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Affordable luxury: beautiful artisan rugs for every budget

With the tide turning away from mass-produced and throwaway goods, we’re rediscovering the beauty and value in artisan pieces – with carpets and rugs being a case in point. From hand-knotted Persian pieces and hand-woven Turkish kilims to more affordable hand-tufted and hand-finished designs, every artisan rug tells a unique story in a way that a machine-made rug simply never can. But if you think a handmade rug is beyond your budget, think again.

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Chinese New Year: The Year of The Dog

2018 is the Chinese Year of the Dog, which falls every twelve years. The traditional belief is that the animal you’re represented by can tell you a lot about your personality. Usually the celebrations are an explosion of light and sound – involving bell ringing, lighting firecrackers, and watching traditional lion dances.

So, as the four legged trend starts to soar, there isn’t a better time to get your paws on the best home accessories and gifts inspired by our favourite canine companions.

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When fashion meets home – A John Lewis and PATTERNITY collaboration

The new and exclusive John Lewis and PATTERNITY collection is the retailers first ever collaboration across fashion and home. Inspired by mindful living through design, the patterned pieces are the perfect addition to any home, celebrating the fundamental shapes and textures of life.

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Northern Design Festival

The 2017 Northern Design Festival is back, with a theme of Material Matters.  Opening on 3 November, the Design NOW symposium features a stellar line-up of speakers including Anthony Burrill and Sarah Hyndman.

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All the Fruits and more….

It’s pretty much wallpaper week here at Despoke which is fine by us as we blooming love the stuff. We are constant fans of All the Fruits and were so sad to miss them at LDF, where they were at London Design Fair.

Horses All the Fruit

Horses All the Fruit

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Top Tweets from 100% Design

We’ve trawled twitter for some of our favourite moments from the first 2 days of 100% Design. Here are some of our favourite brands and best moments.

Love the @benjamincraven_ installation at @designlondon #100design #colour #pattern #interiordesign #commercialinteriors #wallcoverings

Newmor Wallcoverings? @NWallcoverings Love the @benjamincraven_ installation at @designlondon #100design #colour #pattern #interiordesign #commercialinteriors #wallcoverings

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Hacienda | Andrew Martin

Introducing Hacienda, the latest collection of fabrics and wallpapers from global design brand, Andrew Martin. Bright fuchsias, oranges, blues and sandy, muted tones bounce off each other bringing vibrant, Mexican art and culture straight into the home. This will brighten up your winter months.

Hacienda

Brompton chair

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News from 100% Design Emerging Brands

Not long now people. Get registered for 100% Design, the key show to be seen at during LDF and also a great place to spot some emerging talent. We outline some of our top picks and best bits in their Emerging Brands section.

Mairi Helena

Mairi Helena

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100% Design announces theme of Elements

100% Design, the largest design trade show in the UK and the commercial cornerstone of London Design Festival, has announced a programme of specially commissioned installations at Olympia London all falling under the theme of ‘Elements’. Designs across the show  include an immersive entrance feature curated by design writer Max Fraser to a pivotal central bar designed by Sally Hogarth and additional  surprising features across the five distinct show sections.

Elements entrance- Max Fraser

Elements entrance- Max Fraser

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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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