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Design Christmas list no.10: Andrea Barbieri, UK director of Artemide


Andrea Barbieri is the UK Director of Italian brand Artemide, one of the global leaders of the lighting industry. Designs from the award winning company are exhibited in most museums of modern art. Here are the items on his Christmas list:

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It would be a simple set of cufflinks from TM Lewin.

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Screw-free Ironmongery by Russian for Fish


London based architect Pereen d’Avoine’s innovative new screw-free ironmongery does not use a single screw or nail, making it remarkably easy to install and aesthetically pleasing.


Pereen d’Avoine owns a small architecture practice in Bethnal Green, called Russian for Fish. She designed the RFF ironmongery range when she couldn’t find quality, well-designed ironmongery at a reasonable price anywhere in the market when working on projects. Continue Reading…

Design Christmas List no. 9: Freshwest


Above: Marcus Beck and Simon Macro

Childhood friends Marcus Beck and Simon Macro established their award-winning studio Freshwest in a bid to realise their creative ideas. Widely regarded as one of the most experimental British design teams they seamlessly shift across disciplines, creating sculptural furniture to everyday objects.

Freshwest are passionate about shopping locally and chose three items created within 10 miles of their studio to highlight design from Pembrokeshire


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Animal Kingdom-a colouring book for adults by Millie Marotta – £9.99. From Tenby. Continue Reading…

Room: Inside Contemporary Interiors from Phaidon


Room: Inside Contemporary Design is a review of 100 exceptional interior-design projects chosen by 10 esteemed international curators, including Michael Boodro (ELLE Décor), Nacho Alegre (Apartamento), and Tony Chambers (Wallpaper) for their boundary pushing designs. Each project constructed in the last 5 years epitomises the best of innovative contemporary design on an international and regional scale.


Featuring pop-ups such as the restaurant in a multi-store car park in East London, to more permanent projects like the OHWOW bookshop and art gallery in New York. Over 700 striking images reveal a comprehensive look at current contemporary practice. Continue Reading…

The Joshua Light Show at the Ace Hotel


The Joshua Light Show, created by Joshua White, was one of the trailblazing liquid light shows. It was renowned for its psychedelic art and served as a lighting backdrop behind many live band performances at the Fillmore East in the East Village area of Manhattan and throughout the New York City suburbs from Connecticut to New Jersey during the late 1960s and early 1970s.

For the London opening at the Ace Hotel, Joshua Light show is performing a live visual show to Jonny Greenwood’s Inherent Vice Soundtrack. This video light projection will be on loop through the remainder of the gallery.

Opening: Monday, January 19, 2015

Date: January 19-25 2015

Hours: 4pm-Midnight

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Preview: Heal’s Spring/Summer 2015

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Heal’s Spring/Summer 15 collection caters for both the understated or flamboyant customer. The diverse range features 80s style painterly prints, rare vintage posters, a white collection entitled the ‘Elegant Purist’ and industrial furniture. Continue Reading…

Design Christmas List no. 8: Carmel Allen, Creative Director at Heal’s

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Carmel Allen is the Creative Director at Heal’s, the iconic modern furniture and homeware store. Formerly an award-winning journalist who worked Livingetc, Financial Times and Vogue, she also launched Kiss It Better a charity for children with cancer.

Here are the items on her Christmas list:


Above: Perfect Partners, Aromatherapy Associates – £17.50

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Anything Aromatherapy Associates. The design element is all in Geraldine’s (the founder) blends. No-one does aromatherapy like she does. Her Revive Evening is the best legal high there is – guaranteed to get you out to a party when you feel you can’t possibly carry on. Continue Reading…

Nendo ‘Snow Dome’ room fragrance


Above: ‘Snow Dome’ room fragrance

Japanese design studio Nendo has reworked the humble snow dome into a spray-type room fragrance. Continue Reading…

Design Christmas List no. 7: Eleanor Pritchard


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Today we welcome London based textile designer Eleanor Pritchard who creates understated graphic woven fabric strongly influenced by British mid-century design. Here are the items on her Christmas list:


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Leather Envelope, Present & Correct – £ 19.50 Continue Reading…

Exhibition: L’Appartement Du Progres by 19 Greek Street


19 Greek Street opened their new exhibition ‘L’Appartement du Progres’ to the public today. The installation is a tightly curated living space that challenges the myth that conscious, charitable and sustainable design must always sacrifice style.

‘L’Appartement du Progres’ brings together noteworthy design, including up-cycled chairs by Nina Tolstrup, a selection from Marni‘s 100 chairs made through a charity program for Columbian ex-convicts, pieces by UK charity Out of the Dark, cabinets made from recycled newspaper by VIJ5 and sustainable pieces by Dian Simpson.

Their ‘open’ bar will also be a food drive where guests may bring a piece of food in exchange for a free drink. All food collected will go to London Street Food Bank. If you are unsure about which foods are acceptable visit the London Street Food Bank website.


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15-January 16th 2015



19 Greek Street / Nina Tolstrup /  Marni / Out of the Dark / Dian Simpson /London Street Food Bank


Related stories:

Design Christmas List No. 1: Nina Tolstrup

Editor’s Pick: 19 Greek Street at London Design Festival


Apollo 8 Command Module by Woodlabo


Apollo 8 Command Module is a suspension light by French designer Gaël Wuithier of Woodlabo inspired by 1960s NASA.

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Spectrum digital radio packaging designed by Pentagram for John Lewis


Pentagram have designed the packaging for Spectrum, a new range of consumer electronics for John Lewis. The digital radio is the first product to be relaunched in the new packaging. Continue Reading…

Party: Classic French 75 from the Savoy Cocktail Book at Makers & Brothers


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Wondering what drink to serve your guests during the party season? Try a French 75 cocktail which emerged during the Prohibition. The drink’s success can be accredited to its inclusion in the first edition of The Savoy Cocktail Book which is now in its 125th year. Using spirits that are a firm fixture in any good drinks cabinet this is a simple yet impressive drink perfect for social gatherings.

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25ml/0.75 oz Gin

15ml/0.75 oz lemon juice

25ml/0.75 oz simple syrup

Splash of Champagne



  1. Combine all ingredients except the champagne in a shaker tin, add ice and lightly shake, then strain.
  2. Don’t over-shake to avoid diluting the drink
  3. Pour into a tall glass and top with champagne.
  4. Garnish with a peel of lemon rind.

The book is available from Makers & Brothers


Design Christmas List No. 5: Morag Myerscough founder of Studio Myerscough


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Today we welcome multi-award winning creator Morag Myerscough founder of multi-disciplinary design practices Studio Myerscough and Supergrouplondon. Here are the items on her Christmas list:

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The Highliners Vinyl – available with a free CD just in case people who like the vinyl haven’t got a record player, but want to hear the music. It also includes a free cut out vicars dog collar, book marker, fan card and wall poster. Luke Morgan, £16.99. Continue Reading…

Win investment: Mat Hunter, Chief Design Officer at the Design Council reveals all


Above: Mat Hunter, Chief Design Officer at the Design Council

Mat Hunter, Chief Design Officer at the Design Council has given Despoke exclusive insight into Design Council Spark, the new product innovation fund to uncover the UK’s next great inventions.

If you would like a chance to win a bespoke support programme, as well as the opportunity to help bring your physical prototype or idea to market read on for details:

What is the aim of the Design Council Spark? 

To better support physical product innovation in the UK and complement the many software-centric programmes that already exist. We will help fund and develop revolutionary product ideas that solve problems faced by people in their everyday lives with an injection of funds to get started, but more importantly with bespoke advice, support and connections. Design Council Spark is a fantastic opportunity to build on our rich heritage as a nation of physical product innovators and inventors. Continue Reading…