Kirath Ghundoo

Wallpaper wasn’t so fashionable, then it was…..then paint was huge but only with grey undertones…..then Victoriana wallpaper with a big emphasis on William Morris and flowers arrived…..and then, thank God, brands like All the Fruits and Kirath Ghundoo finally came to the fore.

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JAZZ TARTAN – KG Basics 2016

Here are just a few shots from Ghundoo’s 2016 range. The pastel colours work and the dramatic geometric shapes, make for a paper that could work in nearly any environment.

 

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MOUNTAIN BLUE – KG Basics 2016

The shade of this blue and the simple repeated pattern make the above a tranquil offering that would work well in a home office space. The range also comes in green.

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THE HAMPTON – KG Basics 2016

Called Hampton for a clear reason, anyone who takes this wallpaper on, needs to be very sure of their interior style- and that there isn’t a history of migraines in the family. We love it at Despoke, but could only use this if we had a very large room dedicated to sailing. And we don’t.

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SPARKLE – KG Basics 2016

We can only assume this one is called Sparkle because it really does. All of these retail at £95 for a 10m role which is just brilliantly affordable- they only need to be used on one feature wall.

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Tropic – Mix ‘n’ Match 15 Collection

Even though this is one season old- it’s perhaps our favourite Ghundoo design. Perfectly mismatched meaning you could put it up yourself and not worry about matching patterns, we remember seeing this at 100% design a few years ago and feeling instantly lifted. if it’s good enough for Susie Bubble…..

Fore more information, click here.

 

North Modern

January is the month for trade fairs it would appear, with Scandinavia’s North Modern opening its doors from 13-15 January.

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The  show is divided into a number of areas, presenting a lively mix of high-end brands, upcoming designers, new talents, galleries, showrooms, special projects and creative spaces within furniture, lighting, design, art and architecture.

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These stunning opaque vessels are by QQ Design– an agency that represents a number of different creatives.

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Lange Designs celebrate 10 years on the scene and will showcase their new ranges- tables and chairs to coffee tables and a bar cart. The new designs are a mix of Horst Brüning and Jørgen Kastholm’s designs from the 1960’s and Christian Haack’s designs from 2015.

Hornbak & Co

The Copenhagen-based furniture agency Hornbak & Co will bring the four brands: arper, Zeitraum, Offecct and Kasthall to northmodern in January.

For more information on North Modern and to visit their not-particularly-easy-to-navigate website, click here.

Dowse studio

Brighton-based design shop Dowse have some great products- perfect for the home and for presents.

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This hand-stitched print retails at £70 and was  inspired by a trip to Miami. Taking influence from the graffiti and street art as much as the art deco & modern architecture there.

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We love this gorgeous layered shard necklace that takes inspiration from the trend for many pieces on one necklace.

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We are obsessed with organising our home office space, especially given the new year and the chance to get everything ship-shape- this  wire mesh memo-board should help.

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How about these metallic herb planters to blow your mind? Living in cities usually means tiny kitchens and no greenery- not here!

For more info on Dowse, click here.

England’s Post War Listed Buildings

A month or so ago we received a veritable tome of a book in the post. The stunning England’s Post War Listed Buildings By Elain Harwood & James O. Davies, is a comprehensive and stylish guide to over 650 of most exceptional buildings, monuments and landscapes listed for protection. Post War architecture really has divided people, with some seeing it as an absolute abomination. We don’t think so- although there are some intriguing buildings in the book!

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Severals, Runcton Lane, Runcton

Humble prefabs, high-rise flats and telephone boxes rub shoulders with cathedrals, concert halls, and even country houses. The book shows how dynamic English architecture was in the years after 1945, when new thinking on architecture and social welfare transformed cities and countryside.

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Since the first edition of Harwood’s Guide to Post-War Listed Buildings in 2000 the number of entries has doubled, and 200 more buildings have been added since the second edition. All the entries have been fully revised and James O. Davies has visited every building, and the book features his stunning new photography.

St Paul’s Church, Lorrimore Square

St Paul’s Church, Lorrimore Square

Throughout the era, some architects remained true to classical traditions, but many more explored the exciting possibilities of steel and concrete, creating ‘op’ icons as Centre Point or dramatic examples of Brutalism like Preston Bus Station. New entries range from the Casbah Club, home of the early Beatles, to Richard Rogers’s Lloyd’s Building in London, all arranged by region and within that by date.

22 Parkside, Wimbledon, Richard & Su Rogers

22 Parkside, Wimbledon, Richard & Su Rogers

We have to admit this colourful house by famed architect Richard Rogers who still lives there by all accounts, is one of our favourites from the book.

Maison et Objet

On January 22 until the 26th, one of Europe’s key interior trend shows opens its doors. Maison et Object features objects across a number of halls in Paris- bathrooms, office, home, lighting and more are all catered for and the show is a good indicator of what’s to come in the year ahead. See some top picks below. 

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Baan

Baan has painted plates, spoons and other decorative goods- all made from natural materials. We like the neon yellow edging shown above.

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Pols Potten

Although we aren’t mad keen on sitting on leather (it doesn’t scream relaxing we don’t think) we are very keen on this gorgeous green sofa by Dutch studio Pols Potten. Please remove the pineapple before we sit down though Pols.

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Glow in a Dome and Speak Up! Ebb and Flow

We rather like this Victoriana, terrarium-inspired light range from Ebb and Flow. We love their other pieces and this would certainly bring a bit of fun to any interior.

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Kenneth Cobonpue, Bloom

There’s something very appealing about this chair by Kenneth Cobonpue. Not least that anyone who sits in it will probably look a bit of a lemon. But also because it looks very inviting.

Mullan Lighting

Mullan Lighting

Old favourites Mullan Lighting also make an appearance with their Sergeant Pepper Table Lamp above. Inspired by the psychedelic 60’s the red cord gives an added twist.

For more about Maison et Objet and to peruse their website, click here.

Design Shanghai returns

Media 10’s Design Shanghai 2016 (09-12 March 2016) will be returning to the stunning Shanghai Exhibition Centre and will see top names such as Cassina, Vitra, Moroso, Magis, HAY, Seletti, Villeroy & Boch, Miele, Bang & Olufsen, Serip.

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Swarovski will bring a bespoke version of Zotem, a dynamic installation designed by Kim Thorne and originally exhibited at the Victoria & Albert Museum during the London Design Festival 2015.

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Kim Thome – For Swarovski – Photographed at his London Studio – 2015

Design Shanghai is simultaneously a celebration and a reflection of the thriving creative industries market that has been emerging in China in recent years. The pace and scale of China’s economic transformation has in fact provided the perfect environment for the rapid growth of the country’s creative sectors, allowing enterprise, creativity and innovation to flourish.

Design Shanghai 2015

Recent figures show that the number of interior designers in Mainland China has increased to 600,000, while the number of creative studios, including architecture practices, interior design companies and property development firms, has risen to 200,000. The total number of practitioners stands at over 10 million.

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The Classic Design Hall will feature an outstanding selection of products by leading names, including those returning to Design Shanghai following last year’s successful edition. Brands that have reconfirmed their participation include Cole & Son – presented by Wallvision – Parker & Farr, John Myland, PY Design and Miele China. In addition Nur Collection by MOHEBBAN will feature.

For more information click here.

 

Heal’s Modern Craft Club

Now in its third year, Heal’s Modern Craft Market returns bigger and better than ever to the Tottenham Court Road store with an extended run from 7 March to 23 April 2016. Celebrating the best in contemporary crafts, the event provides a platform for the artisans of the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland, an extension of the Great Heal’s Bodging Race, plus live workshops, demos and talks showcasing materials from leather to stone. Here are a few of the crafters involved.

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We were transfixed by Yuta Segawa’s pieces at LDF where he presented his tiny pots in a spectrum of colours- we even bought a few! He was born in Japan and now makes in Lewisham, London. His miniature pots retail for £15 or £20. Each piece is unique and handmade in London.

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Carmel Wilkinson-Ayre is a multidiscipline designer, maker and ceramicist based in Edinburgh. Having recently graduated from Robert Gordon University, she was spotted at the New Designers fair in June 2015 in which she exhibited a range of playful, colourful ceramics and fabrics for the home._Andrew_Ludick_Jug_Beakers

Andrew Ludick’s work has slowly evolved towards forms that illustrate the natural properties of clay and the processes he uses to create them. The building of these forms involves coiling and pinching the clay to create vases, bowls and various other shapes.  After the form is built it is decorated with complementary shapes and patterns, before being covered in a clear transparent glaze that serves to deepen the colours and to seal the clay for functionality.

For more information on the craft market click here.

 

The Raj Tent Club

As well as being the place to hire and buy extravagant Indian and Raj-style tents (you know you need one…..) The Raj Tent Club also has some incredible British Empire and Raj inspired products. We have picked some of our faves below.

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Elephant door handles anyone?? Errrrr yes please! Made in India they are made from brass with black coating. £60 for the pair can’t be bad!

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We are also in love with this naive hand embroidered cotton folk art canopy from West India which can additionally be used as a colourful throw. We think would be a perfect gift for a new baby. Only £75 too!

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The wesbite and shop also have some great bits of original furniture like this Palm Springs Aqua Metal Chair designed by Lisa Vandy. A modern take on the traditional.

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Seeing as how obsessed we are with cushions of all types, we thought these beautiful cotton cushions, made in Kishangar, Rajasthan would be a perfect present for ourselves……or as a great new home gift for someone else.

To view the whole Raj Tent Club website, click here.

 

Assemble- Turner Prize Winners

The creative collective that is Assemble will make an appearance at Top Drawer this January. Featuring in the show’s new new talent hub ‘Spotted’, they will be showcasing products from the Granby Workshop.

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The workshop is a new social enterprise making handmade products for homes. Set up by Assemble and launched through their nomination for the Turner Prize 2015, all products – including door knobs, mantelpieces, furniture, fabric and tiles – are manufactured using processes which embrace chance, so that each is unique, developing in the hands of the people making it.

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We are particularly fond of these sawdust ceramic handles. Individually wrapped in tin foil, burnished clay knobs are buried in a bbq filled with sawdust, set alight and smoked for 12 hours.

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Assemble champion a collaborative working practice that blurs the line between client, designer, builder and public. Their involvement in projects covers a broad range of disciplines and interests – underpinned by the belief that a more diverse approach leads to richer results. This year they became the first design practice ever to win the Turner Prize in the UK.

Fabrics and Wallpaper for 2016

2015 was definitely the year for stunning wallpaper with Cole & Son, All the Fruits, House of Hackney and more getting in on the action. Wallpaper rolls were adorned with mis-matched patterns as well as different colours. Below we have picked a few fabrics and wallpapers that have caught our eye, going into the next season. Both brands have been inspired by places in their designs- geographical creativity!

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Behang Adults by Oilily

This subtle patterned wallpaper by Dutch fashion house Oilily is inspired by four Dutch places.  Four typical villages inspired Oilily’s product designers Roland and Johanneke. Each of these locations had its own characteristic shapes and colour schemes, which in turn created lovely contrasts in the wallpaper designs.

Behang young adult, Oliliy

Behang young adult

Oilily have also made a range for young adults that would sit happily in any teenagers- or grown ups- room. The two luxury wallpaper collections were created with hand painted, drawn or sketched prints. This means striped patterns are not composed of meticulously straight lines and polka dots are not perfectly round, creating a traditional and completely one off feel.

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Art of the Loom’s latest collection entitled ‘Indian Summer’

Art of the Loom’s new Spring collection is inspired by India. A collection of contrasts, it sees the vibrancy and the frenetic energy of the country, hinting at influence from embroidered saris, flowers for the temple, painted trucks and decorated camels. Art of the Loom’s designs are brought to life in rich, vivid tones and stunning textures, perfect for the Spring/Summer season.

 

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Art of the Loom- Agate

The fabric, although inspired by a country renowned for it’s vibrant colours, could easily be introduced into a neutral colour scheme. We can see the above Agate on long drop curtains. And we want.

For more information on Oilily click here and Art of the Loom here.

Please Wait to be Seated

We have just discovered Please Wait to be Seated and are excited. They are agents/distributors of dedicated brands, artists, designers and manufacturers. One quality they all have in common is that they know their trade with regard to craftsmanship, skills, quality of materials and sustainability in terms of durable design.

Planet lamp DESIGNED BY METTE SCHELDE

Planet lamp DESIGNED BY METTE SCHELDE

Some of the pieces like this Planet Lamp have been designed exclusively for the website.

Transcience mirrors

Transcience mirrors

These transcience mirrors are stunning.  Over time dark spots start to appear on mirrors. The silver layer is slowly oxidizing under the influence of oxygen and water, thereby showing some of its history. This process can be regarded as degradation, however this project shows the beauty of this material transition of silver.

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DESIGNED BY KONSTANTINE GRCIC

Konstantin Grcic designed this chair for Mattiazzi. Medici is a low chair with a comfortably reclined posture. It is generous dimensions give it an embracing confidence.

For more information click here.

 

Monkeying about

We know what the British X Factor is like. Stop for a minute then and think how over the top the Italian version must be.

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No these aren’t contestants…..we really wish they were! These “Monkey Lamps”, created by Marcantonio Raimondi Malerba, are a collection of lamps shaped like our long lost cousins, in three different positions, each with a LED light in hand. They featured a few weeks ago on the Italian X Factor as supporting actors for Giò Sada, in the preparation of Peter Gabriel’s legendary hit : ‘Shock the Monkey’.

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The Monkey Lamp uses a naturalistic figure to explore relationships between people and animals. Here, the resulting trio of lamps has a human quality to its expression at the same time that it resembles something out of a science museum. Each of the three primates is quite detailed and poses sitting, standing, or hanging while holding an exposed LED bulb.

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Made of resin and hand-finished in white, the designs have a contemporary, consciously artistic quality to them. As well as being the cutest lights we have quite seriously ever seen!

Click here for more information.

 

Hend Krichen

Hend Krichen is a London-based designer whose practice manufactures and retails handmade luxury home-wares and accessories. We have had our eye on here for a while. We have seen her at 100% Design, CDW and more.

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The main focus within the practice is producing beautiful timeless objects designed to enrich everyday lives through the use of the rich artisanal skills and craftsmanship. The teracotta and the copper colours work together beautifully in the above vases.

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These coasters would brighten up any table.  They have been designed to enrich everyday lives and utilise the rich artisanal skills and craftsmanship in Tunisia. Patterns dating back to 1700’s when the concept of the tile designs were first introduced in North Africa, bringing history into your home.

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This copper wall hanging plate would look perfect all year round, but has a certain Christmas feel to it. Intricate patterns taken from various dates in history in Tunisia and applied onto the surface by hand make this a timeless object.

For more information on Hend and her products, click here.

C.P. Hart new showroom

When we think of bathroom showrooms, we think of tiles, white, toilets (ahem), showers…..water. Not so for the new C.P. Hart showroom in Waterloo.

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They have worked with architecture practice Morrow + Lorraine, design studio Badrock Design and C.P. Hart’s internal merchandising and showroom design teams to create a showroom that could just as easily be a high end hotel reception. 

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Specialist lighting design practice Studio Fractal was also brought in to design two bespoke lighting installations – located in the reception area and C.P. Hart café.

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The new showroom space covers 20,000 sq ft and is a series of interlocking exposed brickwork arches. C.P. Hart were keen to convey the heritage of the building so Morrow + Lorraine utilised the original brickwork against copper panel work on the arches.

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The cafe and the various interlocking arches allow firms to being clients along to relax and be inspired.  The new product gallery allows C.P. Hart to be flexible about how they display products and get new products on show much quicker as soon as they are launched at international trade fairs. The products are presented on flexible mobile plinths based on a modular system that can changed and moved around. Other products are fixed onto the wall and plumbed for testing.

For more information click here.

Christmas picks from Skandium

We passed the Skandium store in Marylebone a few weekends ago and had to be physically held back from entering and spending our last months wages. That’s the hold Skandium has over Despoke. Here we have gathered a few Christmas ideas…..for anyone who is reading and needs them. Send the link to your entire family as a massive hint. We have.

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AALTO VASE
BY IITTALA

Iittala products would look perfect dotted around our entire house. Annoyingly at £125 a vase for this Aalto vase, we can’t quite justify the spend. Do Skandium do a January sale?

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FLIP MIRROR
BY NORMANN COPENHAGEN

Ahhhhh Norman Copenhagen. How we love thee and aspire to design our lives around your simple yet perfect goods. This flip mirror retails at £75 which is totally acceptable for a piece that will frame our ugly mugs like a painting!

KOPPA MAGAZINE RACK BY VERSO DESIGN

KOPPA MAGAZINE RACK
BY VERSO DESIGN

Writing about design means we have to collect every magazine about interiors and beautiful things we can get our hands on. And we have to keep them all. Really we do. This Koppa magazine rack by Verso would hold them all very nicely, thank you very much!

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FJORD SCENTED CANDLE
BY SKANDINAVISK

One of the easiest ways to calm down at home and to deliver yourself somewhere else, is to light a candle. This being Skandium, their candles smell of Norweigan Fjords. Of course. We can’t quite imagine what that smells like, but are up for having a go!

For more information on Skandium, click here.

 

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