Nottingham Market Design Event

For all of you Nottingham-based, head down to the city centre to see leading brands from a thriving Nottingham design scene, who have got together for a three day pop up shop.

nottingham design

‘Nottingham Market’ will showcase premium clothing, homeware and accessories and will enable customers to meet the designers behind the brands. It’s  a perfect opportunity to find an ideal Christmas gift for design lovers or to treat yourself!

notingham design

The event will take place in the famous Lace Market area, the home of Nottingham’s manufacturing heritage. An exhibition by artist and ceramacist Blue Firth will be open at Syson Gallery on High Pavement alongside the market venue. It is also opposite the city’s major art gallery Nottingham Contemporary.


Collaborators include homeware and fashion brands Lane, Tori Murphy, Universal Works, Sunspel, Jody Woodhouse and more. We are big fans of Tori Murphy, having seen her at Clerkenwell Design Week so it’s definitely worth checking out. Find out more about visiting here.


by Lassen styling – Winter wonderland

We have featured by Lassen a number of times on Despoke- mainly because they produce beautiful furniture and objects like the below.

by lassen

by Lassen is a Danish design company who work with various designers, including two of Denmark’s greatest architects: Mogens Lassen and Flemming Lassen.


The Lassen brothers were extremely talented and were honoured with many awards and grants for their unique designs and iconic architecture. by Lassen’s mission is to continue the tradition of good design. Because good design lives on in new generations.


The way they design their pieces allow for beauty as well as comfort and in this cold and stormy weather, make us want to create our own winter scene to cosy up in!

Uncommon Goods

We have just discovered Uncommon Goods and we love it. The brand with amazing online website and e-shop,  want to change the way business is conducted, by making sustainability a part of every decision they make. We have picked a few of our favourite pieces below.

uncommon goods

Fire Escape Shelf, £69.50

Uncommon Goods want to offer buyers a creative and exciting merchandise assortment and are working with suppliers – from artists to small manufacturers – to make their products in a more socially and environmentally responsible manner. Loving the Fire Escape Shelf above- would be perfect in a lounge or a home office.

uncommon goods

Barnwood State Side Tables, £138.99

Since their founding, they have featured products that contain recycled components and have not sold products containing leather, feathers or fur – the main goal is to sell no product that harms humans or animals. The online shop itself is really easy to use and incredibly reasonable considering the quality of the pieces.

uncommon goods

Envelope Wall Vase, £32.29, by Shandi McConnell

Although the brand cover jewellery, clothing and art, we are particular fans of their home and garden ranges. It’s also great that on certain items they give a bio of the designer – thus showcasing how sustainable the piece is and allowing the user to trace the making back to a real source- not just a factory.

uncommon goods

Lightbulb LED Lamp, £84.24

They have also done a great job of photographing the pieces- they look gorgeous and as if they were straight out of a John Lewis catalogue!

uncommon goods

Yosemite Coat Rack,

Find out more about how they work here and on their website.

Knoll sale

We are looking forward to the Knoll sample sale on the Saturday 21 November 2015 fro, 10am-4pm.

Tulip chair

In addition to a list of 10 incredible star buys including:Barcelona Day Bed in black volo WAS £9660, NOW £3999 and  Wassily Chair in cowhide WAS £1608, NOW £499,  10 iconic Bertoia chairs will be available at £100 on a first come first-served basis and there will be a discount on all orders for new furniture placed on the day of the sale.

Bertoia chair

This really is an incredible opportunity to get your hands on some pretty exclusive pieces that you might not ever be able to afford…..we couldn’t anyway!

barcelona day bed

Knoll UK Annual Sample Sale
Date: Saturday 21 November 2015
Time: 10am – 4pm
Location: 91 Goswell Road, London EC1V 7EX
E. [email protected]

CDW is back with a new campaign

We love CDW in May so we were very excited to see the great new campaign designed by Studio Parallel, Kei Yoshino and Lydia Whitmore.

cdw campaign

It draws on the campaigns of the past whilst creating something completely new.

cdw campaign

With the tag line ‘We’ve got it covered’ it highlights how important the show now is across all design disciplines- covering every aspect of the design world.
cdw campaign

The use of miniature chairs calls to mind the 2013 campaign with Hattie Newman.

Hattie Newman's CDW 2013 campaign seen here at 100% Design 2013

Hattie Newman’s CDW 2013 campaign seen here at 100% Design 2013

CDW have also announced some of the great brands already signed up including…….



Mitab with their new colour palette

GP&J Baker

GP&J Baker

GP&J Baker with their stunning fabrics and wallpaper collections return to Detail.

CDW campaign

Silvia K Ceramics

Silvia K Ceramics are a new company exhibiting at the show.

To find out more head here.




Knomo and The School of Life

We had a fantastic time on Thursday night at The incredible School of Life’s launch of their partnership with design-led travel accessory brand Knomo.

Knomo, school of life

Learning to carry our emotional baggage with style.

The ‘Emotional Baggage’ luggage tags (£25) have been designed in collaboration with  Knomo, creators of accessories that cleverly organise and protect your devices and other belongings, to help you get ‘Life Organised’This concept taps into the ‘new normal’ of needing to keep our desk/mind/house/wardrobe/bag organised, to allow us to focus more energy on the things we enjoy.


Hanover Knomo

Knomo have created a brand that allows the modern working person to take only their essentials with them, allowing them to drop the ‘baggage’ they usually drag around with them.

Director of The School of Life, Morgwn Rimel, says of the collaboration: “Nowadays we’re used to thinking of travel as the ‘fun’ bit of life, but enjoyment isn’t a reason why it shouldn’t also do some very serious things for us. At its deepest level, travel can assist us with our psychological education. Ideally, where we go should help us with our attempts at these  longed-for pieces of psychological evolution. The outer journey should assist us with the inner one. For the Emotional Baggage luggage tag, we wanted to create  a product which would help people  to reframe  their relationship to travel but which would also reflect some of its glamour. Knomo’s bold,minimal aesthetic and commitment to making high-quality, thoughtfully-crafted products made them the ideal collaborator.”


Creative Director of Knomo, Frances Scorah says: “Through Knomo’s pursuit of a ‘Life Organised’, we know that organisation begins in the mind but is eased by the products we use and the spaces we occupy. Working with The School of Life and their Emotional Baggage series reminds us to consider the emotional alongside the physical, and we felt the luggage tag was the perfect product for the two brands to collaborate on. The School of Life understand emotional intelligence like no other, and the Emotional Baggage series offers up a clever way to keep ourselves in check.”


Digital Clutch Bag

We are particular fans of the amazing Elektronista clutch that comes in various colours and allows us to totally streamline our day and make the bag do all the hard work!

To find out more about Knomo click here.

For more information on The School of Life, click here.



Bisley at Home

Fresh off their inaugural appearance at LDF’s Design Junction, where they housed the official showcase of the Bisley at Home collection, Despoke takes a look at more of this classic British brand’s pieces.


Bisley recently launched Stage, a modular furniture system for the home. Since then Stage has been on sale through John Lewis and received numerous plaudits within the design industry. This is the prefect arrangement for those working from home- with a ready to go set up with all a good home office needs. Available in a vibrant range of colour ways and finishes, Stage can be configured to suit any number of different interiors.

Traditionally known for their storage, their up to date and fresh look, now means that their Multi-drawers are a piece of design as well as something incredibly useful. Functionality that looks stunning.


Bisley’s extensive range – including filing cabinets- is characterised by high quality design. Its quintessential multidrawer and filing cabinets are considered by many to be modern classics. No wonder when they look good and are so useful for the modern working environment. The desk filing cabinet- above- is particularly cute- not a word we usually associate with storage.


For more information on Bisley’s Home range, click here.

SCP launches SCP Editions

We are very excited to hear that one of our favourite furniture stores is adding yet more to its collection.

SCP Editions

In keeping with the celebratory spirit of its thirtieth year, London-based manufacturer and retailer SCP presents SCP Editions, a collection of products made in small batches using unconventional or specialist manufacturing techniques. Here are just a few pieces outlined below.

Chika vessel Reiko Kaneko | SCP

Chika vessel
Reiko Kaneko | SCP

Starting at £60, these Chika vessels, are made of terracotta and vary in size.

scp, furniture

Italy side table
Michael Marriott | SCP

Michael Marriott returns once more with these playful side tables in a number of colours, starting at £465.

Pyxis box Sarah Kay | SCP

Pyxis box
Sarah Kay | SCP

A set of handmade wooden vessels in elm, natural and ebonised chestnut.


Galvanized shelving unit
Peter Marigold | SCP

A free standing shelving unit made from laser-cut hot dip galvanised steel.

For more information on the collection as a whole, click here.


The Festival of India at The V&A

The V&A has unveiled When Soak Becomes Spill, a major new installation by leading Indian contemporary artist Subodh Gupta, as part of the start of the Festival of India.

Subodh Gupta

The work, created especially for the V&A as part of the India Festival, features a stainless steel bucket standing six metres high and overflowing with hundreds of pots, pans, containers and cooking implements. The vast sculpture is on display on Exhibition Road, outside the Museum.

Subodh Gupta

The V&A is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the opening of the Museum’s Nehru Gallery, which displays some of the most important objects from the V&A’s South Asian art collection produced between the 16th and 19th centuries.

Wall hanging (detail), 20th century © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Wall hanging (detail), 20th century © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Exhibitions over the next few months include: The Fabric of India will explore the dynamic and multifaceted world of handmade textiles from India, spanning from the 3rd century to the present day.

Carved emerald bead, probably 18th century, Mughal Empire, The Al Thani Collection, © Servette Overseas Limited 2014

Carved emerald bead, probably 18th century, Mughal Empire, The Al Thani Collection, © Servette Overseas Limited 2014

With Bejewelled Treasures, The Al Thani Collection, another exhibition (21 November 2015 – 28 March 2016), explores the broad themes of tradition and modernity in Indian jewellery.

 Bin-sitar, wood, gourd and wire strings, possibly Pune, India, 1850-1890. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Bin-sitar, wood, gourd and wire strings, possibly Pune, India, 1850-1890. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Additionally, the V&A holds a remarkable collection of 19th century Indian musical instruments. These are the subject of a project carried out in partnership with Darbar Arts Culture Heritage Trust.

To find out more about the Festival of India, click here.


World Press Photo Exhibition opens

Southbank centre, photos


2015’s most impressive and memorable photographs from across the globe come together at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, with the World Press Photo Exhibition, opening on 5 November.

Southbank centre, photos

Jerome Sessini

The premier annual international competition in press photography,  brings together award-winning photographs from around the world which capture the most powerful and moving images of the year. The winning images were selected from 97,912 photographs entered by 5,692 photographers from 131 different countries.

Southbank Centre

Massimo Sestini

Exhibited in more than 90 cities in 45 countries, the World Press Photo 15 Exhibition is an opportunity to see the winning images from each of the nine contest categories that include contemporary issues, daily life, nature and sports.

Southbank Centre

Kacper Kowalski


Subject matters include images of events that have resonated around the world including the conflicts in Eastern Ukraine; the aftermath of bombing in Gaza; the ebola crisis in Sierra Leone; refugees and the abducted schoolgirls in Nigeria.

Photography, southbank centre

“Homophobia in Russia”- Mads Nissen

The exhibition includes this year’s winning World Press Photo of the Year by Danish photographer Mads Nissen. The image which shows Jon and Alex comes from the photographer’s project called “Homophobia in Russia”. This story is about how “being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) is becoming more and more difficult in Russia as sexual minorities are facing legal and social discrimination, harassment and even violent ‘hate crime’ attacks from religious and national conservative groups.”

To see the touring exhibition, click here.


Lane’s new lamp

lane by post

We are a bit in love with Lane’s new light- the Beam table lamp. Beam has 32 paper fins that are slotted together to make an elegant and lightweight silhouette. It is a contemporary take on the classic concertina form. The first in the Beam series, it will soon be available in different sizes and shapes.

lane lamp

Beam is made from four sheets of paper bonded together to make a thick card. The paper is made in Cumbria and by one of the oldest mills in the country.  “We want to make beautiful products that are an investment in the craftspeople and communities around us. In a world of cheap imports, we think this is the future of British design.” Oliver Wood – Lane Creative Director.

lane lamp

Beam will be launched in four colourways and available from from October 2015.
Beam has a RRP of £120. An LED bulb and standard light fitting will be provided. Above is ‘Pale Grey’ & ‘China White’: Following success of grey and white Twin Tone Lampshade; subtler neutrals for a more timeless interior; charcoal edging to punctuate the form. Beam is the follow up product to the highly successful Twin Tone Lampshade (below). 
lane lamp



The Glenlivet and Sebastian Cox

It seems there is no end to Sebastian Cox’s talents. How does this man get any sleep? This time he’s been working on a collaboration with whisky company The Glenlivet and The New Craftsmen. To mark the launch of its new drink, The Glenlivet Nàdurra Peated Whisky Cask Finish, modern designer-craftsman Sebastian Cox has used his signature inventive approach to working with wood to create The Glenlivet Nàdurra Drinks Trolley.

Seb Cox

The original creation will be on display for a limited period at our fave spot, The New Craftsmen, after which time it will be relocated to its residence at The Glenlivet Distillery in Scotland. A limited number of Trolleys will be available to purchase ‘made to order’ from The New Craftsmen at a cost of £4,200 each.

Sebastian cox

Sebastian Cox is known for his dedication to proving that sustainable design does not have to result in a compromised product. He established the Sebastian Cox workshop to design and make fine objects from sustainable hardwoods, often overlooked by other designers and makers. Like coppiced hazel.

sebastian cox

Make sure to watch the ‘making of’ video here.


D&AD Professional Awards are now open!

Entries for the 54th D&AD Professional Awards have opened and with new categories, it looks set to be the most exciting year yet.

d and a d

The most coveted prize in the graphics, advertising and creative worlds, this years’ awards take place in London  in May 2016.  Since 1962, D&AD has been inspiring a community of creative thinkers by celebrating and stimulating the finest in design and advertising.  Previous winners include:

Agency StudioMakgill Client It's Nice That

Agency StudioMakgill
Client It’s Nice That- 2014

Agency Red Fuse Communications Hong Kong / Young & Rubicam Malaysia / Young & Rubicam Myanmar Client Colgate-Palmolive

Agency Red Fuse Communications Hong Kong / Young & Rubicam Malaysia / Young & Rubicam Myanmar
Client Colgate-Palmolive

Agency Leo Burnett Chicago, London, Toronto, and Holler Client Procter & Gamble

Agency Leo Burnett Chicago, London, Toronto, and Holler
Client Procter & Gamble

Agency 4creative Client Laura Ward

Agency 4creative
Client Laura Ward

Agency Red & Co Client Google

Agency Red & Co
Client Google

A D&AD Award is recognised globally as the ultimate creative accolade, entered and attended by the best creative decision makers from around the world. Set to reward, promote and enable creative brilliance in all areas of creative communication, a Yellow – or Black – Pencil remains the pinnacle in many careers. To find out about entering your project click here.

Draisci Studio at Mipim

Draisci studio

We are so pleased to hear that our good friends at Drasici Studio have designed The Royal Institute of British Architects’ ‘RIBA MIPIM UK Visitor Lounge’.  The temporary structure will stand in place through the duration of MIPIM UK, which will run at London’s Olympia from 21-23 October.

DraisciDrasici are known for their colourful pop ups. At CDW 2015 they worked with Sto Werkstatt to create The Sleeperie- a place for visitors to lay down and rest between their busy meetings.


And in 2012, they created the incredible ‘Spring Forest’ a pop-up in Clerkenwell in conjunction with CDW and Fulton Umbrellas.

Established by Francesco Draisci (DipArch, ARB,RIBA), after years of working experience with Richard Rogers Partnership and Ron Arad among others, the multi-disciplinary practice offers a platform that blurs the boundaries between the practical and the poetic.

For more information click here.


Northern Design Festival

2015 marks the 10th year of Northern Design Event, a festival taking place from the 21-25 October highlighting all things design in the North of England and showing that it’s not just London that’s a hot bed for design talent.

Susi Bellamy

Susi Bellamy

And quite right too when you think that Deadgood, Timorous Beasties and Susi Bellamy all hail from the North as does the famed product design course at Northumbria. With names such as Jonathan Ive amongst their alumni, they’re doing something right.



Deadgood bring their ‘Working Girl’ chair to the show, recently seen at LDF.



With AFID bringing the mid-century modern to the show with this gorgeous cabinet.

Hothouse ceramics

Hothouse ceramics

BLH Ceramics, from their studio from Newcastle, aim to combine traditional craft elements and hand built pieces to demonstrate a range of intricate and tactile surface treatments.

David Irwin

David Irwin

David Irwin’s new sustainable M Lamp, is available in a number of colours.


Taking place at the Assembly House, 55 Westgate Road, Newcastle-upon-Tyne NE1 1SG, tickets can be bought here.