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The Raj Tent Club

As well as being the place to hire and buy extravagant Indian and Raj-style tents (you know you need one…..) The Raj Tent Club also has some incredible British Empire and Raj inspired products. We have picked some of our faves below.

raj tent club, elephant doorhandles

Elephant door handles anyone?? Errrrr yes please! Made in India they are made from brass with black coating. £60 for the pair can’t be bad!

raj tent club, west indian canopy

We are also in love with this naive hand embroidered cotton folk art canopy from West India which can additionally be used as a colourful throw. We think would be a perfect gift for a new baby. Only £75 too!


The wesbite and shop also have some great bits of original furniture like this Palm Springs Aqua Metal Chair designed by Lisa Vandy. A modern take on the traditional.


Seeing as how obsessed we are with cushions of all types, we thought these beautiful cotton cushions, made in Kishangar, Rajasthan would be a perfect present for ourselves……or as a great new home gift for someone else.

To view the whole Raj Tent Club website, click here.


Please Wait to be Seated

We have just discovered Please Wait to be Seated and are excited. They are agents/distributors of dedicated brands, artists, designers and manufacturers. One quality they all have in common is that they know their trade with regard to craftsmanship, skills, quality of materials and sustainability in terms of durable design.



Some of the pieces like this Planet Lamp have been designed exclusively for the website.

Transcience mirrors

Transcience mirrors

These transcience mirrors are stunning.  Over time dark spots start to appear on mirrors. The silver layer is slowly oxidizing under the influence of oxygen and water, thereby showing some of its history. This process can be regarded as degradation, however this project shows the beauty of this material transition of silver.



Konstantin Grcic designed this chair for Mattiazzi. Medici is a low chair with a comfortably reclined posture. It is generous dimensions give it an embracing confidence.

For more information click here.


The Tipi

We’ve just found out about Tipi – the modular shelving unit by Assaf Israel and we are a little bit in love. Inspired by elements of nomadism: the ease with which one can transfer, assemble, change, disassemble and rebuild it – the shelving unit can be popped up and down with ease.

tipi, assif israel

The cone-shaped structure allows an easy setting of the shelves, with no need of fixation – the diameter of each hole in each shelf was precisely measured so as to stand in the exact and desired height. The upper part of the poles are fixed with screws, allowing an easier positioning of the shelves. The system include 1 Tipi system Includes: 3 shelves, 1 hanger, 1 drawers and 2 hand-made African baskets made of Veta-Vera grass.

tipi, assif israel

It can be used for a desk too- meaning it’s multifunctional as well as stunning- just what we like! For more information about the Tipi, click here.

tipi, assif israel

Kite and Jess Wilson

We hadn’t heard of graphic artist Jess Wilson’s work, until we saw her collaboration with eye-wear brand Kite and we are chuffed to have found a new artist to covet. They have worked together on a collection that has launched at Westfield Stratford City.

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Wilson has created eight unique designs for KITE showcasing her experimental pattern-making and line work with her love for text and bold colours. Customers will be invited to choose a lens cloth and pouch from one of the imaginative and playful designs when purchasing a pair of sunglasses or glasses in store or online.

kit, jess wilson

We think this is a great idea and one we hope Kite will continue to support artists on ranges. For more information on Kite and the collaboration, click here.




Muuto Update – SOFA collection

With Christmas coming and the family descending, now is the perfect time to invest and treat yourself, in one of Muuto’s stunning sofas. We are big fans of Muuto at Despoke and have a  few of their smaller items.


This dusky pink addition from the Connect range can be adapted to suit any shape and be extended as the family grows.


The rest series comes in a variety of colours including mustard yellow, grey and dusky pink. On trend colours that will fit into any scheme.


Softblocks do exactly what you think they will- a comfortable range of different shapes that encourage a playful approach to sitting.


The Oslo range would sit perfectly in office break out areas as well as in a modern, clutter-free home. We can all aspire to that dream!

For more information about the ranges and their prices click here.

Solus ceramics new launch

Solus Ceramics have launched a brand new and exclusive range of wall tiles that are set to be one of the top trends in the architectural and interior design industry for 2016.


The company’s new Geometry range feature stunning herringbone style patterns that open up endless design possibilities. The chevron shaped tiles fit together effortlessly and easily, allowing architects and designers to create an array of cutting edge and exciting creations, from dynamic and chic geometric stripes to scintillating zig zags.

solus ceramics

Solus Ceramics are known for their modern tile styles that can be used in home or professional settings. Above, the Illustrate range comes in a variety of colours and geometric shapes- perfect for creating unique spaces in the home.

solus ceramics

A particular Despoke favourite is the Serif range which is colourful, on-trend yet timeless. For more details click here.




by Lassen styling – Winter wonderland

We have featured by Lassen a number of times on Despoke- mainly because they produce beautiful furniture and objects like the below.

by lassen

by Lassen is a Danish design company who work with various designers, including two of Denmark’s greatest architects: Mogens Lassen and Flemming Lassen.


The Lassen brothers were extremely talented and were honoured with many awards and grants for their unique designs and iconic architecture. by Lassen’s mission is to continue the tradition of good design. Because good design lives on in new generations.


The way they design their pieces allow for beauty as well as comfort and in this cold and stormy weather, make us want to create our own winter scene to cosy up in!

CDW is back with a new campaign

We love CDW in May so we were very excited to see the great new campaign designed by Studio Parallel, Kei Yoshino and Lydia Whitmore.

cdw campaign

It draws on the campaigns of the past whilst creating something completely new.

cdw campaign

With the tag line ‘We’ve got it covered’ it highlights how important the show now is across all design disciplines- covering every aspect of the design world.
cdw campaign

The use of miniature chairs calls to mind the 2013 campaign with Hattie Newman.

Hattie Newman's CDW 2013 campaign seen here at 100% Design 2013

Hattie Newman’s CDW 2013 campaign seen here at 100% Design 2013

CDW have also announced some of the great brands already signed up including…….



Mitab with their new colour palette

GP&J Baker

GP&J Baker

GP&J Baker with their stunning fabrics and wallpaper collections return to Detail.

CDW campaign

Silvia K Ceramics

Silvia K Ceramics are a new company exhibiting at the show.

To find out more head here.




The Festival of India at The V&A

The V&A has unveiled When Soak Becomes Spill, a major new installation by leading Indian contemporary artist Subodh Gupta, as part of the start of the Festival of India.

Subodh Gupta

The work, created especially for the V&A as part of the India Festival, features a stainless steel bucket standing six metres high and overflowing with hundreds of pots, pans, containers and cooking implements. The vast sculpture is on display on Exhibition Road, outside the Museum.

Subodh Gupta

The V&A is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the opening of the Museum’s Nehru Gallery, which displays some of the most important objects from the V&A’s South Asian art collection produced between the 16th and 19th centuries.

Wall hanging (detail), 20th century © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Wall hanging (detail), 20th century © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Exhibitions over the next few months include: The Fabric of India will explore the dynamic and multifaceted world of handmade textiles from India, spanning from the 3rd century to the present day.

Carved emerald bead, probably 18th century, Mughal Empire, The Al Thani Collection, © Servette Overseas Limited 2014

Carved emerald bead, probably 18th century, Mughal Empire, The Al Thani Collection, © Servette Overseas Limited 2014

With Bejewelled Treasures, The Al Thani Collection, another exhibition (21 November 2015 – 28 March 2016), explores the broad themes of tradition and modernity in Indian jewellery.

 Bin-sitar, wood, gourd and wire strings, possibly Pune, India, 1850-1890. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Bin-sitar, wood, gourd and wire strings, possibly Pune, India, 1850-1890. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Additionally, the V&A holds a remarkable collection of 19th century Indian musical instruments. These are the subject of a project carried out in partnership with Darbar Arts Culture Heritage Trust.

To find out more about the Festival of India, click here.


Bookcases from Poltrona Frau

We’re pretty mad on books at Despoke. Living in a small London flat however, means our books are in piles around the bed- making perfect small tables for glasses of wine and water. If we did find ourselves with a massive abode suddenly thrust upon us, we’re pretty sure we would want something like Poltrona Frau’s Albero.

poltrona frau

After the huge success of the re-release of the freestanding Albero bookcase, a little-known yet very fascinating and masterful piece created by Gianfranco Frattini in the late 1950s, Poltrona Frau is launching the Albero Limited Edition in olive wood.


Who can spot the mini armchair? Given the English weather’s preference for rain, this might not be so practical, but when we finally own an olive grove, this will be making an appearance….


From the same parent company comes the gorgeous Drop bookcase- almost Scandi in its minimalism, but with the Italian fun found in the precarious cube on top. Nendo-designed, he used his native Japan as a colour-way- the grey of the brooks and the pink of the cherry blossom.


For more information on both styles, head here for Cappellini and here for Poltrona Frau.


Get ready for London Design Festival

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LDF kicks off 19-20 September with a weekend dedicated to graphic design.

Design Week will host six keynote talks over two days, including the founders of design consultancy Europa; followed by illustrator Johanna Basford in a Q&A session by Creative Review editor Patrick Burgoyne; Tom Sharp and Ben Haworth, co-founders and creative directors of The Beautiful Meme; Tony Brook, co-founder of design studio ‘Spin’ with Adrian Shaughnessy, and Craig Oldham. On Sunday, there’s a lunchtime talk with Pentagram partner Harry Pearce, and an afternoon masterclass with award-winning designer Morag Myerscough as part of the Global Design Forum 2015.

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On Monday, investigate the future of luxury across different fields: Materials, Skills, Environment, and Premiumisation, with Swarovski designers of the future studio Swine and Kim Thome?, designer of Zotem. They will talk to Suzanne Trocme? about challenges with creating innovative and memorable designs in crystal., ldf

On Wednesday, hear a panel discussion on the way digital technologies are transforming mainstream design, both in creation and consumption. Chaired by Michelle Ogundehin, Editor in Chief of ELLE Decoration UK, with Ruth Wassermann, head of design at MADE.COM plus special guests.

Make sure to find out more about the entire LDF schedule here:

Reclaimed Flooring Co in Design & Build

Back once again, The Reclaimed Flooring Company take over an area in the Design and Build section of 100% Design.

reclaimed, flooring, 100% design

Famed for sourcing flooring and re-usable product from sites and countries across the world , this year they ask visitors to Look Closer. Through the Look Closer campaign they will not only challenge the way you view wood but inspire you to respect and admire this material in an entirely new light. The Reclaimed Flooring Company believes there is no superior product in the market and encourage anyone to stop by and take a Look Closer.

reclaimed, flooring,. design

This year has also seen the arrival of The Reclaimed Flooring Company’s new line Industrial Chic which uses the finest European solid oak boards that have been finely calibrated to display industrial style surface undulation. This high-end line offers natural yet modern tones that combine the texture of softly brushed oak with luxurious finishes, bridging city prestige and provincial charm.

reclaimed, flooring, design

See them at 100% Design register for free here:

App One design by Andrea Giovannetti

app one design, 100% design

App One Design arose from the desire to give an apparently ordinary object, the chance to create new shapes and dimensions. Using marble as a means to create lego-like shapes means the designer can interlock the pieces.

app one design, 100% design

LEGO MARBLE is being brought to 100% Design this September in a number of furniture formats.

app one design, 100% design

The pieces of marble can interlock together to create completely new shapes and pieces of furniture.

See App One Design at 100% Design this September. Register here for free:

Icon September Issue

Looking at all things sinful- from sex toys to greedy development, Icon Magazine’s September issue is now on sale. mirror icon

The issue also looks at Herzog and de Meuron, Vienna and the iconic VW Camper van.


Subscribe and read now

New Veneers at SieMatic

SieMatic- New Veneers increased design options	for open plan spaces pictured in natural walnut colour

Above: Natural walnut colour

Leading German kitchen manufacturer, SieMatic, has expanded its portfolio of finishes to include more veneer options to assist with the designing of open plan living and kitchen spaces.

In open plan homes, designers need to find decorative elements which can create a flow between the different areas.  Kitchen cabinets with a beautiful veneer finish can echo the appearance of living room furniture, and so can be used to create a seamless transition between the kitchen and living spaces. SieMatic has now increased its range of veneers to give designers more options for integrating living and kitchen areas.

Available in a variety of finishes including a stone beech, four walnut and six oak and two pine finishes.

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