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Tania Johnson: new Surface Collection at Decorex

Tania Johnson launches a brand new evocative rug range at Decorex this September.

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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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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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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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Exit from Aden at Saatchi Gallery

On 15 March the Saatchi Gallery will open Exit from Aden, an exhibition of new works by the artist ALO, in the Prints & Originals Gallery.

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All The Fruits

We like checking in with one of our favourite pattern, design and texture companies every so often. All The Fruits never disappoint.

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Brintons collaboration

It seems like everyone’s onto a collaboration nowadays- and when you take a great name and a heritage company you usually get something pretty impressive.

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Newmor and Ptolemy Mann

Family run wallpaper business Newmor, have launched a new collaboration with artist/designer Ptolemy Mann. Featuring her signature ikat prints and hand-woven designs the range of fabric backed vinyl wallcoverings is striking and full of her bright, painterly colours. Newmor Continue Reading…

Flock rug launch

We are big fans of Flock on Despoke and are hugely excited to hear that their iconic Northmore design is now being made into a rug.

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Tania Johnson Rugs

We are loving Tania Johnson’s made to order range of rugs-  complex designs are and knotted in Nepal by highly skilled artisans using wool, silk, or a combination of both; silk reflects the light, creating highlights which alter the intensity of the design depending on the direction of the light source.

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The rug above when seen in full, looks like rain trickling down a window pane. It makes sense then, to discover that all of Tania Johnson’s designs are based on her own photography.

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In Tania’s long established relationship with her team at the Nepalese workshop, she is heavily involved in the dyeing process; the colour palette is created uniquely for her rugs. The subtlety of the original image is then transposed by master weavers in the foothills of the Himalayas.

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For more information click here.

 

Jardin Chic from Galerie

Sometimes it’s comforting to go for the traditional and British brand Galerie, have got that covered (forgive the pun) with their new wallpaper collection Jardin Chic.

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The designs are simple, vintage and pleasing to the eye. They would work perfectly as a feature wall in a bedroom, or if you are lucky enough to have a large space, could easily go across all walls.

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The wallpaper has a very traditional yet up to date feel to it with the patterns not seeming over-crowded, clustered and fussy as many older styles tend to do. The colours are rich and well-matched.

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The new range is really reasonably priced too with rolls starting at £24.95 for a 10 metre roll- great price for a quick update!

Click here for more information.

Heal’s Modern Craft Club

Now in its third year, Heal’s Modern Craft Market returns bigger and better than ever to the Tottenham Court Road store with an extended run from 7 March to 23 April 2016. Celebrating the best in contemporary crafts, the event provides a platform for the artisans of the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland, an extension of the Great Heal’s Bodging Race, plus live workshops, demos and talks showcasing materials from leather to stone. Here are a few of the crafters involved.

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We were transfixed by Yuta Segawa’s pieces at LDF where he presented his tiny pots in a spectrum of colours- we even bought a few! He was born in Japan and now makes in Lewisham, London. His miniature pots retail for £15 or £20. Each piece is unique and handmade in London.

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Carmel Wilkinson-Ayre is a multidiscipline designer, maker and ceramicist based in Edinburgh. Having recently graduated from Robert Gordon University, she was spotted at the New Designers fair in June 2015 in which she exhibited a range of playful, colourful ceramics and fabrics for the home._Andrew_Ludick_Jug_Beakers

Andrew Ludick’s work has slowly evolved towards forms that illustrate the natural properties of clay and the processes he uses to create them. The building of these forms involves coiling and pinching the clay to create vases, bowls and various other shapes.  After the form is built it is decorated with complementary shapes and patterns, before being covered in a clear transparent glaze that serves to deepen the colours and to seal the clay for functionality.

For more information on the craft market click here.

 

Hend Krichen

Hend Krichen is a London-based designer whose practice manufactures and retails handmade luxury home-wares and accessories. We have had our eye on here for a while. We have seen her at 100% Design, CDW and more.

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The main focus within the practice is producing beautiful timeless objects designed to enrich everyday lives through the use of the rich artisanal skills and craftsmanship. The teracotta and the copper colours work together beautifully in the above vases.

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These coasters would brighten up any table.  They have been designed to enrich everyday lives and utilise the rich artisanal skills and craftsmanship in Tunisia. Patterns dating back to 1700’s when the concept of the tile designs were first introduced in North Africa, bringing history into your home.

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This copper wall hanging plate would look perfect all year round, but has a certain Christmas feel to it. Intricate patterns taken from various dates in history in Tunisia and applied onto the surface by hand make this a timeless object.

For more information on Hend and her products, click here.

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