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Iittala x Issey Miyake

What do you get when you combine a ground breaking fashion designer with an iconic homewares brand? This lovely lot!

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Combining Scandinavian and Japanese craftsmanship and design, Iittala X Issey Miyake brings a unique collaborative collection of  ceramics, glass and home textiles in gorgeous pastel shades and usable sizes.

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It’s the palette we are most excited about as well as the materials. They seem so luxurious and on point, but aren’t hugely expensive. Skandium are stocking them in the UK.

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The collection consists of 30 items. The play of textiles and pentagon forms of the glass and ceramic objects is an invitation to touch and feel the material, while the colour scheme is inspired by the awakening of spring and the blossoming of flowers. The textile products are created based on Issey Miyake’s original folding and pleating techniques that have been used in its clothes making since late 1980s.

Click here for more information.

Wendy Morrison Rugs

New for Spring/Summer 2016 and continuing her exploration of nature, rug designer Wendy Morrison has created her new Orient collection with gorgeous rich colours and Art Deco inspired design. All the rugs are hand tufted wool with viscose highlights to create a shimmer which bring the design to life.

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We love the peacock tree above. Stunning colours and beautiful craftsmanship create something you would probably not ever want to tread on!

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This gorgeous cut out from a rug named Mount Orient is a rich and textured piece, with vibrant colours and again the bird motif.

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The above rug looks stunning in this white and neutral room and creates a wonderful centrepiece, bring the splashes of colour in the rest of the room to life. All rugs start at £990.

For more information click here.

 

By Lassen Rimm vases

By Lassen’s new Rimm vases and flowerpots have given traditional craftsmanship a new lease of life and we love!

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The pieces invite nature inside, presenting flowers and plants in a beautiful way with their sharp angles matched with organic forms. They have a graphic starting point but with softer rounded elements, making them a perfect piece of art work and design to have around the house.

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With its special glazing giving it a unique texture and glow, the Rimm vase can be a decoration in itself, perfect as a standalone object with or without flowers. Alternatively, place several vases together in varying combinations of colours and shapes to create a little installation!

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The Rimm vase is launched in two different sizes to accommodate both short and long-stemmed flowers.

We love and we want.

Skandium looks to Norway

After 17 years of championing Scandinavian Modernism in London, this February, Skandium will turn their heads towards Norway.

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In celebration of the importance of Norway’s contribution to Scandinavian design in the global design market, Skandium will showcase interior design and manufacturing objects from Norway produced from 1940 to the present day. In partnership with Norwegian Icons, Icons of Norway runs from 4 February – 14 February at Skandium’s Brompton road store.

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Bottoms Up designed by Ingrid Aspen
Photo: Siren Lauvdal

On display will be a curated selection of furniture and design pieces from an internationally acclaimed line up of mid-century and contemporary Norwegian designers. In reference to the importance of manufacturing, every product in the exhibition is designed and manufactured within the country’s borders.

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August designed by Kristine Bjaadal
Photo: Siren Lauvdal

Each object will be available for purchase at Skandium for the exhibition period only; except the Bunad Blanket which is available throughout the year.

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Krobo designed byTorbjørn Afdal
Manufacturer, Fjordfiesta
Photo: Kaja Bruskeland

For more information click here.

Clement Browne

More and more we are being drawn to shutters over curtains and blinds. And when they look like this you can understand why.

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Beautifully designed, the flexible Full Height shutter style offers escape from the sunlight, not that that’s really a problem here in London, but also a focal point for the room.

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Create a delicate and airy interior by colour-matching your shutters to the walls, effortlessly integrating the shutter into your decor. Or, alternatively, make a focal point out of the shutter; paint it in a bold hue to break up a neutral wall colour and add a pop of colour to quickly refresh your interior space.

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With its own production line, Clement Browne offers a higher standard of paint, better manufacturing care and higher quality finishes and materials. Prices start from just £250 per square metre for the Westcliff Collection’s hardwood Paulownia shutters.

For more information, click here.

Furniture and accessories from Sottini

Bathrooms have the opportunity to be havens from our hectic lives and look beautiful and calming enough for us to want to stay in them. Sottini are masters in bathroom art (as it were….)

Gravina washstand £276, Gravina basin £456

Gravina washstand £276, Gravina basin £456

The bathroom furniture at Sottini is really good value for elegant and well-made goods.

Simeto Uno double vanity basin £594, Simeto wall mounted basin unit £960, Simeto full column unit £636, Simeto mirror from £348

Simeto Uno double vanity basin £594, Simeto wall mounted basin unit £960, Simeto full column unit £636, Simeto mirror from £348

They don’t just provide toilets and sinks either. Mirrors and cupboards are also part of their product list.

Ippari console, two base units, a side unit and 2 worktops £2,038.80, Isorno vessel basin £252, Valsura tall basin mixer £489, Magra mirror from £295,

Ippari console, two base units, a side unit and 2 worktops £2,038.80, Isorno vessel basin £252, Valsura tall basin mixer £489, Magra mirror from £295

We love this off-centred and almost sculpted architectural piece- although not quite sure it would fit into our mini (read absolutely tiny bathroom.)

 

Cycle Revolution at the Design Museum

Take this chance to see one of the last full blown exhibitions in the Design Museum at Shad Thames, before they head over to their brand spanking new space in Kensington. design museum, cycle revolution

Be inspired to keep your New Year’s resolution and be inspired by cycling at Cycle Revolution. The last decade has seen a revolution in cycling, on a scale not witnessed in the UK since the Second World War. Cycle Revolution celebrates the diversity of contemporary cycling in Britain from every day commuting to Olympic level competition.

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The exhibition looks at cycling subcultures through four ‘tribes’ – the High Performers who reach Olympic speeds, the Thrill Seekers who take on all terrains, the Urban Riders who pedal our cities mile by mile, and the Cargo Bikers who work on two wheels.

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More and more people are using this method of transport to get to work and its especially useful in big cities where cars just aren’t practical. But some people go crazy and spend thousands- how has this happened and what is the future of the bike?

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Us Brits really are the leaders in cycling- sure to win at this year’s Olympics in Rio as well as leading the way in bike development and merchandise. The exhibition brings together bicycles, clothing, accessories, equipment, film and photography to explain where cycling is now and where it might take us in the future.

Read more here.

Utility Design Inspiration

We are in love with Utility Design. With 3 stores in Liverpool and one in King’s Cross, London, the online offering has some great brands and some equally great deals. Here we have picked some of their fab sale offers.

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It may still be £907 (gag) but this Knoll Berotia side chair has 15% off and that makes it slightly less appalling. But what a glorious piece of furniture it is. Where’s that chair fund got to?

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These Osjo Vinge lamps are down to £462.40 which again is a little much to stomach- but so sweet!

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Now this Artemide Dalu lamp is fun, colourful and affordable and down to £61.20- yes please!

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A great tip is to head to the outlet area of the site where the deals are even better. This Kartell Ghost stool has 26% off taking it down to a very reasonable £75.

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This gorgeous Kartell Componobiliis is only £72 down from £100- yahooo!

To find out more about utility and peruse its loveliness click here.

 

Please Wait to be Seated

We have just discovered Please Wait to be Seated and are excited. They are agents/distributors of dedicated brands, artists, designers and manufacturers. One quality they all have in common is that they know their trade with regard to craftsmanship, skills, quality of materials and sustainability in terms of durable design.

Planet lamp DESIGNED BY METTE SCHELDE

Planet lamp DESIGNED BY METTE SCHELDE

Some of the pieces like this Planet Lamp have been designed exclusively for the website.

Transcience mirrors

Transcience mirrors

These transcience mirrors are stunning.  Over time dark spots start to appear on mirrors. The silver layer is slowly oxidizing under the influence of oxygen and water, thereby showing some of its history. This process can be regarded as degradation, however this project shows the beauty of this material transition of silver.

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DESIGNED BY KONSTANTINE GRCIC

Konstantin Grcic designed this chair for Mattiazzi. Medici is a low chair with a comfortably reclined posture. It is generous dimensions give it an embracing confidence.

For more information click here.

 

Hend Krichen

Hend Krichen is a London-based designer whose practice manufactures and retails handmade luxury home-wares and accessories. We have had our eye on here for a while. We have seen her at 100% Design, CDW and more.

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The main focus within the practice is producing beautiful timeless objects designed to enrich everyday lives through the use of the rich artisanal skills and craftsmanship. The teracotta and the copper colours work together beautifully in the above vases.

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These coasters would brighten up any table.  They have been designed to enrich everyday lives and utilise the rich artisanal skills and craftsmanship in Tunisia. Patterns dating back to 1700’s when the concept of the tile designs were first introduced in North Africa, bringing history into your home.

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This copper wall hanging plate would look perfect all year round, but has a certain Christmas feel to it. Intricate patterns taken from various dates in history in Tunisia and applied onto the surface by hand make this a timeless object.

For more information on Hend and her products, click here.

C.P. Hart new showroom

When we think of bathroom showrooms, we think of tiles, white, toilets (ahem), showers…..water. Not so for the new C.P. Hart showroom in Waterloo.

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They have worked with architecture practice Morrow + Lorraine, design studio Badrock Design and C.P. Hart’s internal merchandising and showroom design teams to create a showroom that could just as easily be a high end hotel reception. 

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Specialist lighting design practice Studio Fractal was also brought in to design two bespoke lighting installations – located in the reception area and C.P. Hart café.

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The new showroom space covers 20,000 sq ft and is a series of interlocking exposed brickwork arches. C.P. Hart were keen to convey the heritage of the building so Morrow + Lorraine utilised the original brickwork against copper panel work on the arches.

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The cafe and the various interlocking arches allow firms to being clients along to relax and be inspired.  The new product gallery allows C.P. Hart to be flexible about how they display products and get new products on show much quicker as soon as they are launched at international trade fairs. The products are presented on flexible mobile plinths based on a modular system that can changed and moved around. Other products are fixed onto the wall and plumbed for testing.

For more information click here.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Twig

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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Camo Audrey CANVAS by PURE EVIL

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?

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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.

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