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Heal’s Celebrates Italy

Who doesn’t love Heal’s? Its gorgeous store on Tottenham Court Road, the on point product ranges. And now the iconic British brand has launched a retrospective of the past century of Italian influence on British style.

 

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Marni Playground

Fashion brand Marni reflected on the concept of play and childhood at Milan this year , inviting the public to forget the rules and interact with the spaces they found themselves in.

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CDW 2017 countdown begins….

Bear with us gang, it’s that time of year, London’s best design jamboree CDW is approaching and this post has a LOT of information in. Set across three days, 23-25 May 2017, Clerkenwell Design Week (CDW) sponsored by Renault,returns for its eighth edition and we CAN’T WAIT.

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Design Shanghai and Shanghai Xintiandi

Asia’s leading international design event Design Shanghai, which will return to the Shanghai Exhibition Centre from 8th to 11th March, has teamed up with famous landmark Shanghai Xintiandi to bring the best of international and local design across the city.

Mesh Public Bench

Mesh Public Bench

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Fritz Hansen re-launch the table

Let’s welcome in 2017 with the relaunch of a classic. Furniture comes and goes but collections like the Table Series are few and far between.

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Big news from Carl Hansen & Son

Of course Carl Hansen & Son have amazing pieces of furniture and some new launches have been at Stockholm too, but when they take room set pictures like this, a little bit of our heart here at Despoke just lifts.

New York showroom

New York showroom

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CDW 2017

It may only be January, but that still means it’s only 4 months until our favourite of all of the design shows- Clerkenwell Design Week. Taking place from 23-25 May the show takes over, as its own branding tells us: prisons, churches and nightclubs (amongst other spaces of course.) Here are some of the brands we are most excited about seeing in unusual settings.

Thonet

Thonet at Design Fields

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Steuart Padwick gets bright

Brighten your home this new year with bold bursts of colour by leading British designer and advocate of colour, Steuart Padwick. We’ve always loved Padwick’s ability to make fun and colourful pieces whilst allowing good quality design to shine through.

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Best New Years Sales

There are some great sales out there- beyond the obvious John Lewis and Laura Ashley. Places where you can steal some great design deals and sometimes get a classic at a bargain price. Here are some of our top sales to fill your basket with.

The New English

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Pantone colour for 2017 is Greenery

Finally- a colour that’s not a variant on grey. Whether it’s Rose Quartz or Marsala, let’s be honest there were some pretty tame, hygge-inducing (or sleep-inducing) colours on trend the last few years. 2016 as years go, was a little bit of a mess, so it’s good to see Greenery, sweeping in and encouraging a fresh start. We need it.

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Design Shanghai returns

Design Shanghai, Asia’s leading international design event, will be returning to the historic Shanghai Exhibition Centre from 8th to 11th March 2017. Reinforced by the success of a record-breaking 2016 edition, Design Shanghai has matured and is now one of the key design events in the world.

Matsu

Matsu

Next year’s edition will attract more than 350 exhibitors, including top international and Chinese design brands and galleries, unveiling new designs and launching never-before-seen products. Design Shanghai is unique for China as it brings the best of international design, allowing trends to be set and new designs to be developed in the market.

HAY

HAY

A major new initiative for the 2017 edition is the opening of Design Shanghai to the city. Turning the event into a Shanghai-wide celebration of design and creativity, Design Shanghai will take over the city thanks to several offsite events, offering both the local community and international visitors the opportunity to experience the city in a new light.

Beyond Object

Beyond Object

Following last year’s fruitful collaboration, Design Shanghai and Shanghai Xintiandi – the famous Shanghai landmark – will celebrate their partnership for the next three years. Design Shanghai will expand out across the city. Design Shanghai will launch the Design Shanghai @ Xintiandi Design Festival, an event taking place from 6th to 19th March 2017 in Xintiandi. Curated by Design Shanghai in collaboration with curators Song Tao, Hou Zhengguang and Cher Du, the Festival will populate the streets of the district for 14 days, showcasing a selection of interactive installations by international and Chinese designers and artists.

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Frank Chou

World-renowned design brands including Moroso, Magis, Driade, Visionnaire, Porada, Art Design Group, CIAC, Thonet, Antonio Lupi, Seletti, HAY, Leicht, Fisher & Paykel, Kinnarps, Cole & Son, Duxiana, Bolon, Swarovski, Alessi, Dyson, DuPont Corian have confirmed their presence alongside leading Chinese design brands such as Tai Ping Carpets, Beyond Object, W+S, YANG House, Frank Chou Design Studio, ziinlife, WUU, ROOY, Benwu Edition, EY-Products, ALiTLE and Haostyle, which will show their wares across the five Design halls.

 

Happy + Co

Taking inspiration from their travels, Happy + Co are a new interiors brand that looks at things a little differently. As well as making sure that their pieces are that little bit different, for each product they sell, 10% of profits are invested into the Happy + Co Farm in Cambodia. Nice.

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Mini Moderns

We love Mini Moderns regardless, but here’s some extra tantalising news if you are a fan.  As part of the Camberwell Arts Festival 2016, Mini Moderns are opening their doors as part of the Open Studios event.

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Raj Tent Club Christmas Treats

The Raj Tent Club which, as well as doing what it says on the tin, also has an array of gorgeous middle Eastern, Indian, in fact global inspired treats, has some great gifts and decorations ready for you know what. (Begins with C ends in hristmas.) It still feels too early to be seriously you-know-what shopping, but it’s always good to browse right? here’s some of our fave pieces.
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Knoll sale

It’s that time of year again. When leading and hugely loved and admired furniture brand Knoll host their showroom sale. People, the prices are still high,but they aren’t terrifying. There’s 70% off some iconic pieces and that’s not to be sniffed at!

Wassily

Wassily chair (canvas), was £1,333 now £399

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