Design Christmas List No. 6: Nigel Coates

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Today we welcome Nigel Coates – architect, designer of interiors, lighting, exhibitions and products. Coates is known as one of Britain’s visionary leaders in architecture and led the M.A. programme at the RCA for 16 years before leaving to focus on his studio. Here are the items on his Christmas list:


Under £20

A Newsboy cap from Village Hats £15.95. Continue Reading…

Spectrum digital radio packaging designed by Pentagram for John Lewis


Pentagram have designed the packaging for Spectrum, a new range of consumer electronics for John Lewis. The digital radio is the first product to be relaunched in the new packaging. Continue Reading…

Party: Classic French 75 from the Savoy Cocktail Book at Makers & Brothers


Above: French 75

Wondering what drink to serve your guests during the party season? Try a French 75 cocktail which emerged during the Prohibition. The drink’s success can be accredited to its inclusion in the first edition of The Savoy Cocktail Book which is now in its 125th year. Using spirits that are a firm fixture in any good drinks cabinet this is a simple yet impressive drink perfect for social gatherings.

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25ml/0.75 oz Gin

15ml/0.75 oz lemon juice

25ml/0.75 oz simple syrup

Splash of Champagne



  1. Combine all ingredients except the champagne in a shaker tin, add ice and lightly shake, then strain.
  2. Don’t over-shake to avoid diluting the drink
  3. Pour into a tall glass and top with champagne.
  4. Garnish with a peel of lemon rind.

The book is available from Makers & Brothers


Design Christmas List No. 5: Morag Myerscough founder of Studio Myerscough


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Today we welcome multi-award winning creator Morag Myerscough founder of multi-disciplinary design practices Studio Myerscough and Supergrouplondon. Here are the items on her Christmas list:

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Under £20

The Highliners Vinyl – available with a free CD just in case people who like the vinyl haven’t got a record player, but want to hear the music. It also includes a free cut out vicars dog collar, book marker, fan card and wall poster. Luke Morgan, £16.99. Continue Reading…

Win investment: Mat Hunter, Chief Design Officer at the Design Council reveals all


Above: Mat Hunter, Chief Design Officer at the Design Council

Mat Hunter, Chief Design Officer at the Design Council has given Despoke exclusive insight into Design Council Spark, the new product innovation fund to uncover the UK’s next great inventions.

If you would like a chance to win a bespoke support programme, as well as the opportunity to help bring your physical prototype or idea to market read on for details:

What is the aim of the Design Council Spark? 

To better support physical product innovation in the UK and complement the many software-centric programmes that already exist. We will help fund and develop revolutionary product ideas that solve problems faced by people in their everyday lives with an injection of funds to get started, but more importantly with bespoke advice, support and connections. Design Council Spark is a fantastic opportunity to build on our rich heritage as a nation of physical product innovators and inventors. Continue Reading…

Editor’s pick: Chloé Pre-Fall 2015


It has been a longtime coming – the return of flare. If you have held on to your coveted pairs and they still fit dust them off. Chloé Pre-Fall 2015 leads the way with a wide legged collection that also tapers into a bootcut.


Tweed / Bomber jackets / High and low waist trousers / A line mini skirts / Sheer billowing shirts with lace inserts / Extreme 70s collars and cuffs / crocodile skin / Knee high boots

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Green Christmas


Match the tree: Green and white are the perfect Christmas colour combination. Team with a hint of metallic for an understated festive look.

1. Blanket – Not on the High Street, £49.95.

2. Fraser Fir Christmas Tree – Delivered to your home from Real Christmas Trees, from £60.

3. Vintage Verner Panton. Bachelor chair, 1955.

4. Match tea light holder, twentytwentyone, £14.


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World’s first tidal lagoon scoops win at prestigious Landscape Institute Awards


London based landscape architects LDA Design won the President’s Award for Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon, a groundbreaking  project that harnesses tidal power to generate renewable electricity.

Noel Farrer, President of the Landscape Institute, said: “The President’s Award winner, Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon, sees the winner lead a complex project, whilst also truly bringing landscape out into the open, showing how a large infrastructure scheme can contribute positively to our environment”

The Landscape Institute Awards are presented annually to encourage and recognise outstanding examples of work by the landscape profession.

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Finnish restaurant Intro renovated by Joanna Laajisto Creative Studio


Joanna Laajisto Creative Studio completed the major renovation of renowned Finnish restaurant Intro in September. The new 450 square foot eatery located in the city of Kuopio divides into a fifty seater restaurant and nightclub. 

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Design Christmas List No. 4: Terence Woodgate


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Today we welcome multi award winning furniture and lighting designer Terence Woodgate. A modernist at heart, he is recognised for his simple, considered and understated designs. His work is held in the permanent collections of the Museu d’Arts Decoratives, Barcelona and London’s V&A Museum. Here are the items on his Christmas list:

Under £20 


Above: ‘Bamboo Vessels‘ by Reiko Kaneko

These are simple, modern cups with an organic reference to bamboo that works. They are wonderful to hold. Continue Reading…

Styling Inspiration from Fritz Hansen

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Styling Inspiration from Fritz Hansen.

In 2015 the Series 7 chair celebrates its 60 year anniversary. Fritz Hansen marked the occasion by making two special editions of the chair only available for the momentous year and added some exemplary styling to the equation.


Forget painted boards, 3d is the way forward.

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Salt & Peagram seek artists for 2015

Shop: Yield


Above: ‘Geo Stands,’ $60

Yield is an independent design house crafting new American standards based in Saint Augustine. The brand manufactures a range of bags, jewellery, and interior accessories, which embrace American craft and ingenuity. Their forward thinking products are available online and through a growing number of retailers worldwide. We love their clean, minimal lines and modern interpretation of materials. Continue Reading…

Lane launch 6 new colour ways for the Twin Tone Lampshade with Little Greene

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Interior brand Lane launch six new colour ways for their acclaimed ‘Twin Tone’ Lampshade in partnership with British paint brand Little Greene.

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Design Christmas List No. 3: Tracy Kendall


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Today we welcome Tracy Kendall award winning designer of handcrafted pattered and textured wallpaperHere are the items on her Christmas list:

Under £20


I would like some lovely tea from Joe’s Tea Co., ideally with a slice of cake for good measure. From £4.50

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