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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.

zaha hadid

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……

tacchini

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.

archie proudfoot

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’.

andrew dominic

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.

jennifer newman

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.

ptolemy mann

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.

Affordable art fair

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.

La debraille

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!

la debraillee

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.

la debraillee

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.

 

 

 

Lasvit launch at M&O

LASVIT designer Petra Krausova,  launched her new piece at Maison & Objet. The dynamically-lit sculpture titled Cassia draws its inspiration both from the universe and its star-studded sky, as well as the organic shapes of flowers in a meadow, gently moving in a breeze.

lasvit

The sculpture consists of a group of smaller pendants, approximately 15 cm in diameter, each made of hand-blown glass. Every individual pendant represents a flower or a star, depending upon how you observe them.

lasvit

Each takes on a slightly different shape thanks to the use of optical form that allows glass to expand in its open areas. Variations are further enhanced by the monochromatic colour scheme that differs in textures from clear glass, sanded and opaque glass, to pendants with hand-painted gold segments.

lasvit

Cassia excels in its flexibility for interior design. “I wanted to create concept where the client can use a single pendant or groups spanning across ceilings but also spilling onto walls with the optional wall-mounted pieces,” the young designer said, pointing out that each glass element has its own light source with a simple brushed brass socket or wall mounting.

 

Clement Browne

More and more we are being drawn to shutters over curtains and blinds. And when they look like this you can understand why.

clement brown, shutters

Beautifully designed, the flexible Full Height shutter style offers escape from the sunlight, not that that’s really a problem here in London, but also a focal point for the room.

clement browne

Create a delicate and airy interior by colour-matching your shutters to the walls, effortlessly integrating the shutter into your decor. Or, alternatively, make a focal point out of the shutter; paint it in a bold hue to break up a neutral wall colour and add a pop of colour to quickly refresh your interior space.

clement browne

With its own production line, Clement Browne offers a higher standard of paint, better manufacturing care and higher quality finishes and materials. Prices start from just £250 per square metre for the Westcliff Collection’s hardwood Paulownia shutters.

For more information, click here.

Outdoor fabrics

It may be a little early to be thinking about eating in the garden, but we’ve got your back for when Spring arrives!

extex, outdoor

British manufacturer Extex, are known for their colourful and practical range of outdoor fabric and cushions. Upholster seating or choose from a range of scatter cushions to add a pop of colour and decorative touch to the outdoors with a wide choice of plains, patterns and textures.

extex, outdoor

The award winning fabric collections all combine outstanding performance with a luxurious feel, utilising advanced yarn technology to offer water repellent, stain resistant, light fast, pre-shrunk and machine washable fabrics – blimey! Yarn technology eh?

extex, fabric

Just looking at these pictures is making us long for summer days in the garden. Count down begins.

Seletti at Maison and Objet

Seletti, the ironic Italian design brand, opens 2016 in Paris with  new works at Maison & Objet from January 22 to 26.

seletti, maison

Flower Attitude collection

The brand will present new and interesting pieces, in addition to the restyling of some of its bestsellers. For instance, the Flower Attitude collection, which will be premiered in Paris- highlighting a love for the random and unexpected.

renaissance, seletti

RENAISSANCE
Design: BBMDS

Studio BBMDS transforms columns and sidewalks into real life components that bring  bookshelves to life – while giving glimpses of real and imagined cities.

diesel, seletti

COSMIC DINER
Seletti for Diesel Living

Inspired by the planets, Cosmic Diner is a visionary tableware collection, the result of the collaboration between Seletti and Diesel, extra-ordinary fashion brand with its roots in denim. In Paris for its European premiere, the table accessories feature a new material – brass. Bowls, candlesticks, centerpiece, and coffee cups in a shimmering metallic material.

seletti

ASSEMBLAGE
Design: Alessandro Zambelli

Assemblage is a lacquered, modular, MDF bookshelf that works with the overlap of cubic components coupled together by beautiful in-view clamps. Assemblage is presented, in addition to the classic white, in an anthracite version, with clamps in a precious brass variant.

To find out more about Maison and Objet click here.

 

Lane pop-up

Despoke favourite Lane, have opened a pop up shop at Rough Trade in Nottingham’s city centre, showcasing their locally designed and made homeware range and they are there until mid February.

lane, beam

All of the products are made in Nottingham using British materials, designed in Radford and made by craftsmen around the city.

lane, beam

The pop up shop is selling their new table lamp ‘Beam’, hand pulled screen prints, stationery and features the Twin Tone Lampshade, available in 10 different colours ways, designed to match the Little Greene paint range. So if you’re thinking of doing some new year decorating, it’s great opportunity to pick up a locally made accessory for your home and see it in real life, rather than online.

lane

To find out more and also enjoy the Lane sale, head over to the website.

The Serengetti

The Serengeti is home to an eco-system so beautiful it has inspired works of art, literature and scientific research alike. So, it’s only natural that Art of the Loom has a collection inspired by this incredible landscape.

Art of the loom, Exodus

Art of the loom, Exodus

We love this gorgeous fabric which is almost like the story of Noah’s Ark on fabric!

Maasai, Art of the Loom

Maasai, Art of the Loom

This gorgeous, strong and beautifully African fabric, would work well in a smart neutral room to finish it off or a room with a lot of traditional dark furniture, to help bring out the colour of the wood.

Belle, Art of the Loom

Belle, Art of the Loom

Although from a different collection called Belle, this great fabric really does mix the traditional and modern together well- the design can be traced back for centuries, but the muted colours give it a modern twist.

For more information, click here.

Champagne Life

To mark its 30th anniversary, the Saatchi Gallery will open Champagne Life, the Gallery’s first all-women exhibition on 13th January 2016.

Julia Wachtel, saatchi gallery

Julia Wachtel
Champagne Life
2014

It’s set to be one of the most exciting exhibitions for 2016, and a major event on London’s cultural calendar. Above you can see American artist Wachtel’s painting Champagne Life which will be on show and has also given the show its title. How often we have wished that Kim and Kanye could be turned on their heads!

Stephanie Quayle, saatchi gallery

Stephanie Quayle
Two Cows
2013

Perhaps most excitingly, the exhibition is showcasing new and arresting work by 14 emerging, international female artists, reflecting on what it means to be a female artist working today – it is also the Gallery’s first all-women exhibition.

Alice Anderson, saatchi gallery

Alice Anderson
Bound
2011

UK artist Alice Anderson will have her incredible Bound on show. Visitors can walk around the thread and reel which is 3.5 m high.

Soheila Sokhanvari, saatchi gallery

Soheila Sokhanvari
Moje Sabz
2011

Iranian-born Sokhanvari creates taxidermied sculptures, which appeal to the literary genre of magic realism, in which ‘reality’ is punctured with fantastical events, revealing meanings more profound that naturalism could hope to do- we also like how fun they are!

The artists taking part are: Mequitta Ahuja (USA) | Alice Anderson (UK) | Maria Angeletti (France) | Jelena Bulajic (Serbia) | Julia Dault (Canada) | Mia Feuer (Canada) |Sigrid Holmwood (Australia) | Virgile Ittah (Paris) | Maha Malluh (Saudi Arabia) | Suzanne McClelland (USA) | Seung Ah Paik (Korea) | Stephanie Quayle (UK) |Soheila Sokhanvari (Iran) | Julia Wachtel (USA)

For more information, click here.

Kirath Ghundoo

Wallpaper wasn’t so fashionable, then it was…..then paint was huge but only with grey undertones…..then Victoriana wallpaper with a big emphasis on William Morris and flowers arrived…..and then, thank God, brands like All the Fruits and Kirath Ghundoo finally came to the fore.

kirath ghundoo, wallpaper

JAZZ TARTAN – KG Basics 2016

Here are just a few shots from Ghundoo’s 2016 range. The pastel colours work and the dramatic geometric shapes, make for a paper that could work in nearly any environment.

 

kirath ghundoo, wallpaper

MOUNTAIN BLUE – KG Basics 2016

The shade of this blue and the simple repeated pattern make the above a tranquil offering that would work well in a home office space. The range also comes in green.

kirath ghundoo, wallpaper

THE HAMPTON – KG Basics 2016

Called Hampton for a clear reason, anyone who takes this wallpaper on, needs to be very sure of their interior style- and that there isn’t a history of migraines in the family. We love it at Despoke, but could only use this if we had a very large room dedicated to sailing. And we don’t.

kirath ghundoo, wallpaper

SPARKLE – KG Basics 2016

We can only assume this one is called Sparkle because it really does. All of these retail at £95 for a 10m role which is just brilliantly affordable- they only need to be used on one feature wall.

kirath ghundoo, wallpaper

Tropic – Mix ‘n’ Match 15 Collection

Even though this is one season old- it’s perhaps our favourite Ghundoo design. Perfectly mismatched meaning you could put it up yourself and not worry about matching patterns, we remember seeing this at 100% design a few years ago and feeling instantly lifted. if it’s good enough for Susie Bubble…..

Fore more information, click here.

 

North Modern

January is the month for trade fairs it would appear, with Scandinavia’s North Modern opening its doors from 13-15 January.

north modern

The  show is divided into a number of areas, presenting a lively mix of high-end brands, upcoming designers, new talents, galleries, showrooms, special projects and creative spaces within furniture, lighting, design, art and architecture.

qq design

These stunning opaque vessels are by QQ Design– an agency that represents a number of different creatives.

lange

Lange Designs celebrate 10 years on the scene and will showcase their new ranges- tables and chairs to coffee tables and a bar cart. The new designs are a mix of Horst Brüning and Jørgen Kastholm’s designs from the 1960’s and Christian Haack’s designs from 2015.

Hornbak & Co

The Copenhagen-based furniture agency Hornbak & Co will bring the four brands: arper, Zeitraum, Offecct and Kasthall to northmodern in January.

For more information on North Modern and to visit their not-particularly-easy-to-navigate website, click here.

Dowse studio

Brighton-based design shop Dowse have some great products- perfect for the home and for presents.

mimo, dowse

This hand-stitched print retails at £70 and was  inspired by a trip to Miami. Taking influence from the graffiti and street art as much as the art deco & modern architecture there.

dowse

We love this gorgeous layered shard necklace that takes inspiration from the trend for many pieces on one necklace.

dowse design

We are obsessed with organising our home office space, especially given the new year and the chance to get everything ship-shape- this  wire mesh memo-board should help.

dowse design

How about these metallic herb planters to blow your mind? Living in cities usually means tiny kitchens and no greenery- not here!

For more info on Dowse, click here.

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