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Bell fragrance dispenser

Inspired by the Little Prince book, Sottovoce have designed a new scent dispenser that is a beautifully designed product that also enables beautiful smells.

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50 x 50 II at the Saatchi

From the 5th January to the 9th February, the Saatchi Gallery will host 50 x 50 II; an exhibition presenting 50 new works of art by 50 emerging artists. All the works are prints measuring 50 x 70cm and each print is priced at only £95 to maximise the opportunity for people to buy exciting new contemporary art. We. Want. In.

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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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Unusual stocking fillers

Sebastian Bergne have done the hard work for you and found all sorts of mad prezzies for those stockings that need filling.

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Kitchen Aid heaven

We at Despoke often think that the mark of a truly grown up kitchen, someone who seriously has their life together, is the presence of a KitchenAid mixer.  There’s something about their 1950’s fluid design, their chrome bowl and their rather large price tag, that screams- “don’t worry! I know what I am doing! of course I can make my own family recipe Yorkshire puddings whilst being calmly in charge of two under 5 year olds.”  We have no KitchenAid mixer….and feel this says a lot. Ahem.

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Well, stand aside those who laugh at our lack of culinary appliances, for the makers of the iconic Artisan Stand Mixer open their first Experience Store in the world to customers in the heart of London’s West End on Wigmore Street and we are on our way down. Stylishly arranged over two floors, the store is the perfect environment to inspire kitchen designers, budding bakers and serious chefs alike. As well as helping you imagine you are living in a World of Interiors spread.

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Not only does it display KitchenAid’s famous small domestic appliances including the new Artisan Mini Stand Mixer, but also the recently launched range of major domestic appliances such as the revolutionary Chef Touch Sous Vide system and Chef Sign Deep Induction Trays, which offer a perfectly balanced mix of iconic design and professional performance. We have zero idea of what these products do but we know we want them, for to say you possess a Sous Vide system, is to say you are in charge of your own destiny.
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Perhaps most excitingly, the space has a fully functioning demonstration kitchen as well as a cookery school which entertains a rolling schedule of events, offering customers the opportunity to experience the professional results KitchenAid appliances can produce. So, you can try the covetable products in the safe haven of the shop, before buying one and fully growing up.

Click here to book classes and find out more.

Bookcases from Poltrona Frau

We’re pretty mad on books at Despoke. Living in a small London flat however, means our books are in piles around the bed- making perfect small tables for glasses of wine and water. If we did find ourselves with a massive abode suddenly thrust upon us, we’re pretty sure we would want something like Poltrona Frau’s Albero.

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After the huge success of the re-release of the freestanding Albero bookcase, a little-known yet very fascinating and masterful piece created by Gianfranco Frattini in the late 1950s, Poltrona Frau is launching the Albero Limited Edition in olive wood.

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Who can spot the mini armchair? Given the English weather’s preference for rain, this might not be so practical, but when we finally own an olive grove, this will be making an appearance….

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From the same parent company comes the gorgeous Drop bookcase- almost Scandi in its minimalism, but with the Italian fun found in the precarious cube on top. Nendo-designed, he used his native Japan as a colour-way- the grey of the brooks and the pink of the cherry blossom.

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For more information on both styles, head here for Cappellini and here for Poltrona Frau.

 

Lassen’s AW2015

by Lassen is a Danish design company. They work with various designers, including two of Denmark’s greatest architects: Mogens Lassen and Flemming Lassen. The Lassen brothers were extremely talented and were honoured with many awards and grants for their unique designs and iconic architecture. by Lassen’s mission is to continue the tradition of good design. For A/W2015 they launch 2 new products at Maison & Objet in Paris- Kubus collection in brass + Matchbox Cover & Matchbox.matchbox

Matchbox Cover is a tribute to cosiness, aesthetics and small everyday details. It is available in three simple versions: powder-coated black, powder-coated white and brass-plated.

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Kubus with its distinctive square shape is an international design icon cherished by connoisseurs the world over. Mogens Lassen was a consummate perfectionist and he explored life through ideal proportions, of which Kubus is an outstanding example. Brass is a classic, exclusive material that will eventually develop a rich, natural patina and only achieve even more character with time. The brass-plated Kubus and Kubus Bowl are timeless and compliment the rest of the collection, which currently consists of copper, black and white lacquered steel and a hand-polished nickel-plated version

 

 

Garden: Bird house by Alexander Lervik for Nelson Garden

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If you are going to feed the birds, do it in style. Stockholm based product designer Alexander Lervik designed the illuminated Bird House for Nelson Garden. The battery operated house is made of acrylic with a base in black coloured wood. As twilight arrives the bird table starts to glow creating a statement shelter for modern bird!

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Homemade: Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail

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Above: Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail

 

Try this simple Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail to liven up proceedings on New Years Eve.

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Handpicked Pin no. 9: The alternative Christmas Tree

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Each week we will feature a pin that has stopped us in our tracks. On a festive note we love the alternative Christmas Tree by Michael Johansson. We want one at home. Do you?

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Architects create Dolls’ Houses

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Above: Coffey Architects

Some of the worlds best-known architects have been let loose to design Dolls’ Houses, fulfilling most architects’ fantasies to build a house free from planning restrictions, structural considerations and budgets.

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Russian doll furniture by Twentytree

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Twentytree Design has created this nesting set of wooden storage cases that all fit within the largest cabinet.

The collection is called Matryoshka – the official name for Russian nesting dolls – and this sums up the concept behind the design. Continue Reading…

Dinosaur cake stands from Seletti

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The new Sauria cake stands from Seletti is the perfect blend of practicality and humour. Continue Reading…

Froc high chair

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Slovenian Brand, Froc has created this simple and clever high chair that adapts as your child grows from six months to ten years old. Continue Reading…

DAM’s tables have built in personality

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Designers Hugo Silva and Joana Santos set up DAM after graduating in Design from the University of Aveiro.

Playful and humorous, narrative designs combine the duos’ passions for everyday objects and graphic design, integrated with elements of traditional Portuguese techniques. Continue Reading…

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