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Annie Deakin from mydeco gets in the festive spirit.

Annie Deakin Chooses her favourite Christmas Decorations from Shabby Birds to Battered Baubles they are bound to give you a stylish and relaxed look …

Geoff Crook, Course Director,MA DESIGN STUDIES, Central Saint Martins

Geoff Crook, Course Director,MA DESIGN STUDIES, Central Saint Martins
talks with Despoke’s Guest Editor Phil Nutley

The Wright, a New Restaurant, Launches at the Guggenheim

‘The Wright’ (restaurant) at the Guggenheim was designed by Andre Kikoski. Architect.

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum’s Frank Lloyd Wright–designed building, The Wright, New York City’s newest restaurant, opens to the public on December 11, in the famed museum. Named in honor of the great American architect, the intimate Upper East Side destination is located in an elegant and modern architectural space that is sure to dazzle trendsetters, fine diners, art lovers, and world travelers. Additionally, a site-specific sculpture by British artist Liam Gillick was commissioned for the space, creating a truly unique dining experience.
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Mike Ballard – The All of Everything 10th December 2009 – March 2010 The Art Gallery, Davies Street, London

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Detail from ‘Throwing the House out the Window’ by Mike Ballard 2009
The Arts Gallery on Bond Street will close in March 2010 and will be demolished to make way for Crossrail. The gallery, part of the University of the Arts London, has hosted shows by Peter Blake, Gavin Turk and Chris Olifili amongst others. For the final show, which will opens on 10 December, on the Gallery has invited Mike Ballard to create an installation ‘ The All of Everything’ within the space.
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David J Irwin answers Despoke’s Questions

What made you want to become a designer in the first place?
I don’t know that I did in the first place, I’ve always enjoyed creating things and have been curious as to how things are put together. I think I stumbled onto this career path.
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The skeletal remains of Sutton Scarsdale Hall continue to decay. A dilapidated wreck of a structure, you enter at your own risk. This decay needs to be resisted and Sutton Scarsdale needs to live again…

In the very heart of England, Sutton Scarsdale Hall is to become the Pavilion of Postcontemporary Curating, a new international art facility set in the beautiful Derbyshire countryside, dedicated solely to new curating.
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Vitsoe opens on Duke Street

South Room
2009 has been a busy year for Vitsoe. The furniture company best known for the 606 Universal Shelving System designed by Dieter Rams in 1960 celebrated its 50th anniversary with the launch of a new website, development of a retail partnership within Japan and by finding a new home on the streets of New York.

Now as the year draws to a close, it is with much pride that Vitsoe opens a new shop on its native soil in London, housed off Manchester Square at 3-5 Duke Street.
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Sustainable Mobile Phones

In the world of plastics recycling, plastics in packaging are without a doubt the most widely recycled of all plastic materials. Compared to a complex product like a mobile phone, which may consist of a wide range of materials, fasteners and adhesives, it’s a lot less complicated to recycle a plastic bag, tray or wrapping made entirely from a common material like polyethylene.
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Exhibition of MA Design Studies, Central Saint Martins Through to December 8th

Open to public: 4th – 6th December 2009, 11:00 -18:00 Private view: 8th December 2009, 19:00 – 22:30
T2, The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL Sponsored by Belvedere Vodka
Design Studies is a multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural MA programme
Students are encouraged to challenge design conventions and reveal their alternative conclusions through a provocative exhibition.
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Wooden radio, by Singgih Susilo Kartono

DESIGN OVERTIME FRIDAY 4th December 6 – 10pm last admission 9.15pm

The winter warmer wonderland returns with glittering glamour at the start of the festive period.Be ahead of the game and make your hand made Christmas cards, buy your presents from the Design Museum Shop and wrap them with a twist. But the wonder continues with animation screenings, talks and hands on workshops curated by animator and director Ranko Andjelic.

Tickets £5 in advance, includes entry to all current exhibitions Tickets £8.50 0n the door

Celebrating Vitsoe’s 50th year Interview with Mark Adams

This year Vitsoe celebrated their 50th year we met up with Mark Adams Vitsoe’s Managing Director to talk to him about the qualities that have sustained Vitsoe through 50 years and what their plans are for the future.

MOMA New York Christmas Gift Guide

Eva Teakettle Eva Zeisel, 2005
Eva Zeisel designed this kettle and imprinted her signature curved shape with an extra sensitivity to touch. This ergonomically designed 1.8-quart kettle has a seamless body and spout, a wide base for rapid boiling, a removable harmonic whistle, and a soft-touch stay-cool offset handle for easy pouring. Made of stainless steel and red enamel with a silicone grip. Hand-wash only.
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Christie’s Presents Largest Group of Lalanne Works Ever to be Offered

Marc Newson (b. 1963) “Voronoi”, 2006. A white carrara marble shelf. Estimate: $150,000 – $200,000. Photo: Christie’s Images Ltd 2009.
On Tuesday December 8th, Christie’s 20th Century Decorative Art & Design sales will showcase the entire range of 20th Century Decorative Arts, from Art Nouveau, Arts & Crafts, Art Deco, to the Modernist and Contemporary movements in three separate sales. The auctions featured are: Important 20th Century Decorative Art & Design, Magnificent Tiffany Featuring The Gluck Collection, and Historical Design Reflects: The East 61st Street Years. With over 400 lots in three separate sales and a sale total expected in the region of $9-14 million, the auctions create a comprehensive review of this rapidly expanding market.
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Cream of Capital’s Contemporary Design at East London Design Show 2009

London’s most exciting design talent will be showcased at the East London Design Show (ELDS) 2009, being held at Shoreditch Town Hall, Old Street, from 4th to 6th December, with a VIP launch party on the 3rd of December.

A major annual event in the capital’s design shopping calendar, ELDS offers a hugely refreshing alternative Christmas shopping experience to the humdrum conformity of the high street.
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The 3 D collection in DuPont™ Corian®: new decorative solutions for interior cladding applications now available to architects and designers


The 3 D collection in DuPont™ Corian®:new decorative solutions for interior cladding applications now available to architects and designers

DuPont has introduced the dramatic “3D” collection of decorative panels, made with DuPont™ Corian® and featuring sophisticated three-dimensional patterns created using advanced solutions.

The “3D” collection is based on a new technology that enables the rapid application of sophisticated and complex three-dimensional patterns onto DuPont™ Corian®. The solution blends advanced software tools for geometry manipulation with a versatile efficient high pressure compression moulding technique.

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