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Kill It, Eat It with Bompas and Parr

A now typically sold out event by the food magicians Bompas and Parr takes place across the next two Sundays at Mondrian London. The event called Kill It, Eat It will do exactly what it says in the title, requiring participants to directly kill their dinner before they tuck into it.

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Deliveroo upcycles. Literally.

Did you know that Britain is home to over 900 billion obsolete kitchen gadgets with 57% of those surveyed confessing that they use these gadgets less than once a week. Well as spring clean season approaches, Deliveroo has launched a fully-functioning ‘upcycled’ bicycle – made entirely from unwanted kitchen gadgets – that will be used for deliveries from today. deliveroo Continue Reading…

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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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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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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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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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.

Design saves the birds!

Common garden bird numbers have declined 20% on average since 2009- a shocking figure and one that all of us need to try and turn around. East Village, the former Athletes’ Village, alongside the RSPB, has commissioned a range of London landmark bird boxes to encourage birds back to the capital. These perfectly designed little birdboxes have captured our imagination and will be on display in East Village from 26 May.

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Tom Dixon- The Church at CDW2016

The stop off on everyone’s trail at CDW2016 was Tom Dixon’s installation at St James’s Church. The sun was out on Thursday 26th and the way the light fell into the church through the stained glass has been captured perfectly, as usual by Sophie Mutevelian, one of our favourite photographers.

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Photo Sophie Mutevelian

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Fireclay Tile’s Triangles

We are rather fond of tiles and more and more brands are adding to their existing ranges with fun, patterned and textured options. They are easy to clean (good for us) and can completely change a space. By adding a patterned tiled floor or wall, you can keep the rest of your scheme very simple.

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American brand Fireclay‘s slim Scalenes and versatile Right Triangles (available in 3”, 4” and 6” sizes) can be applied in a wide range of patterns— create diagonals, stripes, squares, pinwheels, chevrons and more.

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It may take a little more time and work to actually get those little shapes up onto the wall, but they look perfect when done. We would see this neutral mint and green as a splash-back in a simple, toned-down kitchen.

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The new shapes will be available in 100+ colors. They’re great to make a room feel different and thought about and can be installed in all sorts of mad geometric patterns. Don’t get too mental though. Cou veer towards  a horrible geometry class otherwise. 
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Clark Pickett at Moroso

Friday evening saw the last of the hugely successful Design Aperitivo talks in conjunction with Interni Magazine and Salone del Mobile.

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Taking place in the basement of the stunning Moroso showroom in Clerkenwell, the final talk saw Clark Pickett, architect and interior designer from global design powerhouse NBBJ. Known for the design of environments that are functional, imaginative and meaningful, Pickett titled his talk ‘beauty in the time of the machine’.

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26/09/15 Picture by Ashley Bingham. Picture taken at the Interni event at Moroso, London.

A passionate and enjoyable speaker, Pickett explained how important data, analytics and being able to read the behaviour of people has become to creating and designing buildings. Indeed, physical spaces can become like networks themselves. He stressed however the importance of making sure humans have the final say:

‘Algorithms should never make decisions, only provide information and solutions.’

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NBBJ, (with their new Samsung headquarters under construction in Silicon Valley, above) bring to the table a sense of community in addition to vast knowledge of technology and how it can help create a communal and well-used space. Worryingly, he stated that ‘every day humans create as much information and data as we did from the beginning of time until 2003.’ Yet, does this need to be as terrifying as it sounds? Could we not embrace this technology and use it to make informed decisions about the way humans behave- especially within work environments?

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What’s perhaps most interesting is the way NBBJ use algorithms to allow people’s working day to be a lot more enjoyable. Pickett spoke about placing toilets further way from desks so workers walked a lot further, but food and drink closer, encouraging people to dwell together and talk. NBBJ believe that chance encounters create innovation.

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The landscape of a building is also something that NBBJ take great care to get right. Using rapid prototyping that they have worked to develop, they are able to prove that workers efficiency will increase if the natural environment they are working in is peaceful.

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26/09/15 Picture by Ashley Bingham. Picture taken at the Interni event at Moroso, London.

Top tips from Pickett and NBBJ:

NBBJ have drawing classes- the rise of technology and rapid prototyping shouldn’t mean that architects and designers lose this talent.

They often design furniture for the spaces they create, thus making an overall theme complete- as in the case of the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation.

INTERNI Design Aperitivo ran across 5 nights between 19 and 25 September for London Design Festival 2015, with Salone del Mobile, Milano

To read more on the INTERNI programme click here

 

 

Benjamin Moore Paint

Already a well-loved brand in America, Benjamin Moore launch in the UK. From September 2015, the outstanding quality paint products offered by Benjamin Moore will be available to purchase. Combining aesthetic beauty with true high quality and performance benefits, the vast colour palette of more than 3,500 shades is full of inspirational hues, from the dramatically deep to the perfectly pale.

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The unique rich resin formulation also delivers phenomenal coverage, so users will be able to cover in just two coats, even in the darkest shade.

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Founded in 1883, Benjamin Moore is North America’s favourite paint, colour and coatings brand- a brand already much loved by designers the world over.

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Eclectic fabrics from St. Jude’s

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British textile brand St. Jude’s focuses on creating unique patterned fabrics, cushions covers and wallpapers from its Norfolk based workshop. Continue Reading…

Good & Green Retreat

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Good & Green is a company that specialises in creating bespoke eco buildings.  Continue Reading…

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