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Editor’s Wish List: A set of Crane pans


Top of the wish list this week is a pared back collection of cast iron cookware by British product designer Barnaby Tuke. Continue Reading…

Storage: Floor to ceiling cupboards


If you found a property with fine architectural detail count yourself lucky. Those who didn’t may want to take inspiration from this classic storage solution which works well in both a modern and traditional context. Why not hire a joiner and build floor to ceiling storage? The invisible Kitchen by i29 interior architects is a brilliant example of the style without glass. Custom made carpentry won’t come cheap, but the look is timeless.


Above: Invisible Kitchen


Hall House by Sisällä


Despoke loves: Oversized cloud prints

Hall House designed by Sisällä Interior Design exudes an atmosphere of relaxed sophistication with a mid-century vibe. Take a look at this inspirational space packed with styling ideas to try at home.   Continue Reading…

Styling Inspiration: Talking Textiles at Wanted Design NY


Styling Inspiration: Float

This month, TALKING TEXTILES an initiative by trend forecaster Lidewij Edelkoort and design curator Philip Fimmano that promotes creative textiles will feature 10 finalists at WantedDesign. Displaying textures and concepts that innovate our perceptions of material, the installation offers visitors a visually-tactile experience of innovative fabrics. If the brilliant styling is anything to go by, you’re in for a treat.

Wanted Design, NYC

May 9 – 19


Friday night treat: Carrots with black garlic & herb yoghurt




10 carrots, washed

Olive oil


2 tbsp pumpkin seeds

4 tbsp 1/4 cup (1/4 cup) cilantro leaves (coriander), plus more for garnish

4 tbsp 1/4 cup (1/4 cup) mint leaves

1 clove of black garlic, peeled (available in Sainsbury’s)

4 heaped tbsp plain yogurt

1/4 red chili pepper, fresh or dried (leave the seeds in if you want more heat or add more to taste)

1 tbsp water Continue Reading…

Sale: 15-25% off at Another Country


Spring Stock Clearance at Another Country: There is still time to make a discounted purchase of 15-25% off selected products in-store or via the website. The sale runs until 6pm 2 May (GMT). Check in early to avoid disappointment.

Another Country


Bathrooms: Ceramica Globo at Salone del Mobile


Above: ‘Bagno Di Colore’ (A Bathroom of Colour)

Who said bathrooms should be white? Many people shudder at the thought of a coloured bathroom suite. The first thing that springs to mind is the avocado bathroom suite. Fear not, Ceramica Globo, one of the exhibitors at Salone del Mobile is breathing fresh life into bathroom design focusing on the potential of colour.

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They made a statement across the collections by blending pastel tones with bolder shades such as matte black and petroleum green from the new palette of 14 ceramic colours.

Ceramica Globo / Salone del Mobile


Trend: Gradated glass


Studio Drift’s installation at Brand New World gradates through the colour palette.

Trend Milan Glass

Above: Nendo, Glas Italia

Nendo has collaborated with Glas Italia to present a series of frosted glass boxes, outlined with a bright colour, which subtly gradates in tone.


Above: Patricia Urquiola, Shimmer, Glas Italia

A collection of laminated glass tables, characterised by a special iridescent multicolored finish.


Studio Drift / Brand New World / NendoPatricia Urquiola  / Glas Italia


Re-edit salon by Sides Core Studio


Re-edit salon shows no signs of the typical layout or paraphernalia associated with traditional hair studios. Sides Core Studio has stripped the Osaka salon bare and furnished the space with a mixed range of contemporary furniture.


Plain net curtains have never looked so appealing and add a hint of mystery to the white interior.


The designers installed adjustable ceiling hung ropes held in place with bright hooks to prop up mirrors at an angle.


An arch shape seamlessly links the identity from the logo to mirrors.










In a purposeful move to avoid the common salon look Sides Core Studio have created a relaxed setting for clients to “refresh their heart and mind.’’


Re-edit salon by Sides Core Studio


Exhibitor Alert: Laura Callaghan at Pick Me Up Festival 2015


Laura Callaghan’s distinct hand drawn illustrations couldn’t be more relevant as the appetite for 1980s grows. Catch her new body of work at Pick Me Up until the 4th of May.


Above: Illustration for Hunger Magazine to celebrate the opening of Pick Me Up London.

Pick Me Up / Laura Callaghan / Hunger Magazine

Somerset House

23rd April to the 4th May.


Habitat’s bright new garden range

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Above: Minaji green garden armchair- £195.00

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Minaji orange 2 seater garden bench – £395.00

Looking to inject a shot of colour in the garden? Habitat’s bright new Minaji collection is a great option, it includes an armchair and 2 or 3 seater bench in green or orange. Each curved piece is constructed from polypropylene with a smooth matt finish. The Minaji collection will be available in-store and online at Habitat from May 2015.




Milan 2015: COS x Snarkitecture installation at Salone del Mobile 2015

COS returned to Salone Del Mobile 2015 as part of a collaboration with Daniel Arsham and Alex Mustonen NYC based studio Snarkitecture. The duo designed a specially commissioned installation inspired by the technical lightness and luminescence of the COS Spring Summer 15’ collection.

Arsham and Mustonen transformed Spazio Erbe into an immersive translucent cave. The installation featured thousands of strips of layered white fabric hung from the ceiling to the floor.

Daniel Arsham and Alex Mustonen of Snarkitecture say, “After meeting with Karin and Martin and looking at the new COS collection, we knew we wanted to create a revelatory experience that played with shifting views and translucency through the use of luminous material. What we came up with is an immersive environment that draws on the familiar qualities of fabric and the primal nature of caverns to create a world of reflection, exploration and interaction.”

Karin Gustafsson, Head of Womenswear Design, says “We feel their simplistic yet modern concept reflects the COS ethos and design philosophy.”



Garden Inspiration


Detail: Cream tiles / Black furniture /  Teak accents / Green backdrop

To do: Allocate an area of your garden to display loungers in rows. Despoke loves this stripped back garden features light coloured tiles, black furniture and teak wood. Note the space is finished with a foliage border for minimum fuss and maximum style.


Furniture: The award winning garden furniture, coined the ‘Finn Collection,’ is designed by Norm Architects for DWR. Continue Reading…

Clerkenwell Design Week 2015: Less than five weeks to go



After the fun of Milan, the next major show on the horizon is Clerkenwell Design Week. Now less than five weeks away, it’s time to register and check out the new #CDW2015 website.


Old Session House- Gubi

Note the new venue — Icon’s House of Culture set in one of Clerkenwell’s most noteworthy landmarks featuring leading international brands.

To discover who is exhibiting and register, visit Clerkenwell Design Week.

19-21 May 2015

State-of-the-art villa in the Prague by Jestico + Whiles

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Architecture and interior design practice Jestico + Whiles has completed a luxury private villa in the heart of a village close to Prague, Czech Republic.

A sophisticated five-bedroom family home that marries a contemporary aesthetic with the best in environmental design, the property also includes cutting-edge intelligent home technologies.

Continue Reading…

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