The Tension Lamp by Nick Ross wins the Muuto Talent Award

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The winner of this year’s Muuto Talent Award is the Tension Lamp by Nick Ross from Konstfack Design School in Stockholm.

The Muuto Talent Award is a competition open to students and recent graduates from design or architect schools in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland or Iceland.

The design team selected the lamp as they felt that aesthetics, function and storytelling all meet in this great design and the references to the fishing rod are both fun and very Scandinavian. Continue Reading…

Sale: twentytwentyone

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The twentytwentyone winter sale is now on! Receive 15% off selected furniture, lighting and accessory lines.

The in-store sale starts at both premises on Saturday 3rd January 2015, carrying ex-display furniture, lighting and accessories with discounts of up to 75%.

Ends on Sunday 25th January 2015.

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I Piani bathroom collection designed by Lorenzo Bellini for CIELO

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I Piani is a groundbreaking system for ceramic tops, merging elegant style and practical function designed by Lorenzo Bellini.

Featuring pure design and precise geometric shapes, I Piani is the latest innovation from Italian manufacturer CIELO. The system includes matching ceramic tops, washbasins and cabinets. Continue Reading…

Trend: Semi transparent textured pattern

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Above: Indigo swirl storm plate 10 by Faye Toogood for 1882 Ltd., twentytwentyone – £15

Trend: Textured Glaze / One off pattern

Note this trend fresh off the back of painterly – a new shift in design towards textured and transparent pattern. Expect to see more of this in 2015.

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Skandium Sale starts today!

Italesse launch the perfect glass for tasting Champagne

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Italesse closed the year 2014 with a pivotal event in the company’s history, possibly one of the most important and ambitious projects ever undertaken: the presentation of the perfect glass for tasting Champagne.

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A challenge from a technical, formal and design standpoint, which Italesse has dealt with through an extraordinary work of synergy between Richard Juhlin, the “nose” for Champagne par excellence, the trio of designers and architects Claesson, Koivisto and Rune and Italesse, a company with over twenty years of experience working side by side with some of the most prestigious Champagne Maisons, able to develop technical know-how of an extremely high level.

A concentrate of expertise that has breathed life into Optimum, a glass studied down to the smallest technical and formal detail in order to turn the tasting experience into a truly memorable sensory experience.

Claesson Koivisto Rune have managed to complete the arduous task of “translating” Juhlin’s technical suggestions into an ideal stem glass, featuring perfect proportions and essential lines.

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“The skilful balance of the height and width of the bowl, the closing of the glass rim – proportionally studied with respect to the bowl angle, the depth of the piqûre and end of the perlage point, the sublime quality and lightness of the glass, perfectly distributed, guide the aromas and fragrances of the Champagne towards the nose with the right intensity, for unparalleled tasting,” said the design team.

Richard Juhlin has moreover optimized the serving level of the Champagne in order to obtain the maximum sensorial experience. This line – called the Richard Juhlin Line – is available in a special edition of the Champagne glass.

“The Champagne opens up perfectly, I can taste all of its complexity and delicacy”, stated Juhlin the taste test.

The unique design, which can be seen in the sunken curve at the base of the glass, makes Optimum an icon for Champagne lovers, combinable with any other line of wine and water table glasses and stem glasses, elegant and minimal, formal and modern.

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Merry Christmas from Despoke

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Wishing you peace, joy, and all the best the festive season has to offer. Does this remind you of Christmas past? There may not be an original Atari under the tree this year, but whatever you receive cherish it. Have a wonderful day and Merry Christmas to one and all!

Love from Claire x

 

Christmas Mail

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Thanks for all the Christmas greetings folks!

With so many people sending online greetings this year we thought we would share a few great designs we received.

Happy 2015

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Design Christmas list no.10: Andrea Barbieri, UK director of Artemide

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Andrea Barbieri is the UK Director of Italian brand Artemide, one of the global leaders of the lighting industry. Designs from the award winning company are exhibited in most museums of modern art. Here are the items on his Christmas list:

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It would be a simple set of cufflinks from TM Lewin.

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Screw-free Ironmongery by Russian for Fish

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London based architect Pereen d’Avoine’s innovative new screw-free ironmongery does not use a single screw or nail, making it remarkably easy to install and aesthetically pleasing.

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Pereen d’Avoine owns a small architecture practice in Bethnal Green, called Russian for Fish. She designed the RFF ironmongery range when she couldn’t find quality, well-designed ironmongery at a reasonable price anywhere in the market when working on projects. Continue Reading…

Design Christmas List no. 9: Freshwest

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Above: Marcus Beck and Simon Macro

Childhood friends Marcus Beck and Simon Macro established their award-winning studio Freshwest in a bid to realise their creative ideas. Widely regarded as one of the most experimental British design teams they seamlessly shift across disciplines, creating sculptural furniture to everyday objects.

Freshwest are passionate about shopping locally and chose three items created within 10 miles of their studio to highlight design from Pembrokeshire

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Animal Kingdom-a colouring book for adults by Millie Marotta – £9.99. From Tenby. Continue Reading…

Room: Inside Contemporary Interiors from Phaidon

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Room: Inside Contemporary Design is a review of 100 exceptional interior-design projects chosen by 10 esteemed international curators, including Michael Boodro (ELLE Décor), Nacho Alegre (Apartamento), and Tony Chambers (Wallpaper) for their boundary pushing designs. Each project constructed in the last 5 years epitomises the best of innovative contemporary design on an international and regional scale.

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Featuring pop-ups such as the restaurant in a multi-store car park in East London, to more permanent projects like the OHWOW bookshop and art gallery in New York. Over 700 striking images reveal a comprehensive look at current contemporary practice. Continue Reading…

The Joshua Light Show at the Ace Hotel

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The Joshua Light Show, created by Joshua White, was one of the trailblazing liquid light shows. It was renowned for its psychedelic art and served as a lighting backdrop behind many live band performances at the Fillmore East in the East Village area of Manhattan and throughout the New York City suburbs from Connecticut to New Jersey during the late 1960s and early 1970s.

For the London opening at the Ace Hotel, Joshua Light show is performing a live visual show to Jonny Greenwood’s Inherent Vice Soundtrack. This video light projection will be on loop through the remainder of the gallery.

Opening: Monday, January 19, 2015

Date: January 19-25 2015

Hours: 4pm-Midnight

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Preview: Heal’s Spring/Summer 2015

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Heal’s Spring/Summer 15 collection caters for both the understated or flamboyant customer. The diverse range features 80s style painterly prints, rare vintage posters, a white collection entitled the ‘Elegant Purist’ and industrial furniture. Continue Reading…

Design Christmas List no. 8: Carmel Allen, Creative Director at Heal’s

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Carmel Allen is the Creative Director at Heal’s, the iconic modern furniture and homeware store. Formerly an award-winning journalist who worked Livingetc, Financial Times and Vogue, she also launched Kiss It Better a charity for children with cancer.

Here are the items on her Christmas list:

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Anything Aromatherapy Associates. The design element is all in Geraldine’s (the founder) blends. No-one does aromatherapy like she does. Her Revive Evening is the best legal high there is – guaranteed to get you out to a party when you feel you can’t possibly carry on. Continue Reading…