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The Book of Do-ness

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.
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Happy + Co

Taking inspiration from their travels, Happy + Co are a new interiors brand that looks at things a little differently. As well as making sure that their pieces are that little bit different, for each product they sell, 10% of profits are invested into the Happy + Co Farm in Cambodia. Nice.

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Makers for Selfridges

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.

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Mini Moderns

We love Mini Moderns regardless, but here’s some extra tantalising news if you are a fan.  As part of the Camberwell Arts Festival 2016, Mini Moderns are opening their doors as part of the Open Studios event.

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Zuzanaga presents 2017

Looking through the new Zuzunaga lookbook for 2017 is like being accosted by a giant colour chart – art meets design meets homeware meets fashion. We love it.  Founded by well known design collaborator, artist & designer Cristian Zuzunaga, the brand and products are a reflection on what it means to be human today.

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Trevira CS printed in Denmark by Kvadrat

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Kitchen Aid heaven

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.

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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.

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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.
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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.

We Love Lane!

We always keep an eye on Lane as they constantly have brilliant presents and gifts- to ourselves and other people- especially around the festive season. They’ve just launched the Sand Cast Brick Tea Light Holder. A striking triangle, the corners rise inwards to hold a copper tea light cup and are designed to tessellate to create stylish patterns and arrangements. It is handmade by Bulmer Brick and Tile Company in Suffolk using ancient British brick making traditions.

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Aava stools launch from Arper

Arper have some of the best looking interior furniture on the market with their Catifa now considered an iconic chair.

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They have now brought out a new stool option as part of their Aava range by Antti Kotilainen. Available in two heights, the stools can be found in an array of differing options. Wooden or metal base; wooden seat; polypropylene seat.

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For use at home and in the office, these are visually striking pieces made by a Finnish designer who is already a well known name in the industry, with pieces for Knoll and Martela also in production.

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original Aava range

Original Aava range

For more information click here.

Flock rug launch

We are big fans of Flock on Despoke and are hugely excited to hear that their iconic Northmore design is now being made into a rug.

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Arlo and Jacob Autumn ranges

There’s a chill in the air, it’s harder to get up in the morning and Starbucks have launched their Pumpkin flavour coffees. Autumn is most definitely here. When you’ve finished raking leaves and accidentally setting the next door neighbour fence on fire in a vain attempt at a bonfire, head indoors and curl up on one of these bad boys from furniture band Arlo and Jacob.

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Native Union get Marbellous

Award winning design company Native Union  adds DOCK+ for iPhone Marble Edition to its expanding Tech line. Made from the finest solid marble, and super-luxurious DOCK+ is a beautiful design object for the home and a sleek and stable base for charging and using your Lightning devices.

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Muuto’s Gets Dotty…

One of our fave Scandi brands Muuto have added to their already well-loved Dots family with a new metal version.

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Skandium Selects for the London Design Fair

In partnership with the London Design Fair, Skandium continues to champion its ongoing dedication to Scandinavian design. As part of ‘Skandium selects’, the Scandinavian- lifestyle store chose ten products from seven Scandinavian designers. Here are our top three below.

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100% Design draws to a close

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As 100% Design enters its final hour, it has been an incredible show full of exciting features and stimulating discussions. Innovative products have been launched for the first time to the UK market, and traders have forged important contacts and extended networks. Interior designers have been inspired and bloggers have enjoyed spreading the word about everything going on. Hearing from our incredible headliners was of course a highlight, as was experiencing the features through the lofty Olympia, responding to the lovely late September sunshine.

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100% Design hosted a series of very topical talks on Brexit, one particularly passionate talk was chaired by Show Director Will Knight and featured a stellar panel consisting of Louise Jury of the Creative Industries Federation,Marcus Fairs, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Dezeen, Ben Evans, Director of the London Design Festival and designer Paul Priestman, Chairman of PriestmanGoode. Dezeen recently released their Brexit Design Manifesto which has been gaining momentum.

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We look forward to next year’s edition of 100% Design which will return to Olympia London 20-23 September 2017.

Written by guest editor Bethany Marett on-site at 100% Design.

Doshi Levien present Pilotis

When we heard that Doshi Levien were presenting their new curtain collection for Kvadrat and that the breakfast would have food served by none other than our fave culinary tricksters Blanch and Shock we got very excited.

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