Watercolour sheepskin by Aelfie and Obra Obscura


Today we share the Cumulus sheepskin collection, a collaboration between Brooklyn-based AELFIE and textile design studio OBRA OBSCURA. Available in a range of bright colours each dreamy hand dyed sheepskin is custom made-to-order. We love this unusual watercolour effect design. Good news for us, they ship internationally.


Accessories Summer Sale at Tom Dixon


One week left in Tom Dixon’s Accessories Summer Sale, with 25% off selected accessories until 31st July online and in the Portobello shop. Explore the featured accessories here.

Tom Dixon

Customise your bathroom with Swoon


Scandinavian furniture company Swoon sells modern bathroom storage solutions online directly to the customer’s home. Fredrik Wallner designed this striking furniture series in a range of colours and sizes to fit all types of bathrooms, down to the smallest guest toilet or powder room. The company has focused on the detail, such as thin porcelain washbasins, knobs in cork and copper and support legs in solid ash, and added practical details like secret compartments, hidden inside drawers and integrated towel holders.

Lars Tobiasson, founder and CEO of Swoon: “We wanted to do something completely new. With Swoon, everyone can create a personal style in the bathroom, just like in the rest of the home.”

Despoke loves the clean lines of this monochrome combination, which one do you like?




Styling Inspiration


Styling inspiration: Distressed walls


Join the Gold Rush


Do you find yourself drawn to a hint of gold? Why not try floor to ceiling gold mosaic tiles? This dramatic disco inspired bathroom would mix beautifully with white walls and warm wood. What do you think?


Photographer to commission: Vavrinec Menšl

Friday Night Treat: Milk chocolate lollies for the children


The school holidays can seem endless if you run out of activities to do with the children. Why don’t you make some ice lollies? You know they will enjoy making and eating these. Start them off with this simple recipe and move on to more elaborate ones.



Makes 10 lollies


600 ml milk

40z light brown sugar

2 pinches of salt

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

3oz mini chocolate chips



  1. Place milk in a microwave-safe bowl and heat for 1 minute, or until warm to the touch.
  2. Stir in brown sugar and salt until dissolved. Stir in the vanilla.
  3. Place 1/2 tablespoon of chocolate chips in the bottom of your ice lolly moulds.
  4. Fill to the top with the milk mixture.
  5. Insert sticks before freezing.


Editor’s Pick: Colour Block Kitchens by Dries Otten

Above: Kitchen 1

Experimental Belgian interior architecture practice Dries Otten’s kitchens are real showstoppers with a distinct signature style – think colour blocking, mixed materials and clever compositions. Take a look at these three beauties: Continue Reading…

Declutter the office


Our inspiration today comes courtesy of these minimal offices. Don’t let clutter stand in the way of a productive day. Start off as you mean to continue by displaying the goods you like and storing the rest.


Clear piles of letters and stationery items before allocating a place for each. Box essential stationery items so they are not scattered around, and maintain order by taking five minutes at the end of each day to put things back in place.


Kitchens & Bathrooms: Key names announced by 100% Design 2015


Above: Argento Vivo by GeD Cucine

As the demand increases in the high-end Kitchens & Bathrooms sector brands strive to demonstrate innovation. To see the world’s leading manufacturers new collections in one location head to the Kitchens & Bathrooms section at 100% Design 2015, 23 – 26 September. Expect a stellar line-up, from newcomers antoniolupi and Bette, to returning brands including GSI Ceramica, Kolpa, bulthaup by Kitchen Architecture, GeD Cucine, Foursteel, Keramag Design and LG Hausys – HI-MACS®.


Above: BetteLux Shape by Bette


Above: ILBAGNO by antoniolupi

100% Design: 23 – 26 September, Olympia, London.


GeD Cucine / antoniolupi / Bette

Neon table lights by Minimalux

London-based brand Minimalux referenced the installations of American artist Dan Flavin as inspiration for the Neon table lights. Don’t be fooled into thinking the light is neon, it isn’t. Continue Reading…

Styling Inspiration


Styling Inspiration from Danish brand Hay.

Match the floor with the walls for an uninterrupted look.




Brilliant Yellow Kitchen by Doherty Design Studio


If you are contemplating adding a colour in your kitchen take inspiration from this show-stopping design by Doherty Design Studio. The team added a floor-to-ceiling bank of storage in a brilliant yellow laminate to provide a bold backdrop in the room.


Well-considered joinery has been purposefully used alongside a bright shade to conceal the function and create this visually striking and modern area.

Photography: Gorto Yuuki

Doherty Design Studio


House in Double Bay by Tribe Studio Architects


Located in a leafy suburban street in Sydney’s Double Bay, this black rectangular house designed by Tribe Studio Architects stands proudly in the Victorian district. It is a mute black rectangular prism raising elongated quizzical eyebrows over vertical windows. The deep window reveals are tiled in white whilst its proportions and composition nod to the period of the street.


In contrast, the interior is soft and warm. Entered through a pink front door, the house opens up into the sun-drenched double height void and frames a lush green back garden. Continue Reading…

Shop: The Garden Edit


Above: SRP Planter’s, £150.00 each.

Online shopping destination The Garden Edit stocks a contemporary collection of garden products that embody functionality, timelessness, and beauty.


The considered range handpicked and beautifully styled by English gardener John Tebbs merges garden implements with art and design. Here are a few items to whet your appetite.


Green House by Kimia Kline, £695.00.

Kimia Ferdowsi Kline is a New York based artist and curator. Kimia’s recent work is born from her father’s stories about his childhood garden in Tehran: a walled enclosure full of pomegranate trees and a pool in the center. Unable to visit Iran due to religious persecution and the execution of her grandfather in 1982, she’s established a connection with this ghost homeland through recreating these garden paradises. Continue Reading…

London inspired tiles by Laura Carlin at The New Craftsmen


Above: Entire ‘London Life’ mural, £1250.

’London Life’ tile range depicts scenes of everyday London captured in the traditional ’Delft blue’ colourway by acclaimed illustrator Laura Carlin. Continue Reading…

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