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Nendo design “softer than steel” for Desalto


Desalto release ‘softer than steel’ furniture collection designed by Japanese studio Nendo that portrays metal as folded paper.

“We bent a tabletop’s edges to attach onto the frame like cloth draping over the frame’s edges, so that the tabletop can be picked up like a tray, said Nendo, “By adding flipped, bent and wrapped details to the metal sheets and rods, the ordinarily hard material gains new functionality and a light, flexible feel,as though the metal has become paper or cloth.”

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Shkatulka desk accessory set by Lesha Galkin


Russian designer Lesha Galkin created the set of Shkatulka desk accessories as part of the IBZA project. Popular ancient Russian ‘secret’ caskets for storing valuable items provided inspiration for the marble and wood range. The Shkatulka storage kit has a secret too – the various modules can be rearranged to suit your functional needs. Continue Reading…

Retail: Les Hommes new flagship store in Milan designed by Piuarch


Belgian brand Les Hommes selected the recently redesigned region of Porta Nuova to launch their first flagship store in Milan. The brand entrusted Piuarch – recently awarded Italian Architect of the year, to transfer the values and identity of the company into the store, with colour, geometric designs and materials. Les Hommes is a sophisticated trademark which stands out for the quality of its concepts, its research into materials — often contrasting rich and “poor” materials — and attention to detail. Continue Reading…

Editor’s To Do List: See below

Raise a floor
2- Raise a floor to signify a different area of a room.


2- Paint a green room. This colour is ‘Invisible Green’ from Edward Bulmer Pots of Paint range.  Note the furniture by Benchmark and Pinch.

Tor Bay

3- Return to Tor Bay, a remote sandy beach in Swansea Bay, Wales. Without doubt the best British beach I have visited. Campers take note, it is surrounded by excellent campsites. Continue Reading…

Lookbook: Slovakian rural style by JRKVC


Bratislava-based architect – Peter Jurkovi of JRKVC references Slovakian rural architecture to create a small but perfectly formed family home. (+ Lookbook)

“There are certain principles encoded in traditional folk architecture, verified by ages and still relevant. Especially in the context of the need to reduce our ecological footprint and energy waste. Bigger is not always better! Simple buildings did not fight with the nature, but has become part of it,” said Jurkovi. They were built of local materials that were readily available and did not need a long and difficult transport – wood, clay and straw to name a few. The windows did not perform as well as today, so they were kept rather small. An under–roof porch, called “gánok” was traditionally part of the house, ensuring the contact with the outside environment even in winter or during bad weather.”

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Architecture: Concept / Outcome by Sou Fujimoto Architects


Above: Maquette of House NA by Sou Fujimoto Architects

Today we launch ‘Concept to Outcome’ a new feature for Despoke, where you will discover both new and historical architectural models alongside the outcome. Without further ado, we start with the extraordinary 914 square-foot transparent  ‘House NA’ by Sou Fujimoto Architects. Out of context from the traditional vision of the Japanese home and its neighbours, the house, upon completion in 2011, captured the attention of the design world. (Inc. footage)

house na


To see the full range of Images visit:  Iwan Baan

The Aram Gallery launch Aram Graduates 2014 exhibition on 22 July


Above: ‘Chroma Frame’ by Lucy Birley & Lambert Rainville

Aram Graduates 2014 opens tomorrow in London at the Aram Store. The show takes its cue from the Aram Designs Graduate Shows, which ran between 1988 & 1992. Director of The Aram Gallery and Chairman of Aram Designs Ltd., Zeev Aram scoured the country selecting the most innovative of designs from the latest crop of graduates such as Sebastian Bergne, Adam Brinkworth, Tom Lloyd, Konstantin Grcic, Thomas Heatherwick, Wakako Kishimoto and Luke Pearson. Continue Reading…

Lookbook: At home with Victoria Smith AKA SF Girl By Bay


Make the most of your space, no matter how large or small, it is how you add detail and style that makes all the difference. Take this narrow space in the home of American blogger Victoria Smith aka SF Girl By Bay, it has become a highlight of the room with the addition of two pieces which set the tone – a mid-century padded bench and ceiling hung rail. Victoria chose to display her collection of oriental garments. If you have the urge to display, be considered.

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Above: Clothing Rail ‘Rectangle’ by Annaleena Leino

1 –  For a superb selection of rails head to stylist/designer Annaleena Leino.


Above: ‘U 620 bench‘ by Jens Risom 

2-  Danish-born American designer Jens Risom has collaborated with Rocket and Benchmark , who have jointly secured the European rights to reissue his 1950s and 1960s furniture designs. We recommend his ‘U 620 bench’ first introduced in the 1950′s, a classic design available in oak – £1500 or walnut £1600, upholstered in? Kvadrat fabric or Elmo leather.


SF Girl By Bay /Annaleena Leino / Jens Risom / Rocket / Kvadrat / Elmo


Galloway’s Estate Agents by IYA Studio


Above: Galloway’s Estate Agents by IYA Studio

Galloway’s Estate Agents approached the London based multidisciplinary IYA Studio last year to review their brand and office in West Norwood. With over 25 years in the business, the time had come for a restyle: one that enhanced their reputation and repositioned the brand with new market appeal. Continue Reading…

Friday Night Treat: Roasted Vegetable Galette


Serves 4-6





250g wholemeal flour

¼ tsp. salt

115 g chilled unsalted butter, diced

¼ cup crème fraiche

2 tsp. lemon juice

¼ cup cold water

1 spring of fresh thyme, leaves chopped

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Competition Alert: Delight in Light at 100% Design opens


Last year’s winner ‘Dollop’ by Ash Allen.

Delight in Light the pioneering annual competition for students is dedicated to championing up-and-coming design talent. For the first time since 1985 The Lighting Industry Association presented the contest at 100% design in 2013. Ash Allen received critical acclaim when he walked off with the £1000 prize in 2013 for his ‘Dollop’ pendant, pictured above, kick-starting his career on the design scene. Due to its phenomenal success with over 10, 000 votes cast, it is set to return to the 20th edition of the show in September.  The competition is now open. Enter now .


100% design / The Lighting Industry Association / Ash Allen


Register now: 100% Design


Editor’s Pick: My favourite piece by Ligne Roset on Pinterest

Our favourite Ligne Roset product by Despoke

Ligne Roset asked Despoke to choose a favourite piece from their back catalogue for their Pinterest list. I chose the one and only ‘Rewrite desk’ by Gam Fratesi. To this day, three year’s on from the launch it sits on the top of my wishlist.

Quick recap: The Rewrite desk is a little jewel of modernity and softness. The soundproofed bubble affords protection from both light and external noise and also dampens sounds emanating from within it. The natural, precious materials of which it is composed, walnut and Kvadrat Divina wool, reinforce the overall feeling of softness and security. The functional aspect is covered by a lacquered metal chest, fixed beneath the desk, which conceals transformers and electrical cables, and by a slit cable port in the top of the desk.

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Ligne Roset Pinterest list


Detail: Coloured parquet flooring


Above: Reclaimed Flooring Company of Clerkenwell

The Reclaimed Flooring Company of Clerkenwell took inspiration from a collection of huge beams saved from one of Manchester’s historic cotton mills. Once salvaged each board is machined for flooring and cladding. The colourful outer edges worn away over time are selected to use for parquet flooring.

With nostalgia on the radar this parquet hits the right note, but in a less obvious way. Install a statement floor for your home styled in an irregular pattern using a miscellaneous bag of colours.

The Reclaimed Flooring Company of Clerkenwell

Loopholes by Fermetti & Oskar Vermeylen for Atelier Belge


‘Loopholes’ is a modular unit developed by Fermetti & Oskar Vermeylen for Atelier Belge that plays with multi functionalityThe black grid wall system is available in four sizes and features a variety of attachment’s in blonde wood and white powder coated steel. 

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Lookbook: Minimal Bathroom

Concrete bathroom

A minimal bathroom devoid of clutter, softened with a classic wooden stool and luxury towel.


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1- Roughly cement the side of a bath for an industrial look. Continue Reading…

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