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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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String Shelves

The String shelf has been around for nearly 80 years and has become a bit of a design staple. We look at the ways this simple and super easy to assemble piece could be used in your kitchen. Or pantry. If you have a pantry…..which seems unlikely, but worth visualising and using in a ‘one day I would like a pantry’ mantra.

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Lexington X Boråstapeter Wallpaper

You know we like a good wallpaper here at Despoke. It seems to bear better results to grubby fingers than paint does and feels more luxurious. Swedish brand, Lexington, have collaborated with Boråstapeter to create a range of wallpapers that exude a relaxed East Coast style.

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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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Cakes meet Architecture

For the past two years some of the world’s most iconic buildings have risen out of butter and flour at the hands of some of the biggest design firms and this weekend just gone was no different, as th WATG’s celebrated Great Architectural Bake-Off made an exciting return during the London
Festival of Architecture. Renowned names in architecture were once again be invited to recreate the world’s most iconic buildings out of cake.

Bake off 2016

Bake off 2016

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Mini Happy Planner

We love organising and stationery so very much. There’s nothing like a stroll through Hay or Present and Correct and coming out with a months’ rent’s worth of rulers and desktop filing trays in copper. Although their website is a little overwhelming and garish, the brand Happybags have got their planners bang on.

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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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Doppia Firma for London Craft Week

Taking place last week across London, London Craft Week was a great excuse for The Michelangelo Foundation to presents Doppia Firma at The Hospital Club. The showcase brought together 15 artworks that were created by a collaboration of renowned European designers with some of Italy’s best craftspeople and artisans.

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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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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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Lasvit and Hadid at Euroluce

Lasvit unveiled two designs by the late Zaha Hadid  as part of Euroluce at the Salone del Mobile. The designs build on LASVIT’s extensive portfolio of custom projects created in collaboration with top architects and interior designers.

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ByALEX loves you

Telling someone you appreciate them shouldn’t be left down to national holidays, birthdays and Christmas.  When the world is slowly becoming a darker place it’s the little things that matter and small surprises are what continues to drive kindness, joy and that little thing we like to call ‘the butterfly effect’. But maybe you think about it before you tell someone on the bus you love them. Just saying.

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Have you been to Tate Edit?

One of our most favourite things here at Despoke are shops….in museums. Opened in November 2016, Tate Edit is the new retail space in Tate Modern’s Boiler House, giving visitors the chance to browse an ever-changing selection of products, limited editions, and favourite objects chosen by Tate staff and a rolling programme of invited ‘editors’.

Momosan shop

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