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TMforF&M Pop-Up in Covent Garden

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Above: The Spindle series

TMforF&M is a new furniture and lighting design brand from London architecture studio, Feix&Merlin Architects.

The first furniture collection from the brand will be exhibited in a pop-up shop in Seven Dials, Covent Garden during the London Design Festival.

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Above: Spindle Pendants

The search for a new tradition is what inspires the brand and this ethos can be seen in the designs and choices of materials.

The Spindle Pendants is a family of handmade and hand-blown glass pendants available in four finishes. The Spindle stools share the curvaceous proportions of the sister collection and are inspired by traditional spindles, only made of solid marble.

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Above: The Sebastian

A guilty pleasure is The Sebastian light, designed in collaboration with artist Stuart Sandford. The sculpture takes it’s form from classical sculpture, but gives it a modern twist.

The Sebastian’s body is taken from a top male model as inspiration, but pokes fun at the modern practice of taking ‘selfies’; the narcissus Sebastian is caught taking his own photograph and the camera turns the sculpture into a practical light – recreating the effect of a flash in the model’s face.

See TMforF&M at the Pop-Up shop in Covent Garden

100% Design first look

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The first day of 100% Design opened with some unbelievable queues. Make sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram for live updates, but here are a few of the designs that we saw and liked at the show on Wednesday.  Continue Reading…

Maggie’s Culture Crawl

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If you aren’t totally worn out by the London Design Festival by Friday, why not do your bit for charity and take part in Maggie’s Culture Crawl; described as a fifteen mile hike of architecture, culture and adventure.  Continue Reading…

Architects create Dolls’ Houses

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Above: Coffey Architects

Some of the worlds best-known architects have been let loose to design Dolls’ Houses, fulfilling most architects’ fantasies to build a house free from planning restrictions, structural considerations and budgets.

The houses have been designed the A Dolls’ House Project, curated by Cathedral Group in aid of children’s charity KIDS. Continue Reading…

100% Design opens at Earl’s Court

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“The longest queue I’ve ever seen at a trade show” is what a fellow journalist told Despoke outside Earl’s Court. 100% Design opened to the public at 10:00 am this morning and the queues show us that this year will be busier than ever.  Continue Reading…

Alex Meitlis by Hazorfim

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Alex Meitlis is an architect with offices in London and Tel Aviv. He has worked as an architect with the Richard Rogers Partnership and is part of the Ottolenghi team, for whom he has designed all of their restaurants.

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Meitlis has teamed up with silversmith, Hazorfim to create a collection of handcrafted objects, including vessels, vases and bowls. The objects are available in a range of solid or plated metals: brass, silver and gold.

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Simple three-dimensional forms – spheres, cylinders and ellipses – give the collection its intriguing shapes.

The Alex Meitlis by Hazorfim collection will be at 100% Design during the London Design Festival.

Deadgood at Pitfield London

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British design brand Deadgood is showing it’s latest Plex collection at trendy café/exhibition space, Pitfield London. Continue Reading…

Toto Bar by Isay Weinfeld

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Contemporary modern and Brazilian Furniture Company, ESPASSO will be showcasing their designs during the London Design Festival.  Continue Reading…

28.280 by Omer Arbel at the V&A

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Greeting visitors at the V&A is a brand new installation for the London Design Festival. Hung from the highest point of the building is the 28.280 custom-made chandelier by Canada based designer, Omer Arbel. Continue Reading…

London Design Festival 2013

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The London Design Festival has officially begun. ‘Design is Everywhere’ is the catchphrase for the LDF 2013 and it lives up to its name. Continue Reading…

Interiors Exploded: Talks with 100% Design

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Above: Nigel Coates

The Friday seminars programme at 100% Design features some of the biggest names in interior design: Nigel Coates, Mary Fox Linton, Vanessa Brady and Giles Miller to name a few. Continue Reading…

The Hanging Room by TILT

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The Hanging Room is a new approach to flexible working practices by London-based design and architecture studio, TILT. Continue Reading…

Jewel 3D Mirrors by TOBYhouse

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After we featured TOBYhouse’s latest design, Sacrifice Furniture the founder kindly told us on Twitter that Despoke would be the first to receive images of the new mirror range, and here it is. Continue Reading…

Creative Balance talks at 100% Design

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Above: Creative Balance concept for 100% Design

We previewed the Creative Balance concept back in February and as well as being the overarching theme for 100% Design, it also acts as inspiration for the second day of talks at the show. Continue Reading…

AMASS installation by Benjamin Hubert

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Benjamin Hubert, one of the UK’s leading industrial and furniture designers, has designed a modular installation of 40,000 components for the 100% Design Auditorium, during the London Design Festival in September. Continue Reading…