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ChattyFeet challenge the mundane

Underwear drawer post-Christmas full of dull, plain M&S numbers? Certainly not anything to inspire your toes let alone get you in the right frame of mind to tackle the commute into work again after a week off? Fear not. ChattyFeet socks are staging a rebellion against the boring and mundane, starting from the toes up.

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Canova Hall Opens

We love it when beautiful old buildings are looked after and brought back to life. Launched this August, Canova Hall breathes new air into one of Brixton’s most commemorated buildings; what used to be the beloved worker’s hall of Britain’s first department store Le Bon Marché across the road.

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Christmas tree decorations….mainly baubles

As well as writing Christmas cards, which we genuinely love and find really therapeutic, we also love getting a Christmas tree, dragging it back home on the bus and then getting out all the ornaments from previous years and new ones we bought with great foresight in the January sales. Winning. Here are some of our faves from this year’s offerings.

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West Elm

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On our Christmas list…

We have done our darn best to get the ultimate Christmas list together. A list just for you. No one else. A list for other people to have, to give presents to YOU. Glad we cleared that up. Have a gander.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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Here After

We have written about the massive changes to the White City area a few times. It’s always interesting to see how areas that have been somewhat grimy and a little unloved get an update. This time designers Craig & Karl have playfully revived a derelict petrol station on Wood Lane in London’s White City to create HERE AFTER, a public and visually arresting art installation that riffs on the area’s importance to British broadcasting history.

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Sarah Campbell designs

Internationally acclaimed textile designer, Sarah Campbell, who co-founded the renowned design partnership Collier Campbell with her sister Susan Collier, has now opened her workshop for bespoke commission work.

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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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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.

 

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