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Design Shanghai returns

Design Shanghai, Asia’s leading international design event, will be returning to the historic Shanghai Exhibition Centre from 8th to 11th March 2017. Reinforced by the success of a record-breaking 2016 edition, Design Shanghai has matured and is now one of the key design events in the world.

Matsu

Matsu

Next year’s edition will attract more than 350 exhibitors, including top international and Chinese design brands and galleries, unveiling new designs and launching never-before-seen products. Design Shanghai is unique for China as it brings the best of international design, allowing trends to be set and new designs to be developed in the market.

HAY

HAY

A major new initiative for the 2017 edition is the opening of Design Shanghai to the city. Turning the event into a Shanghai-wide celebration of design and creativity, Design Shanghai will take over the city thanks to several offsite events, offering both the local community and international visitors the opportunity to experience the city in a new light.

Beyond Object

Beyond Object

Following last year’s fruitful collaboration, Design Shanghai and Shanghai Xintiandi – the famous Shanghai landmark – will celebrate their partnership for the next three years. Design Shanghai will expand out across the city. Design Shanghai will launch the Design Shanghai @ Xintiandi Design Festival, an event taking place from 6th to 19th March 2017 in Xintiandi. Curated by Design Shanghai in collaboration with curators Song Tao, Hou Zhengguang and Cher Du, the Festival will populate the streets of the district for 14 days, showcasing a selection of interactive installations by international and Chinese designers and artists.

frank chou

Frank Chou

World-renowned design brands including Moroso, Magis, Driade, Visionnaire, Porada, Art Design Group, CIAC, Thonet, Antonio Lupi, Seletti, HAY, Leicht, Fisher & Paykel, Kinnarps, Cole & Son, Duxiana, Bolon, Swarovski, Alessi, Dyson, DuPont Corian have confirmed their presence alongside leading Chinese design brands such as Tai Ping Carpets, Beyond Object, W+S, YANG House, Frank Chou Design Studio, ziinlife, WUU, ROOY, Benwu Edition, EY-Products, ALiTLE and Haostyle, which will show their wares across the five Design halls.

 

Brintons collaboration

It seems like everyone’s onto a collaboration nowadays- and when you take a great name and a heritage company you usually get something pretty impressive.

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Newmor and Ptolemy Mann

Family run wallpaper business Newmor, have launched a new collaboration with artist/designer Ptolemy Mann. Featuring her signature ikat prints and hand-woven designs the range of fabric backed vinyl wallcoverings is striking and full of her bright, painterly colours. Newmor Continue Reading…

The Book of Do-ness

We have had Mindfulness and now we have Do-ness. we actually prefer this as Mindfulness, although great and definitely important, started to get just a teensy bit ubiquitous.
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Happy + Co

Taking inspiration from their travels, Happy + Co are a new interiors brand that looks at things a little differently. As well as making sure that their pieces are that little bit different, for each product they sell, 10% of profits are invested into the Happy + Co Farm in Cambodia. Nice.

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Makers for Selfridges

PR company Friends & Co has cleverly nudged into product development – its first foray is Makers for Selfridges. Selfridges, the iconic London store on Oxford Street, approached Friends & Co to curate a homeware collection of products made in Britain and designed by independent makers.

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Mini Moderns

We love Mini Moderns regardless, but here’s some extra tantalising news if you are a fan.  As part of the Camberwell Arts Festival 2016, Mini Moderns are opening their doors as part of the Open Studios event.

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Zuzanaga presents 2017

Looking through the new Zuzunaga lookbook for 2017 is like being accosted by a giant colour chart – art meets design meets homeware meets fashion. We love it.  Founded by well known design collaborator, artist & designer Cristian Zuzunaga, the brand and products are a reflection on what it means to be human today.

Pixel cushion

Trevira CS printed in Denmark by Kvadrat

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Kitchen Aid heaven

We at Despoke often think that the mark of a truly grown up kitchen, someone who seriously has their life together, is the presence of a KitchenAid mixer.  There’s something about their 1950’s fluid design, their chrome bowl and their rather large price tag, that screams- “don’t worry! I know what I am doing! of course I can make my own family recipe Yorkshire puddings whilst being calmly in charge of two under 5 year olds.”  We have no KitchenAid mixer….and feel this says a lot. Ahem.

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Well, stand aside those who laugh at our lack of culinary appliances, for the makers of the iconic Artisan Stand Mixer open their first Experience Store in the world to customers in the heart of London’s West End on Wigmore Street and we are on our way down. Stylishly arranged over two floors, the store is the perfect environment to inspire kitchen designers, budding bakers and serious chefs alike. As well as helping you imagine you are living in a World of Interiors spread.

kitchen aid

Not only does it display KitchenAid’s famous small domestic appliances including the new Artisan Mini Stand Mixer, but also the recently launched range of major domestic appliances such as the revolutionary Chef Touch Sous Vide system and Chef Sign Deep Induction Trays, which offer a perfectly balanced mix of iconic design and professional performance. We have zero idea of what these products do but we know we want them, for to say you possess a Sous Vide system, is to say you are in charge of your own destiny.
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Perhaps most excitingly, the space has a fully functioning demonstration kitchen as well as a cookery school which entertains a rolling schedule of events, offering customers the opportunity to experience the professional results KitchenAid appliances can produce. So, you can try the covetable products in the safe haven of the shop, before buying one and fully growing up.

Click here to book classes and find out more.

We Love Lane!

We always keep an eye on Lane as they constantly have brilliant presents and gifts- to ourselves and other people- especially around the festive season. They’ve just launched the Sand Cast Brick Tea Light Holder. A striking triangle, the corners rise inwards to hold a copper tea light cup and are designed to tessellate to create stylish patterns and arrangements. It is handmade by Bulmer Brick and Tile Company in Suffolk using ancient British brick making traditions.

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Aava stools launch from Arper

Arper have some of the best looking interior furniture on the market with their Catifa now considered an iconic chair.

Catifa

Catifa 46

They have now brought out a new stool option as part of their Aava range by Antti Kotilainen. Available in two heights, the stools can be found in an array of differing options. Wooden or metal base; wooden seat; polypropylene seat.

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Aava

For use at home and in the office, these are visually striking pieces made by a Finnish designer who is already a well known name in the industry, with pieces for Knoll and Martela also in production.

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original Aava range

Original Aava range

For more information click here.

Flock rug launch

We are big fans of Flock on Despoke and are hugely excited to hear that their iconic Northmore design is now being made into a rug.

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Arlo and Jacob Autumn ranges

There’s a chill in the air, it’s harder to get up in the morning and Starbucks have launched their Pumpkin flavour coffees. Autumn is most definitely here. When you’ve finished raking leaves and accidentally setting the next door neighbour fence on fire in a vain attempt at a bonfire, head indoors and curl up on one of these bad boys from furniture band Arlo and Jacob.

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Native Union get Marbellous

Award winning design company Native Union  adds DOCK+ for iPhone Marble Edition to its expanding Tech line. Made from the finest solid marble, and super-luxurious DOCK+ is a beautiful design object for the home and a sleek and stable base for charging and using your Lightning devices.

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Muuto’s Gets Dotty…

One of our fave Scandi brands Muuto have added to their already well-loved Dots family with a new metal version.

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