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ESSEF STUDIO answer Despokes Questions

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Set up by Sefika Sakalli and Samuel Flaherty Essef studio is a young design practice specializing in beautifully timeless pieces of furniture.
Their design objective is to create furniture that is aesthetically enjoyable as well as functional to use.

Their initial collection will be shown at 100% Design this September 22-25th.Every piece is made to order allowing the studio the ability to offer a bespoke service.

1. What made you want to become a designer in the first place?
SAMUEL: From a young age I was always taking things apart and putting them back together again to see how they worked. So i guess it was a natural progression for me to become a designer.
SEFIKA: I guess I have always been a designer. For as long as I can remember I have had a creative flair and a need to express my ideas. I don’t think one chooses to become a designer, as such its a career that chooses you.
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Marc Von S answers Despoke’s Questions

Image:From The Volcano Range Range of clocks, tealights and candleholders.
What made you want to become a designer in the first place?
Since I was a kid I have been drawn to 3D objects. The sign ‘do not touch’ has always been a great frustration as it was really hard to resist. I also have some eclectic tastes and interests, making design a perfect fit as it crosses many realms.

Where did you study design?

I first studied economics at the Sorbonne in Paris before studying design at Central Saint Martins.
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Director’s Cut British design at its finest at 100% Design

Image:Tipton Chair by Barber Osgerby for Vitra

The Director’s Cut will launch this year at 100% Design.
Overseen and curated by Julieann Humphryes, Head of Design for Yoo and non-executive chair of 100% Design, the Director’s Cut will showcase an exclusive selection of British design, adding to the sense of discovery that is so much a part of the show.
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100% Design – the ultimate sourcebook

Image:Typographic furniture by Tabisso

Just thought we would mention that the power behind despoke 100% Design have their registration open now and if you register you can also sign up for exclusive, secret information not available anywhere else even here !!

Where else can you find architectural hinges and embroidered wallpaper, handcrafted British furniture and cutting edge steel cladding all under one roof? At 100% Design, that is where.

This year, the international design showcase turns 17 years old. And as it has matured, 100% Design has continued to raise its game, bringing an incredible diversity of design to Earls Court each year.

As a result of peerless sourcing, the show has become the ultimate global sourcebook for interior design and a vital place to spot new trends, years before they hit the High Street.
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The Head by Peter & Paul for 100% design


Peter and Paul is an independent creative communications agency based in Sheffield – they are passionate about design and how to communicate and connect with people.

Formed in 2005 by partners Peter Donohoe and Paul Reardon they are now a studio of six experienced planners, creatives, designers and developers. Their portfolio consists of branding and design projects for clients in the arts, culture and design sectors including 100% design.

We caught up with Paul from Peter & Paul to talk about their latest project for 100% design “The Head”..

1 What did 100% design ask you for ? How was the process begun?
100% appointed us during a 5 way pitch last year (October from recollection). Approaching its 18th year, the 100% Design Show Approached us to build on the success it had achieved in previous years. Our role of appointment as the brand communications agency is to work with 100% over a three year period to further enhance the exhibitions reputation as a showcase for the world’s most innovative and cutting edge design products.
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Christie’s New York Presents a Global Array of Works of 20th Century Decorative Art & Design

Image: Jean Dunand (1877-1942), A Lacquer and Eggshell Gueridon, circa 1930. 20 in. (50.8 cm.) high, 40 in. (101.6 cm.) diameter signed in eggshell Jean Dunand and branded Jean Dunand/72 rue Halle/Paris and Made in France on the underside. Estimate 250,000 – 350,000 U.S. dollars.

Christie’s announces the sale of Important 20th Century Decorative Art & Design to take place on Thursday, June 16. Estimated to realize upwards of $3.5 million, the 208-lot sale represents a wide range of works from 20th Century masters across the world, including furniture and lighting by Jean Royère, a rare armchair by German master Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe, Art Deco works by Etienne Drian, Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann and Jean Dunand, whose Lacquer and Eggshell Gueridon, circa 1930 (estimate: $250,000 – 350,000) is the top lot in the sale. From Property of a Boston Family, the table exemplifies Dunand’s sophisticated skills as a designer and craftsman with the geometric motifs on top, meticulously inlaid in eggshell. The stark and calculated motif balances fragility with luxury.
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Clerkenwell Design Week 2011

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After an early morning rise and a four-hour train journey I could not wait to arrive at Clerkenwell. The sun was shining, designers were everywhere, tweets were flying around and the atmosphere was full of excitement and enthusiasm. I think it is great that a simple event, such as Clerkenwell, brings the whole design community together with everyone leaving with an energetic, ambitious and proud mindset. Clerkenwell was a huge success full of forward thinking, innovative and fresh designs. Whilst walking around the various designers there were a few pieces that made me stop and take notice.
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What you are about to see is Deadgood… from Deadgood Trading on Vimeo.

Deadgood will be on stand SH2 at the Farmiloe Building, 34 St. John Street, London, EC1M 4BE During Clerkenwell design week launching new products and a very exciting new collection by Lee Broom. (see on next page)
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EVENT: Design In Perfect Harmony Friday 20th May, 6 – 10pm

DESIGN OVERTIME would like to give the World design. Join us for an evening of bottle branding design workshops and informative informal talks by Ted Ryan manager of the Coca-Cola Archives Collections and Robert Opie director of the Museum of Brands.
Enjoy the premiere of Jan Goodkin’s rendition of ‘OFF THE WALL’ as she chorally interprets the museum’s gallery text. Learn to sing in perfect harmony with tuition from Briony Greenhill of Fun Fed who will be creating impromptu choirs for live performances in the galleries.

Join musician and artist Kamala Katbamna as she leads a ‘scratch choir’ for a grand finale rendition of the most memorable of ad campaigns at the end of the evening. You can also relax in the Lounge with a great tasting drink whilst learning to calligraphy your name into your own personal logo.

Sena Gu Answers Despokes Questions

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Image:Cockatoo Jug 2009 80 x 210 x 80 mm (W x H x D) Porcelain, Gold Lustre
What made you want to become a designer in the first place?
I guess it’s because I’ve always enjoyed imagining things in my head and loved to make things.

Where did you study design?
I studied Ceramics & Glass at Royal College of Arts. We had a design group during the course and I’ve got a lot of inspiration about design from my personal tutor, Gitta Gschwendtner.

What was the first thing you designed?
A teapot with leather clothes, I made it during the BA. I felt that the patterns on ceramics were similar to a tattoo on a human body since the patterns cannot be changed once it’s been placed on. I just wanted to break away from the stereotypes of the way ceramics are decorated and then I thought of clothes for ceramics like human’s clothes. Trying to think outside the box still brings me new ideas or
at least it provides me a starting point for my design.
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Brand new 100% Norway back to London

Image:100% Norway takes place at the trade fair 100% Design from 22 – 25 September. Photo: Marianne Wie

With many new designers and manufacturers, a brand new stand design by award-winning architects Fantastic Norway and an exciting design competition with a prestigious jury, 100% Norway returns to 100% Design for the eighth time!

The following manufacturers will exhibit at 100% Norway in London:

Hødnebø, Luminator, Tonning,Nora of Norway,Wik & Walsøe, Figgjo

Companies will make a selection of which design products to take to London and are able to consult the exhibition’s curators Henrietta Thompson, Editor at Large of Wallpaper*, and art historian Benedicte Sunde from the Norwegian Design Council.
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Milan Design week now live on

DESIGNWEEK LIVE ON YOOX.COM Dynamism and Creativity Direct from Milan Live in 67 Countries Around the World

This year takes design week to the world, with daily reportage from the exhibitions and events; the latest products and interviews with the world’s leading designers offering insight into the creative process and a unique opportunity to purchase pieces presented for the first time in Milan by some of the design world’s
leading brands.
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philippe starck: marie coquine chandelier for baccarat

Image:’marie coquine chandelier’ by philippe starck image courtesy of baccarat

For Milan Design Week 2011, french crystal company Baccarat will showcase a collection of new lighting solutions designed by eight international designers:
Alain Moatti & Henri Rivière, Arik Levy, Eriko Horiki, Jaime Hayon, Michele de Lucchi, Philippe Starck and Yann Kersalé.

The designs are within the ‘highlights collection’ range from contemporary reinterpretations of classic chandeliers to complete free-ranging design variations in which heritage is fused with modernity. Here, crystal is combined with the most unlikely materials into lighting structures, utilizing LED technologies.

Pieke Bergmans at Art Paris 2011

At Art Paris 2011, Amsterdam Gallery Art Affairs presented Dutch designer Pieke Bergman’s new additional pieces to her every growing ‘design virus’ collection.

The series of light bulbs take on forms which have gone way out of line, appearing as bulbous forms extending from industrial lamp shades. They take on various sizes and shapes, large masses taking over and in some cases, appearing as if they are almost starting to consume the pieces of furniture in which they are placed.


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UK designer David Chipperfield recently designed the ‘Piana’ folding chair for Alessi, which will be displayed at the Milan Design week 2011.

It is manufactured of 100% recycled polypropylene with fibre glass, finished with a non slip matte surface. The ‘Piana’ is designed around a single point of rotation and has a minimalistic design approach. I feel this chair reflects the current financial situation in the UK due to the simplistic design with no unnecessary frills, creating a very bare, bold and honest quality. It yells out, I am a chair just unfold and sit on me!
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