London Design Festival: Shin Azumi + Plaid ‘Afternoon Tea”


During London Design Festival, Shin Azumi and Plaid will open their studios for ‘Afternoon Tea’ to present their recent works. Product designer Shin Azumi launches his tea set ‘Topo’ by Kinto amongst other recent works. Interior studio Plaid, located in the same building will present a selection of their prototypes and models. Continue Reading…

Party: 100% Design & Icon Magazine


Everyone’s welcome to join Icon Magazine at 100% Design on Thursday September 18th to celebrate the 20th edition of the show.


Don’t miss the biggest design party of the year at 100% Design’s Central Bar features music from Gary Powell of the Libertines. Powell, who headlined festivals with Pete Doherty and Carl Barat, is expected to play an exciting blend of indie/dance. Peroni, Campari and Champagne Jacquart 100% Design’s official sponsors will provide drinks.


In the auditorium Pecha Kucha founder Mark Dytham hosts the 100% Design Pecha Kucha, celebrating 20 years of the show. Key figures from the show’s past will present 20 slides in 20 seconds each on the theme of ‘20’. Speakers include Jaime Anley, Nick Crosbie, Gareth Williams, Russell Pinch, Dick Powell, Luke Pearson, Ross Lovegrove, and Nina Tolstrup.

Register now: 100% Design

Party: Thursday 18 September, 6-9

The show runs: 17-20 September, Earl’s Court, London.


London Design Festival: Future Stars at The Aram Gallery


Aram Store presents some of the best designs launched in 2014 during London Design Festival.  7 bold new designers Maria Jeglinska, Lola Lely, Cat Potter, James Shaw, Sophie Thomas, Thor ter Kulve, Kim Thome will show their latest work at The Aram Gallery’s newest opening Future Stars? 

3rd Floor, 110 Drury Lane, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 5SG


Retail: tincan by AL_A




Next week award-winning design and architecture studio AL_A present tincan, a six month restaurant project in Soho, serving the best tinned seafood in the world.

“While designing a new cultural centre in Lisbon, our team discovered a former fishing tackle shop, which was transformed into a tiny, vibrant restaurant serving only tinned seafood. What started as lunch quickly became an idea, and subsequently a new project,”  the designers told Despoke.

 Tincan elevates the humble tin to an object of desire in a setting designed by AL_A, which offers 30 different tins, all of the finest quality seafood, to eat in the restaurant or to purchase at the store.


An array of cans form a striking repeat pattern against the black Corian® backdrop setting the tone of the fit. Working with their collaborators, AL_A have designed lights to showcase LG’s OLED technology, a wafer thin light source, stackable aluminium stools and tables made by Iduna of Portugal.


We love the concept of: no kitchen, the finest tinned seafood delicacies, super healthy, and great graphics with the tin as the hero.


Opening 15 September: Tincan - 7, Upper James Street, Soho, W1F 9DH.

Images: Paul Winch-Furness

AL_A / Tincan



Interni turns 60 and celebrates with six talks during London Design Festival

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Above: Heydar Aliyev center by Zaha Hadid

Innovative Landscape Talk, the first of a series of 6 high-profile talks to mark the 60th anniversary of INTERNI – legendary Italian interiors and contemporary design magazine – will start tonight, with Zaha Hadid Architects at the Artemide Showroom.

The aim is to bring together the international stars of architecture and design who will explore key themes for design and interiors professionals – such as the relationship between the manufacturing process and architectural projects. Continue Reading…

The Architect Pitch by archiboo at 100% Design


Ever wondered how to pitch your ideas to potential clients? Today 100% Design will select seven architects to feature in The Architect Pitch at the show. Join the live audience next week to watch the chosen practices test their communication skills in front of a panel of prominent industry experts. Organised by archiboo, the event is an exceptional opportunity for the architects to showcase their work, and receive constructive feedback.

The panel includes David Barrie, social entrepreneur and TV producer on numerous programmes including ‘Kevin McCloud and the Big Town Plan’, Nick Johnson, former Development Director of Urban Splash, Reza Merchant, founder of a London-based shared-living concept The Collective and Inma Martinez, CEO of innovative London tech startup Swoon Media. The panel will be joined by a leading developer and the event will be chaired by Amanda Baillieu, founder of archiboo.

Based on the ‘Elevator Pitch’ – which comes from the idea that if you met an investor in an elevator and only had 30 seconds to pitch your business, what would it sound like? Selected practices have just 3 minutes to pitch their practice and what makes it unique, to the panel.

The filmed session will appear on both the archiboo and 100% Design websites.

100% Design: 19 September 2014, 12.30 – 13.30




Play musical chairs at Heal’s to win the Misa Joy chair from Tog


To celebrate the launch of the Brazilian furniture brand TOG in Heal’s Tottenham Court Road store this September, Heal’s will host a one-day Brazilian themed LIVE musical chair event called TAKE A SEAT – open to the public – at Whitfield Gardens (opposite Heal’s on Tottenham Court Road) on 17 Sep 2014. Please see below more info.

  • One day live event on 17 Sep in Whitfield Gardens  – essentially TOG’s take on the classic game of musical chairs (*chairs will be from the new TOG collection)
  • Pre-register on a dedicated microsite to book a slot at the event.
  • There will be 10 rounds; each round will allow 20 participants (thus 200 participants in total for the whole day)
  • First round starts at 11.30am and last round starts at 6.30pm
  • The winner of each round will win a NEW Misa Joy chair (see below) from the TOG collection
  • The event will have a DJ playing Brazilian music throughout, light refreshments will also be served at the event
  • So basically bringing the Brazilian carnival vibe to London during the festival, also a great chance for the public to win a chair for simply taking part at the event

Enjoy the party and be sure to play ‘Take a Seat’ for your chance to win a bespoke Misa Joy chair by Philippe Starck.


Heal’s / TOG


Margaret Howell shows S/S 15 Collection at Rambert to Support Open House London Weekend


Open House London is the capital’s largest annual architectural festival, buildings and public spaces of all types and periods are accessible, free of charge, over a single weekend in September to encourage greater public appreciation of urban spaces and the built environment. Open House London Weekend 2014 takes place from 20 – 21 September.

Rambert is home to Britain’s national company for contemporary dance and the building, designed by Allies and Morrison Architects and completed in December 2013, will be open to the public on Saturday 20 September during this year’s Open House London Weekend.

Rambert’s award winning new home provides the company with state of the art facilities for the creation of new choreography and music for dance. It also enables the company to unlock the riches of the Rambert archive, one of the oldest and most complete dance archives in the world. During Open House London Weekend visitors will gain access to the studios, workshops, wardrobe and office space.

Margaret Howell has supported Open House London since 2003 and the company has worked closely with the charity to search and secure a new venue for the designers Spring Summer 2015 women’s fashion show, to be held on Sunday 14 September during London Fashion Week.


Commenting on the decision to move the show from Wigmore Street, the designers London flagship and venue for London Fashion Week shows for over ten years, Margaret Howell says, “This year we needed to move our LFW show to accommodate the growing number of guests. I knew I wanted something with the working space and spirit of our Wigmore Street shop and that’s hard to find. So my thanks go to the team at Open House London Weekend for suggesting Rambert. This recently opened building is functional space with strong associations of movement, energy and style. After all, I  design my clothes with just that kind of freedom, life and natural grace in mind. What better place to show them than where dance is made.”

Margaret Howell / Open House London / Rambert / Allies and Morrison Architects


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La Cornue release Château 150 made with a solid copper finish

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The ‘warm’ metals copper and brass are back, featuring everywhere from lighting to bathroom fittings and now in the kitchen too.

La Cornue‘s artisanal stoves are equipped and tailor-made to order. Displayed here, the Château 150 has been fashioned with a solid copper finish and polished copper trim. Together, the monumental hand-built stove and the lustrous metal create an amazingly deluxe effect.

Handmade in La Cornue‘s Paris workshops, every Château is a complete one off. The bespoke construction is a meticulous, time-honoured process using luxurious materials including brass, copper, steel, cast iron and enamel. Hobs are wholly personalised set-ups chosen from options including solid brass burners, electric, vitro-ceramic or induction hobs, simmering plates and teppanyaki. Ovens can also be gas or electric. This is true made-to-measure craftsmanship.

La Cornue


IKEA parodies Apple with viral ‘Bookbook’ video

Ad agency BBH Asia Pacific created a satirical ad to promote the 2015 Ikea catalogue otherwise known as “BookBook™ and within days it has racked up an astonishing 8,717,186 views, at the time of going to press. The ad – a deliberate spoof of Apple demos is introduced by “chief design guru” Jorgen Eghammer in the 2.5 minute clip. 

Once in a while something comes along which changes the way we live, a device so simple and intuitive, using it feels almost familiar,” says Eghammer “It’s not a digital book or an e-book. It’s a “BookBook™” 


The set is minimal, simply a 328 page “book book” on a white ground and a pair of hands to flick pages. 

Eghammer describes the issue as having “no cables, not even a power cable”, “content comes pre installed” and “battery life is eternal.” He goes on to explain, “to start browsing, simply touch and grab. Right to left to move forwards, left to right to move backwards.” 

The underlying message of the ad is that a humble ‘handheld’ catalogue to quote Apple, “is more powerful than you think.”


Identity: Space Division designed by Inhouse


Space Division is an Auckland based architectural studio established in 2010 that looks to contribute to and positively impact on the lives and environments of its clients and their communities by producing simple and succinct spaces.

The identity for the Space Division is a typographic play on the name. Inhouse a local based consultancy successfully explores the theme of space, contemporary restraint and scalability to deliver aesthetic impact. This is achieved by taking the architectural mainstay, neutrality and utility of an uppercase sans-serif logotype and its single ink economy and pushing it off the edge in print and online, framing content, hinting at the existence of a second plane in three dimensional space and expanding and contracting depending on the logotype’s context. Continue Reading…

Exhibitor Alert: Esaila at Maison Objet


Above: ‘Capsule’ candleholder by Kenyon Yeh

Esaila a Taiwan based company founded by designer Kenyon Yeh has introduced a new collection of contemporary minimalist designs consisting of furniture, lighting and other accessories at Maison Objet. We love their simple designs such as the ‘Cherry’ pendant by Kaschkasch inspired by a couple of cherries. If you are visiting the show, check out the rest of the range in Hall 8 Stand D77. Continue Reading…

Talks with 100% Design


Above (from left): Philippe Starck, Ross Lovegrove, Jaime Hayon

Talks with 100% Design returns with a stellar cast of leading industry figures. During the four days in September (17-20), visitors to the show at Earls Court, London can enjoy a stimulating program, which addresses the topics that matter to architects and designers today, as well as in the future. The Talks will take place in the striking auditorium designed by the multi-talented El Ultimo Grito. Continue Reading…

Garden Stripes


If you are looking to add drama in the garden create a stripe effect using climbing plants teased into shape with the help of wooden strips. Try a mixture of plants – one stripe floral, the other foliage for an unusual composition.



Nendo create an ice cream village cake for Häagen-Dazs


Japanese studio Nendo has created an ice cream cake topped with chocolate houses for Häagen-Dazs that’s evoked the spirit of Christmas.  Continue Reading…

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