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Mauro Lipparini for Casa International

We love a good chair and so do Casa International. They’ve commissioned new seating pieces  by Italian architect/designer Mauro Lipparini to add to his already strong collection.

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Agordo

The subtle colour and the 1950’s influence of the Agordo, made from Italian leather, would suit a range of interiors, but we think is such a stand alone beauty, that you could have one as a statement piece. We feel it’s expensive just by looking at it, so one is probably all we could get anyway.

Cassola

Cassola

The Cassola chair has a unique look that derives from a metal understructure, linking backrest and seat. The framework is covered in a soft grey fabric that would suit a spread in Elle Decoration.
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Asolo

We are particularly enamoured by the Asolo chair, we think it’s something to do with how perfect the legs are and the simplicity of the leather.

For more information click here.

Design Museum News

LDF is coming up for sure, but it’s November that the community are also eyeing up with excitement as that’s when the Design Museum opens its doors to its new South Kensington residence.

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Before they open the building, there are hosting a number of different events- appearing at 100% Design, prosecco at the shop and curated tours.

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As part of London Design Festival, the Design Museum Shop will host Six Vases, a window installation by Bethan Laura Wood for Bitossi Ceramiche. These new vases will be available to buy from the shop.

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Adopt an object- The museum has been fundraising for six years to realise its ambition of creating the world’s leading museum devoted to architecture and design and  need your help in the final fundraising push. To raise money you can adopt one of 12 iconic objects. Easier than a pet.

For more information on all things Design Museum, click here.

Fun Food

Black+Blum are pretty good at having fun with the more mundane products we all have around the household and this time they’ve turned their hand to the lunchbox. Home of squashed sandwiches, leaks and a weird smell that never really goes away however many times you wash it.

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New Mylo chair from JDD

It’s not often that a chair probably designed for workspace-environments catches our eye, but we really do like the shape and the fabric of the new Mylo range by JDD.

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Designed and handcrafted in Birmingham, UK, the pieces come in a range of fabric options that would suit any office breakout area or indeed within a less formal situ, round a dining room table at home. The legs come in 6 different colours that would brighten up any room.

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The foodie hotspot, Zetter Townhouse in Clerkenwell has the chairs on show at the moment in their meeting rooms in a muted palette that suits their interior design perfectly, so make sure to pop by and see them.

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Click here to read more about JDD.

British Airways i360 lighting switched on

On the 4th August Brighton was lit up just a little bit more when  the ‘breathing’ lighting on British Airways i360 was switched on for the first time. The name might be somewhat cumbersome, but the structure is far from messy.

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Lighting and design accessories from Kukka

We have found British brand Kukka and are in love. The interiors and accessories brand offers contemporary products for the modern-day living designed by founder Rona Meyuchas-Koblenz.

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Junit is a modular pendant lamp that consists of 8 different elements. They come in a natural, clear finish or each in a different color. The bulb complements the colorful lamp with its oversized, milky glass that produces warm, ambient light.

freakish clock

We love this new way of telling the time! Freakish clock comes in five different colour ways and is a great statement piece for any room.

sj bookcase

The SJ bookcase offers a myriad of combinations and colours – from the rigorous to the more asymmetric. Each block has a different colour back and is made to fit together or in separate spaces across the home.
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We’ve spoken about how much we love boards with peg holes in and how happy they make us (strangely.) This is X Holes Round, Kukka’s version and we like. We like a lot. Made from birch, get as many pegs as you can and hang all sorts of useless trinkets to distract yourself with on it.

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.

Foster and Partners

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.

Northmore Major Pattern

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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