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’5 minutes only’ with Oona Bannon – Creative Director of Pinch


‘Five Minutes Only’ is a series of quick fire rounds with influencers and leaders in the field of art and design. Today we welcome Oona Bannon Creative Director of the award winning company Pinch. Their timeless collections feature understated modern furniture, inspired by mid century style and traditional woodwork techniques. Continue Reading…

Garden: Tapisserie by Alessandra Baldereschi


Above: Armchair and side table

First storms. Now we have sun in March. Could it be time to pack away the sheepskins for Summer? With the arrival of the warm weather front the garden has shot to the top of the to do list. Do you need a new look? The Tapisserie collection by Alessandra Baldereschi will instantly update your outdoor space with its on trend stripe pattern. Continue Reading…

Fashion by Zuzunaga


Above: Stars 1, €110.

Zuzunaga expand their collection of textile products moving into fashion arena with the Bitmap collection. If, you are a fan of their geometric patterns you will not be disappointed. Tshirts and double sided scarves feature minimal prints in subtle colour combinations.

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Nendo revamps the Starbucks’ mug


Nendo add their signature quirky style to the Starbucks’ classic white coffee mug, placing a graphic to the base replicating the image surface of a freshly made drink from the store. Whilst the mug is drying or being stored upside down, it looks as though it’s full. The idea represents Starbucks’ view: of feeling fulfilled, and seeing the world as half-full, never half-empty. Continue Reading…

Portfolio Alert: Hvass & Hannibal


Above: Herbarium a new textile print for Heal’s

Portfolio Alert is a new feature at Despoke. We will be taking you on a whistle-stop tour of the portfolios we recommend you see.  In the line up today is Hvass & Hannibal a multi-disciplinary arts and design studio based in Copenhagen. Since 2006, its founders, Nan Na Hvass & Sofie Hannibal have worked on illustrative and conceptual design across disciplines for numerous clients in Europe, Asia and the US. Whether in the digital realm or on a three-dimensional scale, the studio takes projects from esoteric illustrative beginnings to a full art direction and graphic design solution.

Herbarium: A print designed for UK furniture store Heal’s for the Spring 2014 launch of their fabric design collection, the first since the 1970s.  This line of textiles and products includes work from designers like Zandra Rhodes, Malika Favre, Petra Börner and Paul Vogel.  Read more about it at Heal’s online store where the range will be available for sale. Continue Reading…

Trend: Print


TREND: Painterly prints

Painterly designs are the hottest print trend for surface pattern right now. Not since the 80’s have they received such a warm welcome. Having dominated the textile world for a whole decade they were pushed off the top by watercolour prints. Until that point they were impossible to replicate on cloth so when digital printing became accessible they ruled. Now the brushstroke is back on radar. The interior accessories by Jessica Zoob sum up the look. She transfers her paintings onto cloth fitting the trend seamlessly.


Preview: Clerkenwell Design Week 2014

Wireflow linear copy

Lighting: Vibia

It is that time of year again when our attention turns to London for Clerkenwell Design Week. The groundbreaking exhibition is now in its fifth year. How time has flown. Fast forward to 2014 and it is recognised as one of the must see events of the design calendar showcasing the latest creations by designers and manufacturers from the UK and around the world. Set amid the historic area of Clerkenwell, the three-day festival features an array of leading design showrooms based in the locality, alongside four focused exhibitions, The Design Factory, Platform, Detail and Additions.

The Design Factory: Based at The Farmiloe Building, will play host to some of the best contemporary furniture, lighting and product design brands from the UK and around the world.

Platform : With its unique, architectural setting at The House of Detention, sponsored by W London - will provide the perfect atmospheric backdrop for emerging young designers to exhibit their exciting new collections.

Detail: Celebrates fine quality and exquisite craftsmanship in the luxury sector, at the Order of St John bringing together the best and most prestigious names in high-end interior design.

Additions: New to Clerkenwell, sponsored by Spanish online design company Triitme - will take over the Crypt on the Green at St James Church. It will be the main hub for a curated collection of small design items and home accessories, targeting retail buyers, interior designers and specifiers.

Here is a preview of some of the exhibitors and installations coming your way.

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Editor’s Pick: Droog & Dtile


Merci Lookbook featuring Dtile

No matter how exciting it is to discover new creations I have a back catalogue of  designs and references that will, for me, stand the test of time. In the style of Grand design’s I am taking a going back in time to the original launch in 2001, to look at the Droog Tile Kitchen and Dtile. Kitchen’s have come and gone. This is the one I remember and covet. Continue Reading…

New Hans J. Wegner Chair by Carl Hansen & Son


In honour of the 100th anniversary of Hans J. Wegner’s birth, Carl Hansen & Son released Wegner’s CH88 chair, a design prototype unveiled in 1955 at the international H55 Exhibition in Helsingborg. One of Wegner’s few designs combining wood and steel, the CH88 is a versatile chair updated for today’s needs. Continue Reading…

Styling: Tom Dixon


Styling: Tom Dixon / Expressive Minimalism  / Campaign: Spring edit for monochromatic interiors / Colour block



Palette: 70% white / 20%  vivid blue / Jet Black


Tom Dixon: Highlights the product with a block of colour. This feels fresh compared to the colour painted boards so commonly seen of late used as backdrops on  shoots. 



In Store: Marble Duvet by Safe House USA


American company Safe House USA has produced a series of stylish home furnishing and apparel. The bedding collection features a ‘Marble Duvet Set’ available in white or black ideal to set off a minimal interior. Shipping to the UK. Price $325.

Book: DIY Furniture 2 by Christopher Stuart


Do you enjoy DIY? Need some inspiration? Look no further than DIY Furniture 2 by American designer/maker Christopher Stuart launching in May. It is set to build on the international success of his previous title DIY Furniture: A Step-by-Step Guide.  No.2 features 30 new modern designs and conceptual objects by leading designer-makers from around the world. Design devotees looking for a modern home project will not be disappointed.  Continue Reading…

3 X Minimal Bathrooms


Not a vintage claw foot bath to be seen, just three minimal bathrooms, with perfect proportions. Each design floods the room in light using extra large windows. This elongated bathroom by Ian Shaw is enclosed within with a vast glass wall, which ingeniously partitions the room. The bathroom is exposed for all to see. Take note, it may not be suitable for shy design folk. The oversized skylight mirrors the exact dimensions of the floor space to balance the design. For similar bathroom wares and tiles see Fired Earth.

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Retail Styling: Inspiration


Retail Styling: Line up  / Colour board* / Houseplant* / Blonde floorboards






7: Window Seats


Detail: protruding window seat

Do you have anywhere to sit to unwind in peace? No? How about making the most of the usable space by adding a window seat to frame your view. Firstly, decide upon the look. Seats come in all shapes, sizes and materials.  It may sound obvious, but the design needs to reflect the style of your property. Minimal or not you decide. Next, it would be a good idea to add a lid or hidden door, if  you want to store as well as to lounge nonchalantly. Finally, a seat will enhance your property, as long as it is styled well. Have a look at this fine selection to inspire you.    


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