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Bathrooms: Karim Rashid designs Cubika for Cielo


Karim Rashid designs another collection of washbasins, and bathroom fixtures for Cielo entitled Cubika. The range includes a toilet, bidet, and two wash basins, designed to be suspended or semi-recessed, featuring an elegantly organic basin. This versatile range is high quality, affordable and suits all kinds of settings.

Cielo  / Karim Rashid


19 Greek St. design the rooftop bar of LIBRARY


LIBRARY – London’s new creative member’s club – commissioned 19 Greek St. to fashion a 10-meter square hotel room into a functional summer bar. The creative team suspended 10 of their favourite chairs and stools to the room’s walls to be taken down when needed and replaced if the floor place was required to create a memorable and versatile space.

Pieces include:

  • Chubby chair part of the Endless collection by Dirk Van der Kooij
  • Tall and original chair from the Re-imagined collection Nina Tolstrup’s upcycled collection, originally made from discarded office chairs
  • 8.5 by Rasmus Baekkel Fex
  • Wing stool by Karen Chekerdjian
  • Rope stool by Yoav Reches

And more.


19 Greek St. / LIBRARY



Trend: British Souvenir


Kiss me quick hats, saucy postcards, sticks of rock and royal mugs. That pretty much sums up the traditional British souvenir trade; oh you could throw a tea towel into the equation. Sound familiar? As tourists flock to London this summer the design community have taken it upon themselves to target the ‘souvenir’ market offering the alternative British gift for tourists – why buy tat when you can buy from established designers and craftspeople?


Above: Azook! Cushion by Cameron Short at The New Craftsmen - £140 Continue Reading…

Sample Sale: 50% off Richard Brendon

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Patternity- ‘Reason’ 25mm coupe plate - £30


Richard Brendon


Shop: Ambrose


Above: ‘A-Frame Shelving’ – £795

Ambrose offer intelligently designed furniture and accessories for all areas of the home, with a particular emphasis on providing wares for small spaces– while still focusing on style and quality. Ambrose, named after Ambrose Heal will showcase for the first time during London Design Festival 2014 (13 – 21 September) at Heal’s Tottenham Court Rd. store. Here is a taster of the colourful range:

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Hotel: Fontevraud L’Hôtel**** and Fontevraud Le Restaurant by Patrick Jouin and Sanjit Manku

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Patrick Jouin and Sanjit Manku confirm their vision of luxury via the redesign of Fontevraud L’Hôtel**** and Fontevraud Le Restaurant situated in the heart of the Loire Valley in France. The historical Fontevraud Abbey dates back to the Middle Age period when monks occupied it. It changed hands over the years housing nuns, prisoners and now 200 000 tourists flock there every year. Continue Reading…

Exhibitor Alert: LG Hausys’ HI-MACS® at 100% Design


Design: Xavier Bonte, Material: HI-MACS® Alpine White, Mazarin Blue, Lucent Opal by TMA,

LG Hausys’ HI-MACS® return to 100% Design, 2014 to launch their show stopping space-age kitchen concept. ‘The Sky Is the Limit’ kitchen Island, by Belgium designer Xavier Bonte, was inspired by a dream of a cloud in the sky. Continue Reading…

Styling Inspiration

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Styling inspiration: Patchwork wooden background




Nendo design “softer than steel” for Desalto


Desalto release ‘softer than steel’ furniture collection designed by Japanese studio Nendo that portrays metal as folded paper.

“We bent a tabletop’s edges to attach onto the frame like cloth draping over the frame’s edges, so that the tabletop can be picked up like a tray, said Nendo, “By adding flipped, bent and wrapped details to the metal sheets and rods, the ordinarily hard material gains new functionality and a light, flexible feel,as though the metal has become paper or cloth.”

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Shkatulka desk accessory set by Lesha Galkin


Russian designer Lesha Galkin created the set of Shkatulka desk accessories as part of the IBZA project. Popular ancient Russian ‘secret’ caskets for storing valuable items provided inspiration for the marble and wood range. The Shkatulka storage kit has a secret too – the various modules can be rearranged to suit your functional needs. Continue Reading…

Retail: Les Hommes new flagship store in Milan designed by Piuarch


Belgian brand Les Hommes selected the recently redesigned region of Porta Nuova to launch their first flagship store in Milan. The brand entrusted Piuarch – recently awarded Italian Architect of the year, to transfer the values and identity of the company into the store, with colour, geometric designs and materials. Les Hommes is a sophisticated trademark which stands out for the quality of its concepts, its research into materials — often contrasting rich and “poor” materials — and attention to detail. Continue Reading…

Editor’s To Do List: See below

Raise a floor
2- Raise a floor to signify a different area of a room.


2- Paint a green room. This colour is ‘Invisible Green’ from Edward Bulmer Pots of Paint range.  Note the furniture by Benchmark and Pinch.

Tor Bay

3- Return to Tor Bay, a remote sandy beach in Swansea Bay, Wales. Without doubt the best British beach I have visited. Campers take note, it is surrounded by excellent campsites. Continue Reading…

Lookbook: Slovakian rural style by JRKVC


Bratislava-based architect – Peter Jurkovi of JRKVC references Slovakian rural architecture to create a small but perfectly formed family home. (+ Lookbook)

“There are certain principles encoded in traditional folk architecture, verified by ages and still relevant. Especially in the context of the need to reduce our ecological footprint and energy waste. Bigger is not always better! Simple buildings did not fight with the nature, but has become part of it,” said Jurkovi. They were built of local materials that were readily available and did not need a long and difficult transport – wood, clay and straw to name a few. The windows did not perform as well as today, so they were kept rather small. An under–roof porch, called “gánok” was traditionally part of the house, ensuring the contact with the outside environment even in winter or during bad weather.”

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Architecture: Concept / Outcome by Sou Fujimoto Architects


Above: Maquette of House NA by Sou Fujimoto Architects

Today we launch ‘Concept to Outcome’ a new feature for Despoke, where you will discover both new and historical architectural models alongside the outcome. Without further ado, we start with the extraordinary 914 square-foot transparent  ‘House NA’ by Sou Fujimoto Architects. Out of context from the traditional vision of the Japanese home and its neighbours, the house, upon completion in 2011, captured the attention of the design world. (Inc. footage)

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To see the full range of Images visit:  Iwan Baan

The Aram Gallery launch Aram Graduates 2014 exhibition on 22 July


Above: ‘Chroma Frame’ by Lucy Birley & Lambert Rainville

Aram Graduates 2014 opens tomorrow in London at the Aram Store. The show takes its cue from the Aram Designs Graduate Shows, which ran between 1988 & 1992. Director of The Aram Gallery and Chairman of Aram Designs Ltd., Zeev Aram scoured the country selecting the most innovative of designs from the latest crop of graduates such as Sebastian Bergne, Adam Brinkworth, Tom Lloyd, Konstantin Grcic, Thomas Heatherwick, Wakako Kishimoto and Luke Pearson. Continue Reading…

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