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The New Craftsmen: London Store


Situated in North Mayfair, The New Craftsmen shop opens on the 7th June 2014 to showcase the craft skills, processes and traditions of 75 British Makers. The brand will inhabit the ground floor of a striking arts and crafts period building at 34 North Row, originally designed and built in the 19th century as a workshop for a firm of leather-breeches-makers.


Set in 2000 square ft space – just a stone’s throw from Selfridges, the shop will play host to an exciting range of work from British makers across the country, as well as a special commissioning area dedicated to welcoming clients to their bespoke service. The collection will continue to be a mix of pieces that celebrate the heritage of British craftsmanship alongside emerging talents keen to bring a fresh eye to craft. This will certainly be a unique place to shop, but equally it will be a place to create – an environment where clients can develop and commission bespoke work; pieces that can become future heirlooms and treasures.

New York Design Week 2014: Painted Plain rugs by Avo



The Painted Plains collection by New York based design studio Avo combine cowhides with bold geometric pattern. Founder Brit Kleinman reflects upon her travels and daily adventures to provide inspiration for the range.

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Clerkenwell Design Week 2014 continued: Æsh & Tweed by Georg Œhler


Æsh & Tweed coffee table, armchair and footstool.

Austrian designer Georg Œhler presented the Æsh & Tweed collection at Clerkenwell Design Week, a three-piece set of furniture combining ash wood and Scottish tweed fabric. Œhler produces the handcrafted collection in a small town remotely located in the heart of the Austrian Alps, it consists of an armchair and footstool accompanied by a coffee table. 

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Tibu bar stool designed by Anderssen & Voll for Magis

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The bar stool with gas lift is one of Magis’s most important inventions, introduced with Giovannoni’s Bombo in 1997. Ever since its arrival the brand has set out to reinterpret this category, by spontaneously representing the height-adjustment feature in a new way.  Tibu is the latest design by Anderssen & Voll to add to the collection.

Both the seat and footrest of the Tibu, are connected in a distinctly continuous shape, the base and the trunk are connected as a balancing counterpart. Magis would never have given this shape to a bar stool with a fixed height. The organization of the various parts expresses the possibility of movement.

The stool is monochrome in order to give all the parts of the product equal importance. Scratch-proof steel added to the soft seat  safeguards the purity, geometry and simplicity of its design.


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Nendo designs ‘Fusion’ a furniture and homewares collection for BoConcept


Fusion is a thirteen-piece collection of furniture and interior accessories inspired by origami, designed by the prominent Japanese design studio Nendo, for Danish brand BoConcept.

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Handpicked Pin: Dry in style


Each week we will feature a current pin that has stopped us in our tracks. This image caught our attention, we love the look of collapsible rails in a group. There can be nothing worse than a whole load of washing messing up the interior of the style conscious, so, if you have to display the washing, do in style with folding wall hung rails.


Image: Frederikke Heiberg


Clerkenwell Design Week 2014 Alert: Anglepoise & Paul Smith

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At Clerkenwell design week 2014 Anglepoise® introduced Paul Smith’s adaptation of the classic Anglepoise® Type75TM table lamp. This Special Edition lamp combines the signature style of one of Britain’s most eminent designers with the unmistakeable form and function of an Anglepoise®.

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House in Kashiwa: Unfinished house by Yamazaki Kentaro


Unfinished house by Yamazaki Kentaro

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Clerkenwell Design Week 2014: Tweetathon


If you missed Clerkenwell Design Week Festival 2014 all is not in vain, for today on our twitter account @despoke we have a tweetathon featuring a round up of the extraordinary event and products exhibited.


Live at Clerkenwell Design Week 2014: with Lovely Pigeon


New: Day Poster / screenprint with copper foil blocking

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Live at Clerkenwell Design Week 2014: with Another Country

Live at Clerkenwell Design Week 2014: with Pinch


New: Float Table / oak top / stained base / colours - peach, black, white & red

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Live at Clerkenwell Design Week 2014: with Deadgood


New: Marionette pendant light by Deadgood Studio

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Live at Clerkenwell Design Week 2014: with Bark Furniture


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Live at Clerkenwell Design Week 2014: with Dare Studio


New: Bronte Alcove sofa

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