19 Greek Street opened their new exhibition ‘L’Appartement du Progres’ to the public today. The installation is a tightly curated living space that challenges the myth that conscious, charitable and sustainable design must always sacrifice style.
‘L’Appartement du Progres’ brings together noteworthy design, including up-cycled chairs by Nina Tolstrup, a selection from Marni‘s 100 chairs made through a charity program for Columbian ex-convicts, pieces by UK charity Out of the Dark, cabinets made from recycled newspaper by VIJ5 and sustainable pieces by Dian Simpson.
Their ‘open’ bar will also be a food drive where guests may bring a piece of food in exchange for a free drink. All food collected will go to London Street Food Bank. If you are unsure about which foods are acceptable visit the London Street Food Bank website.
Monday to Saturday
15-January 16th 2015
Pentagram have designed the packaging for Spectrum, a new range of consumer electronics for John Lewis. The digital radio is the first product to be relaunched in the new packaging. Continue Reading…
Above: French 75
Wondering what drink to serve your guests during the party season? Try a French 75 cocktail which emerged during the Prohibition. The drink’s success can be accredited to its inclusion in the first edition of The Savoy Cocktail Book which is now in its 125th year. Using spirits that are a firm fixture in any good drinks cabinet this is a simple yet impressive drink perfect for social gatherings.
25ml/0.75 oz Gin
15ml/0.75 oz lemon juice
25ml/0.75 oz simple syrup
Splash of Champagne
- Combine all ingredients except the champagne in a shaker tin, add ice and lightly shake, then strain.
- Don’t over-shake to avoid diluting the drink
- Pour into a tall glass and top with champagne.
- Garnish with a peel of lemon rind.
The book is available from Makers & Brothers
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Today we welcome multi-award winning creator Morag Myerscough founder of multi-disciplinary design practices Studio Myerscough and Supergrouplondon. Here are the items on her Christmas list:
The Highliners Vinyl – available with a free CD just in case people who like the vinyl haven’t got a record player, but want to hear the music. It also includes a free cut out vicars dog collar, book marker, fan card and wall poster. Luke Morgan, £16.99. Continue Reading…
Above: Mat Hunter, Chief Design Officer at the Design Council
Mat Hunter, Chief Design Officer at the Design Council has given Despoke exclusive insight into Design Council Spark, the new product innovation fund to uncover the UK’s next great inventions.
If you would like a chance to win a bespoke support programme, as well as the opportunity to help bring your physical prototype or idea to market read on for details:
What is the aim of the Design Council Spark?
To better support physical product innovation in the UK and complement the many software-centric programmes that already exist. We will help fund and develop revolutionary product ideas that solve problems faced by people in their everyday lives with an injection of funds to get started, but more importantly with bespoke advice, support and connections. Design Council Spark is a fantastic opportunity to build on our rich heritage as a nation of physical product innovators and inventors. Continue Reading…
It has been a longtime coming – the return of flare. If you have held on to your coveted pairs and they still fit dust them off. Chloé Pre-Fall 2015 leads the way with a wide legged collection that also tapers into a bootcut.
Tweed / Bomber jackets / High and low waist trousers / A line mini skirts / Sheer billowing shirts with lace inserts / Extreme 70s collars and cuffs / crocodile skin / Knee high boots
Match the tree: Green and white are the perfect Christmas colour combination. Team with a hint of metallic for an understated festive look.
1. Blanket – Not on the High Street, £49.95.
2. Fraser Fir Christmas Tree – Delivered to your home from Real Christmas Trees, from £60.
3. Vintage Verner Panton. Bachelor chair, 1955.
4. Match tea light holder, twentytwentyone, £14.
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Today we welcome multi award winning furniture and lighting designer Terence Woodgate. A modernist at heart, he is recognised for his simple, considered and understated designs. His work is held in the permanent collections of the Museu d’Arts Decoratives, Barcelona and London’s V&A Museum. Here are the items on his Christmas list:
Above: ‘Bamboo Vessels‘ by Reiko Kaneko
These are simple, modern cups with an organic reference to bamboo that works. They are wonderful to hold. Continue Reading…
Shoreditch based company Salt and Pegram is now seeking artists for the 2015 exhibition programme.
Since January the Princelet Street showroom has played host to five exhibitions ranging from photography, illustration, painting and prints to woodcuts and papercuts.
If you or someone you know would be interested in exhibiting please e-mail email@example.com
Above: ‘Geo Stands,’ $60
Yield is an independent design house crafting new American standards based in Saint Augustine. The brand manufactures a range of bags, jewellery, and interior accessories, which embrace American craft and ingenuity. Their forward thinking products are available online and through a growing number of retailers worldwide. We love their clean, minimal lines and modern interpretation of materials. Continue Reading…