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Luxury Made update

We take a look at the show Luxury Made and see who is on the list and ready to exhibit and showcase at the show in September.

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Walter Knoll chair heaven

One sure fire way to make an office space or a co-working environment look instantly more agreeable, is to get gorgeous chairs in there. Walter Knoll, leaders in the office interior world for over 150 years, have created some of the furniture world’s most iconic pieces.

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Walter Knoll has worked with some top designers globally, including Foster + Partners, PearsonLloyd, EOOS, Sadi & Neptune Ozis and Claudio Bellini and a small group of other designers.

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Foster and Partners

We are particular fans of this more home interior set called Seito by Wolfgang Mezger. Although the chairs could work just as well in break out office spaces, they are informal and the colours muted enough, to work brilliantly in a pared-back Scandi scheme.

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We are also mad-keen on this 50’s inspired Mad-Men looking set of lounge chairs by architect and design practice PearsonLloyd. The chair has been designed with classic cars in mind. The influence can be seen in the undulating lines and rich focus on upholstery.

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Healey PearsonLloyd

For more information, head to the website.

Flowers of Burleigh

British brand Burleigh pottery has taken shapes and designs from its archives to create a new range, which celebrates the UK’s love of flowers and horticulture.

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Burleigh has been perfecting its craft for over 160 years. Established in Stoke on Trent in 1851 and world famous for its blue and white ceramics, which are hand made in England using traditional craft techniques. Its bestselling ‘Asiatic Pheasants’ design has been loved by generations and has been made in the same way since 1862. We are loving these new simple designs that celebrate a pared back look,  letting the flowers do the talking.

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We are particular fans of this large castor jug which has a traditional font and would look perfect on a plain country style kitchen table or on a modern glass topped one.

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Burleigh is the only pottery in the world to decorate using tissue transfer printing from hand engraved copper plates. Above is a swan vase design, dating from the mid 19th, which is retiling at £140.

To buy and for more information, click here.

London Design Biennale at LDF2016

The first London Design Biennale will open this September at Somerset House with over 30 countries participating (7 – 27 September). Nations from six continents will present newly commissioned works that explore the theme Utopia by Design.

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Taking over the entirety of Somerset House, including The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court and River Terrace, the London Design Biennale will explore big questions and ideas about sustainability, migration, pollution, energy, cities, and social equality. Visitors will see engaging and interactive installations, innovations, artworks and proposed design solutions – all in an immersive, inspiring and entertaining tour of the world.somerset-house-london-england-hd-wallpaper

Here’s a bit of what we know about some of the countries so far: Austria will present a specially developed installation by mischer’traxler studio. The Austrian contribution will be curated by Thomas Geisler, Curator Design Collection, MAK Vienna, and organized by Austria Design Net. mischer’traxler studio will create a kinetic light installation entitled LeveL: the fragile balance of utopia.

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LeveL: the fragile balance of utopia

Helidon Xhixha’s installation takes the Renaissance city layout – built around a central core – as its starting point. Using his trademark reflective surfaces, the installation is a space for both interaction and personal reflection (literal and metaphorical), highlighting the need for a cohesive society in the midst of a migration crisis.

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Porky Hefer, from South Africa, will be exhibiting his signature hanging constructions that are both working seats and fantastical creatures. Hefer’s playful nests are symptomatic of a new era in South African design that is built around themes of equality and unity.

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Porky Heffer

Mexican architect and urbanist Fernando Romero is looking at the potential of car-free future cities. How would this work and what would it mean for Mexico City, one of the world’s most polluted places?

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Mexico

Make sure to book tickets by clicking here.

Flock goes the Furniture

We have been mad fans of Flock for a good few years now after we first spotted them in Walthamstow in a local market.

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Northmore Major Pattern

The brand was established in 2013, driven by the desire to discover and nurture the best of new British design. Lead by creative director Jenny Wingfield, Flock works with an eclectic mix of artists, designers and recent graduates to create a bold and beautiful collection of textiles for interiors.

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Toddstool

They have also gone into furniture with a beautiful range of chairs, stools and now tables with Metier for Flock.

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They swapped textiles for timber to see how the Flock patterns could transform a table and the results are brilliant.  Each table is unique and is digitally printed using advance UV ink technology onto renewably sourced birch ply- through the print the intricacies and texture of the wood grain is captured. Beautifully powder coated steel hairpin legs give a dense and highly polished finish. Now over to you to get adventurous and create your bespoke piece…….

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100% Design opens in September

How on earth is it nearly September again (ok it may be July but it’s only 2 months away.) LDF is gearing up all it’s engines and the biggest trade show and heart of the festival, 100% Design is ready for it’s 2016 edition. We look at some of the brands in the Emerging Brands section below.

 

Addicted to patterns

Addicted to patterns

Addicted to Patterns is Bristol based design studio created by Justyna Medon professional Printmaker and surface decoration specialist and Mani Swiatek designer and photographer. The studio specialises in bespoke printed – artisan collections of textiles and wallpapers.

Fikkisimo

Fikkisimo

The Fikissimo trademark is a production division of a company that for over 100 years has worked with concrete and other waste building materials, with constant imput by designers, architects and by master craftsmen.

Se7e

Se7e

Born and raised in Lisboa, Se7e represents the city 7 hills. They are a multidisciplinary team, based within a research centre exploring new possibilities for furniture and objects. Every Se7e product is produced in their factory in Portugal.

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Kate Cledwyn

Using photography, Cledwyn creates innovative art design for commercial and residential projects. The artwork reinterprets and brings new shapes, patterns and designs to the images photographed. Products include acrylic mounted pictures, rugs, wallpaper, sculptural picture blocks and aluminium printed pictures which give a wonderful reflective quality to the work.

To attend the show, register here.

Acqua-7 opens

Collaborative wine bar and event space Acqua-7 has opened in the ever- fashionable Dalston (has it reached peak trend yet- surely?!)

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Located at number 7 Balls Pond Road, the concept bar will offer food and drink throughout the day and into the evening, a retail area, as well as an integrated creative platform. Collaborating with Italian architecture studio Arkyna Design, founder Cyrus Cookson, has a vision for a new culture of fine drinking in East London, involving good wine, good food and beautiful surroundings- fine by us!

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The bar itself sits within a backdrop of crisp white walls, a bespoke dark sessile oak counter running along the side, mirrored by a floating white retail space, where customers are able to purchase wines, coffee beans and more, to take home with them.

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From breakfast through to lunch Acqua7  serves a modern European inspired menu, including pastries, sandwiches and salads served in edible bowls, and a number of plates that will form Acqua7’s signature dishes. Coffee is served in traditional Moka pots, with the pots industrial design creating an authentic Italian coffee. By night the menu will progress in to charcuterie, salads and cheeses.

Website: www.acqua7.com Instagram: @acqua7dalston

Y-Rack by HCWD Studios

We don’t have massive living abodes here at Despoke. But we always need more storage places.  Coats are annoying as they take up a load of space but are used frequently. That’s where this bad-boy comes in. Y-Rack is the first modular coat rack system which can be assembled and reassembled into different configurations to fit different needs.

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It is capable of adding more hanging spots for more clothes and can expand infinitely without limits. It consists of Y shape modules with a free standing base, and an optional wall mounting kit.

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The Y-rack comes from Hsin-Chun Wang & Ye Liu, Founders of HCWD Studio, who are based in New York City. They are one of the 50 Young Professionals of Red Dot 2016, 2016 Best Designers/Best Design Studio from International Furniture Fair Singapore and nominees of the German Design Awards 2016.

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The Y-rack will be launched on Kickstarter on July 26th- get on there and bag yourself one.

German lighting designer and manufacturer Ingo Maurer has announced the launch of the limited edition of Spyre; a unique luminaire designed by prolific industrial designer and artist Ron Arad.

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Floors of Stone handmade tiles

We love a good stone floor or wall, but it’s not often we can find something that is unique,  handmade and well, beautiful. However, Floors of Stone and Hannah Livesley have launched their collection of handmade ceramic tiles and they really are rather stunning.

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Lane bring the cushions

Despoke favourite, interiors brand Lane, launches its first range of Twin Tone Cushions. The luxury cushion comes in four colourways with a contrasting colour on each side. They are made with 100% wool in tweed from Bute Fabrics, one of Britain’s most respected upholstery manufacturers from the beautiful Isle of Bute, Scotland. It follows on from Lane’s successful Twin Tone Lampshade range, which we have previously featured on the blog.

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Design Market

We know we love vintage design- we just wish we could afford it. Now although we might need to save some pennies, we have a website that’s dedicated to sourcing it all so we can drool over it whilst saving.

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Summer Screen Prints

Each year, Print Club London invites talented artists and illustrators to create alternative, screen-printed posters for the films shown at Film4 Summer Screen. The film showings take place at the stunning Somerset House under a hopefully summer-star-filled sky (probably a bit of rain let’s be honest.)

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Bram Stoker’s Dracula Cassandra Yap

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Sinan: The First Starchitect

Sinan: The First Starchitect exhibition has opened in London. The exhibition, exploring 16th century Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan’s mastery of the art of building, from his use of ceramics to his designs of mosque complexes and urban infrastructure, is open to the public until 10 June 2016 at the Building Centre in London.

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Plain English

Creative director and founder of brand Plain English, has re-designed their Blandford Street showroom. Inspired by the gentility and practicality of Edwardian design and engineering, the showroom has a pleasingly simple and easy air.

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Bespoke designs have been made to adapt to the users lifestyle with large break out areas as well as unique cabinetry that can be adapted and accommodated into any of the designs. Open shelving features, a design that was popular in Edwardian times and is popular once again.

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The showroom is a large, light-filled, open space and works well for exhibitions, most recently housing Karen Downing’s vases and ceramics.

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The porcelain vases, bowls and pots, although beautiful are hardy can be used in the kitchen with ease. They possess a tactile quality that encourages you to use them without worrying about them being damaged.

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For more information on Plain English, click here. For more information on Karen Downing, click here.

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