Portfolio Alert: Samuel Wilkinson

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Above: Babylon collection for Lexon.

Portfolio Alert is a  new feature for Despoke. We will be taking you on a whistlestop tour of the portfolios recommend. First in the line up is the back catalogue of industrial designer Samuel Wilkinson. We love the Babylon Collection, above, launched this month featuring a pen, a pen pot, scissors, a stapler, a tape dispenser and an alarm clock for Lexon.

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The 2014 London ‘Coffee Stops Map’ by Chris Ward


Visitors and residents around London need two maps. The London Underground Tube Map and The 2014 London ‘Coffee Stops Map.’ How many of you cannot start the day without coffee? Ever found yourself wandering around in London enroute to a show or studio in search of a good blend? If you have Chris Ward  “The boss who works from coffee shops” (BBC), author of the bestselling book ‘Out of Office’ created a map so you know where to go in unfamiliar surroundings. The best coffee shops London has to offer at each tube stop feature. This will be the answer to your prayers. The map is available as a limited run of posters. 100% of all sales will go to charity. This should be on the back of the Tube Map, do you agree?

A2 colour print — £10

To buy contact: helen@bluedotworld.com

Inspiration: Colour






Colour  inspiration.

Lump Collection by Nendo


Above: Lump Collection by Nendo for Urushi Kobo Oshima

Nendo, much feted Japanese design studio designs a range for Urushi Kobo Oshima, a Yamanaka lacquer maufacturer from Ishikawa. The wood turned lacquered Lump Collection features bowls, cups and plates. Nendo enlarged the base of each vessel and rounded edges to allow the products to be cradled in the hand. Blond natural wood contrasts effortlessly against the opaque matte colour. The outcome of the meeting of skills is a modern interpretation of a historic process and for Urushi a whole new audience. Continue Reading…

New colourways of The Around Table by Muuto

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Fresh off the production line at Muuto are further colourways of The Around Table, designed by Thomas Bentzen.  New shades for 2014 include Anthracite, Dusty Green and Dark Grey. Around features an edge to prevent coffee or other liquid off your rug or floor. The plywood tabletop comes with oak or ash legs and works well on its own or in a group setting. Mix the small and large sizes for the best effect. Continue Reading…

New: Derome Light by Pinch


Above: the Derome Light by Pinch

Award winning design duo Pinch address scale with the Derome light unveiled this week at Maison et Objet. Just short of a metre in height the design will have a presence in any room it is set to occupy. Choose from dark stained tulipwood or white-oiled ash. We love its seamless finish, with the matching wooden shade and the dimmer switch to vary the light.

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Architecture: A Mirrored House


Above: Mirror House by Johan Selbing and Anouk Vogel

A reflective glass house appeared on the architectural scene in 2014. The Mirror House by Johan Selbing and Anouk Vogel is a private villa designed in response to a competition brief calling for a building that would relate to a site within a forest clearing. A spectacular image is visualised as the structure and nature collide. Turning our attention to the humble material we have added a couple of our favourite structures to whet your appetite.  Continue Reading…

Handpicked Pin: ‘Essential Eating’ kitchen by Peter Klint


Each week we will feature a historical or current pin from any discipline that has stopped us in our tracks. Without further ado we would like to introduce the ‘Essential Eating’ Kitchen from Peter Klint. Free from electrical devices, this is a kitchen in its purest form. The perfectly crafted piece features oak slatted shelves with on trend mint panels providing the perfect backdrop to display equipment and serving ware.

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New: Woven Fabrics from Eleanor Pritchard

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Above: Quince and Peppercorn.

This week Eleanor Pritchard launches new patterns for blankets and cushions woven in lighter weight lambswool yarn. Pritchard’s major influence is mid-century style. If you are a fan of this era in design, the fabric will not fail to appeal. Pared down geometric patterns in subtle colours are woven into the modern family heirlooms using traditional British mills. Her products are perfect for the contemporary interior and unsurprisingly she is stocked at leading home stores worldwide. Continue Reading…

Vintage: 1950’s Desk


Love: this desk from Omnipod


A glass top desk with black painted tubular metal legs, side draws and open back display. France c.1950.

Very good vintage condition some related wear




News: M Lamp by David Irwin arrives at Juniper


Announcement: After a long wait The M Lamp designed by David Irwin, launched at 100% Design is available for purchase next month. Place your order now.


Styling: Inspiration / Furniture


Above: Baby Pop chair  by Paul Venaille

Detail: wood, fiberglass and resin

The chair made in homage to George Rousse by Paul Venaille creates the the illusion of floating  or disappearing, depending on how it is placed or where you stand. Continue Reading…

Retail: We are Conran at M&S S/S/14

As Conran releases their latest collection, S/S/14,  for M&S Terence Conran states “I design and construct products to improve the quality of life for people.’ This is evident within the range, products are intelligent, trend driven and accessible.

Take a look at the two videos presented by Brand Development Director Jill Webb showcasing the new S/S/14 collection for M&S. The first features the accessories, the second furniture.

Note: We particularly partial to the Twig Table Light and the Fielding armchair .


Design Detail:


Materials: Glass, copper, wire, ceramics,

Colours: Solid soft pastel colour palette

Pattern: Insect conversational prints, block pattern.




Art: New Order II: British Art Today at the Saatchi Gallery


New Order II: British Art Today opens this week at the Saatchi Gallery, the second installment in the Gallery’s new programme of exhibitions dedicated to emergent British contemporary art.

The programme of exhibitions continues the Saatchi Gallery’s 25-year-long support of emerging artists and its drive to make contemporary art as widely accessible as possible.  Again this year is no exception, as an entire floor has been devoted to exhibiting artists in the early stages of their careers, enabling young artists to have their work displayed in a museum environment.

The 13 artists featured offer a fascinating insight into art being made in the UK today. From sculpture and painting, to installation and video, this selection of artists employ a hybrid of traditional and contemporary techniques and materials, which renew existing visual languages.

Abstraction returns in the shape of interior décor in George Little’s paintings, with satirical intent in Dan Rees’ plasticine covered panels, or revived in unconventional and contrasting materials in Dominic Beattie’s pieces. Virgile Ittah’s wax figures droop as they succumb to Virgile Ittah, Regarding The Pain Of The Other, 2013 gravity; Finbar Ward’s paintings are stacked on the floor like minimalist sculptures; and the sensory and sonic are embodied in Hannah Perry’s immersive installation.

Don’t miss your chance to discover some of the most exciting artists working in the UK.

24 January – 23 March 2014


Editor’s Pick: Frames by Ferm Living


Above: Oak Wooden Frame / new 2014 prints

Do you ever struggle to find a suitable frame for prized illustrations, artwork or pictures? I do. It is the children’s artistic creations bound for display at home I find most testing. I sense it is brave to say, in print; sometimes they feel messy and clash with the décor? Okay, maybe it is a bit too far. I put it down to my obsession with composition; it is difficult to switch off. Well, I have found a great solution. With a penchant for classroom wares I’m pleased to discover the Wooden Frame by Ferm Living. The frames, hung with leather string take their cue from old school charts. What a great way to present a vintage or modern image. You can’t go wrong.  Continue Reading…