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BD Network and Art Against Knives join forces for a special charity art exhibition at BoxPark in Shoreditch on Thursday 31st May 2012


BD Network and Art Against Knives (AAK) present The BD Creatures Exhibition, launching 31st May. This unique and very special exhibition is the result of a collaboration between the charity Art Against Knives and integrated creative agency BD Network. These two Shoreditch neighbours have come together to showcase a range of imaginative creature illustrations at the BoxPark Gallery, with the limited edition first prints available on launch night, and the exhibition itself running through to 14th June.
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OMA create pyramid for Kanye West at Cannes Film Festival

For the debut of Kanye West‘s “Cruel Summer” at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, OMA was commissioned to create a special pyramid-shaped pavilion to house the seven-screen experience. Designed in collaboration with DONDA, the pavilion seats 200 and is located along Palm Beach with a panoramic backdrop of Cannes and the Mediterranean. Immersing the audience in a space defined by the seven cinematic screens and constructed of steel, the pavilion served as the home to “Cruel Summer” for both its star-studded premiere and public showings.

EVENT: ShellsuitZombie takes over 55DSL BOXPARK From Thursday 31st May 2012

ShellsuitZombie takes over 55DSL’s BOXPARK unit in six weeks of unadulterated creativity
SHELLSUITZOMBIE is taking creativity to the next level over a six week festival in a box, giving 30 of the UK’s top creative talents the opportunity to make their mark on the capital this summer.
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Sotheby’s announces sale of 20th Century Decorative Arts & Contemporary Design

Ron Arad TABLE SPLIT, 1987 Edition Poltronova Hauteur : 76 (30 in.) Longueur : 170 – 280 cm (67-110 3/4 in.) Profondeur : 88 cm (34 3/4 in.)
The sale of 20th Century Decorative Arts & Contemporary Design at Sotheby’s Paris on 6 June 2012 comprises 170 works of varied provenance, spanning a vast range of styles from Art Nouveau down to Contemporary Design.

As part of Sotheby’s strategy to make Paris the European centre for sales of 20th Century Decorative Arts & Contemporary Design, the forthcoming sale includes works not just from France but also from a variety of other European countries, ranging from Scandinavia to Spain, Italy, Austria and the U.K.

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Catch David Saunders at The Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair Today .

David David Glass Hill Chair*

David Saunders and his label DavidDavid will be taking part in this year’s Fair. The British-based designer is recognised for his splashed tees with his well-known moniker of broad colourful brushstrokes. David started his career assisting the likes of Tracey Emin. He’s also in the current design exhibition at the V&A. Despoke Caught up with David Saunders just as he was getting ready for The Vauxhall Art Car Boot fair
to ask a few questions about being an artist;

1.If you weren’t an artist, what else would you be?

Well as we are in the realms of fantasy i would be a lion tamer and
circus acrobat who travelled the world and the seven seas.

2. Can you tell us more about your work and what are the main ideas
you would like to express?

David David is about Print. many products can be a vehicle for my
print whether its fashion, interiors, its about enjoying pattern, im
not sure what im trying to express, i just put things out there that i
enjoy making and hope other people appreciate it, its worked so far.

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Bark Furniture Day SEVEN Last day at Clerkenwell Design Week 2012


Will takes a load of and test drives the Kustom Armchair
Thursday, May 24

And so we come to end of the final day of Clerkenwell Design Week – and what a week. From the amazing weather to the constant flow of visitors to the amassed crowds as each evening drew to a close, I think it’s fair to say it has been a success.

It’s always great to see a friendly face amongst the throng of strangers at a show. Today Will Knight, Show Director of 100% Design, dropped by for a quick catch up – and a test drive of the Kustom Armchair. It passed!

Tomorrow we pack up and head home to Cornwall, confident that this year’s show has brought Bark tremendous amount of exposure as well as a good number of very exciting leads that we’ll be following up over the next few weeks….

VIDEO: Dalani Magazine at Clerkenwell Design Week 2012

The creative Director of the Dalani Magazine, Emilio Pimentel Reid shows the audience a virtual shopping tour of the great products at Clerkenwell Design Week 2012.

Gastronomic Clerkenwell at Clerkenwell Design Week Thursday 24th May 2012


Sebastian Bergne, food event specialist Sam Bompass, architect Piers Gough and restaurateur Christoffer Hruskova discuss Clerkenwell’s pivotal culinary role.

Gastronomic Clerkenwell 5-6pm 24.5.12
Four industry experts will bring food to the forefront in a discussion on Clerkenwell’s pivotal culinary role and predictions for the next 20 years of food. Hear unique perspectives on the future of food from designer Sebastian Bergne, food event specialist Sam Bompas, architect Piers Gough and restaurateur Christoffer Hruskova

New Start for London’s Largest Contemporary Design Event 100% design

Daren Newton Introduction to the New 100%Design

100% Designs new floor plan

This morning at Clerkenwell Design Week at a breakfast briefing we where introduced to some of the exciting features in store for all of us at 100% Design 2012.

Now in its eighteenth year 100% Design is the Uk’s most visited contemporary gathering of architects and interior designers attracting over 18,000 visitors last year.

For 2012 however Media 10 want to attract over 40,000 they have a new floor plan ,new features and a new identity all revealed this morning.

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Last Day Clerkenwell Design Week Things to see at The Farmiloe Building

We at Despoke thought we’d come up with a few things you should definitely visit on the last day of Clerkenwell Design Week at the main venue The Farmiloe Building.

Anglepoise A2
A New range of table, wall and floor lamps the Anglepoise Duo. You can see the huge floor lamps in the press office.

Assemblyroom SH9
Assemblyroom are showing their understated but beautifully designed range from a collaboration with achingly fashionable men’s ware label Albam A x a

Bark Furniture SH1
Despoke favourite Bark are showing their made to order and by hand furniture made from a range of hard woods and fabrics wonderfully colours and patterns.

Beau Mc Clellan Light Installation
Do not miss (if you can!) their courtyard light installation it’s amazing even in the sun.
(image above)

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Pechakucha at Clerkenwell Design Week 6pm in the Farmiloe Building Thursday 24th May

Pecha Kucha takes place on Thursday 24 May at Clerkenwell Design Week with speakers including architect Nigel Coates, architecture publisher Peter Murray and designer Benjamin Hubert.

The event will start at 7pm in the Farmiloe Building Entrance is fre.

The evening will be chaired by Icon magazine editor Christopher Turner and speakers include:

»Anthony Dickens
»Marc Krusin
»Benjamin Hubert
»Nigel Coates
»Peter Murray
»Phil Coffey
»William Knight
»Kevin Haley
»Annabelle Filer

Deriving its name from the Japanese term for the sound of ‘chit chat’, PechaKucha was devised and shared by Klein Dytham architecture, and consists of a series of presentations where each participant shows 20 images for 20 seconds.

Wayne Hemingway Talk at Milliken Thursday 24th May Clerkenwell Design Week 2012


6pm: Vintage, second-hand, retro, up-cycling: Which of these does Wayne Hemingway love and which does he abhor?

Is Vintage, fad or is it a permanent part of the design vocabulary. Is it a term that allows us to celebrate timeless design or just another word for second-hand and for looking back when we should be looking forward?

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DESIGN TALKS: Clerkenwell Design Week 2012 TODAY Wednesday 23rd May


Farmiloe Building – 3rd floor conference room
4pm Design in Demand
What makes a good designer business?

Bringing together designers and industry experts to get to the bottom of what makes a good designer business and how to be more entrepreneurial in relation to business development. Chaired by Mat Hunter, Chief Design Officer Design Council, with experience and insight from speakers Including Sean Sutcliffe of Benchmark and designers Paul de Zwart of Another Country and Anthony Dickens.

5.30pm Sustainable Design
In a highly commercialised design industry how can designers truly claim to be sustainable when manufacturers aim to create and sell more product as a matter of principle? Speakers including Ross Lovegrove (whose Solar Tree will be installed in St John’s Square during the festival) and Morten Villiers Warren of Native Design will fight their corner, with Lynda Relph Knight chairing.

Clerkenwell Design Week 22/24th May 2012

The House of Detention Highlights Clerkenwell Design Week 2012

Despoke had a quick look around The House of Detention yesterday (going back for a proper look today) however we did find a few things that caught our eye.

First up was La BOÎTE Concept a beautifully designed docking station for your laptop with stunning surround sound available in finishes made of noble materials and a variety of colours.

Then the company with the best name Evil Robot Designs who blend graphic art with stylish design to produce furniture every guy would love check out the lamp above made of reclaimed toys .
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Bark Furniture Day SIX


Tuesday, May 22

The sun was certainly shining today on Day One of Clerkenwell Design Week. From the moment the doors opened at 10am, there was a steady flow of people and our location as the first stand was spot on. Clerkenwell maintains its reputation for bringing in a broad mix of potenial clients, from retailers to architects to private clients, and the day flew by. We also managed to squeeze in a couple of press interviews and, ok, not quite as importantly, a couple of ice creams!

Jonathan kept making excuses about needing the loo only to be found, on more than one occasion, peering longingly into the cockpit of the racing green Jaguar XJ13, also located in the Farmiloe Building.
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