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Stelton with the Collar up

Adored Danish tableware brand Stelton (check out your Mum’s cupboards- she will have one of their gravy boats or definitely a vacuum jug) has worked with the Italian design duo, Daniel Debiasi and Federico Sandri, to create the Collar collection especially for all coffee aficionados. We definitely fall into that bracket.

Stelton collar range

For the astute coffee drinker, nothing is more important than flavour (and a nice shaped cup that feels right we always think.) The classic, Italian coock-top espresso maker, also known as a “Moka Pot”, is the utmost tool for creating a professional, full-bodied brew at home. Collar has a perfect silhouette with Stelton’s lauded Scandinavian design aesthetics.

Stelton collar set

Although the range was created last year, the matte black and on-trend gold and beech finishes make sure that these pieces don’t need to be hidden way in cupboards and are utterly timeless.

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Bethan Laura Wood Makers Mini Market

From Wednesday 4th to Saturday 7th October, Finsbury Avenue Square at Broadgate became home to a pop-up mini market, hosting stalls from East London’s up-and-coming designers and artists.
Bethan Laura Wood

Bethan Laura Wood

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Not Just a Shop

University of the Arts London (UAL) will launch a pioneering new retail space this autumn, selling design-led products and artwork from its abundance of talented alumni.

Alice Stewardson

not just a shop will stock a diverse range of home, fashion and giftware – from cards, stationary, bags and jewellery, through to limited edition prints and one-off artworks – all created by those who studied at UAL’s six leading arts colleges.

UAL

A unique and welcome addition to London’s busy High Holborn, the store will sell products by a wealth of established and up-and-coming design talent, with a focus on sustainability, British manufacturing and traditional manufacturing techniques.

UAL

The launch collection will include designs by: By Alex, Chatty Feet, Fawn & Thistle, Finchittida, House of Cally, Jacqueline Colley, Kangan Arora, Materia Rica, Mystic Forms, Nose To Tail, Ralli, Reiko Kaneko and Tatty Devine.

UAL

Shopping at not just a shop will allow consumers to source beautiful design products, whilst simultaneously supporting London’s vibrant art and design community and investing in the next generation of creative talent. The ultimate guilt-free shopping experience!

 

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All the Fruits and more….

It’s pretty much wallpaper week here at Despoke which is fine by us as we blooming love the stuff. We are constant fans of All the Fruits and were so sad to miss them at LDF, where they were at London Design Fair.

Horses All the Fruit

Horses All the Fruit

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London Design Medal Winners Announced for #LDF17

Every year, London Design Festival presents the London Design Medals; paying special tribute to designers who are making, or have made, a significant difference to our lives through their innovation, originality and imagination. We are very pleased to see women at the top of their fields being recognised.

Es Devlin

Es Devlin

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100% Design announces speaker programme

100% Design have announced their speaker programme for the 4 days at Olympia and it’s blooming good. Top picks are Lee Broom, Ross Lovegrove and Naomi Cleaver. Previous speakers have included Yves Be?har, Ilse Crawford, Asif Khan, Philippe Starck, Ron Arad, Barber Osgerby, Lyndon Neri, Jaime Hayon, Patricia Urquiola, Richard Rogers, Ineke Hans and more.

Lee Broom

Lee Broom

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Kitchens, Bedrooms and Bathrooms at 100% Design

One of the biggest and best sections of 100% Design is the kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms area. You can peruse all of the latest offerings to finish those trickier parts of your home, get inspiration for any future projects you may have and see what brands from all over the world have to offer. With the show coming up in 3 weeks, we have highlighted some of the top brands in the KBB area we think you should look out for.

Smeg

Smeg

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Nature Morte at the Guildhall Art Gallery

Nature Morte, a new exhibition at the Guildhall Art Gallery, seeks to illustrate how leading artists of the 21st century have reinvigorated still life, a genre previously synonymous with the 16th and 17th centuries. Each artist reflects on what still life means to them.

Alexander James

Alexander James

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News from 100% Design Emerging Brands

Not long now people. Get registered for 100% Design, the key show to be seen at during LDF and also a great place to spot some emerging talent. We outline some of our top picks and best bits in their Emerging Brands section.

Mairi Helena

Mairi Helena

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100% Design announces theme of Elements

100% Design, the largest design trade show in the UK and the commercial cornerstone of London Design Festival, has announced a programme of specially commissioned installations at Olympia London all falling under the theme of ‘Elements’. Designs across the show  include an immersive entrance feature curated by design writer Max Fraser to a pivotal central bar designed by Sally Hogarth and additional  surprising features across the five distinct show sections.

Elements entrance- Max Fraser

Elements entrance- Max Fraser

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New Giant Anglepoise Lamps

Renowned British brands Anglepoise and Paul Smith, announce that new Mini and Giant lamps previewed earlier this year are now available in the UK. Hurrah! These are especially lovely and while previous Anglepoise and Paul Smith collaborations have focused on colour this new partnership plays with scale. We would like the mini mini please.

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John Makepeace and Parnham College

September 2017 is a momentous time for John Makepeace, marking 40 years since he founded Parnham College – the institution that inspired a generation of designers and furniture makers, influencing the world of contemporary design. Parnham College  was ahead of the game, encouraging students  to learn practical skills and processes among designers across all disciplines. In celebration of his work,  the Design Museum are hosting a talk entitled Parnham and the Matter of Making.

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Two Itinerant Quilters

This summer, two artists will travel to locations in the UK and approach passers-by with the proposition of cutting a diamond-shaped piece of fabric from the clothes they are wearing. People’s responses to this polite enquiry will determine the outcome of a new project which aims to explore the personal histories of people and their clothes and to connect people from all over the world via the things they wear.

Quilters

Photo by Phoebe Mussman

Two Itinerant Quilters is a new project created by artists Joanna Wright and Lenka Clayton, who will be in residence at Ceredigion Museum in Wales on 4 and 5 August and Helson Museum in Cornwall on 11 and 12 August. The project takes its inspiration from the long-lost profession of the 18th century travelling quilters who would stay with families in order to create patchwork quilts from old clothing, rags and sacks found at each home.

Quilters

Photo by Phoebe Mussman

This story goes with the above shirt:‘There is a river race in Missouri for kayaks and canoes called the Missouri River 340. The race starts in Kansas City and ends in St. Charles, Missouri. You paddle 340 miles across the state on the Missouri River. It takes about 2 1?2 days, for some it takes longer. The shirt I brought is the shirt worn by the first all women’s voyageur canoe team ‘Ladies and Clark’. I was a member of that team. We placed 26th out of 340 vessels. Our age range was 62 yrs old…to 30 years old… One team member found out that she was pregnant the week before the race. She kept her commitment to our team and finished the race strong. The river adventure with its beauty and perils changed our lives and reminded us that women are strong competitors, and caring competitors, as we looked after each other along our journey.’

Quilters

Photo by Phoebe Mussman

As well as donating a piece of fabric, each participant contributes a story, remark or comment linked to the clothing, with the collection of stories growing online as the physical quilt expands. The aim is to connect people via those stories and their garments but also to create the possibility of people, sporting clothes with a very visible and distinctive contrasting patch, bumping into each other on the street.

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Rado Star Prize UK announce shortlist

Young designers from across the UK submitted a range of forward-thinking projects from the interior, industrial and technology design mediums for the inaugural edition of the Rado Star Prize UK last week. The judging was presided over by a stellar panel including industrial designer Konstantin Grcic; design journalist Corinne Julius; Vice President of Product Management at Rado Hakim El Kadiri; design journalist Katrina Burroughs and designjunction Event Director Will Sorrell.

Apollo Tripod designed by Connor Holland

Apollo Tripod designed by Connor Holland

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Timorous Beasties new showroom

The Scottish creators of pattern Timorous Beasties have unveiled “The Shed”; a trade showroom located a stone’s throw from their HQ in Glasgow. The showroom has been converted from a plain industrial unit into an awe-inspiring gallery of Victorian proportions and will be open by appointment only for architects, specifiers, interior designers and other industry insiders, which suits the brand as well as being just stunning to sniff around.

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