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Customise your bathroom with Swoon


Scandinavian furniture company Swoon sells modern bathroom storage solutions online directly to the customer’s home. Fredrik Wallner designed this striking furniture series in a range of colours and sizes to fit all types of bathrooms, down to the smallest guest toilet or powder room. The company has focused on the detail, such as thin porcelain washbasins, knobs in cork and copper and support legs in solid ash, and added practical details like secret compartments, hidden inside drawers and integrated towel holders.

Lars Tobiasson, founder and CEO of Swoon: “We wanted to do something completely new. With Swoon, everyone can create a personal style in the bathroom, just like in the rest of the home.”

Despoke loves the clean lines of this monochrome combination, which one do you like?




Styling Inspiration


Styling inspiration: Distressed walls


Join the Gold Rush


Do you find yourself drawn to a hint of gold? Why not try floor to ceiling gold mosaic tiles? This dramatic disco inspired bathroom would mix beautifully with white walls and warm wood. What do you think?


Photographer to commission: Vavrinec Menšl

Friday Night Treat: Milk chocolate lollies for the children


The school holidays can seem endless if you run out of activities to do with the children. Why don’t you make some ice lollies? You know they will enjoy making and eating these. Start them off with this simple recipe and move on to more elaborate ones.



Makes 10 lollies


600 ml milk

40z light brown sugar

2 pinches of salt

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

3oz mini chocolate chips



  1. Place milk in a microwave-safe bowl and heat for 1 minute, or until warm to the touch.
  2. Stir in brown sugar and salt until dissolved. Stir in the vanilla.
  3. Place 1/2 tablespoon of chocolate chips in the bottom of your ice lolly moulds.
  4. Fill to the top with the milk mixture.
  5. Insert sticks before freezing.


Editor’s Pick: Colour Block Kitchens by Dries Otten

Above: Kitchen 1

Experimental Belgian interior architecture practice Dries Otten’s kitchens are real showstoppers with a distinct signature style – think colour blocking, mixed materials and clever compositions. Take a look at these three beauties: Continue Reading…

Declutter the office


Our inspiration today comes courtesy of these minimal offices. Don’t let clutter stand in the way of a productive day. Start off as you mean to continue by displaying the goods you like and storing the rest.


Clear piles of letters and stationery items before allocating a place for each. Box essential stationery items so they are not scattered around, and maintain order by taking five minutes at the end of each day to put things back in place.


Kitchens & Bathrooms: Key names announced by 100% Design 2015


Above: Argento Vivo by GeD Cucine

As the demand increases in the high-end Kitchens & Bathrooms sector brands strive to demonstrate innovation. To see the world’s leading manufacturers new collections in one location head to the Kitchens & Bathrooms section at 100% Design 2015, 23 – 26 September. Expect a stellar line-up, from newcomers antoniolupi and Bette, to returning brands including GSI Ceramica, Kolpa, bulthaup by Kitchen Architecture, GeD Cucine, Foursteel, Keramag Design and LG Hausys – HI-MACS®.


Above: BetteLux Shape by Bette


Above: ILBAGNO by antoniolupi

100% Design: 23 – 26 September, Olympia, London.


GeD Cucine / antoniolupi / Bette

Neon table lights by Minimalux

London-based brand Minimalux referenced the installations of American artist Dan Flavin as inspiration for the Neon table lights. Don’t be fooled into thinking the light is neon, it isn’t. Continue Reading…

Styling Inspiration


Styling Inspiration from Danish brand Hay.

Match the floor with the walls for an uninterrupted look.




Brilliant Yellow Kitchen by Doherty Design Studio


If you are contemplating adding a colour in your kitchen take inspiration from this show-stopping design by Doherty Design Studio. The team added a floor-to-ceiling bank of storage in a brilliant yellow laminate to provide a bold backdrop in the room.


Well-considered joinery has been purposefully used alongside a bright shade to conceal the function and create this visually striking and modern area.

Photography: Gorto Yuuki

Doherty Design Studio


House in Double Bay by Tribe Studio Architects


Located in a leafy suburban street in Sydney’s Double Bay, this black rectangular house designed by Tribe Studio Architects stands proudly in the Victorian district. It is a mute black rectangular prism raising elongated quizzical eyebrows over vertical windows. The deep window reveals are tiled in white whilst its proportions and composition nod to the period of the street.


In contrast, the interior is soft and warm. Entered through a pink front door, the house opens up into the sun-drenched double height void and frames a lush green back garden. Continue Reading…

London inspired tiles by Laura Carlin at The New Craftsmen


Above: Entire ‘London Life’ mural, £1250.

’London Life’ tile range depicts scenes of everyday London captured in the traditional ’Delft blue’ colourway by acclaimed illustrator Laura Carlin. Continue Reading…

Mini flash sale at Vitra

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Eames plastic armchair upholstered – White Shell/ Light Maple Base/ Fully upholstered in Grass Green/Forest Hopsak  – WAS £752, NOW £488 (35% off)

Vitra Clerkenwell will host a three-day (29-31 July) MINI FLASH-SALE of classic and contemporary design pieces from the HOMES collection at hugely reduced prices.

A section of the London EC1 showroom will display a wide range of products to buy on-the-spot at fantastic prices. There will be over 100 products available daily. Each morning additional products will be added to the sale collection to ensure a wide range is available over the three days.


Date: Wednesday 29 – Friday 31 July

Doors open 9.30 am

Door close 5.00pm

Location: Vitra, 30 Clerkenwell Road London EC1M 5PG

Tel: 020 7608 6200



  • All goods are sold as seen
  • All goods are ex-display and may have general ‘wear & tear’ markings.
  • No reservations can be made
  • No returns or refunds
  • Sales products will be distinctively marked as ‘sale’ items. Any products in the showroom not marked as ‘sale’ items are available at full price.
  • No previews available
  • All prices exclude VAT and delivery
  • Sale goods must be taken away on the day or storage and delivery costs will be Charged



Graduate competition: ‘Class of 2015’ to create a 21st century market barrow at The Royal Exchange


A new design competition offers design graduates the chance to reimagine six new market barrows for The Royal Exchange in the City of London. Working in collaboration with investors/developers, Oxford Properties and architects Aukett Swanke, the entrants will devise an individual mobile retail outlet destined for the courtyard of The Royal Exchange. The deadline for the first phase of the competition is 4 pm GMT on Friday 28 August.

For more information and a full brief please contact:

Styling Inspiration


Styling Inspiration:

Brooklyn-based graphic designer Victoria Siemer has caught our attention this week with her surreal digital landscapes depicting geometric reflections. Continue Reading…

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