London Architecture Festival announces Memory

London Festival of Architecture has announced that the theme of the 2017 festival will be ‘memory’. The theme of will be explored through a wide range of events and activities when the London Festival of Architecture – Europe’s biggest annual architecture festival – returns on 1-30 June 2017.

St John’s arch Clerkenwell

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Deliveroo upcycles. Literally.

Did you know that Britain is home to over 900 billion obsolete kitchen gadgets with 57% of those surveyed confessing that they use these gadgets less than once a week. Well as spring clean season approaches, Deliveroo has launched a fully-functioning ‘upcycled’ bicycle – made entirely from unwanted kitchen gadgets – that will be used for deliveries from today. deliveroo Continue Reading…

ByALEX loves you

Telling someone you appreciate them shouldn’t be left down to national holidays, birthdays and Christmas.  When the world is slowly becoming a darker place it’s the little things that matter and small surprises are what continues to drive kindness, joy and that little thing we like to call ‘the butterfly effect’. But maybe you think about it before you tell someone on the bus you love them. Just saying.

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Have you been to Tate Edit?

One of our most favourite things here at Despoke are shops….in museums. Opened in November 2016, Tate Edit is the new retail space in Tate Modern’s Boiler House, giving visitors the chance to browse an ever-changing selection of products, limited editions, and favourite objects chosen by Tate staff and a rolling programme of invited ‘editors’.

Momosan shop

Momosan shop curates

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CDW top products

It’s not long to go people! Have you registered yet? London’s best and most fun  design festival opens on the 23rd May and they’ve given us some products to have a peek at and whet our appetite. Get excited!

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The UK’s first major retrospective of Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966) in 20 years will open 10 May – 10 September at the Tate Modern and we can’t wait.

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Big White Wall

On the 7th March, Central Saint Martins in partnership with Liquitex and Cass Art launched this year’s Big White Wall. The Big White Wall is an annual competition open to all CSM students to submit proposals for how they would use the space to create a large scale temporary artwork.

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Bell fragrance dispenser

Inspired by the Little Prince book, Sottovoce have designed a new scent dispenser that is a beautifully designed product that also enables beautiful smells.

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New ranges from Thomas Crapper & Co.

There’s something special about a Thomas Crapper toilet. Maybe it’s the unusual handle at the top of the tank or the comfortable seats that really make you feel like you are sitting on a throne, but the brand seems to be appearing in more and more restaurants and institutions.

Crapper

The brand has launched several new suites, perhaps in recognition of the trend towards vintage as well as people investing in luxury goods in spaces like the bathroom and kitchen as they stay at home more.

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We particularly like the gold trim on this piece and the square element to the lid which would be a perfect place to rest your phone if you so wished (!)

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The brand also produces sinks and baths in a traditional, vintage style that can be used in more modern rooms as above. Click here for more information.

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CDW 2017 countdown begins….

Bear with us gang, it’s that time of year, London’s best design jamboree CDW is approaching and this post has a LOT of information in. Set across three days, 23-25 May 2017, Clerkenwell Design Week (CDW) sponsored by Renault,returns for its eighth edition and we CAN’T WAIT.

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Design Shanghai and Shanghai Xintiandi

Asia’s leading international design event Design Shanghai, which will return to the Shanghai Exhibition Centre from 8th to 11th March, has teamed up with famous landmark Shanghai Xintiandi to bring the best of international and local design across the city.

Mesh Public Bench

Mesh Public Bench

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Lane by Post wall art

Lane By Post, a brand we have featured a lot over the last year, have  launched a minimal and modular wall art system – 8 colourways, 12 colours, and a load of combinations.

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Other Art Fair London- Rising Stars

The Other Art Fair is always a great to see some of the best artists and galleries in the country as well as spot some of the next lot of starts to push through onto the scene. Here are some of their recommendations.

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Cos X Hay New

Sometimes we need beautiful things to help steel us for a commute home during a tube strike. When this situation arises we look at Cos X Hay and imagine a better world.

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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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