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by Lassen styling – Winter wonderland

We have featured by Lassen a number of times on Despoke- mainly because they produce beautiful furniture and objects like the below.

by lassen

by Lassen is a Danish design company who work with various designers, including two of Denmark’s greatest architects: Mogens Lassen and Flemming Lassen.


The Lassen brothers were extremely talented and were honoured with many awards and grants for their unique designs and iconic architecture. by Lassen’s mission is to continue the tradition of good design. Because good design lives on in new generations.


The way they design their pieces allow for beauty as well as comfort and in this cold and stormy weather, make us want to create our own winter scene to cosy up in!

Uncommon Goods

We have just discovered Uncommon Goods and we love it. The brand with amazing online website and e-shop,  want to change the way business is conducted, by making sustainability a part of every decision they make. We have picked a few of our favourite pieces below.

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Fire Escape Shelf, £69.50

Uncommon Goods want to offer buyers a creative and exciting merchandise assortment and are working with suppliers – from artists to small manufacturers – to make their products in a more socially and environmentally responsible manner. Loving the Fire Escape Shelf above- would be perfect in a lounge or a home office.

uncommon goods

Barnwood State Side Tables, £138.99

Since their founding, they have featured products that contain recycled components and have not sold products containing leather, feathers or fur – the main goal is to sell no product that harms humans or animals. The online shop itself is really easy to use and incredibly reasonable considering the quality of the pieces.

uncommon goods

Envelope Wall Vase, £32.29, by Shandi McConnell

Although the brand cover jewellery, clothing and art, we are particular fans of their home and garden ranges. It’s also great that on certain items they give a bio of the designer – thus showcasing how sustainable the piece is and allowing the user to trace the making back to a real source- not just a factory.

uncommon goods

Lightbulb LED Lamp, £84.24

They have also done a great job of photographing the pieces- they look gorgeous and as if they were straight out of a John Lewis catalogue!

uncommon goods

Yosemite Coat Rack,

Find out more about how they work here and on their website.

CDW is back with a new campaign

We love CDW in May so we were very excited to see the great new campaign designed by Studio Parallel, Kei Yoshino and Lydia Whitmore.

cdw campaign

It draws on the campaigns of the past whilst creating something completely new.

cdw campaign

With the tag line ‘We’ve got it covered’ it highlights how important the show now is across all design disciplines- covering every aspect of the design world.
cdw campaign

The use of miniature chairs calls to mind the 2013 campaign with Hattie Newman.

Hattie Newman's CDW 2013 campaign seen here at 100% Design 2013

Hattie Newman’s CDW 2013 campaign seen here at 100% Design 2013

CDW have also announced some of the great brands already signed up including…….



Mitab with their new colour palette

GP&J Baker

GP&J Baker

GP&J Baker with their stunning fabrics and wallpaper collections return to Detail.

CDW campaign

Silvia K Ceramics

Silvia K Ceramics are a new company exhibiting at the show.

To find out more head here.




Bisley at Home

Fresh off their inaugural appearance at LDF’s Design Junction, where they housed the official showcase of the Bisley at Home collection, Despoke takes a look at more of this classic British brand’s pieces.


Bisley recently launched Stage, a modular furniture system for the home. Since then Stage has been on sale through John Lewis and received numerous plaudits within the design industry. This is the prefect arrangement for those working from home- with a ready to go set up with all a good home office needs. Available in a vibrant range of colour ways and finishes, Stage can be configured to suit any number of different interiors.

Traditionally known for their storage, their up to date and fresh look, now means that their Multi-drawers are a piece of design as well as something incredibly useful. Functionality that looks stunning.


Bisley’s extensive range – including filing cabinets- is characterised by high quality design. Its quintessential multidrawer and filing cabinets are considered by many to be modern classics. No wonder when they look good and are so useful for the modern working environment. The desk filing cabinet- above- is particularly cute- not a word we usually associate with storage.


For more information on Bisley’s Home range, click here.

SCP launches SCP Editions

We are very excited to hear that one of our favourite furniture stores is adding yet more to its collection.

SCP Editions

In keeping with the celebratory spirit of its thirtieth year, London-based manufacturer and retailer SCP presents SCP Editions, a collection of products made in small batches using unconventional or specialist manufacturing techniques. Here are just a few pieces outlined below.

Chika vessel Reiko Kaneko | SCP

Chika vessel
Reiko Kaneko | SCP

Starting at £60, these Chika vessels, are made of terracotta and vary in size.

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Italy side table
Michael Marriott | SCP

Michael Marriott returns once more with these playful side tables in a number of colours, starting at £465.

Pyxis box Sarah Kay | SCP

Pyxis box
Sarah Kay | SCP

A set of handmade wooden vessels in elm, natural and ebonised chestnut.


Galvanized shelving unit
Peter Marigold | SCP

A free standing shelving unit made from laser-cut hot dip galvanised steel.

For more information on the collection as a whole, click here.


Lane’s new lamp

lane by post

We are a bit in love with Lane’s new light- the Beam table lamp. Beam has 32 paper fins that are slotted together to make an elegant and lightweight silhouette. It is a contemporary take on the classic concertina form. The first in the Beam series, it will soon be available in different sizes and shapes.

lane lamp

Beam is made from four sheets of paper bonded together to make a thick card. The paper is made in Cumbria and by one of the oldest mills in the country.  “We want to make beautiful products that are an investment in the craftspeople and communities around us. In a world of cheap imports, we think this is the future of British design.” Oliver Wood – Lane Creative Director.

lane lamp

Beam will be launched in four colourways and available from from October 2015.
Beam has a RRP of £120. An LED bulb and standard light fitting will be provided. Above is ‘Pale Grey’ & ‘China White’: Following success of grey and white Twin Tone Lampshade; subtler neutrals for a more timeless interior; charcoal edging to punctuate the form. Beam is the follow up product to the highly successful Twin Tone Lampshade (below). 
lane lamp



The Glenlivet and Sebastian Cox

It seems there is no end to Sebastian Cox’s talents. How does this man get any sleep? This time he’s been working on a collaboration with whisky company The Glenlivet and The New Craftsmen. To mark the launch of its new drink, The Glenlivet Nàdurra Peated Whisky Cask Finish, modern designer-craftsman Sebastian Cox has used his signature inventive approach to working with wood to create The Glenlivet Nàdurra Drinks Trolley.

Seb Cox

The original creation will be on display for a limited period at our fave spot, The New Craftsmen, after which time it will be relocated to its residence at The Glenlivet Distillery in Scotland. A limited number of Trolleys will be available to purchase ‘made to order’ from The New Craftsmen at a cost of £4,200 each.

Sebastian cox

Sebastian Cox is known for his dedication to proving that sustainable design does not have to result in a compromised product. He established the Sebastian Cox workshop to design and make fine objects from sustainable hardwoods, often overlooked by other designers and makers. Like coppiced hazel.

sebastian cox

Make sure to watch the ‘making of’ video here.


D&AD Professional Awards are now open!

Entries for the 54th D&AD Professional Awards have opened and with new categories, it looks set to be the most exciting year yet.

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The most coveted prize in the graphics, advertising and creative worlds, this years’ awards take place in London  in May 2016.  Since 1962, D&AD has been inspiring a community of creative thinkers by celebrating and stimulating the finest in design and advertising.  Previous winners include:

Agency StudioMakgill Client It's Nice That

Agency StudioMakgill
Client It’s Nice That- 2014

Agency Red Fuse Communications Hong Kong / Young & Rubicam Malaysia / Young & Rubicam Myanmar Client Colgate-Palmolive

Agency Red Fuse Communications Hong Kong / Young & Rubicam Malaysia / Young & Rubicam Myanmar
Client Colgate-Palmolive

Agency Leo Burnett Chicago, London, Toronto, and Holler Client Procter & Gamble

Agency Leo Burnett Chicago, London, Toronto, and Holler
Client Procter & Gamble

Agency 4creative Client Laura Ward

Agency 4creative
Client Laura Ward

Agency Red & Co Client Google

Agency Red & Co
Client Google

A D&AD Award is recognised globally as the ultimate creative accolade, entered and attended by the best creative decision makers from around the world. Set to reward, promote and enable creative brilliance in all areas of creative communication, a Yellow – or Black – Pencil remains the pinnacle in many careers. To find out about entering your project click here.

Draisci Studio at Mipim

Draisci studio

We are so pleased to hear that our good friends at Drasici Studio have designed The Royal Institute of British Architects’ ‘RIBA MIPIM UK Visitor Lounge’.  The temporary structure will stand in place through the duration of MIPIM UK, which will run at London’s Olympia from 21-23 October.

DraisciDrasici are known for their colourful pop ups. At CDW 2015 they worked with Sto Werkstatt to create The Sleeperie- a place for visitors to lay down and rest between their busy meetings.


And in 2012, they created the incredible ‘Spring Forest’ a pop-up in Clerkenwell in conjunction with CDW and Fulton Umbrellas.

Established by Francesco Draisci (DipArch, ARB,RIBA), after years of working experience with Richard Rogers Partnership and Ron Arad among others, the multi-disciplinary practice offers a platform that blurs the boundaries between the practical and the poetic.

For more information click here.


Northern Design Festival

2015 marks the 10th year of Northern Design Event, a festival taking place from the 21-25 October highlighting all things design in the North of England and showing that it’s not just London that’s a hot bed for design talent.

Susi Bellamy

Susi Bellamy

And quite right too when you think that Deadgood, Timorous Beasties and Susi Bellamy all hail from the North as does the famed product design course at Northumbria. With names such as Jonathan Ive amongst their alumni, they’re doing something right.



Deadgood bring their ‘Working Girl’ chair to the show, recently seen at LDF.



With AFID bringing the mid-century modern to the show with this gorgeous cabinet.

Hothouse ceramics

Hothouse ceramics

BLH Ceramics, from their studio from Newcastle, aim to combine traditional craft elements and hand built pieces to demonstrate a range of intricate and tactile surface treatments.

David Irwin

David Irwin

David Irwin’s new sustainable M Lamp, is available in a number of colours.


Taking place at the Assembly House, 55 Westgate Road, Newcastle-upon-Tyne NE1 1SG, tickets can be bought here.


Makers of East London

We were so excited to receive this stunning book with text by our great friend Katie Treggiden & photographs by Charlotte Schreiber.  Published by Hoxton Mini Press (, this gorgeous tome, outlines the history of one of London’s greatest craft centres, from those on the ground.

hoxton mini press

The book opens with a comprehensive introduction of East London, highlighting its importance as a hub of creativity for hundreds of years “That ‘part’, to the east of the centre… now the creative powerhouse of the capital.”

Hoxton mini press

Bellerby and Co. – Globemakers

There’s something heartening and comforting knowing that someone, not far from where I sit now, is making a globe. A beautiful and bespoke globe; something I had no idea would possibly still be made by hand- let alone running a thriving business.

hoxton mini press

Freed of London pointe shoes

Then there’s the ballet shoes, the pointe shoes that were revolutionised by Frederick Freed in 1929 and have continued to be made by hand in the Well Street factory in Hackney, since.

Hoxton Mini Press

New North Press- Letterpressing

Letter pressing, an art that has been around for centuries, is time-consuming, but there is nothing quite like it for beauty. Graham Bignell established his studio New North press 30 years ago and is seeing to it that this art-form doesn’t die off.

hoxton mini press

Rob Court- Neon signs

Then there’s those crafts that you almost forget are crafts, like the making/ blowing of neon signs. Rob Court has been blowing bulbs for neon signs for nearly 30 years and names celebrities such as Paul McCartney and Oprah Winfrey amongst his clients.

hoxton mini press

Barn the Spoon- spoonmaker

Sitting on the number 48 or 55 bus, you can’t help but see Barnaby Carder in his glass-fronted studio on the Hackney Road, whittling away at wood, creating his wonderfully unique spoons. It’s this image of modern life looking in on the traditional, that perhaps highlights what’s especially important about this book and indeed what it does so well. More and more people are starting to crave the simple life; a time where you bought something well-made just once… and that was it. Makers of East London brings these important characters together in one book and in one part of the city.

It is possible to live simply and enjoy it.

Find out more about this book and many more here.

Muuto Restore basket….and more

The Restore basket is one of the most cherished members of our household here at Despoke. Full of old newspapers, magazines, fitness DVD’s (that never get used) whatever it contains, it still looks good. We are therefore delighted to see Restore is back in 2 new shapes- round and tray.


Perfect for your files, paperwork and maybe even for a sneaky cuppa, the tray can be moved about and shoved onto bookshelves without things looking a mess.


The round option too, is perfect for all the many random goods the modern household seems to contain- boots, umbrellas, old Easter eggs….(just us maybe?) We thought we would celebrate some of Muuto’s other gorgeous goods with some of our faves below.


The Cover Chair

There’s something about Kvvadrat material on simple wood that makes us very happy and the Cover chair ticks all those boxes-  made from all wood and no metal.


The Five pouff

We are always harping on about the Five Pouff chair, maybe it’s just because we love the colour-ways. Or we like to imagine our house looks like the above. Anyway,  pouf explores the possibility and tension of the pentagon shape. The design process was very much about tailoring; the quilted ribs are seemingly wrapped around the shape and enhance the dynamics of the pentagon.


The Grain Lamp

There is something so pleasingly simple about the shape of Muuto’s Grain lamp launched earlier this year and already featured on Despoke. The natural flow of its shape and the fact that is made from Bamboo give it good green credentials too.

To see more, head here.

Tiipoi get colourful

This year during London Design Festival 2015, London based design studio and accessories brand Tiipoi launched new collections infused with colour, including powder-coated tableware and their first collection of handwoven rugs and cushions.


We first spotted the London based design studio at Design Junction 2014 and then again at Clerkenwell Design Week 2015.


Tiipoi invited long term collaborator Foxall Studio to take over their stand at Design Junction during London Design Festival with remote controlled smoke and colour, as part of Tiipoi’s new colour collections – to convey a type of unabashed excitement unique to India. The interactive installation allowed people to control coloured smoke on screens through a suspended remote.


JAMA-KHAN Collection

Tiipoi’s first collection of textiles includes handwoven rugs and cushions in 100% cotton, dyed in organic dyes inspired by the tradition of ‘Jamakhan’ or ‘Jamakalam’ weaving in Erode – the textile centre of Southern India. Historically, the patterns of these floor coverings from the region have been a series of horizontal lines in stark colours that created strong optical patterns.


AYASA colour range, featuring the popular AYASA container originally made in copper and brass; now in powder coated aluminium.

The new collections include a range of powder coated tableware. Made by a process known as metal spinning, each container is manually spun by a specialist on a traditional spinning machine, hand finished and then powder coated.

For more information click here.



Bookcases from Poltrona Frau

We’re pretty mad on books at Despoke. Living in a small London flat however, means our books are in piles around the bed- making perfect small tables for glasses of wine and water. If we did find ourselves with a massive abode suddenly thrust upon us, we’re pretty sure we would want something like Poltrona Frau’s Albero.

poltrona frau

After the huge success of the re-release of the freestanding Albero bookcase, a little-known yet very fascinating and masterful piece created by Gianfranco Frattini in the late 1950s, Poltrona Frau is launching the Albero Limited Edition in olive wood.


Who can spot the mini armchair? Given the English weather’s preference for rain, this might not be so practical, but when we finally own an olive grove, this will be making an appearance….


From the same parent company comes the gorgeous Drop bookcase- almost Scandi in its minimalism, but with the Italian fun found in the precarious cube on top. Nendo-designed, he used his native Japan as a colour-way- the grey of the brooks and the pink of the cherry blossom.


For more information on both styles, head here for Cappellini and here for Poltrona Frau.


Mid-century in Haggerston

We went to Mid-century Show East yesterday and enjoyed an array of mid-century design pieces that, sadly we could only covet after (prices were eye-wateringly expensive.) Chairs were a real standout at the show, with original Eames glass-fibre moulds.

modern shows

A great deal of the furniture had been lovingly restored, which somewhat made up for the hefty price tags.

modern shows

Strong traditional colours and graphic prints had been used on fabric chairs.


2 stunning 1950’s original Knoll chairs.

modern shows

A gorgeous wooden piece sat in a prime window position.

modern shows

This light caught our eye. An unusual piece in a colour that would complement any scheme without dominating.  The mushroom-like shape was very pleasing.


In fact colourful lights were another recurring feature.

With Columbia Road flower market only streets away, there were stunning small room sets across the show.


On the Hackney Road an advert for new housing reflected the area’s interest in design perfectly!

For more information on Modern Shows, head here.


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