the chair and Anthony sits on the sofa. Christopher reaches under the table and uses a lever to lower the table. Anthony also has a go at using the lever - the table can be lowered to three different heights. Christopher demonstrates how the ends of the table can fold down. Low angle C/U of the mechanism under the table which allows it to be lowered. C/U of Christopher - he appears to be wearing a toupee! C/U of Anthony.

    M/S of another modern dining room with a mahogany suite designed by Robert Heritage. Ann enters dressed in blue and demonstrates the folding extension at the end of the dining table. The narrator points out this design differs from the conventional sliding table extensions and allows the table to be extended even when it is already laid. Ann walks over to a wooden cabinet to demonstrate the sliding doors - "the first sideboard to have sliding doors that are completely flush when closed".

    M/S of Coral dressed in black sitting beside a record player in a modern living room. She picks up a record and takes it over to a record cabinet designed by Christopher Heal. She unlocks and opens the suspended front door of the cabinet. C/U of the inside of the record cabinet. The narrator explains that on one side there are shelves for twelve inch discs, while on the other the shelves are moveable to accommodate different sized records and "even tape recorder reels". There is even a card index to keep record titles in. C/U of Coral's face as she leafs through various records.

    Please note the spelling of Coral's surname may be incorrect as it was taken from a hand-written note.

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    British Pathé
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    Available on request
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    01:25:12:00 / 01:27:45:00
    CP 172
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    CP 172
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