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Lasvit launch at M&O

LASVIT designer Petra Krausova,  launched her new piece at Maison & Objet. The dynamically-lit sculpture titled Cassia draws its inspiration both from the universe and its star-studded sky, as well as the organic shapes of flowers in a meadow, gently moving in a breeze.

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The sculpture consists of a group of smaller pendants, approximately 15 cm in diameter, each made of hand-blown glass. Every individual pendant represents a flower or a star, depending upon how you observe them.

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Each takes on a slightly different shape thanks to the use of optical form that allows glass to expand in its open areas. Variations are further enhanced by the monochromatic colour scheme that differs in textures from clear glass, sanded and opaque glass, to pendants with hand-painted gold segments.

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Cassia excels in its flexibility for interior design. “I wanted to create concept where the client can use a single pendant or groups spanning across ceilings but also spilling onto walls with the optional wall-mounted pieces,” the young designer said, pointing out that each glass element has its own light source with a simple brushed brass socket or wall mounting.

 

Lane pop-up

Despoke favourite Lane, have opened a pop up shop at Rough Trade in Nottingham’s city centre, showcasing their locally designed and made homeware range and they are there until mid February.

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All of the products are made in Nottingham using British materials, designed in Radford and made by craftsmen around the city.

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The pop up shop is selling their new table lamp ‘Beam’, hand pulled screen prints, stationery and features the Twin Tone Lampshade, available in 10 different colours ways, designed to match the Little Greene paint range. So if you’re thinking of doing some new year decorating, it’s great opportunity to pick up a locally made accessory for your home and see it in real life, rather than online.

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To find out more and also enjoy the Lane sale, head over to the website.

Kirath Ghundoo

Wallpaper wasn’t so fashionable, then it was…..then paint was huge but only with grey undertones…..then Victoriana wallpaper with a big emphasis on William Morris and flowers arrived…..and then, thank God, brands like All the Fruits and Kirath Ghundoo finally came to the fore.

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JAZZ TARTAN – KG Basics 2016

Here are just a few shots from Ghundoo’s 2016 range. The pastel colours work and the dramatic geometric shapes, make for a paper that could work in nearly any environment.

 

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MOUNTAIN BLUE – KG Basics 2016

The shade of this blue and the simple repeated pattern make the above a tranquil offering that would work well in a home office space. The range also comes in green.

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THE HAMPTON – KG Basics 2016

Called Hampton for a clear reason, anyone who takes this wallpaper on, needs to be very sure of their interior style- and that there isn’t a history of migraines in the family. We love it at Despoke, but could only use this if we had a very large room dedicated to sailing. And we don’t.

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SPARKLE – KG Basics 2016

We can only assume this one is called Sparkle because it really does. All of these retail at £95 for a 10m role which is just brilliantly affordable- they only need to be used on one feature wall.

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Tropic – Mix ‘n’ Match 15 Collection

Even though this is one season old- it’s perhaps our favourite Ghundoo design. Perfectly mismatched meaning you could put it up yourself and not worry about matching patterns, we remember seeing this at 100% design a few years ago and feeling instantly lifted. if it’s good enough for Susie Bubble…..

Fore more information, click here.

 

Assemble- Turner Prize Winners

The creative collective that is Assemble will make an appearance at Top Drawer this January. Featuring in the show’s new new talent hub ‘Spotted’, they will be showcasing products from the Granby Workshop.

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The workshop is a new social enterprise making handmade products for homes. Set up by Assemble and launched through their nomination for the Turner Prize 2015, all products – including door knobs, mantelpieces, furniture, fabric and tiles – are manufactured using processes which embrace chance, so that each is unique, developing in the hands of the people making it.

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We are particularly fond of these sawdust ceramic handles. Individually wrapped in tin foil, burnished clay knobs are buried in a bbq filled with sawdust, set alight and smoked for 12 hours.

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Assemble champion a collaborative working practice that blurs the line between client, designer, builder and public. Their involvement in projects covers a broad range of disciplines and interests – underpinned by the belief that a more diverse approach leads to richer results. This year they became the first design practice ever to win the Turner Prize in the UK.

CDW is back with a new campaign

We love CDW in May so we were very excited to see the great new campaign designed by Studio Parallel, Kei Yoshino and Lydia Whitmore.

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It draws on the campaigns of the past whilst creating something completely new.

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With the tag line ‘We’ve got it covered’ it highlights how important the show now is across all design disciplines- covering every aspect of the design world.
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The use of miniature chairs calls to mind the 2013 campaign with Hattie Newman.

Hattie Newman's CDW 2013 campaign seen here at 100% Design 2013

Hattie Newman’s CDW 2013 campaign seen here at 100% Design 2013

CDW have also announced some of the great brands already signed up including…….

Mitab

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Mitab with their new colour palette

GP&J Baker

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GP&J Baker with their stunning fabrics and wallpaper collections return to Detail.

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Silvia K Ceramics

Silvia K Ceramics are a new company exhibiting at the show.

To find out more head here.

 

 

 

Bisley at Home

Fresh off their inaugural appearance at LDF’s Design Junction, where they housed the official showcase of the Bisley at Home collection, Despoke takes a look at more of this classic British brand’s pieces.

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Bisley recently launched Stage, a modular furniture system for the home. Since then Stage has been on sale through John Lewis and received numerous plaudits within the design industry. This is the prefect arrangement for those working from home- with a ready to go set up with all a good home office needs. Available in a vibrant range of colour ways and finishes, Stage can be configured to suit any number of different interiors.
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Traditionally known for their storage, their up to date and fresh look, now means that their Multi-drawers are a piece of design as well as something incredibly useful. Functionality that looks stunning.

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Bisley’s extensive range – including filing cabinets- is characterised by high quality design. Its quintessential multidrawer and filing cabinets are considered by many to be modern classics. No wonder when they look good and are so useful for the modern working environment. The desk filing cabinet- above- is particularly cute- not a word we usually associate with storage.

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For more information on Bisley’s Home range, click here.

Makers of East London

We were so excited to receive this stunning book with text by our great friend Katie Treggiden & photographs by Charlotte Schreiber.  Published by Hoxton Mini Press (www.hoxtonminipress.com), this gorgeous tome, outlines the history of one of London’s greatest craft centres, from those on the ground.

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The book opens with a comprehensive introduction of East London, highlighting its importance as a hub of creativity for hundreds of years “That ‘part’, to the east of the centre…..is now the creative powerhouse of the capital.”

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Bellerby and Co. – Globemakers

There’s something heartening and comforting knowing that someone, not far from where I sit now, is making a globe. A beautiful and bespoke globe; something I had no idea would possibly still be made by hand- let alone running a thriving business.

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Freed of London pointe shoes

Then there’s the ballet shoes, the pointe shoes that were revolutionised by Frederick Freed in 1929 and have continued to be made by hand in the Well Street factory in Hackney, since.

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New North Press- Letterpressing

Letter pressing, an art that has been around for centuries, is time-consuming, but there is nothing quite like it for beauty. Graham Bignell established his studio New North press 30 years ago and is seeing to it that this art-form doesn’t die off.

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Rob Court- Neon signs

Then there’s those crafts that you almost forget are crafts, like the making/ blowing of neon signs. Rob Court has been blowing bulbs for neon signs for nearly 30 years and names celebrities such as Paul McCartney and Oprah Winfrey amongst his clients.

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Barn the Spoon- spoonmaker

Sitting on the number 48 or 55 bus, you can’t help but see Barnaby Carder in his glass-fronted studio on the Hackney Road, whittling away at wood, creating his wonderfully unique spoons. It’s this image of modern life looking in on the traditional, that perhaps highlights what’s especially important about this book and indeed what it does so well. More and more people are starting to crave the simple life; a time where you bought something well-made just once… and that was it. Makers of East London brings these important characters together in one book and in one part of the city.

It is possible to live simply and enjoy it.

Find out more about this book and many more here.

3D Home Factory – Printing our world

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Printing speaks louder than words when it comes to the 3D Home Factory at 100% Design.  Continue Reading…

3D Home factory at 100% Design

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Above: People’s Choice Finalist – Dandelion Chari by Sara Leonor

100% Design has teamed up with iMakr and Talenthouse to run a competition to get designers to produce designs for 3D objects for the home or workplace. Continue Reading…

MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner

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Above: MakerBot® Digitizer™ Desktop 3D Scanner. Photograph by Spencer Higgins

MakerBot® has unveiled it’s latest product in the realm of home 3D Printing and scanning: The MakerBot® Digitizer™ Desktop 3D Scanner. Continue Reading…

FRAC Centre and 9th ArchiLab exhibition

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Above: Les Turbulences, FRAC Centre. © Jakob + MacFarlane. Photography N. Borel

On 14th September 2013 the Regional Fund of the Contemporary Art in the Centre Region (FRAC Centre) will open to the public in Orléans, France. Continue Reading…

Farm Kitchen at 100% Design

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An early creative image has been released of the Farm Kitchen, a hub at this year’s 100% Design. Continue Reading…

New Designers Part 2

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Above: A selection of designs at the Plymouth University 3D Design stand

Last night was the opening of New Designers Part 2 at the Business Design Centre. The Universities involved put on some incredible displays and we saw some great designs from very talented young designers, featured here.  Continue Reading…

UltraRope gives rise to taller buildings

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Above: KONE’s vision of the future cityscape

Leading elevator and escalator manufacturer, KONE has announced a groundbreaking new technology that could revolutionise the development of tall buildings.  Continue Reading…

United Micro Kingdoms

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Above: The Anarcho-Evolutionists. This county embraces new technology and believes that humans should adapt themselves to their environment through training, DIY biohacking and self-experimentation

United Micro Kingdom (UmK): A Design Fiction presents a fictional future for the United Kingdom, from the perspective of designers and educators, Dunne and Raby. Continue Reading…

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