GF Smith Paper City

G . F Smith, the UK’s most creative paper company, celebrates the World’s Favourite Colour. Revealed via a cascade of paper helicopters over Humber Street in Hull, G . F Smith announces that ‘Marrs Green’ has been voted the world’s favourite colour.

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D&AD New Blood winners

Last night in London, D&AD revealed the winners of the 2017 New Blood Awards. The winners wowed the judges with their creative talents and received an esteemed accolade: a New Blood Pencil. Whittled down from thousands of entries with entrants from over 40 countries, this year’s awards once again reflect the best in young global creative talent.

Black Pencil Winner Mmmhmmmm

Black Pencil Winner Mm-hmm

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Welcome to The Bird Street Oasis

As pop ups become more and more popular and people expect so much more from their shopping experiences, even international shopping destination Oxford Street faces challenges. In response, New West End Company (NWEC) with Harry Dobbs Design (HDD) have launched The Bird Street Smart Oasis, transforming a down-at-heal cul-de-sac off Oxford Street into a unique new public space that pilots innovative design ideas for the West End.

Photo by Mark Cocksedge

Photo by Mark Cocksedge

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Get ready for Mail Rail!

London’s most anticipated new heritage attraction, The Postal Museum, has confirmed it will officially open to the public on Friday 28 July 2017. This means so much more than post. It means a ride on the best and tiniest underground railway ever.

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New Designers is coming

New Designers returns to the Business Design Centre this summer for its 32nd edition, showcasing fresh thinking and talent from the UK’s leading design courses and most entrepreneurial new businesses.

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String Shelves

The String shelf has been around for nearly 80 years and has become a bit of a design staple. We look at the ways this simple and super easy to assemble piece could be used in your kitchen. Or pantry. If you have a pantry…..which seems unlikely, but worth visualising and using in a ‘one day I would like a pantry’ mantra.

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Lexington X Boråstapeter Wallpaper

You know we like a good wallpaper here at Despoke. It seems to bear better results to grubby fingers than paint does and feels more luxurious. Swedish brand, Lexington, have collaborated with Boråstapeter to create a range of wallpapers that exude a relaxed East Coast style.

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Lighting from VITA Copenhagen

Some brands aren’t great at making affordable lighting products that look like they are worth more. Vita Copenhagen are. Their designs are inspired by the Scandi pieces of the mid-century from names such as Louis Poulsen and Poul Henningsen,but don’t bear such a resemblance that it becomes awkward.

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Cakes meet Architecture

For the past two years some of the world’s most iconic buildings have risen out of butter and flour at the hands of some of the biggest design firms and this weekend just gone was no different, as th WATG’s celebrated Great Architectural Bake-Off made an exciting return during the London
Festival of Architecture. Renowned names in architecture were once again be invited to recreate the world’s most iconic buildings out of cake.

Bake off 2016

Bake off 2016

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Mini Happy Planner

We love organising and stationery so very much. There’s nothing like a stroll through Hay or Present and Correct and coming out with a months’ rent’s worth of rulers and desktop filing trays in copper. Although their website is a little overwhelming and garish, the brand Happybags have got their planners bang on.

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Here After

We have written about the massive changes to the White City area a few times. It’s always interesting to see how areas that have been somewhat grimy and a little unloved get an update. This time designers Craig & Karl have playfully revived a derelict petrol station on Wood Lane in London’s White City to create HERE AFTER, a public and visually arresting art installation that riffs on the area’s importance to British broadcasting history.

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A celebratory digital portrait of a much loved East Londoner

Hoxton Press are at it again with the brilliant www.86andahalfyears.com project.  By a group of East London creative businesses, the immersive piece celebrates the life of Joseph Markovic, a man who left London just once in his life, to go to seaside with his mum.
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Movisi present Grow!

With so many of us working from home and trying to make sure the house still feels like a home even when it’s full of work bits, storage and organisation is key. German design brand Movisi has launched GROW! a flexible furniture system made from 95% air, manufactured in Germany and designed in Paris by Marine Peyre. Quite the Pro-European piece. GROW! will internationally launch on the 16 May at 5pm on crowdfunding platform Indiegogo and is a system that builds up on one single element allowing users endless configurations (over 10,000) and the possibility to easily alter an interior according to changing needs.

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New Designers- One Year On

Now Clerkenwell Design Week is over, we can start thinking about all the other great shows coming up and one of our favourites has to be New Designers. Taking place once more in Islington’s Business Design Centre from 28 June – 1 July and 5–8 July., one of the best parts of the shows is One year On, the feature area that looks back on those whose businesses are less than one year old.  Here, we highlight just a few of the 80 exhibiting.

Lauren Nauman

Lauren Nauman

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CDW Fringe and Food benefits

Because CDW takes place within EC1, and because EC1 has some of the best restaurants and bars in the world (who all take part with great offers), you need to make sure you navigate your way to some of the below to grab some great food and drink deals. You also need to check out the below studio tours, open studios and generally brilliant fringe offers. There are even more options in the links above.

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