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New Designers is coming

New Designers returns to the Business Design Centre this summer for its 32nd edition, showcasing fresh thinking and talent from the UK’s leading design courses and most entrepreneurial new businesses.

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Lighting from VITA Copenhagen

Some brands aren’t great at making affordable lighting products that look like they are worth more. Vita Copenhagen are. Their designs are inspired by the Scandi pieces of the mid-century from names such as Louis Poulsen and Poul Henningsen,but don’t bear such a resemblance that it becomes awkward.

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Movisi present Grow!

With so many of us working from home and trying to make sure the house still feels like a home even when it’s full of work bits, storage and organisation is key. German design brand Movisi has launched GROW! a flexible furniture system made from 95% air, manufactured in Germany and designed in Paris by Marine Peyre. Quite the Pro-European piece. GROW! will internationally launch on the 16 May at 5pm on crowdfunding platform Indiegogo and is a system that builds up on one single element allowing users endless configurations (over 10,000) and the possibility to easily alter an interior according to changing needs.

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New Designers- One Year On

Now Clerkenwell Design Week is over, we can start thinking about all the other great shows coming up and one of our favourites has to be New Designers. Taking place once more in Islington’s Business Design Centre from 28 June – 1 July and 5–8 July., one of the best parts of the shows is One year On, the feature area that looks back on those whose businesses are less than one year old.  Here, we highlight just a few of the 80 exhibiting.

Lauren Nauman

Lauren Nauman

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CDW Showrooms- top picks

On Friday we covered CDW’s famed exhibitions. Now we look at a few of the showrooms. There are over 90 so we would never get round them all, but this might give you a little bit of a point in the right direction.

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CDW Presents revealed

Finally, one of the best parts of Clerkenwell Design Week (the Presents stream) has been revealed and we are extremely excited. here are some of our top picks.

Beacon

This year’s show is set to present one of the festival’s highest installations: The Beacon – a 7.5m tall structure, located at the entrance to Design Fields. Inspired by the Tower of Babel, the structure will feature an internal staircase encased in a typographical design which celebrates internationalism. Visitors will be able to climb up the internal staircase to a viewing platform over-looking a cross-section where the industrial meets historical Clerkenwell. Continue Reading…

Awesomestow designers at Heals

It may be partly do do with the fact that we live in Walthamstow and love how creative and craft-led the area is, but we were particularly proud and impressed to hear that The Blackhorse Workshop has been selected to be part of this year’s Heal’s Modern Craft Market at the Tottenham Court Road store.

Tim Summers Design Wobbly Peyote

Tim Summers Design Wobbly Peyote

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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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Fonteyn Chest

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