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Game Plan at the V&A

The V&A Museum of Childhood’s major autumn exhibition – Game Plan: Board Games Rediscovered – will be a celebration of the joy, excitement and occasional frustration of playing board games.

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Title: Alice in Wonderland Chess set Artist: Robin and Nell Dale Date: England, 1983, Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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Clerkenwell Design Week- top picks

Spring is edging in and that can only mean one thing for us at Despoke- CDW is back and this time it’s slightly different. We’ve picked some of our top brands appearing across the exhibitions (there’s showrooms, fringe and installations to go yet.) Take a deep breath……

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The Farmiloe Building is no more and that means a farewell to the Design Factory. But in it’s place is the gloriously named Design Fields, filled with the world’s most stunning design pieces, like these Kelly chairs from Tacchini, above.

archie proudfoot

If it’s new designers and brands who have just started out, then head below ground level to Platform, where pieces like the above from Archie Proudfoot will be brightening up the cells of Clerkenwell’s House of Detention.

taz pollard

Succulents are a fave of ours and designers like, Taz Pollard have vessels for them and more at the home of smaller design pieces and trinkets:  Additions in the gardens of St James’.

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Another new space this year is Project– popping up alongside Additions, it’s another great space for leading furniture brands to showcase their newest pieces in the greenery of St James’ Park. This gorgeous side unit by Andrew Dominic, is part of a fully hand-crafted new range.

jennifer newman

Jennifer Newman is a stalwart of CDW, having been with the show since its launch in 2010.  She’s back with her newest range for 2016, in British Collection (which used to be Additions- keep up!) making the St. James’ Church area a real hub.

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Potlemy Mann returns, but this time with her own range of rugs (a few years ago she was at CDW with an incredible tile installation.) She’ll be in Detail at the centuries old Order of St John, alongside numerous other brands ready to inspire you.

For more information and to register free to attend, click here.

 

You say you want a Revolution?

You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966 – 70 In partnership with the Levi’s® brand; Sound experience by Sennheiser,  with additional support from Fenwick and Sassoon opens 10 September 2016 – 26 February 2017. Blimey. That was a long sentence.

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Title: Blow Up, 1966 Artist: © MGM THE KLOBAL COLLECTION

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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.

Seletti at Maison and Objet

Seletti, the ironic Italian design brand, opens 2016 in Paris with  new works at Maison & Objet from January 22 to 26.

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Flower Attitude collection

The brand will present new and interesting pieces, in addition to the restyling of some of its bestsellers. For instance, the Flower Attitude collection, which will be premiered in Paris- highlighting a love for the random and unexpected.

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RENAISSANCE
Design: BBMDS

Studio BBMDS transforms columns and sidewalks into real life components that bring  bookshelves to life – while giving glimpses of real and imagined cities.

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COSMIC DINER
Seletti for Diesel Living

Inspired by the planets, Cosmic Diner is a visionary tableware collection, the result of the collaboration between Seletti and Diesel, extra-ordinary fashion brand with its roots in denim. In Paris for its European premiere, the table accessories feature a new material – brass. Bowls, candlesticks, centerpiece, and coffee cups in a shimmering metallic material.

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ASSEMBLAGE
Design: Alessandro Zambelli

Assemblage is a lacquered, modular, MDF bookshelf that works with the overlap of cubic components coupled together by beautiful in-view clamps. Assemblage is presented, in addition to the classic white, in an anthracite version, with clamps in a precious brass variant.

To find out more about Maison and Objet click here.

 

The Federation of British Artists

January seems to be the season for new gallery exhibitions to welcome us into the new year and Mall Galleries have FBA Futures 2016.

Christopher Gray, Gold on Blue

Christopher Gray, Gold on Blue

Showcasing the outstanding art graduates of 2015, selected from across the country by members of the Federation of British Artists (FBA). The exhibition is a great chance to have a look and invest in the best new artists- hopefully before they become totally unaffordable!

Emma Burns, best of British 1,  £700

Emma Burns, best of British 1, £700

Presenting work from sixteen emerging artists, the exhibition will be an exciting mix of degree show and newly made painting, sculpture and original prints, all exploring contemporary figuration and ideas of representation and draughtsmanship.

Joshua Hulin, Sundered

Joshua Hulin, Sundered, £800

The exhibition really is a great chance to see some of the best and most talented up and coming artists and sculptors of many disciplines and runs from 19 January 2016 to 30 January 2016.

For more information click here.

North Modern

January is the month for trade fairs it would appear, with Scandinavia’s North Modern opening its doors from 13-15 January.

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The  show is divided into a number of areas, presenting a lively mix of high-end brands, upcoming designers, new talents, galleries, showrooms, special projects and creative spaces within furniture, lighting, design, art and architecture.

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These stunning opaque vessels are by QQ Design– an agency that represents a number of different creatives.

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Lange Designs celebrate 10 years on the scene and will showcase their new ranges- tables and chairs to coffee tables and a bar cart. The new designs are a mix of Horst Brüning and Jørgen Kastholm’s designs from the 1960’s and Christian Haack’s designs from 2015.

Hornbak & Co

The Copenhagen-based furniture agency Hornbak & Co will bring the four brands: arper, Zeitraum, Offecct and Kasthall to northmodern in January.

For more information on North Modern and to visit their not-particularly-easy-to-navigate website, click here.

Heal’s Modern Craft Club

Now in its third year, Heal’s Modern Craft Market returns bigger and better than ever to the Tottenham Court Road store with an extended run from 7 March to 23 April 2016. Celebrating the best in contemporary crafts, the event provides a platform for the artisans of the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland, an extension of the Great Heal’s Bodging Race, plus live workshops, demos and talks showcasing materials from leather to stone. Here are a few of the crafters involved.

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We were transfixed by Yuta Segawa’s pieces at LDF where he presented his tiny pots in a spectrum of colours- we even bought a few! He was born in Japan and now makes in Lewisham, London. His miniature pots retail for £15 or £20. Each piece is unique and handmade in London.

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Carmel Wilkinson-Ayre is a multidiscipline designer, maker and ceramicist based in Edinburgh. Having recently graduated from Robert Gordon University, she was spotted at the New Designers fair in June 2015 in which she exhibited a range of playful, colourful ceramics and fabrics for the home._Andrew_Ludick_Jug_Beakers

Andrew Ludick’s work has slowly evolved towards forms that illustrate the natural properties of clay and the processes he uses to create them. The building of these forms involves coiling and pinching the clay to create vases, bowls and various other shapes.  After the form is built it is decorated with complementary shapes and patterns, before being covered in a clear transparent glaze that serves to deepen the colours and to seal the clay for functionality.

For more information on the craft market click here.

 

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!

the office group

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.’

samsung headquarters, nbbj

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.

grange insurance, nbbj

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.

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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.

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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: www.londondesignfestival.com/events/walala-house

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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.

goldsmiths

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. http://www.londondesignfestival.com/events/sense-jewellery

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. www.unionchapel.org.uk

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.

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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:  www.londondesignfestival.com

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