Archive - Concepts RSS Feed

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.

all the fruits Continue Reading…

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.

gingerbread city Continue Reading…

Last weeks of Perfectionism exhibition

Griffin Gallery’s successful group show PERFECTIoNISM (part III.): The Alchemy of Making is coming into its final weeks before it closes on the 18th November.

tess farmer

The exhibition features nine London-based, talented and award winning artists, who focus on transforming their materials in unusual ways. The artists include Tessa Farmer, who creates miniature evil skeleton fairies that are taking over the insect world. She creates hanging installations with her own taxidermied insects.

piers secunda

Piers Secunda is exhibiting a 7ft sculpture of Chinese mountain, with intricate hanging monasteries made entirely out of floor paint. It is a retreat that is impossible to escape from, which embodies how he felt while he was making it.

liane lang

LL_4041_12_12.tif

Liane Lang is showing a series of photographs and a film called Saints, which is about the lost stories of female saints and the lack of female figures in sculpture. All of her realistic figures are actually dolls that Liane has crafted herself out of silicone.

The show takes place at the Griffin gallery – click here for more information.

The Studio Building, 21 Evesham Street, London W11 4AJ

Native Union get Marbellous

Award winning design company Native Union  adds DOCK+ for iPhone Marble Edition to its expanding Tech line. Made from the finest solid marble, and super-luxurious DOCK+ is a beautiful design object for the home and a sleek and stable base for charging and using your Lightning devices.

Native union Continue Reading…

100% Workplace

With more and more people working from home as well as companies investing in their workspace to allow their workforce to enjoy coming into the offie, we take a look at some of the best workplace exhibitors at this years 100% Design.

Haworth Openest feather

We really like the Openest6 range by Studio Urquiola for Haworth. The range comprises of a curved sofa, stool and table set. All with a distinctive flowing shape and a neutral palette.

Mark product

Mark Product have always been a firm favourite of ours with their stackable, brightly coloured stools and 3 legged chairs. The wide range of standard options coupled with the company’s willingness to work on bespoke solutions has made them a popular choice amongst architects and designers.

sagal group

We are big fans of the Sagal Groups gorgeous and simple furniture range- we would have this in our house let alone our office.  The cylindrical base that has been copied across the Pod range is a particular design favourite with us and marks the range out as a one that will become iconic.

triumph

The Dove and Renown range from Triumph is simple and timeless- with an obvious Scandi influence that we really like.

steelcase

A collaboration between Coalesse and Michael Young, the LessThanFive Chair supports a variety of users while weighing less than 5 pounds, thanks to its carbon fibre design.

To register for free to 100% Design, click here.

 

Lane bring the cushions

Despoke favourite, interiors brand Lane, launches its first range of Twin Tone Cushions. The luxury cushion comes in four colourways with a contrasting colour on each side. They are made with 100% wool in tweed from Bute Fabrics, one of Britain’s most respected upholstery manufacturers from the beautiful Isle of Bute, Scotland. It follows on from Lane’s successful Twin Tone Lampshade range, which we have previously featured on the blog.

lane cushions Continue Reading…

New Designers is back

New Designers returns to the Business Design Centre for its 31st edition from 29 June – 9 July. The two-part design show reveals trends for the year ahead, presents the country’s best emerging talent and offers design-savvy public the chance to snap up their work before it hits the high street. We will be visiting Part 2 for furniture, products and interiors a well as One Year On.

 

Charles Dedman

Charles Dedman

Charles Dedman will be bringing his turner Carve chair to One Year On. As per the rules, he is in his first year of business and alongside commissions, Charles is exploring an emerging field in the design-craft industry- he calls it Craft-Tech, the theme of updating traditional processes with modern tooling.

Katie Gillies

Katie Gillies

Katie Gillies graduated from Leeds College of Art with a First Class Honours Degree in Printed Textiles and Surface Pattern Design in 2015, specialising within surface and material innovation. Her projects are  influenced by Modernist architecture of the 20th and 21st Century, focusing on the form, structure and proportions of the building. From this she begins to start combining new materials and modern technology to develop and create contemporary surfaces that fit within the concept.

Ana Jaks

Ana Jaks

Ana Jaks’s colourful and pattern heavy prints come from her studio in Falmouth. Taking inspiration from the minimalist print work of the 1980’s, the pieces wouldn’t look out of place on album covers and magazines.

 

Studio Haran

Studio Haran

We are big fans of Studio Haran who keenly focus on sourcing their wood locally as well as making sure it can be disassembled to be recycled whilst producing stunning pieces of furniture.

Make sure you head down and see the next generation of interior talents, buy tickets 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.

Baux

Continue Reading…

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.

 

de las espada

Yuki Sugiura- photo

Continue Reading…

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.

arper

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.

foscarini

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

 

Art Is Everywhere

Is it possible to discover something wonderful and special without visiting museums, monuments, or other places? Art is Everywhere, How to Really Look at Things asks the reader to take a more careful look at the everyday world.

artis1

Although in part for kids and young creative minds, this book really can and should be read by all. Through ingenious collages and montages, the author looks at our expectations and how we experience art.

art is everywhere

The author SerraGlia is the alias of Lorenzo Servi, an Italian architect and visual designer/artist based in Helsinki, Finland. In 2012, SerraGlia started to focus on how to make contemporary art more accessible to everyone by founding the Imagined Museum of Contemporary Art.

artis3

For more information and to buy, 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.

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.

 

Heal’s Modern Craft Club

Now in its third year, Heal’s Modern Craft Market returns bigger and better than ever to the Tottenham Court Road store with an extended run from 7 March to 23 April 2016. Celebrating the best in contemporary crafts, the event provides a platform for the artisans of the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland, an extension of the Great Heal’s Bodging Race, plus live workshops, demos and talks showcasing materials from leather to stone. Here are a few of the crafters involved.

yuta_01

We were transfixed by Yuta Segawa’s pieces at LDF where he presented his tiny pots in a spectrum of colours- we even bought a few! He was born in Japan and now makes in Lewisham, London. His miniature pots retail for £15 or £20. Each piece is unique and handmade in London.

Carmel_Wilkinson_CSWA_AW_TRIO_1

Carmel Wilkinson-Ayre is a multidiscipline designer, maker and ceramicist based in Edinburgh. Having recently graduated from Robert Gordon University, she was spotted at the New Designers fair in June 2015 in which she exhibited a range of playful, colourful ceramics and fabrics for the home._Andrew_Ludick_Jug_Beakers

Andrew Ludick’s work has slowly evolved towards forms that illustrate the natural properties of clay and the processes he uses to create them. The building of these forms involves coiling and pinching the clay to create vases, bowls and various other shapes.  After the form is built it is decorated with complementary shapes and patterns, before being covered in a clear transparent glaze that serves to deepen the colours and to seal the clay for functionality.

For more information on the craft market click here.

 

The Raj Tent Club

As well as being the place to hire and buy extravagant Indian and Raj-style tents (you know you need one…..) The Raj Tent Club also has some incredible British Empire and Raj inspired products. We have picked some of our faves below.

raj tent club, elephant doorhandles

Elephant door handles anyone?? Errrrr yes please! Made in India they are made from brass with black coating. £60 for the pair can’t be bad!

raj tent club, west indian canopy

We are also in love with this naive hand embroidered cotton folk art canopy from West India which can additionally be used as a colourful throw. We think would be a perfect gift for a new baby. Only £75 too!

the-raj-tent-club-shop-product_image-1412950563922576239

The wesbite and shop also have some great bits of original furniture like this Palm Springs Aqua Metal Chair designed by Lisa Vandy. A modern take on the traditional.

the-raj-tent-club-shop-product_option_image-14456225621091571360

Seeing as how obsessed we are with cushions of all types, we thought these beautiful cotton cushions, made in Kishangar, Rajasthan would be a perfect present for ourselves……or as a great new home gift for someone else.

To view the whole Raj Tent Club website, click here.

 

Page 1 of 512345»