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.

monkey lamp

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.

monkey lamp

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. 

cp hart, bathrooms

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.

 

The Tipi

We’ve just found out about Tipi – the modular shelving unit by Assaf Israel and we are a little bit in love. Inspired by elements of nomadism: the ease with which one can transfer, assemble, change, disassemble and rebuild it – the shelving unit can be popped up and down with ease.

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The cone-shaped structure allows an easy setting of the shelves, with no need of fixation – the diameter of each hole in each shelf was precisely measured so as to stand in the exact and desired height. The upper part of the poles are fixed with screws, allowing an easier positioning of the shelves. The system include 1 Tipi system Includes: 3 shelves, 1 hanger, 1 drawers and 2 hand-made African baskets made of Veta-Vera grass.

tipi, assif israel

It can be used for a desk too- meaning it’s multifunctional as well as stunning- just what we like! For more information about the Tipi, click here.

tipi, assif israel

Kite and Jess Wilson

We hadn’t heard of graphic artist Jess Wilson’s work, until we saw her collaboration with eye-wear brand Kite and we are chuffed to have found a new artist to covet. They have worked together on a collection that has launched at Westfield Stratford City.

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Wilson has created eight unique designs for KITE showcasing her experimental pattern-making and line work with her love for text and bold colours. Customers will be invited to choose a lens cloth and pouch from one of the imaginative and playful designs when purchasing a pair of sunglasses or glasses in store or online.

kit, jess wilson

We think this is a great idea and one we hope Kite will continue to support artists on ranges. For more information on Kite and the collaboration, click here.

 

 

 

Pinch- Christmas stock

We are mad fans of Pinch Design here at Despoke and are always keeping an eye out for their beautifully crafted pieces. It’s worth remembering that although they make a lot of pieces to order, they also hold a lot of stock- all available to get delivered before Christmas. Here are a few of our top picks.

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Imo Folding stool

This folding stool is perfect for having guests round. When too many peopl are squeezed into the house, unfold one of these from its peg on the wall and voila!

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Lana dressing table

Every time we see this dressing table we feel like a real grown up with proper make up and jewellery that needs safely housing. That’s not the case sadly, but we can always dream.

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Float table

These gorgeous little side tables are perfect for dotting around when the house is full at Christmas. Inspired by fisherman’s floats, they are simple and incredibly useful.

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Twig

These sculptured benches and or tables are made from coppiced hazel. Not only do they remind us of fairy stories and woodsmen, but they would look uber-cool in a Scandi-inspired interior.

For prices and information click here.

 

Christmas picks at Design Event

Following on from their hugely successful pop up shop at Design Event a few months ago at the Northern Design Festival, you can now buy Northern made goods for all your friends and family (and yourself of course).

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CORRENTE ROSSO CUSHION

The shop features only Northern made pieces and has a wide range to suit any budget.

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GEOMETRIC LAMPSHADE James design

We are really into geometrics at the moment and this stand out piece would work well in a pared back colour scheme.

cushion, northern pop up shop

MELOGRANO FIORENTINO Susi Bellamy

Designer Susi Bellamy has taken a gorgeous Italian Virgin and child scene and created a modern update. The colours are bang on without seeming garish.

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HEXAGON MIRROR SET James design

Another gorgeous and very reasonable mirror set by James design retails at £195. This will definitely be going on the list.

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WHAT A CORKER! Daniel Scholfield

Cork is bang on interiors trend at the moment and Daniel Scholfield has also captured people’s love for hanging circular mirrors.

For more information and to peruse and purchase, click here.

Teenage Kicks- Pure Evil

The Saatchi gallery have an exhibition of new works by Pure Evil in the Prints & Originals Gallery at the from December 1st 2015 to January 3rd 2016. The series looks at nightmares.

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Camo Audrey CANVAS by PURE EVIL

Although at £5000 for the above, they are a teeny tiny (read completely) out of our price range we can always put on our Christmas wish list…..maybe?

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Vladimir Putin’s Nightmare Hand-finished Print by PURE EVIL

To be fair, some of the prints go down to a far more reasonable £750- like this gorgeous screenprint with hand finished embellishments by the artist.

teenage kicks, saatchi

Prince Philip’s Nightmare CANVAS by PURE EVIL

The artist Pure Evil says of the collection:“The subjects are inspired by pop culture, and are a reflection of my teenage self, sitting in my bedroom, reading the NME, listening to John Peel and DREAMING.” 

For more information click here.

Gumtree do up-cylcing

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Gumtree recently hosted an amazing up-cycling workshop with celebrity up-cycler Mac McMurdo.

gumtree

Taking place at the stunning Motel Studios, the idea was to encourage people to bring in their old bits and bobs and create something new and beautiful from them.

gumtree

Those at the class also got to learn new craft and making skills. We would love to go to another class, especially if we can make a star like the one below. Find out more about Gumtree and their upcycling initiative here.

gumtree

Muuto Update – SOFA collection

With Christmas coming and the family descending, now is the perfect time to invest and treat yourself, in one of Muuto’s stunning sofas. We are big fans of Muuto at Despoke and have a  few of their smaller items.

Muuto

This dusky pink addition from the Connect range can be adapted to suit any shape and be extended as the family grows.

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The rest series comes in a variety of colours including mustard yellow, grey and dusky pink. On trend colours that will fit into any scheme.

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Softblocks do exactly what you think they will- a comfortable range of different shapes that encourage a playful approach to sitting.

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The Oslo range would sit perfectly in office break out areas as well as in a modern, clutter-free home. We can all aspire to that dream!

For more information about the ranges and their prices click here.

Solus ceramics new launch

Solus Ceramics have launched a brand new and exclusive range of wall tiles that are set to be one of the top trends in the architectural and interior design industry for 2016.

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The company’s new Geometry range feature stunning herringbone style patterns that open up endless design possibilities. The chevron shaped tiles fit together effortlessly and easily, allowing architects and designers to create an array of cutting edge and exciting creations, from dynamic and chic geometric stripes to scintillating zig zags.

solus ceramics

Solus Ceramics are known for their modern tile styles that can be used in home or professional settings. Above, the Illustrate range comes in a variety of colours and geometric shapes- perfect for creating unique spaces in the home.

solus ceramics

A particular Despoke favourite is the Serif range which is colourful, on-trend yet timeless. For more details click here.

 

 

 

Nottingham Market Design Event

For all of you Nottingham-based, head down to the city centre to see leading brands from a thriving Nottingham design scene, who have got together for a three day pop up shop.

nottingham design

‘Nottingham Market’ will showcase premium clothing, homeware and accessories and will enable customers to meet the designers behind the brands. It’s  a perfect opportunity to find an ideal Christmas gift for design lovers or to treat yourself!

notingham design

The event will take place in the famous Lace Market area, the home of Nottingham’s manufacturing heritage. An exhibition by artist and ceramacist Blue Firth will be open at Syson Gallery on High Pavement alongside the market venue. It is also opposite the city’s major art gallery Nottingham Contemporary.

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Collaborators include homeware and fashion brands Lane, Tori Murphy, Universal Works, Sunspel, Jody Woodhouse and more. We are big fans of Tori Murphy, having seen her at Clerkenwell Design Week so it’s definitely worth checking out. Find out more about visiting here.

 

by Lassen styling – Winter wonderland

We have featured by Lassen a number of times on Despoke- mainly because they produce beautiful furniture and objects like the below.

by lassen

by Lassen is a Danish design company who work with various designers, including two of Denmark’s greatest architects: Mogens Lassen and Flemming Lassen.

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The Lassen brothers were extremely talented and were honoured with many awards and grants for their unique designs and iconic architecture. by Lassen’s mission is to continue the tradition of good design. Because good design lives on in new generations.

bylassen

The way they design their pieces allow for beauty as well as comfort and in this cold and stormy weather, make us want to create our own winter scene to cosy up in!

Uncommon Goods

We have just discovered Uncommon Goods and we love it. The brand with amazing online website and e-shop,  want to change the way business is conducted, by making sustainability a part of every decision they make. We have picked a few of our favourite pieces below.

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Fire Escape Shelf, £69.50

Uncommon Goods want to offer buyers a creative and exciting merchandise assortment and are working with suppliers – from artists to small manufacturers – to make their products in a more socially and environmentally responsible manner. Loving the Fire Escape Shelf above- would be perfect in a lounge or a home office.

uncommon goods

Barnwood State Side Tables, £138.99

Since their founding, they have featured products that contain recycled components and have not sold products containing leather, feathers or fur – the main goal is to sell no product that harms humans or animals. The online shop itself is really easy to use and incredibly reasonable considering the quality of the pieces.

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Envelope Wall Vase, £32.29, by Shandi McConnell

Although the brand cover jewellery, clothing and art, we are particular fans of their home and garden ranges. It’s also great that on certain items they give a bio of the designer – thus showcasing how sustainable the piece is and allowing the user to trace the making back to a real source- not just a factory.

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Lightbulb LED Lamp, £84.24

They have also done a great job of photographing the pieces- they look gorgeous and as if they were straight out of a John Lewis catalogue!

uncommon goods

Yosemite Coat Rack,
£280.79

Find out more about how they work here and on their website.

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