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Plain English

Creative director and founder of brand Plain English, has re-designed their Blandford Street showroom. Inspired by the gentility and practicality of Edwardian design and engineering, the showroom has a pleasingly simple and easy air.

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Bespoke designs have been made to adapt to the users lifestyle with large break out areas as well as unique cabinetry that can be adapted and accommodated into any of the designs. Open shelving features, a design that was popular in Edwardian times and is popular once again.

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The showroom is a large, light-filled, open space and works well for exhibitions, most recently housing Karen Downing’s vases and ceramics.

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The porcelain vases, bowls and pots, although beautiful are hardy can be used in the kitchen with ease. They possess a tactile quality that encourages you to use them without worrying about them being damaged.

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For more information on Plain English, click here. For more information on Karen Downing, click here.

Resident at CDW16

We are extremely excited to hear that Kiwi brand Resident will be displaying a range of new products in EC1’s famed Fabric nightclub as part of Clerkenwell Design Week.

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The show entitled “Windows Watching”, will feature products including Volley Chair by Jamie McLellan, as above-  available in a variety of upholstery finishes with either timber legs or an upholstered swivelling pedestal base.

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Odin Chair by Jamie McLellan- as above. Simultaneously humble and striking, the Odin Chair was designed to feel like an appropriate mix of both Nordic and Japanese cultures. The four die cast legs cradle the seat itself in a very pleasing and satisfying manner.

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Midnight Pendant is a spectacular feature light designed to add bold decoration to the most impressive and expansive of spaces. Its suspended geometry is constructed out of hand brushed aluminium. Shame we don’t have a big enough house let alone room, to house it.

For more information about Resident, click here and to sign up for free to CDW2016, click here.

Baux at CDW

We have been big fans of Baux for a good few years now and are very excited to hear they will be at CDW next week.

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Jo Davies Ceramics

We heard about Jo Davies ceramics through Made London and now we are a bit obsessed.

Gilded speak vase

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De la Espada

We just had a beautiful De la Espada emailer hit our inbox, and once again we are in love with the pieces as well as the stunning shots and lifestyle set ups they create.

 

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Yuki Sugiura- photo

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Fireclay Tile’s Triangles

We are rather fond of tiles and more and more brands are adding to their existing ranges with fun, patterned and textured options. They are easy to clean (good for us) and can completely change a space. By adding a patterned tiled floor or wall, you can keep the rest of your scheme very simple.

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American brand Fireclay‘s slim Scalenes and versatile Right Triangles (available in 3”, 4” and 6” sizes) can be applied in a wide range of patterns— create diagonals, stripes, squares, pinwheels, chevrons and more.

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It may take a little more time and work to actually get those little shapes up onto the wall, but they look perfect when done. We would see this neutral mint and green as a splash-back in a simple, toned-down kitchen.

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The new shapes will be available in 100+ colors. They’re great to make a room feel different and thought about and can be installed in all sorts of mad geometric patterns. Don’t get too mental though. Cou veer towards  a horrible geometry class otherwise. 
For more info, click here.

Milan 2016- some top picks

We didn’t make it to Milan this year- boooo! But that doesn’t mean we couldn’t follow the blogs and the social media obsessively to pick out some of our favourite bits. Here are a few below.

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Arper pieces are always going to look fabulous, no matter what they show- their furniture is so perfectly made in mind for modern living. arper

This year the brand focussed on theessentials for living, with concept by creative directors Lievore Altherr Molina from Barcelona, booth design by 2×4 and styling by Studio B?a?kker from Amsterdam. When you see row after row of standard shell schemes, we really like how they displayed their pieces.

casaCasa International seem to have fun with the piecs they brought to the show. The brand’s second ever collection designed by Mauro Lipparini included new ideas like the above Occasional tables.

foscarini

We are obsessed with the colours and the shapes that appeared on Foscarini’s stand in Spazio Brera. A real nod to the resurgence of the Memphis Group and also triangles- which are bloody everywhere.

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Designer/ architect Ferruccio Laviani played with scale in a Alice in Wonderland-like installation of Foscarini lamps and their giant versions.

 

Marta Bordes

We first saw Marta Bordes in the gorgeous press office run by Seen PR at Top Drawer a few months ago. We were entranced by her Satelite lamp.

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Talented bags

Talented is a British, sustainable accessories and giftware brand, which celebrates the bag as an art form. God knows we do NOT need any more tote bags, but if we did, we would be buying the below.

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Magnificent Spa by La Spada

It’s the end of our week off for easter and we need some pampering to get us back in the frame of mind for work. This should do……

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Water blends with stone to create a space of intense calm and beauty: the magnificent SPA, created by the designer Alessandro La Spada. Slightly OTT name but to be fair, it’s a slightly OTT offering., the Spa was created in Antolini’s Black Absolute “Memorial” – a very beautiful black granite.

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Here, the geometric design of the material is reflected in the water, creating a play of reflections in which to take a deep breath and relax.

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For more information on where to buy the tiles, click here.

New Craftsmen selects eggs

It’s nearly Easter and that can only mean one thing……a long weekend! Oh and easter eggs. The New Craftsmen suggest holding your eggs, not eating them.

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Zaha Hadid for Georg Jensen

Danish design house Georg Jensen has partnered with Zaha Hadid on her first jewellery collection for the brand.  The pieces will be unveiled at Baselworld.

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This collection of five rings and three bangles is crafted in both sterling silver and black rhodium set with black diamonds and reference many of her famous, sculptural building designs. Continue Reading…

Clerkenwell Design Week- top picks

Spring is edging in and that can only mean one thing for us at Despoke- CDW is back and this time it’s slightly different. We’ve picked some of our top brands appearing across the exhibitions (there’s showrooms, fringe and installations to go yet.) Take a deep breath……

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The Farmiloe Building is no more and that means a farewell to the Design Factory. But in it’s place is the gloriously named Design Fields, filled with the world’s most stunning design pieces, like these Kelly chairs from Tacchini, above.

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If it’s new designers and brands who have just started out, then head below ground level to Platform, where pieces like the above from Archie Proudfoot will be brightening up the cells of Clerkenwell’s House of Detention.

taz pollard

Succulents are a fave of ours and designers like, Taz Pollard have vessels for them and more at the home of smaller design pieces and trinkets:  Additions in the gardens of St James’.

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Another new space this year is Project– popping up alongside Additions, it’s another great space for leading furniture brands to showcase their newest pieces in the greenery of St James’ Park. This gorgeous side unit by Andrew Dominic, is part of a fully hand-crafted new range.

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Jennifer Newman is a stalwart of CDW, having been with the show since its launch in 2010.  She’s back with her newest range for 2016, in British Collection (which used to be Additions- keep up!) making the St. James’ Church area a real hub.

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Potlemy Mann returns, but this time with her own range of rugs (a few years ago she was at CDW with an incredible tile installation.) She’ll be in Detail at the centuries old Order of St John, alongside numerous other brands ready to inspire you.

For more information and to register free to attend, click here.

 

Affordable Art Fair opens doors

The Affordable Art Fair Battersea opens its doors today in London.

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110 local and international galleries will descend on Battersea Park, showcasing an array of original artwork, all available for between £100 and £5,000. We know we want to head down and see what we can grab. here are some of out fave artists and pictures. Continue Reading…

La Débraiellée- stunning leather bags

We got a press release all in French which tested us somewhat- however we were super pleased when we were able to translate- somewhat sloppily! And very pleased with the bags that we saw. La Débraillée is a Parisian brand of leather handbags created by the Italian designer Alice Rosignoli.

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We love this pouch that just slips over your wrist- nifty eh? Won’t be searching for your keys for hours in there will you!

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We are big fans of ruckscks as we get such bad backs hoisting half the house around with us every day. This is looks gorgeous and isn’t too small. Alice is a product designer and you can actually see that training in the bags’ shapes and cuts.

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The collection is not seasonal: it evolves with time with the leather ageing beautifully. We love bum bags too- and this is definitely the most stylish one we have ever seen. Luckily the prices aren’t vomit-inducing either. £170 for a good long lasting bum bag? It’s a bit steep but you can see the quality.

Want to know more? Click here.

 

 

 

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