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Vistosi and Hangar group

The collaboration between international design agency Hangar Design Group and Italian lighting producer Vistosi – which started in 2014 with Peggy, a special lighting project for the Peggy Guggenheim Museum Cafè in Venice – goes on.

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Tom Dixon goes Christmassy

Tom Dixon, the  acclaimed British designer, has created a spectacular suspended light installation in the welcome lane of Television Centre, the former home of the BBC in London’s White City. The lights are already on, allowing lucky locals to pass beneath on their way to work and get in the Yuletide spirit.  Tom dixon Continue Reading…

Panthella Mini

Louis Poulsen is launching a mini-version of the iconic Panthella lamp, scaled down from the standard 400mm size.

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Panthella MINI features painted metal shades and will be available in eight eye-catching colours from Verner Panton’s own colour spectrum: yellow, orange, mauve, red, pink, blue and two shades of green. Versions in white, black and opal acrylic will also be on sale.

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The miniature Panthella features three light intensities and the latest LED technology and will be in stores as from September 2016. The colours are drawn from the last project Verner Panton was working on before his death in 1998: ‘Lyset og Farven’ (‘Light and Colour’) exhibition hosted at Trapholt Museum of Modern Art in Kolding, Denmark.

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Check out the website to find out more 

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.

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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.

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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.

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

 

Word up from Clerkenwell Design Week 2016

It’s approaching guys. The weather is just starting to turn and I’ve nearly stopped wearing tights. It can only mean one thing. CDW is about to descend and take over EC1 with all its design goodness. Have you registered yet? 

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Monkeying about

We know what the British X Factor is like. Stop for a minute then and think how over the top the Italian version must be.

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No these aren’t contestants…..we really wish they were! These “Monkey Lamps”, created by Marcantonio Raimondi Malerba, are a collection of lamps shaped like our long lost cousins, in three different positions, each with a LED light in hand. They featured a few weeks ago on the Italian X Factor as supporting actors for Giò Sada, in the preparation of Peter Gabriel’s legendary hit : ‘Shock the Monkey’.

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The Monkey Lamp uses a naturalistic figure to explore relationships between people and animals. Here, the resulting trio of lamps has a human quality to its expression at the same time that it resembles something out of a science museum. Each of the three primates is quite detailed and poses sitting, standing, or hanging while holding an exposed LED bulb.

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Made of resin and hand-finished in white, the designs have a contemporary, consciously artistic quality to them. As well as being the cutest lights we have quite seriously ever seen!

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Muuto Restore basket….and more

The Restore basket is one of the most cherished members of our household here at Despoke. Full of old newspapers, magazines, fitness DVD’s (that never get used) whatever it contains, it still looks good. We are therefore delighted to see Restore is back in 2 new shapes- round and tray.

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Perfect for your files, paperwork and maybe even for a sneaky cuppa, the tray can be moved about and shoved onto bookshelves without things looking a mess.

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The round option too, is perfect for all the many random goods the modern household seems to contain- boots, umbrellas, old Easter eggs….(just us maybe?) We thought we would celebrate some of Muuto’s other gorgeous goods with some of our faves below.

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The Cover Chair

There’s something about Kvvadrat material on simple wood that makes us very happy and the Cover chair ticks all those boxes-  made from all wood and no metal.

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The Five pouff

We are always harping on about the Five Pouff chair, maybe it’s just because we love the colour-ways. Or we like to imagine our house looks like the above. Anyway,  pouf explores the possibility and tension of the pentagon shape. The design process was very much about tailoring; the quilted ribs are seemingly wrapped around the shape and enhance the dynamics of the pentagon.

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The Grain Lamp

There is something so pleasingly simple about the shape of Muuto’s Grain lamp launched earlier this year and already featured on Despoke. The natural flow of its shape and the fact that is made from Bamboo give it good green credentials too.

To see more, head here.

Muuto launch GRAIN and AMBIT lamps

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Designed by Jens Fager, GRAIN brings a new perspective to the pendant lamp by combining a classic minimalistic design using innovative new materials. The original composite used in the lamp’s construction adds an unexpected softness and warmth to GRAIN giving its simple form plenty of character. Small grains of fibre in the lamp’s material bring subtle changes in colour and shade.

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The light is available in six different colours – black, grey, red, white, green and natural cork. In addition, Muuto introduces a brand new pendant to the lighting range. Ambit pendant is designed by TAF architects – a distinguished Stockholm-based design and architecture studio (below).

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Ambit´s lampshade is made from old brazier traditions, is press spun, polished and finally painted by hand. Head to the website to buy: www.muuto.com

Se at 100% Design

This September 100% Design opens its doors at new venue Olympia London. With hundreds of brands to see across 4 sections, we at Despoke can’t wait to look around. One brand we are really looking forward to seeing are the ever-on-trend Sé London in the interiors section.

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Sé has created three editions from the French designer Damien Langlois-Meurine, the Spanish-born Jaime Hayon and Slovenia-based Nika Zupanc, all of which have been highly acclaimed.stools, green, se london

To register for 100% Design and see Sé London register for free here: https://registration.n200.com/survey/3itdi9drfowz7

Neon table lights by Minimalux

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London-based brand Minimalux referenced the installations of American artist Dan Flavin as inspiration for the Neon table lights. Don’t be fooled into thinking the light is neon, it isn’t. Continue Reading…

Editor’s Pick: Floor Lamp by Tramonti Art Design

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Piece of the week goes to Tramonti Art Design for this primary Floor Lamp – bang on trend. Look out for the brand exhibiting at 100% Design in September. #onetowatch

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Quayside Light collection by Assembly Room

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Assembly Room’s new Quayside Light collection, recently launched at Clerkenwell Design Week, is inspired by the simplicity and functionality of industrial pendant lights.
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Hely light by Hely Katriina

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Hely is a jewel light designed by Hely Katriina, formed by four coloured glass balls with colours to enhance the harmony of the shapes. In Hely, the light rebounds to replicate itself and the glass pieces, creating a light full of atmosphere. The light featured in WE LIVE HERE at Stockholm Design Week 2015.

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Retail Styling: Prisms at Foscarini

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Ferruccio Laviani has installed four lighting installations styled as irregular prisms at Foscarini Spazio Soho, in the New York design district. Tuareg, Lightwing, Big Bang and Plass lamps command the attention of visitors and highlight each design in red linear cages. Continue Reading…

Editor’s Pick: Lento pendant lamps by Himmee

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Fans of monochrome will love the Lento pendant lights from new Finnish lighting brand Himmee. Founder Timo Niskanen referenced UFO structures to create the modular structures made of aluminium and handblown opal glass. With the trend for Scandinavian interior so prevalent the addition of a black and white lamp will highlight a subtle interior. 269 € each.

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