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How to Co-work beautifully

Co-working and office hubs are now the norm as more people freelance and larger companies realise the potential health in flexi-time. However, beautiful, design-led spaces are few and far between. Read the article to find out how you could win free co-working membership for a year with The Office Group. YES PLEASE!

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The Office Group is a leading provider of design-led and flexible offices, meeting rooms and co-working spaces for start-ups, small businesses and, increasingly, larger companies. Those who have chosen to work for themselves do not necessarily want to work by themselves. Members of The Office Group form part of a community and the design of the buildings creates an environment where businesses, ideas and relationships can develop.

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Exceptional design and the inclusion of communal spaces such as libraries, screening rooms and gardens highlights the focus on inspirational workplaces that increase productivity and create a genuine sense of community.

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During October, The Office Group are opening an innovative pop-up co-working space at Old Street tube station. Replicating their design-led co-working offering, TOG is offering free access to this workspace to anyone who needs a place to work for a few hours or who wants to experience collaborative working.

the office spaceFrom 5 October until 30 October, TOG is inviting its members and the public to come and work from the pop-up workspace at Old Street station – which will be open Monday to Friday from 7.30am to 7pm – at no cost, so that they can experience what it’s like to be part of a coworking community.  TOG will also be running a competition to win a lifetime’s membership to the newest Shoreditch workspace.

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Albert House offers flexible workspace, meeting rooms and co-working spaces, as well as a café/bar, fitness studio and screening room. TOG has worked with Ben Adams Architects to restore the original character of the 1930s warehouse and give a speakeasy feel to the building. To enter the competition pop into the pop-up at Old Street. @TheOfficeGroup #popupcoworking.


Clark Pickett at Moroso

Friday evening saw the last of the hugely successful Design Aperitivo talks in conjunction with Interni Magazine and Salone del Mobile.

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Taking place in the basement of the stunning Moroso showroom in Clerkenwell, the final talk saw Clark Pickett, architect and interior designer from global design powerhouse NBBJ. Known for the design of environments that are functional, imaginative and meaningful, Pickett titled his talk ‘beauty in the time of the machine’.

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26/09/15 Picture by Ashley Bingham. Picture taken at the Interni event at Moroso, London.

A passionate and enjoyable speaker, Pickett explained how important data, analytics and being able to read the behaviour of people has become to creating and designing buildings. Indeed, physical spaces can become like networks themselves. He stressed however the importance of making sure humans have the final say:

‘Algorithms should never make decisions, only provide information and solutions.’

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NBBJ, (with their new Samsung headquarters under construction in Silicon Valley, above) bring to the table a sense of community in addition to vast knowledge of technology and how it can help create a communal and well-used space. Worryingly, he stated that ‘every day humans create as much information and data as we did from the beginning of time until 2003.’ Yet, does this need to be as terrifying as it sounds? Could we not embrace this technology and use it to make informed decisions about the way humans behave- especially within work environments?

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What’s perhaps most interesting is the way NBBJ use algorithms to allow people’s working day to be a lot more enjoyable. Pickett spoke about placing toilets further way from desks so workers walked a lot further, but food and drink closer, encouraging people to dwell together and talk. NBBJ believe that chance encounters create innovation.

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The landscape of a building is also something that NBBJ take great care to get right. Using rapid prototyping that they have worked to develop, they are able to prove that workers efficiency will increase if the natural environment they are working in is peaceful.


26/09/15 Picture by Ashley Bingham. Picture taken at the Interni event at Moroso, London.

Top tips from Pickett and NBBJ:

NBBJ have drawing classes- the rise of technology and rapid prototyping shouldn’t mean that architects and designers lose this talent.

They often design furniture for the spaces they create, thus making an overall theme complete- as in the case of the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation.

INTERNI Design Aperitivo ran across 5 nights between 19 and 25 September for London Design Festival 2015, with Salone del Mobile, Milano

To read more on the INTERNI programme click here



Lee Broom and The Flower Shop

British design superstar, Lee Broom’s debut collection of Vases, ‘Podium’, has launched this week.

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He has transformed his flagship store into ‘The Flower Shop’, an immersive floral display where Podium will take centre stage.  Broom also presents his 25 piece collection ‘The Department Store’ for the first time in London, following the recent award winning Milan exhibition.

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Available exclusively at the store, the ‘Podium’ vases will take centre stage in an immersive floral display across the space, which has been completely re-designed for the event.

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Hanging Hoop Chair.

Broom’s 25 piece new collection is also shown for the first time. Furniture, lighting and accessories will be presented in glass display cases and on marble plinths surrounded by a sweeping display of fresh flowers.

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Crescent Table Lamp.

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Fulcrum Chandelier.

See the collection at: Shoreditch Design Triangle, Electra House, 95 Rivington Street, London, EC2A 3AY.

LDF: Design inspiration is everywhere

Despoke revelled in the sunshine in Islington on Saturday,  popping into Aria to see Camille Walala’s take over of the front window.


The powerful and explosive prints and patterns felt like a clash between a 1980’s and 1960’s art studio.

Head there now for pattern and colour:

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The LDF’s head quarters for the week are at the V&A and houses a number of one off commissions. Inspired by the Art Nouveau movement, renowned Austrian design duo mischer’traxler have collaborated with boutique champagne house Perrier-Jouët to bring a sensual, interactive installation to the V&A’s Norfolk House Music Room.common

New last year, the Queen’s Park design district is now a well-loved part of LDF. A top pick is Bill Amberg Studio who are hosting an open studio from 21-27 September, where they will be showing their Common Collection of benches and stools. This furniture features the Studio’s signature combination of traditional leather techniques and technology.


Our faves from Clerkenwell Design Week, The Goldsmith’s Centre are back with A Sense of Jewellery. The show  brings together outstanding examples of modern jewellery by forty artists and designers made in Britain over the past forty years,  setting out to rediscover British jewellery design and celebrate the quality of design thinking and material innovation in this period.

union chapel, islington

As if LDF isn’t enough, the weekend just gone was Open House London. Upper Street Islington’s Union Chapel was spellbinding, with a free music gig also going on.

Plan your LDF here.

Cos & Hay

Fashion  powerhouse, COS are collaborating with Danish design firm HAY, to create 2 tables that will be sold exclusively in COS & HAY stores. To complement this, a carefully curated collection of objects are on sale online & at the High Street Kensington store.  

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To celebrate the partnership they have worked with Spanish designer Tomas Alonso to produce a pair of tables, as part of a wider collaboration between the two brands.

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The carefully curated collection of objects are housed on the new, specially designed ground floor space within the High Street Kensington store where the handpicked items are displayed amongst items from the COS Autumn Winter 15 collection, inspired by the Japanese Mona Ha movement alongside the photography of Olaf Otto Becker.

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For more information click here.



100% Design welcomes the Chinese Pavilion

100% Design is known for its international pavilions, bringing designers the world over together in one place during LDF. This year they welcome back the China Pavilion. china, 100% design

The China Pavilion, organised by Shenzhen Industrial Design Professional Design Association (SIDA) showcases design products from 50 major Chinese cities, promising an exciting design feast. Visitors will not only appreciate the contemporary design elements, but also those derived from a more recognisable and traditional Chinese style.

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A ‘China Design Day’ event will be held to encourage new partnerships between designers and merchants, both at home and abroad.

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Click here to find out more.

Get ready for London Design Festival

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LDF kicks off 19-20 September with a weekend dedicated to graphic design.

Design Week will host six keynote talks over two days, including the founders of design consultancy Europa; followed by illustrator Johanna Basford in a Q&A session by Creative Review editor Patrick Burgoyne; Tom Sharp and Ben Haworth, co-founders and creative directors of The Beautiful Meme; Tony Brook, co-founder of design studio ‘Spin’ with Adrian Shaughnessy, and Craig Oldham. On Sunday, there’s a lunchtime talk with Pentagram partner Harry Pearce, and an afternoon masterclass with award-winning designer Morag Myerscough as part of the Global Design Forum 2015.

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On Monday, investigate the future of luxury across different fields: Materials, Skills, Environment, and Premiumisation, with Swarovski designers of the future studio Swine and Kim Thome?, designer of Zotem. They will talk to Suzanne Trocme? about challenges with creating innovative and memorable designs in crystal., ldf

On Wednesday, hear a panel discussion on the way digital technologies are transforming mainstream design, both in creation and consumption. Chaired by Michelle Ogundehin, Editor in Chief of ELLE Decoration UK, with Ruth Wassermann, head of design at MADE.COM plus special guests.

Make sure to find out more about the entire LDF schedule here:

‘Forest’ exhibition celebrates Robin Day’s Centenary

A ‘forest’ of timber columns designed by Turner Prize nominees Assemble will mark the centenary of the birth of Robin Day as part of the London Design Festival at the V&A.

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Robin Day ‘Works in Wood’ celebrates one of the most significant British furniture designers of the 20th century, displaying some of his most famous furniture designs alongside handmade objects and drawings which have never before been exhibited, and writings that reveal his deep attachment to nature.

The exhibition, curated by Jane Withers, will be on display outside the V&A’s Britain 1500-1900 Galleries from 19th September. The project has been sponsored by John Lewis (Robin Day and his textile designer wife Lucienne Day worked as Design Consultants to the company from 1962 – 1987) and contemporary furniture manufacturer Benchmark.

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“As a designer, I greatly enjoy working in timber. Unlike synthetic materials, it has unpredictability, an infinite variety of texture and pattern, smells good when worked and is sympathetic to the touch – it has soul!”
Robin Day, 2001

Part of a series of events to mark Day’s centenary during London Design Festival, Robin Day ‘Works in Wood’ will form the focus of Day in London – a trail across the Capital linking exhibition venues and key locations for London’s Robin Day heritage.

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Reflecting on the forest as Day’s fundamental site of creative exploration, Assemble’s concept will look at Robin Day’s early life amongst the woodlands and furniture industry of High Wycombe where materials, processes and products were linked with the rhythm of everyday life. From the greenwood bow of Day’s childhood, to his explorations in moulded plywood, the installation will be a conduit for exploring Robin’s relationship with wood, creating a tactile and materially rich exhibition which en­compasses the evolution of the timber process and it’s different experien­tial and structural possibilities.

Jane Withers said: “Wood played a huge part in Day’s life, both as a designer and in his home life, but it is an aspect of his work that few people know much about. Exploring this strand through the archives and Day’s private woodwork not only highlights how he turned wood into an expressive modern material but also his profound attachment to nature as a source of inspiration as well as raw material, an approach that feels immensely relevant today and is brought to life in Assemble’s installation.”

App One design by Andrea Giovannetti

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App One Design arose from the desire to give an apparently ordinary object, the chance to create new shapes and dimensions. Using marble as a means to create lego-like shapes means the designer can interlock the pieces.

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LEGO MARBLE is being brought to 100% Design this September in a number of furniture formats.

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The pieces of marble can interlock together to create completely new shapes and pieces of furniture.

See App One Design at 100% Design this September. Register here for free:

LSA launch CITY range

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LSA introduce the CITY range, a collection of mouth-blown glassware and accessories- make your own bar out of the many different shapes and sizes.

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To get you in the mood, here’s a mid-week pick you up video from our friends at BlackLeaf Events- click on the image and enjoy!

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Maggie’s Culture Crawl

Get ready for Maggie’s Culture Crawl on Friday 18 September.


Held in partnership with Open House London, Maggie’s Culture Crawl London is a much anticipated event on the architectural calendar and regularly draws participants from across London’s architectural firms with teams already registered for this years event from Foster + Partners, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Heatherwick Studio, CZWG Architects, Form_Art Architects and Pollard Thomas Edwards. Martha Gale, Associate from Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners comments: “Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners are delighted to be taking part in the Maggie’s Culture Crawl again this year. It is an enjoyable and uplifting event combining food, culture and a bit of light exercise, with access to some fantastic buildings along the way, and all for a very worthy cause!”


Registration for the flagship Maggie’s Culture Crawl London costs £40 and there is a £200 fundraising commitment. Maggie’s encourages everyone to raise as much money as they can through the event to ensure the charity can continue to offer practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their family and friends.


For further information and to register please visit
Join in the conversation and share updates on your fundraising by tweeting @MaggiesCC with the hashtag #CultureCrawl

Styling Inspiration


Styling Inspiration: Dropped

Synthesis table from Presek Design studio design exhibiting at Design Shanghai.


Editor’s Pick: The new La Cornue Château 150 Carbon Edition


Above: La Cornue Château 150 Carbon Edition

Kitchen brand La Cornue has released a matt black version of the classic Château 150 oven. Designed in 2014 as a one-off piece to mark its 50th Anniversary, the finish proved so popular that it is now available to purchase. If money is no object, and you are looking for one of the finest ranges, which marries superior performance with understated glamour, look no further.

La Cornue


Quayside Light collection by Assembly Room


Assembly Room’s new Quayside Light collection, recently launched at Clerkenwell Design Week, is inspired by the simplicity and functionality of industrial pendant lights.
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Open Studios – Architects across the city welcome visitors during London Festival of Architecture

Belsize Village Architects

Above: Belsize Village Architects

Over 50 RIBA Chartered Practices are taking part in London’s Open Studios across London this month as a key part of London Festival of Architecture. This is a rare opportunity for visitors to go behind the scenes of some of the UK’S most prominent architecture practices.

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