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Muuto Restore basket….and more

The Restore basket is one of the most cherished members of our household here at Despoke. Full of old newspapers, magazines, fitness DVD’s (that never get used) whatever it contains, it still looks good. We are therefore delighted to see Restore is back in 2 new shapes- round and tray.

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Perfect for your files, paperwork and maybe even for a sneaky cuppa, the tray can be moved about and shoved onto bookshelves without things looking a mess.

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The round option too, is perfect for all the many random goods the modern household seems to contain- boots, umbrellas, old Easter eggs….(just us maybe?) We thought we would celebrate some of Muuto’s other gorgeous goods with some of our faves below.

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The Cover Chair

There’s something about Kvvadrat material on simple wood that makes us very happy and the Cover chair ticks all those boxes-  made from all wood and no metal.

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The Five pouff

We are always harping on about the Five Pouff chair, maybe it’s just because we love the colour-ways. Or we like to imagine our house looks like the above. Anyway,  pouf explores the possibility and tension of the pentagon shape. The design process was very much about tailoring; the quilted ribs are seemingly wrapped around the shape and enhance the dynamics of the pentagon.

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The Grain Lamp

There is something so pleasingly simple about the shape of Muuto’s Grain lamp launched earlier this year and already featured on Despoke. The natural flow of its shape and the fact that is made from Bamboo give it good green credentials too.

To see more, head here.

Clark Pickett at Moroso

Friday evening saw the last of the hugely successful Design Aperitivo talks in conjunction with Interni Magazine and Salone del Mobile.

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Taking place in the basement of the stunning Moroso showroom in Clerkenwell, the final talk saw Clark Pickett, architect and interior designer from global design powerhouse NBBJ. Known for the design of environments that are functional, imaginative and meaningful, Pickett titled his talk ‘beauty in the time of the machine’.

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26/09/15 Picture by Ashley Bingham. Picture taken at the Interni event at Moroso, London.

A passionate and enjoyable speaker, Pickett explained how important data, analytics and being able to read the behaviour of people has become to creating and designing buildings. Indeed, physical spaces can become like networks themselves. He stressed however the importance of making sure humans have the final say:

‘Algorithms should never make decisions, only provide information and solutions.’

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NBBJ, (with their new Samsung headquarters under construction in Silicon Valley, above) bring to the table a sense of community in addition to vast knowledge of technology and how it can help create a communal and well-used space. Worryingly, he stated that ‘every day humans create as much information and data as we did from the beginning of time until 2003.’ Yet, does this need to be as terrifying as it sounds? Could we not embrace this technology and use it to make informed decisions about the way humans behave- especially within work environments?

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What’s perhaps most interesting is the way NBBJ use algorithms to allow people’s working day to be a lot more enjoyable. Pickett spoke about placing toilets further way from desks so workers walked a lot further, but food and drink closer, encouraging people to dwell together and talk. NBBJ believe that chance encounters create innovation.

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The landscape of a building is also something that NBBJ take great care to get right. Using rapid prototyping that they have worked to develop, they are able to prove that workers efficiency will increase if the natural environment they are working in is peaceful.

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26/09/15 Picture by Ashley Bingham. Picture taken at the Interni event at Moroso, London.

Top tips from Pickett and NBBJ:

NBBJ have drawing classes- the rise of technology and rapid prototyping shouldn’t mean that architects and designers lose this talent.

They often design furniture for the spaces they create, thus making an overall theme complete- as in the case of the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation.

INTERNI Design Aperitivo ran across 5 nights between 19 and 25 September for London Design Festival 2015, with Salone del Mobile, Milano

To read more on the INTERNI programme click here

 

 

Benjamin Moore Paint

Already a well-loved brand in America, Benjamin Moore launch in the UK. From September 2015, the outstanding quality paint products offered by Benjamin Moore will be available to purchase. Combining aesthetic beauty with true high quality and performance benefits, the vast colour palette of more than 3,500 shades is full of inspirational hues, from the dramatically deep to the perfectly pale.

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The unique rich resin formulation also delivers phenomenal coverage, so users will be able to cover in just two coats, even in the darkest shade.

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Founded in 1883, Benjamin Moore is North America’s favourite paint, colour and coatings brand- a brand already much loved by designers the world over.

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Eclectic fabrics from St. Jude’s

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British textile brand St. Jude’s focuses on creating unique patterned fabrics, cushions covers and wallpapers from its Norfolk based workshop. Continue Reading…

Good & Green Retreat

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Good & Green is a company that specialises in creating bespoke eco buildings.  Continue Reading…

UTREM-LUX recycled lamps

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Discarded glass bottles and wood off cuts are used to create these unique lamps. Continue Reading…

Philippe Starck leads you down the garden P.A.T.H

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Philippe Starck has teamed up with Riko to launch a line of sustainable, prefabricated houses. Continue Reading…

Membrane by Benjamin Hubert

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Benjamin Hubert has used a textile woven mesh and aluminium frame to create a chair that weighs only 3kg. Continue Reading…

Netframe Chair for Offect

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Swedish furniture manufacturer, Offect has launched the Netframe chair and sofa, designed by cate&nelson. Continue Reading…

SolarAid wins Google award for ‘tackling the world’s toughest problems’

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SolarAid was yesterday selected to win one of Google’s prestigious £500,000 Global Impact Challenge awards. The four awards were given to ‘British non-profits using tech to tackle the world’s toughest problems’.  Continue Reading…

Clerkenwell Presents: The Huts by Architecture for Humanity

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Above: The Water Hut has a system of pumps and tubes to get people thinking about how much water is wasted in leaky pipes before it reaches the tap

Architecture for Humanity has created four specially designed huts for ‘Clerkenwell Presents’ at Clerkenwell Design WeekContinue Reading…

Top Picks from the House of Detention: Form in Void

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Above: Chikka Stool by Form in Void at DEbranded

DEbranded is at the House of Detention showing collections from independent designers. The main aim of the brand is to connect independent designers with manufacturers and end users.  Continue Reading…

Is this the perfect escape?

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Prominent fashion and interior designer Scott Newkirk has created the perfect retreat;  a technology free 14ft x 14ft cabin in the woods in Yulan, New York, USA. Continue Reading…

Philippe Starck at DEDON in Milan

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“I have not a lot to say because, we have to be honest, it’s just a sofa,” said Philippe Starck of the RAYN collection for DEDON.

Despoke was invited to the DEDON stand at Salone del Mobile in Milan where Starck addressed the media – and some adorning fans – earlier this month about his new RAYN collection for the outdoor furniture brand.
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Cardboard Animals

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We really like these playful pen organisers designed by Polish designer Jolanta Grzebska. The cardboard animals simply slot together and are designed to be easily recycled.

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We would love to have one of these on our desks to colour in!

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