We have had Mindfulness and now we have Do-ness. we actually prefer this as Mindfulness, although great and definitely important, started to get just a teensy bit ubiquitous.
PR company Friends & Co has cleverly nudged into product development – its first foray is Makers for Selfridges. Selfridges, the iconic London store on Oxford Street, approached Friends & Co to curate a homeware collection of products made in Britain and designed by independent makers.
Mid-century style just got a stylish makeover in the shape of the new handcrafted Matrix furniture collection from Atkin & Thyme and you can be on trend without bing out of pocket- hurrah!
The School of Life is open all year round, not just at Christmas. They do amazing courses and fun get togethers…..and they also do brilliant presents for you and your friends and family. Christmas is a tricky time. When gift-giving takes up so much time and energy, we can easily become impatient with the things we buy. Joining in with all those who, when they want to pinpoint the root cause of corruption in our age, only need to point the finger at our attachment to material things. We’re apparently sick because we’re so materialistic, so fixated on brand products and nice new things.
Having scaled both the UK and the globe to uncover the freshest creative talents, London’s contemporary illustration event is back with an international line-up like never before and we can’t wait to go- it’s a brilliant place for Christmas presents and treats for yourself.
We at Despoke often think that the mark of a truly grown up kitchen, someone who seriously has their life together, is the presence of a KitchenAid mixer. There’s something about their 1950’s fluid design, their chrome bowl and their rather large price tag, that screams- “don’t worry! I know what I am doing! of course I can make my own family recipe Yorkshire puddings whilst being calmly in charge of two under 5 year olds.” We have no KitchenAid mixer….and feel this says a lot. Ahem.
Well, stand aside those who laugh at our lack of culinary appliances, for the makers of the iconic Artisan Stand Mixer open their first Experience Store in the world to customers in the heart of London’s West End on Wigmore Street and we are on our way down. Stylishly arranged over two floors, the store is the perfect environment to inspire kitchen designers, budding bakers and serious chefs alike. As well as helping you imagine you are living in a World of Interiors spread.
Not only does it display KitchenAid’s famous small domestic appliances including the new Artisan Mini Stand Mixer, but also the recently launched range of major domestic appliances such as the revolutionary Chef Touch Sous Vide system and Chef Sign Deep Induction Trays, which offer a perfectly balanced mix of iconic design and professional performance. We have zero idea of what these products do but we know we want them, for to say you possess a Sous Vide system, is to say you are in charge of your own destiny.
Perhaps most excitingly, the space has a fully functioning demonstration kitchen as well as a cookery school which entertains a rolling schedule of events, offering customers the opportunity to experience the professional results KitchenAid appliances can produce. So, you can try the covetable products in the safe haven of the shop, before buying one and fully growing up.
Click here to book classes and find out more.
So, people seem to be throwing this term Hygge around willy nilly at the moment. It’s one of those words that we reckon is a bit of a fancy fad, but we do love the images it conjures up. Hygge (pronounced “hue-gah”) is a Danish word with no literal English translation that roughly encompasses a cosy feeling or atmosphere and the pleasure in making ordinary, every day actions feel special and meaningful.