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Beach Ball Lampshades inject fun into summer


The UK has been suffering from a rare natural phenomenon – summer. The hot weather has left us here at Despoke in a summery mood and we think these Beach Ball lampshades from TOBYhouse are perfect for enjoying that summer feeling all year round.  Continue Reading…

Barber Osgerby for Knoll

Barber Osgerby for Knoll_yellow

Acclaimed designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby have released their debut collection for Knoll, which this year is celebrating its 75th anniversary.  Continue Reading…

Farm Kitchen at 100% Design


An early creative image has been released of the Farm Kitchen, a hub at this year’s 100% Design. Continue Reading…

New Designers Part 2

Plymouth University_Selection

Above: A selection of designs at the Plymouth University 3D Design stand

Last night was the opening of New Designers Part 2 at the Business Design Centre. The Universities involved put on some incredible displays and we saw some great designs from very talented young designers, featured here.  Continue Reading…

Mirror-chair on the wall…

Mirror Chair by Nendo_05

Japanese architecture studio, Nendo has designed a collection of mirrors for Glas ItaliaContinue Reading…

New Designers Part 1

Emilie Osborne

Above: Emilie Osborne

Part 1 of New Designers is now open. Despoke went down to the Business Design Centre to check out some of the graduate work from contemporary applied arts (including ceramics and Glass), jewellery and precious metalwork and One Year On. Continue Reading…

Floating Cinema 2013


Floating Cinema is a project devised as a collection of ‘extraordinary cargoes’ on a traditional barge on London’s canals. Continue Reading…

The Graphic Art of the Harry Potter Films


Above: Proclamation No. 31 from Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix

Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima worked their magic producing the graphic design for the Harry Potter Film series and now you can see their work with your own eyes at The Graphic Art of the Harry Potter™ Films: an exhibition curated by design studio MinaLimaContinue Reading…

En Vie – Alive: Bio Futures

2 Terreform One, Fab Tree Hab (c) Terreform One photo Laurent Lecat

Above:  Terreform One, Fab Tree Hab © Terreform One photo Laurent Lecat

En Vie – Alive is an exhibition that explores a world where traditional manufacturing has been replaced by biological fabrication – bioengineering. Continue Reading…

Hello, My Name is Paul Smith

Paul in Japan 2013

Above: Paul Smith mobbed by fans in Japan, 2013

Opening in November, Hello, My Name is Paul Smith, takes visitors on a journey through the mind and world of one of the world’s greatest fashion designers. Continue Reading…

Ron Arad’s Last Train


A cast of Ron Arad’s fist, complete with a diamond ring, is the drawing implement in an installation at the Venice Biennale. Continue Reading…

New Designers 2013


Above:Welcome Table by Gil Muller

Each year New Designers presents a selection of the most exciting graduate designs across architecture, furniture, product design, textiles, graphics and jewellery design. Continue Reading…

Surreal Consequences at Design Exquis


Above: Comparing the finds. From left: Nagoire Light Box by Georg Œhler; Google Image search result, Venus of Google by Matthew Plummer-Fernandez

Feathers, Venus, Edison screw plugs and a breathing lamp. This is what you get if you play an elaborate game of ‘Exquisite Corpse’ with a group of designers. Despoke saw the Design Exquis Exhibition at Clerkenwell Design Week where we caught up with a couple of the designers. Continue Reading…

Le Corbusier at the MoMA

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Above: Villa Savoye, Poissy. 1928-31. Model, 1932. Model maker: Theodore Conrad. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Purchase. © 2013 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris / FLC

If you are lucky enough to be going to New York this summer, make sure to visit the Museum of Modern Art to see the mammoth Le Corbusier exhibition that opens on the 15th June 2013. Continue Reading…

Chubby chairs by Dirk Van Der Kooij


The Endless Process describes how these 3D printed chairs are made.

Dutch designer Dirk Van Der Kooij uses Furoc, a specially adapted 3D printed machine, to print furniture from recycled melted plastic, sourced from old refrigerators. Continue Reading…