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Lexington X Boråstapeter Wallpaper

You know we like a good wallpaper here at Despoke. It seems to bear better results to grubby fingers than paint does and feels more luxurious. Swedish brand, Lexington, have collaborated with Boråstapeter to create a range of wallpapers that exude a relaxed East Coast style.

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New Designers- One Year On

Now Clerkenwell Design Week is over, we can start thinking about all the other great shows coming up and one of our favourites has to be New Designers. Taking place once more in Islington’s Business Design Centre from 28 June – 1 July and 5–8 July., one of the best parts of the shows is One year On, the feature area that looks back on those whose businesses are less than one year old.  Here, we highlight just a few of the 80 exhibiting.

Lauren Nauman

Lauren Nauman

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CDW top picks

As if you didn’t know (we bang on about it enough after all), Clerkenwell Design Week takes place this month from the 23-25 May. Register here, it’s free and makes everything a lot easier. Because it’s now so blooming huge, we thought we would choose our top pick from each exhibition, showroom, talk and pop up over the next few days/weeks, to give you some sort of chance of getting round it without having a nervous breakdown. Deep breaths. Let’s begin the exhibitions.

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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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Double Vision at CDW

Just over a month to go people and the CDW Presents are getting announced. Always fun and usually educational in some way, the Presents part of the show always brings to life the EC1 streets.  For the second year in a row, Hakwood is participating in Clerkenwell Design Week, this time, sponsoring  Double Vision, a 4m high structural installation of recursive patterns, nestled within the historic Clerkenwell Close.

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Atkin and Thyme

Mid-century style just got a stylish makeover in the shape of the new handcrafted Matrix furniture collection from Atkin & Thyme and you can be on trend without bing out of pocket- hurrah!

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Luxury Made with Maddux Creative

Not long until Luxury made at Olmypia’s grand Pillar Hall. We asked the creative designers behind the show a few questions. Get inspired by their answers below as well as some great renders of what the stunning interior space will look like. To read more about the pair, click here.

1. How do you define luxury interiors?
Luxury is a word that is used often today, but with little thought about its actual meaning. We believe what is regarded as luxury is changing. For Maddux Creative, contemporary luxury interiors embody the following principles; original and bespoke solutions, craftsmanship, sustainability and attention to detail.

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2. What do you think is important about London’s contribution to luxury interiors?
London’s position as a global financial capital, and the wealth that this brings, ensures there is a large market for luxury interiors here.
But perhaps London’s greater wealth may lie in its position as a truly “world” city. The diverse mix of residents and transients, a large part of the clientele of the luxury interiors sector, makes for a wide-ranging, exciting and often unexpected combination of aesthetic elements and styles.

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3. What trends are you currently spotting?
There has been a move of late towards “decoration”, which can be seen in an increasing use of colour and unique textures, a proliferation of patterns in all scales (and on all planes), and more frequent application of detailing such as trimming and embroidery. Contradictorily, there is also a trend for pure geometrical forms, clean lines and bold materiality. Our unique historical perspective, with the accessibility of vast quantities of imagery (pinterest, instagram) and information (blogs), means that these trends, and many more, can exist simultaneously! Welcome to the post-trend world!

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4. Maddux Creative have shaped the look and feel behind LuxuryMade. Could you tell us what has inspired the design?
Essentially we approached the project as we would a residential interior. The Pillar Halls is a listed building with no shortage of extraordinary features, so we had to respect them. Both the spaces are distinctly coloured, so to create a harmonious environment, we worked with the colours already existing within the spaces to create a palette that was then distributed across all of the designed elements down to the stands themselves. For our elements, such as the bars, we took clues from the existing architectural features, such as the arches, and repeated them in a stylized form to bring in some sharpness and edge.

Scott Maddux and Jo leGleud are founding partners of internationally renowned Maddux Creative, creators of the design behind LuxuryMade.

Mauro Lipparini for Casa International

We love a good chair and so do Casa International. They’ve commissioned new seating pieces  by Italian architect/designer Mauro Lipparini to add to his already strong collection.

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Agordo

The subtle colour and the 1950’s influence of the Agordo, made from Italian leather, would suit a range of interiors, but we think is such a stand alone beauty, that you could have one as a statement piece. We feel it’s expensive just by looking at it, so one is probably all we could get anyway.

Cassola

Cassola

The Cassola chair has a unique look that derives from a metal understructure, linking backrest and seat. The framework is covered in a soft grey fabric that would suit a spread in Elle Decoration.
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Asolo

We are particularly enamoured by the Asolo chair, we think it’s something to do with how perfect the legs are and the simplicity of the leather.

For more information click here.

Talks at 100% Design

The talks programme at 100% Design is always world class. We’ve picked out some of the must-sees across the show.

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2016’s programme has been curated by the Design Museum as part of their ‘on loan’ campaign, bringing the museum out in to the world and the design community. Focusing on quality and depth, the talks will feature agenda-setting discussions exploring trends in contemporary practice and the future of design, as well as giving a glimpse of what to expect from the new museum when it opens in Kensington on 24 November 2016.

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Ron Arad is set to headline 100% Design this year as part of a programme curated by the Design Museum. The designer, architect and artist will take to the stage on the Auditorium to discuss his career and work, where experience has brought him and the future projects he is most excited about. When: 1.45pm, Thursday 22 September

afroditi krassa

Award-winning interior designer Afroditi Krassa talks about what experience has taught her about hospitality design, and where she hopes to go next.  When: 4.30pm, Thursday 22nd September.

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Architect Asif Khan will open 100% Design, followed by a talk on some of his recent and upcoming projects. When: 11.00am, Wednesday 21 September

Make sure to register to attend here.

Showrooms get ready for CDW

CDW opens on May 24th and not only is it filled with on street installations and design pop-ups, but the big-boys in the showrooms also have some great stuff going on. Here are some top picks:

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Introducing: Fritz Hansen Objects

This season sees the launch of Fritz Hansen Objects – a new collection from Fritz Hansen’s design universe, where interior design accessories reinforce the brand’s philosophy of superior craftsmanship and Nordic aesthetic.

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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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La Débraiellée- stunning leather bags

We got a press release all in French which tested us somewhat- however we were super pleased when we were able to translate- somewhat sloppily! And very pleased with the bags that we saw. La Débraillée is a Parisian brand of leather handbags created by the Italian designer Alice Rosignoli.

La debraille

We love this pouch that just slips over your wrist- nifty eh? Won’t be searching for your keys for hours in there will you!

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We are big fans of ruckscks as we get such bad backs hoisting half the house around with us every day. This is looks gorgeous and isn’t too small. Alice is a product designer and you can actually see that training in the bags’ shapes and cuts.

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The collection is not seasonal: it evolves with time with the leather ageing beautifully. We love bum bags too- and this is definitely the most stylish one we have ever seen. Luckily the prices aren’t vomit-inducing either. £170 for a good long lasting bum bag? It’s a bit steep but you can see the quality.

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By Lassen Rimm vases

By Lassen’s new Rimm vases and flowerpots have given traditional craftsmanship a new lease of life and we love!

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The pieces invite nature inside, presenting flowers and plants in a beautiful way with their sharp angles matched with organic forms. They have a graphic starting point but with softer rounded elements, making them a perfect piece of art work and design to have around the house.

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With its special glazing giving it a unique texture and glow, the Rimm vase can be a decoration in itself, perfect as a standalone object with or without flowers. Alternatively, place several vases together in varying combinations of colours and shapes to create a little installation!

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The Rimm vase is launched in two different sizes to accommodate both short and long-stemmed flowers.

We love and we want.

Cutting A Dash The Female Line

This September 11, fifteen female artists explore the art of letters at the home of letter carving Artist who carved oak coffin of Richard III to feature in exhibition.

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The enduring art of the letter carver will be examined and celebrated by a new exhibition at the UK’s home of the craft this autumn. Cutting a Dash – The Female Line presents a wealth of work by fifteen female letter carvers, whose skills are helping to ensure that an ancient art remains vital in 2015. Among the featured lettering artists is wood carver Anna Louise Parker, who carved the name of King Richard III, his dates and a Plantagenet Rose, into the lid of the oak coffin used for the reburial of his remains in Leicester Cathedral in March this year.

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Cutting a Dash will illustrate the sheer scale and physical effort involved in the journey from piece of rock to finished artwork, as artists return time and again to favourite quarries to find the particular stone for the job and then begin their work. Among the materials on display will be carved Welsh slate, Portland and Bath stone, alabaster items, wood carvings, panels, bowls, pots and plinths.

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Cutting a Dash – The Female Line at the Lettering Arts Centre, Snape Maltings, Suffolk, IP17 1SA Dates: 11 September – 7 November 2015. Admission: Free to all visitors.

www.letteringartstrust.org.uk

 

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