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Exit from Aden at Saatchi Gallery

On 15 March the Saatchi Gallery will open Exit from Aden, an exhibition of new works by the artist ALO, in the Prints & Originals Gallery.

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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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Trading Words

A major public art installation Trading Words and pop-up exhibition is set to be officially unveiled on 22 February at London Dock.

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Collecting Europe

A collaboration between the Goethe-Institut London and the V&A in partnership with the British Council, ‘Collecting Europe’ at the V&A opens tomorrow. Europe’s history has always been characterised by shifting boundaries, political and economic upheaval, migration and the displacement of people- now more so than perhaps ever. As the debate about the future of Europe continues, the V&A and Goethe-Institut has asked 12 artists to imagine themselves in the year 4017, looking back and making sense of where we are now.

Fru*Fru Eurasic Bath

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Masters of Invention

Masters of Invention, taking place from  24 March – 29 May at The Lettering Arts Centre, looks at cave painting to modern day street art and the evolution of graffiti, with new work from some of the most influential graffiti artists of the past 40 years, featuring Aroe, Delta, Bando, Mode2, Shok-1, Niels ‘Shoe’ Meulman, Part2ism, Zaki Dee.

Shok X-Fly

Shok-1 X-Fly

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All The Fruits

We like checking in with one of our favourite pattern, design and texture companies every so often. All The Fruits never disappoint.

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Design Museum record visitor numbers

Since opening to the public on the 24 November, the Design Museum in Kensington has welcomed over 100,000 visitors through its doors, having attracted between 200,000 and 250,000 visitors annually in its previous location in Shad Thames.

Design Museum

Photo: Gareth Gardner

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Top Drawer returns

Top Drawer is back this January with more more exclusive brands than ever at its Spring/Summer 17 (S/S17) edition. make sure to head down and see where the leading stylists get their inspiration.

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Gingerbread City

It’s yet more Yuletide fun from us as we look at The Gingerbread City; an exhibition conceived and developed by the Museum of Architecture (MoA) that creates an imaginary city designed by architects to celebrate the holiday season.

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Tom Dixon goes Christmassy

Tom Dixon, the  acclaimed British designer, has created a spectacular suspended light installation in the welcome lane of Television Centre, the former home of the BBC in London’s White City. The lights are already on, allowing lucky locals to pass beneath on their way to work and get in the Yuletide spirit.  Tom dixon Continue Reading…

Northern Design Event follow up

Now becoming a must-visit on the design event scene, Northern Design Event took place last week. With some of the UK’s biggest designers, who all consider themselves from ooop North, including names like Deadgood, David Irwin, Psalt Design and more, here is some coverage.

assemble

Photo by Michelle Tennick

Assemble created a site-specific installation in the historic Assembly House. The 2015 Turner Prize winners displayed a new range of products alongside moulds and materials, tests and tools illustrating their experimental, smoke-fired and BBQ-ed ceramics.

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Photo by Michelle Tennick

Take a Seat was a retrospective of seating designed by award-winning Newcastle-based industrial designer David Irwin, including his iconic Tyneside Lounger for Deadgood and his Hardy Chair for Another Country-plus prototypes shown in the UK for the first time.

Michelle Tennick

Photo by Michelle Tennick

Hollywood Hates Me showcased rejected poster artwork for some of world’s favourite movies by the man behind the designs for The Revenant and True Detective.

To see a full round up of the events and designers, head to the website and get ready for next year!

Rive Roshan at LDF

Rive Roshan were commissioned by the London Design Fair to create an installation of five large hanging screens for the venue’s cafe using Divina fabric by Kvadrat. It’s the first time we have heard of this London-based design studio and we like what we see. Airy spacial partitions of modular panels separated the space playfully as partially open windows between communal tables, adding softness to the industrial backdrop of the Old Truman Brewery.

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Muuto’s Gets Dotty…

One of our fave Scandi brands Muuto have added to their already well-loved Dots family with a new metal version.

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Skandium Selects for the London Design Fair

In partnership with the London Design Fair, Skandium continues to champion its ongoing dedication to Scandinavian design. As part of ‘Skandium selects’, the Scandinavian- lifestyle store chose ten products from seven Scandinavian designers. Here are our top three below.

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Doshi Levien present Pilotis

When we heard that Doshi Levien were presenting their new curtain collection for Kvadrat and that the breakfast would have food served by none other than our fave culinary tricksters Blanch and Shock we got very excited.

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