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Sinan: The First Starchitect

Sinan: The First Starchitect exhibition has opened in London. The exhibition, exploring 16th century Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan’s mastery of the art of building, from his use of ceramics to his designs of mosque complexes and urban infrastructure, is open to the public until 10 June 2016 at the Building Centre in London.

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Tom Dixon- The Church at CDW2016

The stop off on everyone’s trail at CDW2016 was Tom Dixon’s installation at St James’s Church. The sun was out on Thursday 26th and the way the light fell into the church through the stained glass has been captured perfectly, as usual by Sophie Mutevelian, one of our favourite photographers.

Tom Dixon

Photo Sophie Mutevelian

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Bisley Makes a Wish

Bisley unveiled their unique collaboration with Acrylicize at CDW yesterday to produce a truly stunning piece of Public Art that presents Bisley in a totally unexpected form.

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They want to hear your wishes as you stand by this refreshing an truly brilliant fountain. What do you wish for @CDW2016…… get creative! Wishes could include:

·      I wish…manufacturers continue to address their impact on the environment.

·      I wish…Brompton bikes, scooters for adults and those single wheel Segways had never been invented.

·      I wish…more of London’s great old buildings would be protected against developers.

·      I wish…there was more focus on affordable, well constructed housing and less on luxury apartments in London.

 

You get the drill!

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To head to the fountain in St John’s Square just register for CDW free here.

Clerkenwell Design Week opens for 2016

CDW2016 opened today which still gives you tomorrow and Thursday to head down- beautiful! Make sure you get round the hundreds of brands that will be there, but keep an eye out too for CDW Presents– some great street installations and more.

Giles Miller

 

A CDW stalwart, Giles Miller will be there with his billboards.  Working with the concept of ‘wayfinding’, Giles Miller Studio has produced a series of large scale abstract signage sculptures. Square glass tiles have been composed to create a centralised ‘swoosh’, featured in each sculpture, designed to subtly evoke the movement of visitors to the next festival destination. The functional sculptures have been produced in collaboration with British Ceramic Tile, who are celebrating the launch of their new London Hub in Clerkenwell during the festival.

Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward

A unique space at the heart of Clerkenwell, Brewhouse Yard is temporarily transformed for CDW into a gateway to the area’s showrooms, sponsored by Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward. Two site-specific installations – designed by leading architecture practices Studio Egret West and BDP – take on the subterranean surface and elevated levels of this key public space. At the apex of Brewhouse Yard, an information point and pop-up coffee shop in association with OnOffice magazine are accompanied by temporary public seating provided by Marshalls.

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Designed and built by GSCE students, the Future of Design pavilion is CDW’s first education and community project. The project aimed to inspire more young people to take up careers in the creative industries and was developed through a series of workshops run by Scale Rule, a local collective of architects and engineers, and supported by Clerkenwell’s AKTII and Grimshaw. The project was realised through the donation of material from Hanson Plywood Ltd. and the help of Library of Things.

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In collaboration with Dutch wood flooring manufacturer Hakwood, FleaFollyArchitects have designed and created ‘HakFolly’, a 4.5m high temple of timber located within the historic St John’s Gate. Inspired by a visit to Hakwood’s factory in the Netherlands, HakFolly is a stacked timber structure that aims to create a fleeting moment of calm, in reference to Clerkenwell’s monastic past.

 

Museum of making

The Museum of Making is designed by White Arkitekter with engineering from Price & Myers. Built of EQUITONE materials, with flooring supplied by Esthec Terrace the museum is a deconstructed barn and will function as a live social space dedicated to the art of making. Archival exhibits from the Museum of London will be displayed alongside the work of contemporary makers practising in Clerkenwell today. The museum will host daily participatory workshops by The Goldsmiths’ Centre, Craft Central and Thomas.Matthews.

Register for free to see these delights here.

Resident at CDW16

We are extremely excited to hear that Kiwi brand Resident will be displaying a range of new products in EC1’s famed Fabric nightclub as part of Clerkenwell Design Week.

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The show entitled “Windows Watching”, will feature products including Volley Chair by Jamie McLellan, as above-  available in a variety of upholstery finishes with either timber legs or an upholstered swivelling pedestal base.

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Odin Chair by Jamie McLellan- as above. Simultaneously humble and striking, the Odin Chair was designed to feel like an appropriate mix of both Nordic and Japanese cultures. The four die cast legs cradle the seat itself in a very pleasing and satisfying manner.

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Midnight Pendant is a spectacular feature light designed to add bold decoration to the most impressive and expansive of spaces. Its suspended geometry is constructed out of hand brushed aluminium. Shame we don’t have a big enough house let alone room, to house it.

For more information about Resident, click here and to sign up for free to CDW2016, click here.

Game Plan at the V&A

The V&A Museum of Childhood’s major autumn exhibition – Game Plan: Board Games Rediscovered – will be a celebration of the joy, excitement and occasional frustration of playing board games.

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Title: Alice in Wonderland Chess set Artist: Robin and Nell Dale Date: England, 1983, Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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Baux at CDW

We have been big fans of Baux for a good few years now and are very excited to hear they will be at CDW next week.

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Showrooms get ready for CDW

CDW opens on May 24th and not only is it filled with on street installations and design pop-ups, but the big-boys in the showrooms also have some great stuff going on. Here are some top picks:

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Conversations at Clerkenwell

One of CDW’s best bits is the activity, parties and talks that take place across the whole festival. And this year is looking no different with CDW2016 having just released some huge names onto the schedule. Here we pick the top talk that we don’t want to miss, from each day.

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Word up from Clerkenwell Design Week 2016

It’s approaching guys. The weather is just starting to turn and I’ve nearly stopped wearing tights. It can only mean one thing. CDW is about to descend and take over EC1 with all its design goodness. Have you registered yet? 

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Clerkenwell Design Week- top picks

Spring is edging in and that can only mean one thing for us at Despoke- CDW is back and this time it’s slightly different. We’ve picked some of our top brands appearing across the exhibitions (there’s showrooms, fringe and installations to go yet.) Take a deep breath……

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The Farmiloe Building is no more and that means a farewell to the Design Factory. But in it’s place is the gloriously named Design Fields, filled with the world’s most stunning design pieces, like these Kelly chairs from Tacchini, above.

archie proudfoot

If it’s new designers and brands who have just started out, then head below ground level to Platform, where pieces like the above from Archie Proudfoot will be brightening up the cells of Clerkenwell’s House of Detention.

taz pollard

Succulents are a fave of ours and designers like, Taz Pollard have vessels for them and more at the home of smaller design pieces and trinkets:  Additions in the gardens of St James’.

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Another new space this year is Project– popping up alongside Additions, it’s another great space for leading furniture brands to showcase their newest pieces in the greenery of St James’ Park. This gorgeous side unit by Andrew Dominic, is part of a fully hand-crafted new range.

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Jennifer Newman is a stalwart of CDW, having been with the show since its launch in 2010.  She’s back with her newest range for 2016, in British Collection (which used to be Additions- keep up!) making the St. James’ Church area a real hub.

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Potlemy Mann returns, but this time with her own range of rugs (a few years ago she was at CDW with an incredible tile installation.) She’ll be in Detail at the centuries old Order of St John, alongside numerous other brands ready to inspire you.

For more information and to register free to attend, click here.

 

You say you want a Revolution?

You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966 – 70 In partnership with the Levi’s® brand; Sound experience by Sennheiser,  with additional support from Fenwick and Sassoon opens 10 September 2016 – 26 February 2017. Blimey. That was a long sentence.

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Title: Blow Up, 1966 Artist: © MGM THE KLOBAL COLLECTION

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Skandium looks to Norway

After 17 years of championing Scandinavian Modernism in London, this February, Skandium will turn their heads towards Norway.

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In celebration of the importance of Norway’s contribution to Scandinavian design in the global design market, Skandium will showcase interior design and manufacturing objects from Norway produced from 1940 to the present day. In partnership with Norwegian Icons, Icons of Norway runs from 4 February – 14 February at Skandium’s Brompton road store.

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Bottoms Up designed by Ingrid Aspen
Photo: Siren Lauvdal

On display will be a curated selection of furniture and design pieces from an internationally acclaimed line up of mid-century and contemporary Norwegian designers. In reference to the importance of manufacturing, every product in the exhibition is designed and manufactured within the country’s borders.

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August designed by Kristine Bjaadal
Photo: Siren Lauvdal

Each object will be available for purchase at Skandium for the exhibition period only; except the Bunad Blanket which is available throughout the year.

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Krobo designed byTorbjørn Afdal
Manufacturer, Fjordfiesta
Photo: Kaja Bruskeland

For more information click here.

Seletti at Maison and Objet

Seletti, the ironic Italian design brand, opens 2016 in Paris with  new works at Maison & Objet from January 22 to 26.

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Flower Attitude collection

The brand will present new and interesting pieces, in addition to the restyling of some of its bestsellers. For instance, the Flower Attitude collection, which will be premiered in Paris- highlighting a love for the random and unexpected.

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RENAISSANCE
Design: BBMDS

Studio BBMDS transforms columns and sidewalks into real life components that bring  bookshelves to life – while giving glimpses of real and imagined cities.

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COSMIC DINER
Seletti for Diesel Living

Inspired by the planets, Cosmic Diner is a visionary tableware collection, the result of the collaboration between Seletti and Diesel, extra-ordinary fashion brand with its roots in denim. In Paris for its European premiere, the table accessories feature a new material – brass. Bowls, candlesticks, centerpiece, and coffee cups in a shimmering metallic material.

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ASSEMBLAGE
Design: Alessandro Zambelli

Assemblage is a lacquered, modular, MDF bookshelf that works with the overlap of cubic components coupled together by beautiful in-view clamps. Assemblage is presented, in addition to the classic white, in an anthracite version, with clamps in a precious brass variant.

To find out more about Maison and Objet click here.

 

The Federation of British Artists

January seems to be the season for new gallery exhibitions to welcome us into the new year and Mall Galleries have FBA Futures 2016.

Christopher Gray, Gold on Blue

Christopher Gray, Gold on Blue

Showcasing the outstanding art graduates of 2015, selected from across the country by members of the Federation of British Artists (FBA). The exhibition is a great chance to have a look and invest in the best new artists- hopefully before they become totally unaffordable!

Emma Burns, best of British 1,  £700

Emma Burns, best of British 1, £700

Presenting work from sixteen emerging artists, the exhibition will be an exciting mix of degree show and newly made painting, sculpture and original prints, all exploring contemporary figuration and ideas of representation and draughtsmanship.

Joshua Hulin, Sundered

Joshua Hulin, Sundered, £800

The exhibition really is a great chance to see some of the best and most talented up and coming artists and sculptors of many disciplines and runs from 19 January 2016 to 30 January 2016.

For more information click here.

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