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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.

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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.



Morten & Jonas’s Treet table has a top made of three trays


Another brand satisfying our appetite for Scandinavian design is Norwegian design duo Morten & Jonas. This striking lounge table, coined Treet has a multifunctional tabletop that consists of three trays made of solid oak that have been either colour stained or smoked. The green-coated metal frame holds the trays in place, creating a fragmented and modern tabletop.

Morten & Jonas


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


Styling Inspiration at Milan 2015: Magnetico by Martino Gamper at Valextra


Styling Inspiration this week comes from Martino Gamper’s magentic in-store display at Valextra, Milan. Gamper unveiled the restyled retail space during the international design fair Salone del Mobile.  He added magnetic sheets to the walls covered with Kvadrat fabric and placed the bag collection in unusual compositions on the surface using magnets.  Continue Reading…

Milan 2015: Dream-Air chair designed by Eugeni Quitllet for Kartell


Kartell unveiled the Dream-Air chair designed by Eugeni Quitllet at the 2015 Furniture Fair in Milan. Dream-Air’s transparent seat floats in the air, captures the body’s curve and rests on a geometric framework.  Continue Reading…

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.


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Nendo’s new stool for Moroso appears to float in mid air


Nendo has cut two of the four legs directly under the seat of a new stool developed for Moroso. This visual effect gives the impression that the piece floats in mid air and adds a surprising twist an otherwise simple plywood stool. Continue Reading…

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.”



Milan 2015: Yoox presents the best Milanese design at Salone del Mobile

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Above: Attico: Christina Celestino

Pioneering online retailer Yoox marks the birth date of Renaissance genius Leonardo da Vinci, on April 15thwith an exclusive shop-able design exhibition at this year’s Salone del Mobile coined ‘MADE IN MILANO.’

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Above: Attico: Christina Celestino

The exhibition set in the historic Pinacoteca Ambrosiana museum is a celebration of groundbreaking Milanese contemporary design. Continue Reading…

Preview Milan 2015: Technicolor styling from Adrien Rovero at Brand New World


Swiss designer Adrien Rovero presents his latest work Aspartame, in Milan alongside eight key international studios, from April 14 — 19th. Rovero’s exhibition is part of BRAND NEW WORLD MILANO 2015 @DUŠAN, curated by Vesna and Jovan Jelovac. Don’t miss it. Continue Reading…

Preview Milan 2015: Patchwork wallpaper by Paola Navone for NLXL


This season Paola Navone has collaborated with NLXL on a series of wallpaper design. Shades of blue run constantly throughout her work, the collection “Obsession” is an ode to the hue.


The photographic design details hand stitch fabric with purposefully loose threads, in the style of Boro — a traditional Japanese patchwork technique used to repair clothing in rural areas.

Paola Navone / NLXL


Exhibitor Alert: Knoll at Milan Design Week 2015




Preview Milan 2015: The Department Store by Lee Broom


Above: Hanging Hoop Chair

British designer Lee Broom has chosen a row of empty shops to present his largest exhibition to date coined The Department Store during Milan Design Week 2015. Continue Reading…

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