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Method Furniture answer Despoke Questions

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Images:International Furniture VS Fashion collaboration. Hand crafted from solid ash and using traditional woodworking techniques, the piece’s subtle, understated lines belie a complex construction that utilises well over 200 hand cut joints. The work will be unveiled at 100% Futures.

Despoke caught up with emerging Scottish atelier Method Furniture who will be unveiling pieces from their new collection at 100% Design 2011 .

Established by Marisa Giannasi (Architect and Designer) and Calum Robinson (Second Generation Cabinet maker) they produce a superbly handcrafted range of elegant contemporary furniture, using traditional woodworking and cabinetmaking techniques. Detail, heritage, honesty and integrity suffuse their work – Callum Robinson is creative director – “We’re passionate about communicating the individual story of every piece…Above all; it’s always about trying to create something remarkable”

What made you want to become a designer – in the first place?

M – I’ve always considered architecture to be the highest art-form – a painter is restricted to a canvas, a sculptor a solid substrate….architecture’s about the poetics of space, changing environments and affecting the way people live. For me, furniture design has been a natural evolution.

C – I’ve never known anything else…but until I met Marisa I was never really been aware of it as design – for my entire adult life I’ve been involved in making beautiful things for a living. If I didn’t know how to make a thing the way I thought it ought to be made, I’d invent a method. It turns out that’s called design.
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Kenneth Grange Making Britain Modern at Design Museum from wednesday 20th July 2011

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20th July – 30th October 2011
Kenneth Grange is Britain’s leading product designer, his prolific career spans over 50 years and he is responsible for designing some of the most iconic and familiar products and appliances that shape our daily lives. Kodak cameras, the silhouette for the Intercity 125 train, Kenwood food mixers, Parker pens, and the re-design of the London Taxi Cab are just some of his well-known designs. This exhibition is Kenneth Grange’s first UK retrospective and it will celebrate his work, his design journey and the role he has played in making Britain modern.
Image:Short & Manson Steel Clock, 1966.Kenneth Grange
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100% Design launches The Cool Wall

Cool Wall is a showcase for architectural practices to show off their finest projects and get critiqued by the voting public through the 100% Design website. Architects can upload their projects now and the Cool wall is live from 8th August until the show opens on 22nd September.


The Director’s Cut #1:Anglepoise TypeC™ LED task light

The finest examples of British design will take centre stage at 100% Design 2011 within the Director’s Cut.

The aim of Director’s Cut is to showcase top designer and brand partnerships, each of which is a demonstration of unparalleled creativity, ingenuity and innovation in product design. Juileann Humphryes – Head of Yoo Design Studio and 100% Design’s Non-Exec Director will curate.


To celebrate this Despoke will be featuring all ten ‘case studies’ over the coming weeks leading up to 100% Design 2011.

The First case study is Anglepoise and their Design Director, Kenneth Grange have chosen the Anglepoise TypeC™ LED task light.
The shape and form of this new light takes task lighting to new levels of sophistication. TypeC™ LED features a dynamic, flowing design that is as beautiful as it is distinctive. Fitting neatly over a computer screen, the TypeC™ LED incorporates touch sensitive dimming, light level memory, energy efficient LED’s and a balance mechanism that responds to the lightest touch.

Simon Terry, Director of Anglepoise Ltd said: “After 75 years of Anglepoise tradition, and 150 years of manufacturing we have always felt that it was important as a family business to rejuvenate the ideas that made us innovators in the first place whilst engaging with the latest technologies. The new TypeC™ is at the heart of that journey”


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PaperBoy Wallpaper – launching new designs at 100%Design

PaperBoy Wallpaper will be launching new wallpaper designs at 100%Design 2011 one of which will be ‘Ere Be Dragons.

This is what they have to say about the designs:
A new design mixing together traditional fairytale imagery and a cheeky young boy. Children love dragons, and they love imaginary sword fighting. ‘ere-be-dragons invites them to explore danger, fear and fun. A boy caught up in the thick of the action.

The images are hand drawn and played about with to explore how a small boy might try and engage with a dragon. He could be a
bit naughty, stealing an egg from a sleeping dragon, or attacking a huge treasure hoarding beast. Or he might be peaceful & kind,
offering an apple to a baby dragon. Our children will never meet a real dragon, in the same way they will never meet Merlin, but they can enjoy imagining how it might be if they did.

Because they’re imaginary, dragons can be whatever a child wants them to be. Imagine yourself in their world, capturing a small dragon and flying it like a kite.

You’ll be able to see this design and many other at the PaperBoy
Stand at 100% Design 2011 from 22nd – 25th September more details here.

Dare Studios at 100% Design

Dare studio will be exhibiting at 100% Design 2011 below is just a small selection of the products they’ll be showing :

Drone side table in Walnut 1
Drone side table in Walnut 1
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Restaurant & Bar Design Awards – Winners announced

Restaurant and Bar Design Awards 2011 Winner: Best bar / Designer: Steve Smith

Attended by the stars of hospitality and design, this week saw the winners of the third annual Restaurant & Bar Design Awards announced at the East Wintergarden, Canary Wharf, London. With over 330 entries from the UK and 50 other countries, the evening’s ceremony and party was a big success.
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British design excellence at 100%Design 2011

100% Design will be collaborating with the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers for the second year to promote British design excellence through the Design Guild Mark Awards scheme. Find out more from the livery company itself and chat to winners Morgan Contract & Steelcase at the new Director’s Cut space as well as Channels on stand C40 at 100% Design 2011.
More info on the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers
More Info on the Design Guild Mark Awards scheme

Kiki van Eijk-DREAM! from Venice Projects

Venice Projects promote internationally recognized contemporary artists and designers, providing some with the opportunity to express their creativity in a new medium, glass.
Kiki van Eijk-DREAM! which you can see above is described :
To dream or to have a dream is the most enchanting phenomenon in life. This is what makes it a paradise. The upside-down basket with refined wire structure combined with a mirrored bottle full of transparent bubbles from which shines a light symbolizes a dream.

You will be able to see many more ‘products’ from Venice Projects
at 100% Design 2011

100% Design App Now Live !

The 100% Design mobile app has just gone live its available to download now for your iphone and any phone running Android, also all you Blackberry lovers should be able to get it soon as well.

Now you can read all the latest news from 100% Design, Despoke and Twitter from the comfort of your phone and as we get closer to the show extra really cool features will be added helping you plan your visit to 100% Design.

Get the IPhone App here
Get the Android App here

Concrette Wallpaper from Concrette Wall

Image:Concrete wall no.14. Design: Tom Haga 2010.

Bring the urban into your house with these wallpapers from Norway.
The Concrete Wall collection is the result of photographing raw and refined concrete walls,raw cinder block walls and even graffiti, in locations across Norway.Concrete Wall is a high-quality vinyl wallpaper and is always custom made to your precise requirements.

You will be able to see more products from Concrete Wall at 100% Design 2011 more details here.

Janeth Cousin, from Atelier de Céramique answers Despoke’s questions

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What made you want to become a designer in the first place?
Designing is a way to bring together two tendencies: build real things and play with imaginative thinking.

Where did you study design?

I first studied ceramics at the Fine Arts in Bogota (Colombia), and nearly at the same time metalwork at the Technical High School for Metalwork.
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EVENT: ArtSmart July1st/2nd 2011

Catch a rising star at Artsmart, a brand new art and design market showcasing University of the Arts London’s most exciting graduates. Discover fantastical fashion, contemporary craft, striking design and avant-garde artworks alongside exclusive paintings and prints at affordable prices. The market takes place in the grand surroundings of the Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London, on Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd July 2011.
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EVENT The Restaurant & Bar Design Awards 2011 7th July 2011

Its almost that time of year again which is great the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards are back and you can now buy tickets to the event – last year was great much fun was had by all much eating drinking and even dancing !

Tickets for the Awards and party taking place on Thursday 7th July 2011 are now available. To secure your place at this year’s event taking place at the East Wintergarden, Canary Wharf, London visit

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EVENT: The Viaduct summer sale starts this Saturday 25 JUNE 2011

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25th JUNE – 9th JULY 2011
The Viaduct summer sale is the perfect opportunity to bag a contemporary design bargain. If you?ve been coveting a statement chair, a chic sofa or a classic light, this is the sale for you.
Sale bargains include:
Houdini by Stefan Diez for e15 – all stock(2 Oak armchairs, 1 Black chair, 4 Neon red chairs, 1white chair) all at 35% off:
Houdini oak armchair WAS £600 inc VAT 35% off NOW £395 inc VAT
Houdini black chair WAS £522 inc VAT 35% off NOW £335 inc VAT
Houdini white chair WAS £522 inc VAT 35% off NOW £335 inc VAT
Houdini neon red chair WAS £597 inc VAT 35% off NOW £385 inc VAT

Vitra Slow chair and ottoman WAS £2647 inc VAT 50% off NOW £1350 inc VAT, Flos Tab ?oor light, blue WAS £193 inc VAT 30% off NOW £135 inc VAT, MDF Italia Mate sofa 238cm WAS £3300 inc VAT 35% off NOW £2300 inc VAT, Luceplan Grand Costanza light WAS £838 inc VAT 45% off NOW £450 inc VAT,Montis Marvin armchair WAS £3506 inc VAT 40% off NOW £2100 inc VAT,Pastoe A’Dammer cabinet,white WAS £1398 inc VAT 30% off NOW £975 inc VAT and,Pastoe A’Dammer cabinet, black WAS £1291 inc VAT 30% off NOW £895 inc VAT,Bensen Brix 2 drawer, grey x2 WAS £600 inc VAT each 30% off NOW £425 each inc VAT,MDF Italia Flow chairs x4 WAS £550 inc VAT each 30% off NOW £1500 inc VAT for four,e15 Eugene lounge chair in oak + cushions WAS £2088 inc VAT 40% off NOW £1250 inc VAT

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