LDF: Design inspiration is everywhere

Despoke revelled in the sunshine in Islington on Saturday,  popping into Aria to see Camille Walala’s take over of the front window.


The powerful and explosive prints and patterns felt like a clash between a 1980’s and 1960’s art studio.

Head there now for pattern and colour: www.londondesignfestival.com/events/walala-house

v and a, cloud

The LDF’s head quarters for the week are at the V&A and houses a number of one off commissions. Inspired by the Art Nouveau movement, renowned Austrian design duo mischer’traxler have collaborated with boutique champagne house Perrier-Jouët to bring a sensual, interactive installation to the V&A’s Norfolk House Music Room.common

New last year, the Queen’s Park design district is now a well-loved part of LDF. A top pick is Bill Amberg Studio who are hosting an open studio from 21-27 September, where they will be showing their Common Collection of benches and stools. This furniture features the Studio’s signature combination of traditional leather techniques and technology.


Our faves from Clerkenwell Design Week, The Goldsmith’s Centre are back with A Sense of Jewellery. The show  brings together outstanding examples of modern jewellery by forty artists and designers made in Britain over the past forty years,  setting out to rediscover British jewellery design and celebrate the quality of design thinking and material innovation in this period. http://www.londondesignfestival.com/events/sense-jewellery

union chapel, islington

As if LDF isn’t enough, the weekend just gone was Open House London. Upper Street Islington’s Union Chapel was spellbinding, with a free music gig also going on. www.unionchapel.org.uk

Plan your LDF here.

100% Design opens its doors

100% Design is LDF’s largest trade show. We pick some of the top brands from each section below. Register now and be inspired.


Head to Interiors for Designheure

chairs and more

Worplace sponsored by SketchUp sees many brands including the colourful Chairs and More.


Get inspired by porcelain stoneware manufacturer, Apavisa in Kitchens and Bathrooms.


Take inspiration in the Design and Build section sponsored by Formica, from brands including Karndean Design Flooring.


Spot the up and coming names like MACRW in Emerging Brands.


Ready for a brew? Head to Half Three Cafe a concept space designed by Fabrica, Daniel Rous and much needed tea from Twinnings.

yves behar

Hear the latest in design news and head to the auditorium. Yves Behar speaks on tomorrow.

Novamobili gets artistic

Young British artist Ben Mosley will paint British and Italian landmarks on Novamobili furniture live on their stand at 100% Design as a celebration of the brand’s UK’s debut at the show.


The artist has used as canvases two Doll chairs from the latest Novamobili collection, and has transformed them into unique artworks, taking inspiration from British and Italian landmarks, and capturing the two nations’ vibrant creativity and design excellency. The two chairs will be displayed at 100% Design.


Mosley, who was first introduced to Novamobili by Paul Healey Chairman of Pantera Wardrobes, Novamobili’s contract installer for London and the Southeast, is known for his lively and expressive paintings featuring a range of different subjects. He creates his images by painting directly onto diverse surfaces, preserving the spontaneity of his gesture and translating his emotions on the object painted. For this commission, Novamobili wished to pay homage to London’s unique atmosphere and design, and create a metaphorical bridge between Italian and British design cultures.


The vibrancy of Ben’s work perfeclty matches the modern colour and movement of Novamobili’s pieces. See them at 100% Design.


David Chipperfield at Valcucine

London Design Festival kicked off for Despoke at the 1st of Interni Magazine’s Aperitivos. Taking place at the gorgeous Valcucine showroom on Great Portland Street the event saw David Chipperfield discuss the place museums have in society, with the Royal Academy’s Kate Goodwin. david chipperfield, valcucine

INTERNI Design Aperitivo is a series of five talks during London Design Festival 2015, run by world-renowned Italian design magazine INTERNI and Salone del Mobile.Milano, the leading Italian furniture trade fair. Interni will be hosting 5 different talks across LDF, find out more here.

Picture by Ashley Bingham. Gilda Bojardi introduces David Chipperfield and  Kate Goodwin.

Picture by Ashley Bingham. Gilda Bojardi introduces David Chipperfield and Kate Goodwin.

Interni editor Gilda Bojardi

queues, valcucine

Picture by Ashley Bingham.

There were queues round the block as people crammed into the showroom, desperate to see Chipperfield talk about public spaces and the difficulty that comes from the frequent lack of design consciousness in investment buildings.

chipperfield, valcucine

Chipperfield spoke for some time about the difficulty UK public funded buildings have in allowing architects to be creative. He found his feet and fame in Japan in the 1980’s and was allowed and indeed encouraged to create buildings that were beautiful as well as functional and whose premise wasn’t just to meet funding targets.

rowing henley, chipperfield

Chipperfield spoke about the vast differences in the planning processes when designing in England, as per his experience with the Henley Rowing Museum and in other parts of the world.  He highlighted the problematic planning application process in the UK and the weakness of RIBA in architectural competitions in recent years.

nobel centre, chipperfield

However there was a certain optimism to the state of modern architecture: ” Modern architecture is now far better than it was even 10 years ago”, stated Chipperfield when asked about the reason members of the public often oppose so massively to an area changing architecturally. He talked briefly about his practice’s wining proposal for the Nobel Centre in Stockholm and how they aimed for it to be as light and unobtrusive as possible to allow the prize itself to do the talking.

RA, chipperfield

Kate Goodwin spoke about the Royal Academy and Chipperfield’s  winning submission asking how important it was for the architecture of a building to reflect and encourage the artwork inside it. She raised an interesting point for discussion, when saying how often the public thinks they long for a traditional, calm and quiet art gallery and for the architecture to be thus, when frequently the art it contains is far from traditional and quiet.


Top quotes from Chipperfield: 

“I’m not worried about the London skyline as such, as I am about what’s going on on the ground.”

“Architecture shouldn’t push for novelty”

“You often get very different opinions from the art and architecture communities when you present your museum ideas to them. Always listen to the artists as it is their work that the building will contain.”

“The problem with a consumer society is it becomes fundamentalist and is all about delivery. Say anything else (about the project) and you become irresponsible.”


Design Shanghai at 100% Design

Ten top Chinese brands, both emerging and established names, will be exhibiting together for the first time in UK this LDF. The exhibition will be presented at 100% Design, offering a preview of the latest products by a selection of brands that will then also take part in the third edition of the Asia’s leading international design event Design Shanghai, in March 2016. Here are just a few of those present.

ey products, design shangai

Moon Lamp by EY-PRODUCTS

blue shanghai

Blue Shanghai White


Yuue- Balance is inspired by a balance scale. When off, the lamp remains down. To turn on the lamp, the user must insert a smart phone into the slot on the rear.

design mvw

Design MVW





Cos & Hay

Fashion  powerhouse, COS are collaborating with Danish design firm HAY, to create 2 tables that will be sold exclusively in COS & HAY stores. To complement this, a carefully curated collection of objects are on sale online & at the High Street Kensington store.  

cos, hay, design

To celebrate the partnership they have worked with Spanish designer Tomas Alonso to produce a pair of tables, as part of a wider collaboration between the two brands.

cos, hay

The carefully curated collection of objects are housed on the new, specially designed ground floor space within the High Street Kensington store where the handpicked items are displayed amongst items from the COS Autumn Winter 15 collection, inspired by the Japanese Mona Ha movement alongside the photography of Olaf Otto Becker.

cos, hay, tomas alonso

For more information click here.



Design and Build at 100% Design

Calling all specifiers, architects, DIY enthusiasts. 100% Design opens on 23 September and is made up of 5 key sections: interiors, kitchens and bathrooms, design and build, workplace and emerging brands. Here we outline some of the best brands to see in the design and build section. Register here to visit the show for free.

barrisol, 100% design

This may look like a giant, elephantine gramophone, but it’s actually a product of Barrisol’s®  world-leading  stretch ceilings for luminous, acoustic, printed and 3D solutions. It offers innovative custom solutions with more than 20 systems of stretch ceilings available in a range of  colours and finishes.

design and build, concreate

Made from a more sustainable form of mineral cement, Concreate® floor and wall panels can be used in all residential and commercial installations to create architectural concrete surfaces quickly and without the excessive weight of conventional tiled and poured concrete systems.

havwoods, flooring

W are big fans of Havwoods having caught their showroom at Clerkenwell Design Week. Havwoods are Britain’s foremost wood flooring company, with a portfolio of over 1000 products around half of which are held in stock.

mobilane, 100% design

There’s nothing quite like a living wall to make a room feel more alive and Mobilane really corner the market with their pieces that are perfect for home or the office. They have designs that can affix to walls as well as freestanding room dividers.

worlds end

World’s End Tiles are a well known and well loved name, with 40 years of experience in supplying tiles that continue to push the boundaries of innovation and style. At 100% Design, they will launch new product selections and bring some of their most popular designs.

The other Art Fair 10 editions

It may be the season for design, but hot on its tales comes the Other Art Fair from 15 October. launched in 2011 and now on its 10th edition, this is the only place to meet and buy from the very best emerging and undiscovered artists, carefully selected by their expert selection committee.

the other art fair, absinthe

It’s not only art that’s on show. Make sure to venture  backstage and into the secret Green Room, where Rebecca Mason’s Neon Health Service Department of Light Therapy invites you to take off your mask. Unburden yourself to Mason’s Confessional Consultants with a helping hand from the Green Fairy.

the other art fair, assemble

All food and drink at the fair will be overseen by Assemble London, the latest venture from Street Feast founder Dominic Cools-Lartigue. In recent years he has helped revolutionise the way people eat out in London with venues like Dalston Yard, Hawker House and Dinerama. Assemble is about taking those experiences further by bringing art, film, music or theatre into the mix.

the other art fair, film

TOAF will present a new exciting feature of The Others Live programme: a curated collection of highlights from fair partner Encounters Film Festival. The short films will run throughout the weekend so drop in, relax and marvel at the talent from the best of emerging and established filmmakers across the world.

The Other Art Fair takes place from 15-18 October www.theotherartfair.com

Top kitchens (and teapots!) to see this London Design Festival

Kitchens are the hub of the home and for anyone looking to add money to their house, investing in the room you create your culinary masterpieces, will see a return on your money. Despoke have picked out a few of the top kitchen brands for you to see this LDF.

kitchen, krieder, 100% design

Krieder are a global interior solutions provider who work with some of the world’s leading architects, interior designers and real estate developers. See them at 100% design in Olympia in the kitchens and bathrooms area.  www.100percentdesign.co.uk/Exhibitor/Krieder

boffi, kitchens, chelsea

During London Design Festival Boffi Chelsea presents for the first time in the UK the Salinas kitchen by architect Patricia Urquiola together with Boffi’s latest collections for the kitchen, bathroom and storage system. The showroom also welcomes the iconic De Padova soft furniture collections. www.boffiuk.com

valcucine, ldf

Italian manufacturer Valcucine will present the brand’s latest additions to its kitchen collections, ranges and finishes including the new Meccanica with a stainless steel frame. Make sure not to miss ht inimitable David Chipperfield who will be speaking at the showroom on Saturday 19th on his approach to museum design, the importance of a sense of place and a deep understanding of the balance between the cultural meaning and the technical performance of the building.  www.valcucine.com

stuart carey, roundhouse

Roundhouse Design will host an exhibition of hand-thrown tableware by award-winning ceramicist Stuart Carey at the Wigmore Street showroom. Subtly coloured porcelain stoneware vessels will be displayed in Roundhouse’s latest kitchens. Private View : Thursday 17th September, 6.00 pm – 8.00 pm. www.roundhousedesign.com

rouge, cups, enamel

Maybe not a kitchen as such, but this LDF Rouge in Stoke Newington, presents an installation featuring artisan workshops in rural China, complemented by a talk about the restoration of rustic vintage furniture and contemporary ceramics by Lei Yang and Kaja Kippenberg, presenting a little known side of modern China. We love these stunning teapots and cups.  Talk and drinks Sun 20, 5pm-7pm. www.rouge-shop.co.uk

100% Design Features

Each year 100% Design presents different features within the show sections. Here are just some.

100% design, interiors

The overall show theme, Design in Colour, resonates strongly in the Interiors section of 100%
Design. Within this section, the specially commissioned feature highlights the Spring/Summer
2016 colours identified by trend forecasters WGSN.  Created by Studio Design UK, the striking feature provides a simple concept of colour matching both products and tones. It celebrates the unexpected in design, inviting people to look differently at the traditional room set. Working with a range of partners including Paint by Conran, Artemide, Vitra, Arper, Lasvit and Terence Woodgate, the feature creates a series of spaces that visitors can enter from different locations and discover a different experience each time.

ann kyro quinn

For the auditorium,  100% Design have worked with textile artist and designer, Anne Kyyrö Quinn – a long time exhibitor and supporter of 100% Design. The distinctive style of Anne Kyyrö Quinn’s studio is the creation of textured wall coverings and artwork, all tailor made within her London studio. Chosen to respond to the show’s theme due to the studio’s use of bold colours, rich textures and striking motifs. This year’s auditorium is set to be a memorable addition to the range of special spaces designed to host world-class talks.

colour wave, central bar

For a 4th year running, Studio Design UK have created and brought to life the central bar at 100% Design. Working in tandem with material sponsors Perspex® Acrylic Brand, they have created a dynamic structural coloured ‘pavilion’ in the central space of the show, presenting an impressive and aesthetically beautiful interpretation of the creative campaign. Situated in the middle of the show, within the busy workplace section, the central bar acts as a meeting and networking space as well as an area to relax and absorb the show.

mattergarden, 100% design

Situated within the Design and Build zone, Mattergarden has been conceived as an interactive environment to inspire conversation and engagement amongst visitors: its stratum-inspired structure is intended as a tactile platform for the exploration of contemporary and future materials, treatments and applications for use in design, architecture and building. The cliff face ‘hide’ forms an organic juice bar, filled with fresh ingredients bursting through its crevices, peeking out on a “rock formation” on which visitors find a place to perch, roost or congregate.

Click here to register for 100% Design.

Nowy Style Group at 100% Design

The leaders in office modular and free standing furniture Nowy Style appear at 100% Design this September 23rd for 4 days, presenting their latest collections.

nowystyle, furniture

Nowy Styl Group is a European leader in comprehensive furniture solutions for office and public spaces. The Group’s reference list includes among others big international corporations, cultural institutions such as: the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Opera house in Munch as well as all the Polish stadiums where the UEFA EURO 2012 was held. It was the Group’s chairs that heads of government were sitting on during the NATO Lisbon Summit.

furniture, nowystyle

The Workplace hall at 100% design is full of leading brands such as Nowy Style and an important place to go for those FM’s and interior designers to head to when kitting out new urban office environments.

nowystyle, furniture

Register for 100% Design free here.

Resident at Old Selfridges Hotel

Fast growing New Zealand design house Resident is embarking on a month long exhibition in conjunction with Tom Dixon and Selfridges, at the Old Selfridges Hotel, London.

resident, tom dixon, selfridges

Held to coincide with four of the most important events on London’s creative calendar – London Fashion Week, London Design Festival, the BFI London Film Festival and the Frieze Art fair – MULTIPLEX brings together design, technology, fashion, film and interiors to explore how the future of retail might look, sound, smell, taste and feel.

resident, furniture

Established in 2011 by Simon James and Scott Bridgens, Resident is the first editor of New Zealand Design. We are a globally focussed company committed to the Design, Manufacture and Distribution of high quality Lighting and Furniture for commercial and domestic environments.
resident, furniture

MULTIPLEX is open every day from 18 September to 15 October at The Old Selfridges Hotel, 1 Orchard Street, London W1H 6JS.

Cube by Palette

Despoke are very excited to hear about the revolutionary on-the-go tool for interior designers, architects and creatives.

cube, palette, colour

Palette is a young collective of designers and engineers that believes people become artists when given the right tools. Palette’s first product is Cube, the portable colour digitiser. Cube fits in your hand and with one tap captures the colour of almost any surface. Cube seamlessly pairs with smartphones and desktops to show raw colour values in RGB, CMYK, HEX, LAB and LRV.

colour, cube, palette

Launching in the UK for the first time at 100% Design, the Cube fits into your pocket allowing you to take your inspiration home with you! Any colour on any surface can be captured and used.

palette, cube, colour

To celebrate the launch palette will be holding livc demonstrations at the show with the chance to win a Cube #capturethatcolour. Click here and register to see them free at 100% Design.

Norm Architects x Reform

Norm Architects have collaborated with kitchen company Reform to create a kitchen in unique and bold material. norm architects, kitchens, reform

To create a timeless design there are no handles and a simple, geometric shape. The surfaces and materials have been picked for their pleasing ageing process.

norm architects, reform, kitchen

Almost floating, the piece has been raised from the ground to become a piece of furniture in its own right. The secret is in using Ikea bases and adding exclusive fronts to make a statement piece on a  budget.

norm, reform, kitchens

To find out more click here.

Chock- Kickstarter campaign

We rather like this new way of stacking! Chock is a simple elegant solution to stacking your bottles or cans, no matter what size they are. The triangular design creates a wedge that works in both directions. The cork form works together with micro-suction foam so that Chock can be used on any smooth polished surface, not just in your fridge.

chock, stacking

Chock works on any smooth surface that is clean and dry. Glass or any similarly smooth surface works best. You can use any number of Chocks together, creating different stacks of bottles. The image below shows how you might also use a Chock when not stacking bottles or cans. You might find other great uses!

chock, design, stacking

Launched on Kickstarter, Chock needs your help- pledge here to show your support and if Cjcok meets its target we might have a couple to give away!

chock, stacking

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