Clerkenwell Fringe: Ying Chang at Craft Central

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Craft Central is a part of the Clerkenwell Design Week Fringe. Despoke saw Ying Chang’s response to the theme: Design to Serve at the Showcase Gallery on St. John’s Square.  Continue Reading…

Clerkenwell Presents: Giles Miller Studio

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Giles Miller Studio specialise in surface and interior design and for Clerkenwell Design Week the studio has created a large installation at St. John’s Gate.  Continue Reading…

Top Picks from the House of Detention: Merve Kahraman

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Above: Revitalizer II by Merve Kahraman at the House of Detention

The Revitalizer lamp is designed by interior and industrial designer Merve Kahraman.  Continue Reading…

Top Picks from the House of Detention: I Do Cartwheels

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Above: Parlour Lighting collection by I Do Cartwheels

You might have seen these lamps in Part 1 of our Clerkenwell Design Week Preview but Despoke enjoyed seeing these dairy- farming inspired lamps in the moody setting of this former prison.  Continue Reading…

Top Picks from the House of Detention: GIQ

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Above: GIO 120

Concrete drawers? It sounds like like a an expression the Mafia might use, but these drawers by GIQ and Sai Industries at the House of Detention during Clerkenwell Design Week are anything but sinister.  Continue Reading…

Top Picks from the House of Detention: Form in Void

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Above: Chikka Stool by Form in Void at DEbranded

DEbranded is at the House of Detention showing collections from independent designers. The main aim of the brand is to connect independent designers with manufacturers and end users.  Continue Reading…

Top Picks from the House of Detention: Alexander Mueller

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Above: Woven Easy Chair and Easy Table by Alexander Mueller

The House of Detention houses some quirky and interesting brands including Alexander Mueller who is showing his Woven Easy Chair and Easy Table.  Continue Reading…

Top Picks from Farmiloe: FioreQ

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Above: Laila occasional tables

It is the first time tha FioreQ are showing their work in the UK. The company was set up in early 2013 and had their first show MOST Salone in Milan. Continue Reading…

Top Picks from Farmiloe: Euell Furniture

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Above clockwise from left: conSEOUL cabinet, liseuse lamp, SoCAL chair and Table basse.

Despoke first saw Euell Furniture in Milan and are pleased to see them at Clerkenwell in the Farmiloe building.  Continue Reading…

Top Picks from Farmiloe: Ton

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Above: Chair 002 by Ton

This chair by Czech brand Ton is made out of three pieces: the seat and the two identical wooden frames that are positioned at different angles.

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Top Picks from Farmiloe: Foscarini

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Above: Big Bang by Foscarini

Foscarini took advantage of the industrial setting to show it’s range of sculptural lights. Continue Reading…

Top Picks from Farmiloe: James UK

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Above: Wingback and Lucan Arm Chair, and Tri Table by James UK

James UK returns to Clerkenwell this year at New British at the Farmiloe building at Clerkenwell Design WeekContinue Reading…

Despoke at Clerkenwell 2013

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This week Despoke will be at London’s biggest independent design festival: Clerkenwell Design WeekContinue Reading…

100% Design: Show concepts 2013

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Above: Creative balance by Thomas.Matthews

100% Design has unveiled ambitious plans for a series of features, including a tunnel representing the creative process of design at this year’s event. If you haven’t guessed it already, this year’s theme is Creative Balance, taking a subjective look at the thought processes of design and the challenges faced by contemporary designers.  Continue Reading…

Clerkenwell 2013 Preview: Order of St John

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Above: Order of St John at Clerkenwell Design Week. Photography by Jim Stephenson

Possibly the most majestic venue at Clerkenwell Design Week, the Order of St John will play host to international brands and designers. Continue Reading…