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Own Art Plus….get collecting!

Fancy yourself an art collector but don’t have quite the capital yet to buy the pieces you want? Worry not for‘Own Art Plus’ has arrived. Get ready to become the collector that everyone talks about in hushed and excited whispers.

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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’.

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Made London

Made London- Canary Wharf is a new event bringing some of the best contemporary designer makers in the country to the heart of Canary Wharf. Get ready to be delighted, London.

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We Love Lane!

We always keep an eye on Lane as they constantly have brilliant presents and gifts- to ourselves and other people- especially around the festive season. They’ve just launched the Sand Cast Brick Tea Light Holder. A striking triangle, the corners rise inwards to hold a copper tea light cup and are designed to tessellate to create stylish patterns and arrangements. It is handmade by Bulmer Brick and Tile Company in Suffolk using ancient British brick making traditions.

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Flowers of Burleigh

British brand Burleigh pottery has taken shapes and designs from its archives to create a new range, which celebrates the UK’s love of flowers and horticulture.

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Burleigh has been perfecting its craft for over 160 years. Established in Stoke on Trent in 1851 and world famous for its blue and white ceramics, which are hand made in England using traditional craft techniques. Its bestselling ‘Asiatic Pheasants’ design has been loved by generations and has been made in the same way since 1862. We are loving these new simple designs that celebrate a pared back look,  letting the flowers do the talking.

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We are particular fans of this large castor jug which has a traditional font and would look perfect on a plain country style kitchen table or on a modern glass topped one.

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Burleigh is the only pottery in the world to decorate using tissue transfer printing from hand engraved copper plates. Above is a swan vase design, dating from the mid 19th, which is retiling at £140.

To buy and for more information, click here.

Floors of Stone handmade tiles

We love a good stone floor or wall, but it’s not often we can find something that is unique,  handmade and well, beautiful. However, Floors of Stone and Hannah Livesley have launched their collection of handmade ceramic tiles and they really are rather stunning.

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Jo Davies Ceramics

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

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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. 
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Mutina x Barber & Osgerby

Milan is fast approaching and there are some stunning new designs and brands appearing on the scene. A favourite that has appeared in our inbox are these ranges by Barber & Osgerby for Mutina. Experimenting with geometry, colour, patterns and versatility of use, has formed the inspiration behind the new Puzzle and Mistral tile collections.mistral Continue Reading…

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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Lane & Parkwood Pottery

It’s that time of year when it’s freezing and miserable but we don’t have Christmas to look forward to. Flowers are starting to appear which is amazing, but then any minute a frost could come along and leave them for dead. Literally. Nature, eh? That’s why these comforting mugs from Lane and Parkwood make all the difference.

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Online store Lane and Darbyshire studio Parkwood Pottery, have collaborated to create a range of  hand-thrown mugs, made on a potter’s wheel using Staffordshire stoneware clay. Think how warm they would be filled with tea!

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Lane have chosen two beautiful and distinctive glazes for the mugs – Speckled White trimmed with a natural sand brown base and Granite Blue with burnt orange flecks. The mugs have a matt handmade finish.

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They are hand glazed and then put in the kiln which, depending on the mug’s positioning, causes natural variations in shape and colour, adding to their individual charm. At £16 a mug- they’re definitely worth grabbing and filling with hot treats!

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Assemble- Turner Prize Winners

The creative collective that is Assemble will make an appearance at Top Drawer this January. Featuring in the show’s new new talent hub ‘Spotted’, they will be showcasing products from the Granby Workshop.

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The workshop is a new social enterprise making handmade products for homes. Set up by Assemble and launched through their nomination for the Turner Prize 2015, all products – including door knobs, mantelpieces, furniture, fabric and tiles – are manufactured using processes which embrace chance, so that each is unique, developing in the hands of the people making it.

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We are particularly fond of these sawdust ceramic handles. Individually wrapped in tin foil, burnished clay knobs are buried in a bbq filled with sawdust, set alight and smoked for 12 hours.

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Assemble champion a collaborative working practice that blurs the line between client, designer, builder and public. Their involvement in projects covers a broad range of disciplines and interests – underpinned by the belief that a more diverse approach leads to richer results. This year they became the first design practice ever to win the Turner Prize in the UK.

Nottingham Market Design Event

For all of you Nottingham-based, head down to the city centre to see leading brands from a thriving Nottingham design scene, who have got together for a three day pop up shop.

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‘Nottingham Market’ will showcase premium clothing, homeware and accessories and will enable customers to meet the designers behind the brands. It’s  a perfect opportunity to find an ideal Christmas gift for design lovers or to treat yourself!

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The event will take place in the famous Lace Market area, the home of Nottingham’s manufacturing heritage. An exhibition by artist and ceramacist Blue Firth will be open at Syson Gallery on High Pavement alongside the market venue. It is also opposite the city’s major art gallery Nottingham Contemporary.

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Collaborators include homeware and fashion brands Lane, Tori Murphy, Universal Works, Sunspel, Jody Woodhouse and more. We are big fans of Tori Murphy, having seen her at Clerkenwell Design Week so it’s definitely worth checking out. Find out more about visiting here.

 

Editor’s Pick: Spot plates by Anchor Ceramics

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Above: Handcrafted ‘Spots’ plates, by Bruce Rowe of Anchor Ceramics

In the Stanford house brand new plates are purchased intermittently. Each week my husband satisfies his appetite for design whilst scouring the three big car boot sales plus the multitude of second hand shops in the area. Consequently, a design classic regularly appears in our pile of plates. We have an eclectic array of patterns.  Having discovered the ‘Spot’ collection by Bruce Rowe at Anchor Ceramics, I want a set.  Created especially for T D F Open House, the raised edged pieces are available with either a black, grey or blue oversized spot. Two in every colour would suit me fine.

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Photography – Sean Fennessy.

S/S 2014: Liberty

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Above: Alba

Even though we are in the midst of the festivities, it is exciting to see what retailers will be adding to the shelves for S/S 2014.  We spotted these retro influenced flowerpots that Liberty will be featuring by Meyer-Lavigne the Danish design duo in 2014. Arrange in style with ‘Alba’ the large Flower me Happy Pot, simply add a sculptural houseplant for the best effect. Continue Reading…

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