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CDW Showrooms- top picks

On Friday we covered CDW’s famed exhibitions. Now we look at a few of the showrooms. There are over 90 so we would never get round them all, but this might give you a little bit of a point in the right direction.

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Tom Dixon Washing!

We love replacing in our bathrooms and making sure every product has its place.  Leading UK based design brand, Tom Dixon have tapped into our bathroom obsession and are exploring the bathroom and the kitchen sink with a focus on functional storage, cleansing rituals, lotions and even waterproof lighting. And, as expected, it all looks blooming gorgeous. Hurrah!

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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.

100% Kitchens and Bathrooms

Looking to be inspired? Check out the below for the K&B coverage at 100% Design this September.

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With more than 100 design awards, KALDEWEI is one of the most acclaimed bathroom manufacturers in the world. They will be bringing their newest ranges to the show floor to get you excited about sleek bathroom design.

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Antoniolupi is a Tuscan company that has been around for more than 60 years. We love this very swanky sink. not quite sure how it would work on a practical level but still……

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We are always dreaming about massive, new, big kitchens. Mainly kitchens that would never fit into our house. Italian brand Arredo3 are keeping us inspired and a little sad….because the kitchen in the picture is bigger than our whole flat.

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We love anything concrete based and so naturally this sink by Kast has caught our eye. It comes with a variety of coloured taps and add ons but this copper one is best we think!

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German brand Naber have got the tiny, modular kitchen down to a tee and the module “Concept Kitchen”, which has already been awarded design awards. Nice and a bit more our size.

Register here for free.

Plain English

Creative director and founder of brand Plain English, has re-designed their Blandford Street showroom. Inspired by the gentility and practicality of Edwardian design and engineering, the showroom has a pleasingly simple and easy air.

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Bespoke designs have been made to adapt to the users lifestyle with large break out areas as well as unique cabinetry that can be adapted and accommodated into any of the designs. Open shelving features, a design that was popular in Edwardian times and is popular once again.

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The showroom is a large, light-filled, open space and works well for exhibitions, most recently housing Karen Downing’s vases and ceramics.

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The porcelain vases, bowls and pots, although beautiful are hardy can be used in the kitchen with ease. They possess a tactile quality that encourages you to use them without worrying about them being damaged.

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For more information on Plain English, click here. For more information on Karen Downing, click here.

Valcucine presents new identity

Leading Italian kitchen manufacturer Valcucine, has refreshed its identity with a new tag line: Innovation for life.  The refreshment includes a revamped logo, which evokes the concepts of well-being, timelessness and innovation, Valcucine’s key values.

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Furniture and accessories from Sottini

Bathrooms have the opportunity to be havens from our hectic lives and look beautiful and calming enough for us to want to stay in them. Sottini are masters in bathroom art (as it were….)

Gravina washstand £276, Gravina basin £456

Gravina washstand £276, Gravina basin £456

The bathroom furniture at Sottini is really good value for elegant and well-made goods.

Simeto Uno double vanity basin £594, Simeto wall mounted basin unit £960, Simeto full column unit £636, Simeto mirror from £348

Simeto Uno double vanity basin £594, Simeto wall mounted basin unit £960, Simeto full column unit £636, Simeto mirror from £348

They don’t just provide toilets and sinks either. Mirrors and cupboards are also part of their product list.

Ippari console, two base units, a side unit and 2 worktops £2,038.80, Isorno vessel basin £252, Valsura tall basin mixer £489, Magra mirror from £295,

Ippari console, two base units, a side unit and 2 worktops £2,038.80, Isorno vessel basin £252, Valsura tall basin mixer £489, Magra mirror from £295

We love this off-centred and almost sculpted architectural piece- although not quite sure it would fit into our mini (read absolutely tiny bathroom.)

 

Norm Architects x Reform

Norm Architects have collaborated with kitchen company Reform to create a kitchen in unique and bold material. norm architects, kitchens, reform

To create a timeless design there are no handles and a simple, geometric shape. The surfaces and materials have been picked for their pleasing ageing process.

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Almost floating, the piece has been raised from the ground to become a piece of furniture in its own right. The secret is in using Ikea bases and adding exclusive fronts to make a statement piece on a  budget.

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To find out more click here.

Kitchens & Bathrooms: Key names announced by 100% Design 2015

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Above: Argento Vivo by GeD Cucine

As the demand increases in the high-end Kitchens & Bathrooms sector brands strive to demonstrate innovation. To see the world’s leading manufacturers new collections in one location head to the Kitchens & Bathrooms section at 100% Design 2015, 23 – 26 September. Expect a stellar line-up, from newcomers antoniolupi and Bette, to returning brands including GSI Ceramica, Kolpa, bulthaup by Kitchen Architecture, GeD Cucine, Foursteel, Keramag Design and LG Hausys – HI-MACS®.

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Above: BetteLux Shape by Bette

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Above: ILBAGNO by antoniolupi

100% Design: 23 – 26 September, Olympia, London.

 

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Brilliant Yellow Kitchen by Doherty Design Studio

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If you are contemplating adding a colour in your kitchen take inspiration from this show-stopping design by Doherty Design Studio. The team added a floor-to-ceiling bank of storage in a brilliant yellow laminate to provide a bold backdrop in the room.

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Well-considered joinery has been purposefully used alongside a bright shade to conceal the function and create this visually striking and modern area.

Photography: Gorto Yuuki

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Bathrooms: Marmoreal Collection by Max Lamb for Dzek at Design Miami/Basel

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British designer, Max Lamb has added a fresh take on the monochrome trend with his engineered Marmoreal marble installation for Dzek, presented at Design Miami/Basel. Inspired by Eastern bathing rituals, Lamb created impact by repeating the material across the each surface. We recommend you do try this technique at home.

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Marmoreal is available in a black or white marble background and an edited range of standard tile and slab dimensions.

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SCALE wall tiles by STUDIO MUT Dsign for Peronda

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Alberto Sánchez, founder of Spanish STUDIO MUT Dsign, has developed a collection of wall tile entitled SCALES in partnership with Harmony by Peronda. Continue Reading…

Editor’s Pick: The new La Cornue Château 150 Carbon Edition

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Above: La Cornue Château 150 Carbon Edition

Kitchen brand La Cornue has released a matt black version of the classic Château 150 oven. Designed in 2014 as a one-off piece to mark its 50th Anniversary, the finish proved so popular that it is now available to purchase. If money is no object, and you are looking for one of the finest ranges, which marries superior performance with understated glamour, look no further.

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Olympia designs a basin disguised as a suitcase

Add an unexpected statement in the bathroom with a MY.BAG basin cleverly disguised as a suitcase.  This freestanding design from Italian brand Olympia rests on a wooden frame and comes with a range of accessories.

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Salone del Mobile 2015: Diamond Washbasin by Paolo Ulian and Moreno for Purapietra

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At Salone del Mobile 2015, Purapietra will launch Diamond Washbasin by Paolo Ulian and Moreno Ratti, the first design from a group of washbasins characterised by fragmentation of the optical surface: Surfaces Collection, a visual game of geometries that cross the hard surface of the marble.

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