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The Tipi

We’ve just found out about Tipi – the modular shelving unit by Assaf Israel and we are a little bit in love. Inspired by elements of nomadism: the ease with which one can transfer, assemble, change, disassemble and rebuild it – the shelving unit can be popped up and down with ease.

tipi, assif israel

The cone-shaped structure allows an easy setting of the shelves, with no need of fixation – the diameter of each hole in each shelf was precisely measured so as to stand in the exact and desired height. The upper part of the poles are fixed with screws, allowing an easier positioning of the shelves. The system include 1 Tipi system Includes: 3 shelves, 1 hanger, 1 drawers and 2 hand-made African baskets made of Veta-Vera grass.

tipi, assif israel

It can be used for a desk too- meaning it’s multifunctional as well as stunning- just what we like! For more information about the Tipi, click here.

tipi, assif israel

Kite and Jess Wilson

We hadn’t heard of graphic artist Jess Wilson’s work, until we saw her collaboration with eye-wear brand Kite and we are chuffed to have found a new artist to covet. They have worked together on a collection that has launched at Westfield Stratford City.

kit, jess wilson


Wilson has created eight unique designs for KITE showcasing her experimental pattern-making and line work with her love for text and bold colours. Customers will be invited to choose a lens cloth and pouch from one of the imaginative and playful designs when purchasing a pair of sunglasses or glasses in store or online.

kit, jess wilson

We think this is a great idea and one we hope Kite will continue to support artists on ranges. For more information on Kite and the collaboration, click here.




Pinch- Christmas stock

We are mad fans of Pinch Design here at Despoke and are always keeping an eye out for their beautifully crafted pieces. It’s worth remembering that although they make a lot of pieces to order, they also hold a lot of stock- all available to get delivered before Christmas. Here are a few of our top picks.

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Imo Folding stool

This folding stool is perfect for having guests round. When too many peopl are squeezed into the house, unfold one of these from its peg on the wall and voila!

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Lana dressing table

Every time we see this dressing table we feel like a real grown up with proper make up and jewellery that needs safely housing. That’s not the case sadly, but we can always dream.

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Float table

These gorgeous little side tables are perfect for dotting around when the house is full at Christmas. Inspired by fisherman’s floats, they are simple and incredibly useful.

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These sculptured benches and or tables are made from coppiced hazel. Not only do they remind us of fairy stories and woodsmen, but they would look uber-cool in a Scandi-inspired interior.

For prices and information click here.


Teenage Kicks- Pure Evil

The Saatchi gallery have an exhibition of new works by Pure Evil in the Prints & Originals Gallery at the from December 1st 2015 to January 3rd 2016. The series looks at nightmares.

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Although at £5000 for the above, they are a teeny tiny (read completely) out of our price range we can always put on our Christmas wish list…..maybe?

teenage kicks

Vladimir Putin’s Nightmare Hand-finished Print by PURE EVIL

To be fair, some of the prints go down to a far more reasonable £750- like this gorgeous screenprint with hand finished embellishments by the artist.

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Prince Philip’s Nightmare CANVAS by PURE EVIL

The artist Pure Evil says of the collection:“The subjects are inspired by pop culture, and are a reflection of my teenage self, sitting in my bedroom, reading the NME, listening to John Peel and DREAMING.” 

For more information click here.

Nottingham Market Design Event

For all of you Nottingham-based, head down to the city centre to see leading brands from a thriving Nottingham design scene, who have got together for a three day pop up shop.

nottingham design

‘Nottingham Market’ will showcase premium clothing, homeware and accessories and will enable customers to meet the designers behind the brands. It’s  a perfect opportunity to find an ideal Christmas gift for design lovers or to treat yourself!

notingham design

The event will take place in the famous Lace Market area, the home of Nottingham’s manufacturing heritage. An exhibition by artist and ceramacist Blue Firth will be open at Syson Gallery on High Pavement alongside the market venue. It is also opposite the city’s major art gallery Nottingham Contemporary.


Collaborators include homeware and fashion brands Lane, Tori Murphy, Universal Works, Sunspel, Jody Woodhouse and more. We are big fans of Tori Murphy, having seen her at Clerkenwell Design Week so it’s definitely worth checking out. Find out more about visiting here.


by Lassen styling – Winter wonderland

We have featured by Lassen a number of times on Despoke- mainly because they produce beautiful furniture and objects like the below.

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by Lassen is a Danish design company who work with various designers, including two of Denmark’s greatest architects: Mogens Lassen and Flemming Lassen.


The Lassen brothers were extremely talented and were honoured with many awards and grants for their unique designs and iconic architecture. by Lassen’s mission is to continue the tradition of good design. Because good design lives on in new generations.


The way they design their pieces allow for beauty as well as comfort and in this cold and stormy weather, make us want to create our own winter scene to cosy up in!

Uncommon Goods

We have just discovered Uncommon Goods and we love it. The brand with amazing online website and e-shop,  want to change the way business is conducted, by making sustainability a part of every decision they make. We have picked a few of our favourite pieces below.

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Fire Escape Shelf, £69.50

Uncommon Goods want to offer buyers a creative and exciting merchandise assortment and are working with suppliers – from artists to small manufacturers – to make their products in a more socially and environmentally responsible manner. Loving the Fire Escape Shelf above- would be perfect in a lounge or a home office.

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Barnwood State Side Tables, £138.99

Since their founding, they have featured products that contain recycled components and have not sold products containing leather, feathers or fur – the main goal is to sell no product that harms humans or animals. The online shop itself is really easy to use and incredibly reasonable considering the quality of the pieces.

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Envelope Wall Vase, £32.29, by Shandi McConnell

Although the brand cover jewellery, clothing and art, we are particular fans of their home and garden ranges. It’s also great that on certain items they give a bio of the designer – thus showcasing how sustainable the piece is and allowing the user to trace the making back to a real source- not just a factory.

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Lightbulb LED Lamp, £84.24

They have also done a great job of photographing the pieces- they look gorgeous and as if they were straight out of a John Lewis catalogue!

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Yosemite Coat Rack,

Find out more about how they work here and on their website.

CDW is back with a new campaign

We love CDW in May so we were very excited to see the great new campaign designed by Studio Parallel, Kei Yoshino and Lydia Whitmore.

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It draws on the campaigns of the past whilst creating something completely new.

cdw campaign

With the tag line ‘We’ve got it covered’ it highlights how important the show now is across all design disciplines- covering every aspect of the design world.
cdw campaign

The use of miniature chairs calls to mind the 2013 campaign with Hattie Newman.

Hattie Newman's CDW 2013 campaign seen here at 100% Design 2013

Hattie Newman’s CDW 2013 campaign seen here at 100% Design 2013

CDW have also announced some of the great brands already signed up including…….



Mitab with their new colour palette

GP&J Baker

GP&J Baker

GP&J Baker with their stunning fabrics and wallpaper collections return to Detail.

CDW campaign

Silvia K Ceramics

Silvia K Ceramics are a new company exhibiting at the show.

To find out more head here.




Bisley at Home

Fresh off their inaugural appearance at LDF’s Design Junction, where they housed the official showcase of the Bisley at Home collection, Despoke takes a look at more of this classic British brand’s pieces.


Bisley recently launched Stage, a modular furniture system for the home. Since then Stage has been on sale through John Lewis and received numerous plaudits within the design industry. This is the prefect arrangement for those working from home- with a ready to go set up with all a good home office needs. Available in a vibrant range of colour ways and finishes, Stage can be configured to suit any number of different interiors.

Traditionally known for their storage, their up to date and fresh look, now means that their Multi-drawers are a piece of design as well as something incredibly useful. Functionality that looks stunning.


Bisley’s extensive range – including filing cabinets- is characterised by high quality design. Its quintessential multidrawer and filing cabinets are considered by many to be modern classics. No wonder when they look good and are so useful for the modern working environment. The desk filing cabinet- above- is particularly cute- not a word we usually associate with storage.


For more information on Bisley’s Home range, click here.

SCP launches SCP Editions

We are very excited to hear that one of our favourite furniture stores is adding yet more to its collection.

SCP Editions

In keeping with the celebratory spirit of its thirtieth year, London-based manufacturer and retailer SCP presents SCP Editions, a collection of products made in small batches using unconventional or specialist manufacturing techniques. Here are just a few pieces outlined below.

Chika vessel Reiko Kaneko | SCP

Chika vessel
Reiko Kaneko | SCP

Starting at £60, these Chika vessels, are made of terracotta and vary in size.

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Italy side table
Michael Marriott | SCP

Michael Marriott returns once more with these playful side tables in a number of colours, starting at £465.

Pyxis box Sarah Kay | SCP

Pyxis box
Sarah Kay | SCP

A set of handmade wooden vessels in elm, natural and ebonised chestnut.


Galvanized shelving unit
Peter Marigold | SCP

A free standing shelving unit made from laser-cut hot dip galvanised steel.

For more information on the collection as a whole, click here.


Lane’s new lamp

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We are a bit in love with Lane’s new light- the Beam table lamp. Beam has 32 paper fins that are slotted together to make an elegant and lightweight silhouette. It is a contemporary take on the classic concertina form. The first in the Beam series, it will soon be available in different sizes and shapes.

lane lamp

Beam is made from four sheets of paper bonded together to make a thick card. The paper is made in Cumbria and by one of the oldest mills in the country.  “We want to make beautiful products that are an investment in the craftspeople and communities around us. In a world of cheap imports, we think this is the future of British design.” Oliver Wood – Lane Creative Director.

lane lamp

Beam will be launched in four colourways and available from from October 2015.
Beam has a RRP of £120. An LED bulb and standard light fitting will be provided. Above is ‘Pale Grey’ & ‘China White’: Following success of grey and white Twin Tone Lampshade; subtler neutrals for a more timeless interior; charcoal edging to punctuate the form. Beam is the follow up product to the highly successful Twin Tone Lampshade (below). 
lane lamp



The Glenlivet and Sebastian Cox

It seems there is no end to Sebastian Cox’s talents. How does this man get any sleep? This time he’s been working on a collaboration with whisky company The Glenlivet and The New Craftsmen. To mark the launch of its new drink, The Glenlivet Nàdurra Peated Whisky Cask Finish, modern designer-craftsman Sebastian Cox has used his signature inventive approach to working with wood to create The Glenlivet Nàdurra Drinks Trolley.

Seb Cox

The original creation will be on display for a limited period at our fave spot, The New Craftsmen, after which time it will be relocated to its residence at The Glenlivet Distillery in Scotland. A limited number of Trolleys will be available to purchase ‘made to order’ from The New Craftsmen at a cost of £4,200 each.

Sebastian cox

Sebastian Cox is known for his dedication to proving that sustainable design does not have to result in a compromised product. He established the Sebastian Cox workshop to design and make fine objects from sustainable hardwoods, often overlooked by other designers and makers. Like coppiced hazel.

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Make sure to watch the ‘making of’ video here.


D&AD Professional Awards are now open!

Entries for the 54th D&AD Professional Awards have opened and with new categories, it looks set to be the most exciting year yet.

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The most coveted prize in the graphics, advertising and creative worlds, this years’ awards take place in London  in May 2016.  Since 1962, D&AD has been inspiring a community of creative thinkers by celebrating and stimulating the finest in design and advertising.  Previous winners include:

Agency StudioMakgill Client It's Nice That

Agency StudioMakgill
Client It’s Nice That- 2014

Agency Red Fuse Communications Hong Kong / Young & Rubicam Malaysia / Young & Rubicam Myanmar Client Colgate-Palmolive

Agency Red Fuse Communications Hong Kong / Young & Rubicam Malaysia / Young & Rubicam Myanmar
Client Colgate-Palmolive

Agency Leo Burnett Chicago, London, Toronto, and Holler Client Procter & Gamble

Agency Leo Burnett Chicago, London, Toronto, and Holler
Client Procter & Gamble

Agency 4creative Client Laura Ward

Agency 4creative
Client Laura Ward

Agency Red & Co Client Google

Agency Red & Co
Client Google

A D&AD Award is recognised globally as the ultimate creative accolade, entered and attended by the best creative decision makers from around the world. Set to reward, promote and enable creative brilliance in all areas of creative communication, a Yellow – or Black – Pencil remains the pinnacle in many careers. To find out about entering your project click here.

Draisci Studio at Mipim

Draisci studio

We are so pleased to hear that our good friends at Drasici Studio have designed The Royal Institute of British Architects’ ‘RIBA MIPIM UK Visitor Lounge’.  The temporary structure will stand in place through the duration of MIPIM UK, which will run at London’s Olympia from 21-23 October.

DraisciDrasici are known for their colourful pop ups. At CDW 2015 they worked with Sto Werkstatt to create The Sleeperie- a place for visitors to lay down and rest between their busy meetings.


And in 2012, they created the incredible ‘Spring Forest’ a pop-up in Clerkenwell in conjunction with CDW and Fulton Umbrellas.

Established by Francesco Draisci (DipArch, ARB,RIBA), after years of working experience with Richard Rogers Partnership and Ron Arad among others, the multi-disciplinary practice offers a platform that blurs the boundaries between the practical and the poetic.

For more information click here.


Northern Design Festival

2015 marks the 10th year of Northern Design Event, a festival taking place from the 21-25 October highlighting all things design in the North of England and showing that it’s not just London that’s a hot bed for design talent.

Susi Bellamy

Susi Bellamy

And quite right too when you think that Deadgood, Timorous Beasties and Susi Bellamy all hail from the North as does the famed product design course at Northumbria. With names such as Jonathan Ive amongst their alumni, they’re doing something right.



Deadgood bring their ‘Working Girl’ chair to the show, recently seen at LDF.



With AFID bringing the mid-century modern to the show with this gorgeous cabinet.

Hothouse ceramics

Hothouse ceramics

BLH Ceramics, from their studio from Newcastle, aim to combine traditional craft elements and hand built pieces to demonstrate a range of intricate and tactile surface treatments.

David Irwin

David Irwin

David Irwin’s new sustainable M Lamp, is available in a number of colours.


Taking place at the Assembly House, 55 Westgate Road, Newcastle-upon-Tyne NE1 1SG, tickets can be bought here.


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