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Editor’s Pick: Modern Craft Market at Heal’s

 

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Above: Soderlund Davidson / conveyor belt

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Above: Crowded launch party at Heal’s

Did your one-hour journey take twice as long? Sound familiar? Travelling across London last week on the day of the Tube strike was challenging. Had I lost my mind to make the deliberate choice to undertake such a journey? Yes, however, it was worth it. And so will your trip. The pain etched across my face disappeared instantly upon arrival at my destination Heal’s for the launch of The Modern Craft Market. Design and craft devotees arrived en masse to fill the ground floor. What a result for Heal’s and the exhibitor’s against all the odds.  Perusing the show was no mean feat. In order to view the work design folk squeezed past the fragile products on display. They were not to be disappointed.

The annual event DISCOVER features some of the most exciting homegrown talent at work in modern craft today. Independent designers and a collective of RCA graduates (the WORKS collective), as well as a carefully chosen group of makers and artisans recognised by Crafts Council and Contemporary Applied Arts present potential homeware heirlooms to the public. Everything is for sale so to buy a considered piece of design head to Heal’s on Tottenham Court Road. The show ends on the 16th February 2014.

Here are my picks from the show:

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Above: Works / Patina Candlesticks by Lola Lely

Lola Lely reaffirms her status as one to watch with a new collection of Patina Candlesticks developed in collaboration with Derek Bayley from Bronze Age foundry.

Detail: Hand crafted, irregular, geometric, mixed materials.

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Portfolio Alert: Mette Creates

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Above: Project 1 ‘Outcrop’ tile for Urban Kitchen Life Project

Portfolio Alert is a new feature at Despoke. We will be taking you on a whistlestop tour of the portfolios we recommend you see. Second in the line up is Mette Creates, the multidisciplinary creative duo creating concepts for products and environments, with a particular focus on the foodie. We love the Outcrop tile currently in development. With home-growing and food provenance key to a sustainable, healthy lifestyle, the tile, inspired by plant growth and survival in cliff sides and craggy landscapes, explores the use of vertical space in compact urban kitchens. With a nod to nature’s resilience in the city by slipping between standard Metro tiles, it introduces an occasional burst of life, through rockface-inspired geometric pockets of herbs, leaves and cress.
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Sneak Peek: Shelf by 19 Greek St.

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Coming Soon at 19 Greek St : The Shelf.

 

Details not released yet. Updates will be added via Facebook.

Handpicked pin: Isla by Studio Joa Herrenknecht

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Each week we will feature a historical or current pin from any discipline that has stopped us in our tracks. Without further ado we would like to introduce the Isla Rug by Studio Joa Herrenknecht constructed with a selection of geometric shapes and stripe patterns, square it is not.

Portfolio Alert: Samuel Wilkinson

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Above: Babylon collection for Lexon.

Portfolio Alert is a  new feature for Despoke. We will be taking you on a whistlestop tour of the portfolios recommend. First in the line up is the back catalogue of industrial designer Samuel Wilkinson. We love the Babylon Collection, above, launched this month featuring a pen, a pen pot, scissors, a stapler, a tape dispenser and an alarm clock for Lexon.

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Inspiration: Colour

 

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Colour  inspiration.

Lump Collection by Nendo

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Above: Lump Collection by Nendo for Urushi Kobo Oshima

Nendo, much feted Japanese design studio designs a range for Urushi Kobo Oshima, a Yamanaka lacquer maufacturer from Ishikawa. The wood turned lacquered Lump Collection features bowls, cups and plates. Nendo enlarged the base of each vessel and rounded edges to allow the products to be cradled in the hand. Blond natural wood contrasts effortlessly against the opaque matte colour. The outcome of the meeting of skills is a modern interpretation of a historic process and for Urushi a whole new audience. Continue Reading…

New: Derome Light by Pinch

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Above: the Derome Light by Pinch

Award winning design duo Pinch address scale with the Derome light unveiled this week at Maison et Objet. Just short of a metre in height the design will have a presence in any room it is set to occupy. Choose from dark stained tulipwood or white-oiled ash. We love its seamless finish, with the matching wooden shade and the dimmer switch to vary the light.

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Architecture: A Mirrored House

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Above: Mirror House by Johan Selbing and Anouk Vogel

A reflective glass house appeared on the architectural scene in 2014. The Mirror House by Johan Selbing and Anouk Vogel is a private villa designed in response to a competition brief calling for a building that would relate to a site within a forest clearing. A spectacular image is visualised as the structure and nature collide. Turning our attention to the humble material we have added a couple of our favourite structures to whet your appetite. Super size is the way forward. Continue Reading…

Handpicked Pin: ‘Essential Eating’ kitchen by Peter Klint

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Each week we will feature a historical or current pin from any discipline that has stopped us in our tracks. Without further ado we would like to introduce the ‘Essential Eating’ Kitchen from Peter Klint. Free from electrical devices, this is a kitchen in its purest form. The perfectly crafted piece features oak slatted shelves with on trend mint panels providing the perfect backdrop to display equipment and serving ware.

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New: Woven Fabrics from Eleanor Pritchard

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Above: Quince and Peppercorn.

This week Eleanor Pritchard launches new patterns for blankets and cushions woven in lighter weight lambswool yarn. Pritchard’s major influence is mid-century style. If you are a fan of this era in design, the fabric will not fail to appeal. Pared down geometric patterns in subtle colours are woven into the modern family heirlooms using traditional British mills. Her products are perfect for the contemporary interior and unsurprisingly she is stocked at leading home stores worldwide. Continue Reading…

Retail: We are Conran at M&S S/S/14

As Conran releases their latest collection, S/S/14,  for M&S Terence Conran states “I design and construct products to improve the quality of life for people.’ This is evident within the range, products are intelligent, trend driven and accessible.

Take a look at the two videos presented by Brand Development Director Jill Webb showcasing the new S/S/14 collection for M&S. The first features the accessories, the second furniture.

Note: We particularly partial to the Twig Table Light and the Fielding armchair .

 

Design Detail:

 

Materials: Glass, copper, wire, ceramics,

Colours: Solid soft pastel colour palette

Pattern: Insect conversational prints, block pattern.

 

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Retail: Stan Smith shop set in the world’s largest Shoebox

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This week Adidas Originals opened a Stan Smith pop-up shop set in the world’s largest Shoebox*  Following a three three-year hiatus the iconic Adidas Stan Smith tennis trainer has made its global return and is being honoured with a dedicated shop in East London’s Old Truman Brewery from 16th – 19th January. The store offers exclusive and limited edition products as well as interactive experiences in celebration of the classic shoe.  Continue Reading…

‘Das House’ by Louise Campbell

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Louise Campbell presented her imposing 240 metre-squared ‘Das House’ at IMM Cologne 2014. It is an accolade to be chosen for the job. Each year a designer is commissioned to build their future home detailing visually how it is possible to create a world of one’s own that becomes an expression of their own personality. The project evolved through a series of themes and secret titles. One being Alice in Wonderland; Louise wanted to play with adventure and the freedom of her world albeit limited at times with the constraints of designing for a commercial fair. Continue Reading…

New releases from Tom Dixon

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Above: Plum cocktail ware

What a way to start the year for Tom Dixon as he is announced Maison & Objet Designer of the Year 2014. His latest collection of 50 extraordinary accessories and artefacts designed in London will launch in Paris at the show.  Engineering, physics and nature inspired the range fashioned from natural and semi-precious materials.

Plum is a series of modern cocktail barware formed from mouth-blown, hand-cut glass and copper. The futuristic copper-plated cocktail shaker with large belly and tapered ends allows a firmer grip and more balanced shaking. The slim end cap also functions as a spirit measure. A luxurious way to serve memorable drinks. Cocktail aficionados, collectors, modern scientists and the sophisticated host will love the collections.

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