Mette invites visitors to taste the raw ingredients of design and building materials at 100% Design 2015


British multidisciplinary design studio, Mette, returns to 100% Design with a brand new concept for 2015 – coined Mattergarden.

Creative Director at Mette, Caroline Santos told Despoke, “Mattergarden is an appreciation of the Earth’s permanence: a celebration of its generous supply of materials, its structure and sustenance. The concept also explores the role of humankind as responsible alchemists and interpreters of its bounty.” Continue Reading…

Carl Hansen & Son relaunch Hans J. Wegner’s classic tray table


Carl Hansen & Son is relaunching Hans J. Wegner’s classic tray table, first released in 1970, the most popular design from a range of armchairs and sofas crafted from heavy, bent tubes.

“Hans J. Wegner’s tray table is an extremely versatile and functional piece of furniture that doesn’t take up a lot of room and offers versatility through its multiple visual options,” says Knud Erik Hansen, CEO of Carl Hansen & Son. Continue Reading…

Event: Eley Kishimoto in Conversation at Heal’s


To celebrate the launch of Eley Kishimoto’s optical wallpapers at Heal’s Dean of the UAL’s School of Design Lawrence Zeegen will be quizzing the Brixton based designers on their illustrious fashion career, expanding repertoire of interiors, and trying to discover the inspiration behind their eclectic prints and patterns along the way. Just like an Eley Kishimoto design, this exclusive event is sure to reveal a fascinating story.

Location: Heal’s, Tottenham Court Road

Date: Wednesday 3rd June

Time: 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Cost for general Admission: £10 *

Cost for Student Ticket: £5*


Heal’sEley Kishimoto


Clerkenwell Design Week 2015 Gallery: Part 3


Above: Gruppe‘s installation ‘Vita Contemplativa’ marked the gateways, edges and centre of Clerkenwell to rethink its position as a little city within London.  Continue Reading…

‘American architects meet Italian design’ by INTERNI magazine and Salone del Mobile during ICFF week

Roberto Snaidero, Richard Meier, Massimiliano Messina, Flou; Dante Benini

Above: Roberto Snaidero, Richard Meier, Massimiliano Messina, Dante Benini @ Flou

On Monday 18 May New York saw the second instalment of the talk series ‘American architects meet Italian design organised by INTERNI magazine and Salone del Mobile during ICFF week. The day was fully packed with a stellar line up featuring James Biber, Andrea Lamberti/Raphael Vinoly Architects, Richard Meier and Dante Benini, and Coren Sharples/SHoP – a real tour de force of design and architecture. Continue Reading…

Styling Inspiration: Zeitraum at Clerkenwell Design Week 2015


Despoke loves the Apu table from Zeitram, a wooden side table with a ceramic tray top. Use it as an alternative way to style plants around the home. Take inspiration from this image taken at Clerkenwell Design Week by grouping the same plant for added impact.

Zeitram / Clerkenwell Design Week


Sale: Up to 70% off at Tom Dixon


Tom Dixon is holding a Pop Up Sale in Islington from 5-7 June with up to 70% off a wide range of lighting, furniture and accessories.

Fri 5th: 12pm – 9pm
Sat 6th: 10am – 8pm
Sun 7th: 11am – 3pm

Daily prize giveaways
Free Champagne on Friday and Saturday from 5pm

Old Pipe Factory
26 Cross Street
N1 2BG
(5 mins walk from Angel tube)

Tom Dixon


Clerkenwell Design Week: Part 2 – Floral Trend


Above: Partition by Tacchini

Floral trend emerging: Dutch style /  Garlands / Fauna / Tightly drawn Continue Reading…

Clerkenwell Design Week: 5 minutes only with GamFratesi

GUBI GamFratesi portrait

Experimental design duo Stine Gam and Enrico Fratesi founders of GamFratesi Design Studio draw inspiration from classic Danish furniture, time honoured traditional crafts alongside the Italian intellectual and conceptual approach. The duo continuously travels between Italy and Denmark to develop new projects. This week we caught up with them at Icon’s House of Culture during Clerkenwell Design Week.


Where are you staying in London?

Enrico: At the Fox and Anchor in Clerkenwell, which feels very British with a great full English breakfast.


Above: Fox and Anchor

Do you visit in London often? If so, do you have a favourite place to visit?

Enrico: We do visit London more and more for work, many things are happening at the moment. We don’t have one specific place that we like to visit, we prefer to walk around and feel the spirit of the city.


How important is it for you to be showing at Clerkenwell Design Week?

Enrico: It is important – it’s a very intimate and interesting design week. We have seen many people participating and a good number of exciting events happening so it is great to be here with GUBI, and the surroundings in the ICON House of Culture are a fantastic backdrop. Continue Reading…

Conversations at Clerkenwell: Thursday 21st May

Public Realm and the Art of Collaboration

Date: 21st May
Time: 10.15 – 11.15

Futurecity is one of Europe’s largest arts agencies involved in a number of large scale multi-disciplinary public art projects including the 80 metre, 80 ton ‘Slipstream’ sculpture for the new Heathrow Terminal 2 and the 50 metre White Horse by Mark Wallinger for Ebbsfleet. They are the curators and strategists behind the Crossrail Culture Line, which has recently announced commissions for Michal Rovner, Richard Wright, Douglas Gordon and Spencer Finch. Continue Reading…

Clerkenwell Design Week Highlights: Part 1

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For 3 days this week Despoke will be at London’s largest independent design festival: Clerkenwell Design Week. Now in its sixth year, the event, set amid historic Clerkenwell, is one of the world’s most important design showcases.

It is not everyday you walk down the street to find a barge parked on the road (by star stylist Laura Fulmine for Bert & May with RaT Architecture), or a showroom presenting hanging beds for weary workers (Hypnos Sleep by StoWerkstattin collaboration with HASSELL and Draisci Studio). No, but this surprise element is the backbone of Clerkenwell Design Week that just keeps drawing us back. Crowds have flocked to discover new products from iconic, established and emerging designers all located thankfully within walking distance.

Here is a compilation of the highlights – Part 1:


Above: Local Architects Cousins & Cousins designed ‘Glaze’ a pavilion inspired by Venetian Murano Glass sweets in collaboration with Gx Glass. Continue Reading…

Conversations at Clerkenwell: Wednesday 20th May


Conversations at Clerkenwell, taking place on the 3rd floor of the Design Factory at the Farmiloe building, has become an important arena in which to introduce and discuss new products, raise industry issues and network with fellow A&D professionals. Make sure to RSVP for those talks you wish to attend across the 3 days of the festival.

#BeOriginal – RSVP

Date: 20th May
Time: 12:00 – 13:00

‘True originality consists not in a new manner, but in a new vision.’ Edith Wharton

ELLE Decoration Editor-in-Chief Michelle Ogundehin will chair a panel with some of the principal women in today’s design industry, including Patrizia Moroso, Nipa Doshi and Pip Prinsloo, Design Director of John Lewis. The panel will explore the importance of originality and independent creative thought in our world of increasingly passive consumerism. The discussion forms part of ELLE Decoration’s #BeOriginal campaign, which encourages a confident and considered approach to home design. Continue Reading…

Clerkenwell Design Week 2015: Jean Prouvé retrospective at Vitra


VITRA: Jean Prouvé’s RAW Office Edition furniture and retrospective.


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Clerkenwell Design Week 2015: Pinch Design at the Design Factory


Pinch: Joyce Cabinet in green, Ivo Folding Stool in black and the Eugene Table at Clerkenwell Design Week.

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Conversations at Clerkenwell: Tuesday afternoon 19th May

Conversations at Clerkenwell, taking place on the 3rd floor of the Design Factory at the Farmiloe building, has become an important arena in which to introduce and discuss new products, raise industry issues and network with fellow A&D professionals. Make sure to RSVP for those talks you wish to attend across the 3 days of the festival.
Lighting the way inside and out – RSVP

Date: 19th May
Time: 15:00 – 16:00

An open discussion with Terence Woodgate, Carlotta de Bevilacqua (Artemide) and Keith Bradshaw Principal at Speirs + Major. Three practitioners on the international lighting scene consider interior, exterior and sculptural lighting, asking how it affects the way we perceive spaces. Lynda Relph-Knight, The Drum’s consulting design editor and the former long-serving editor of Design Week, chairs. Continue Reading…