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Magnificent Spa by La Spada

It’s the end of our week off for easter and we need some pampering to get us back in the frame of mind for work. This should do……

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Water blends with stone to create a space of intense calm and beauty: the magnificent SPA, created by the designer Alessandro La Spada. Slightly OTT name but to be fair, it’s a slightly OTT offering., the Spa was created in Antolini’s Black Absolute “Memorial” – a very beautiful black granite.

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Here, the geometric design of the material is reflected in the water, creating a play of reflections in which to take a deep breath and relax.

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For more information on where to buy the tiles, click here.

The Other Art Fair 2016

The Other Art Fair is the UK’s leading artist fair to discover and buy art directly from the very best emerging artistic talent and it’s back in Victoria House this April. Below are some top picks of artists that will be showcasing this April 7-10.

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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.

 

Cycle Revolution at the Design Museum

Take this chance to see one of the last full blown exhibitions in the Design Museum at Shad Thames, before they head over to their brand spanking new space in Kensington. design museum, cycle revolution

Be inspired to keep your New Year’s resolution and be inspired by cycling at Cycle Revolution. The last decade has seen a revolution in cycling, on a scale not witnessed in the UK since the Second World War. Cycle Revolution celebrates the diversity of contemporary cycling in Britain from every day commuting to Olympic level competition.

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The exhibition looks at cycling subcultures through four ‘tribes’ – the High Performers who reach Olympic speeds, the Thrill Seekers who take on all terrains, the Urban Riders who pedal our cities mile by mile, and the Cargo Bikers who work on two wheels.

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More and more people are using this method of transport to get to work and its especially useful in big cities where cars just aren’t practical. But some people go crazy and spend thousands- how has this happened and what is the future of the bike?

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Us Brits really are the leaders in cycling- sure to win at this year’s Olympics in Rio as well as leading the way in bike development and merchandise. The exhibition brings together bicycles, clothing, accessories, equipment, film and photography to explain where cycling is now and where it might take us in the future.

Read more 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.

Champagne Life

To mark its 30th anniversary, the Saatchi Gallery will open Champagne Life, the Gallery’s first all-women exhibition on 13th January 2016.

Julia Wachtel, saatchi gallery

Julia Wachtel
Champagne Life
2014

It’s set to be one of the most exciting exhibitions for 2016, and a major event on London’s cultural calendar. Above you can see American artist Wachtel’s painting Champagne Life which will be on show and has also given the show its title. How often we have wished that Kim and Kanye could be turned on their heads!

Stephanie Quayle, saatchi gallery

Stephanie Quayle
Two Cows
2013

Perhaps most excitingly, the exhibition is showcasing new and arresting work by 14 emerging, international female artists, reflecting on what it means to be a female artist working today – it is also the Gallery’s first all-women exhibition.

Alice Anderson, saatchi gallery

Alice Anderson
Bound
2011

UK artist Alice Anderson will have her incredible Bound on show. Visitors can walk around the thread and reel which is 3.5 m high.

Soheila Sokhanvari, saatchi gallery

Soheila Sokhanvari
Moje Sabz
2011

Iranian-born Sokhanvari creates taxidermied sculptures, which appeal to the literary genre of magic realism, in which ‘reality’ is punctured with fantastical events, revealing meanings more profound that naturalism could hope to do- we also like how fun they are!

The artists taking part are: Mequitta Ahuja (USA) | Alice Anderson (UK) | Maria Angeletti (France) | Jelena Bulajic (Serbia) | Julia Dault (Canada) | Mia Feuer (Canada) |Sigrid Holmwood (Australia) | Virgile Ittah (Paris) | Maha Malluh (Saudi Arabia) | Suzanne McClelland (USA) | Seung Ah Paik (Korea) | Stephanie Quayle (UK) |Soheila Sokhanvari (Iran) | Julia Wachtel (USA)

For more information, click here.

Tate Modern

A new development project to the south of the existing building which will transform Tate Modern.

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Tate Modern was designed for an annual audience of 2 million visitors. It now receives around 5 million visitors each year. This success has put pressure on their existing facilities and programmes, calling for this extension.

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The design will be executed by renowned and celebrated architects Herzog and de Meuron and will rise from behind the power station as a new iconic addition to the London skyline. The façade will use brick to match the surface of the existing structure, while creating something radically new – a perforated brick lattice through which the interior lights will glow in the evening. Windows and the terrace will appear as cuts in the brick surface. The building will rise 64.5 metres above ground in 11 levels, its height responding to the iconic chimney of Giles Gilbert Scott’s power station.

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Beautiful new galleries displaying the Collection will have a greater variation of sizes and shapes than the original museum, and there will be a larger space for temporary exhibitions. Tate Exchange will enable groups to exchange skills and ideas, there will be new seminar spaces, and a cutting-edge Media Lab. Social spaces will include a new Members Room, a Level 10 restaurant, and a public terrace on Level 11 all with outstanding views across the capital.

For more information on the project, click here.

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.

kirath ghundoo, wallpaper

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.

C.P. Hart new showroom

When we think of bathroom showrooms, we think of tiles, white, toilets (ahem), showers…..water. Not so for the new C.P. Hart showroom in Waterloo.

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They have worked with architecture practice Morrow + Lorraine, design studio Badrock Design and C.P. Hart’s internal merchandising and showroom design teams to create a showroom that could just as easily be a high end hotel reception. 

cp hart, bathrooms

Specialist lighting design practice Studio Fractal was also brought in to design two bespoke lighting installations – located in the reception area and C.P. Hart café.

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The new showroom space covers 20,000 sq ft and is a series of interlocking exposed brickwork arches. C.P. Hart were keen to convey the heritage of the building so Morrow + Lorraine utilised the original brickwork against copper panel work on the arches.

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The cafe and the various interlocking arches allow firms to being clients along to relax and be inspired.  The new product gallery allows C.P. Hart to be flexible about how they display products and get new products on show much quicker as soon as they are launched at international trade fairs. The products are presented on flexible mobile plinths based on a modular system that can changed and moved around. Other products are fixed onto the wall and plumbed for testing.

For more information click here.

Gumtree do up-cylcing

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Gumtree recently hosted an amazing up-cycling workshop with celebrity up-cycler Mac McMurdo.

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Taking place at the stunning Motel Studios, the idea was to encourage people to bring in their old bits and bobs and create something new and beautiful from them.

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Those at the class also got to learn new craft and making skills. We would love to go to another class, especially if we can make a star like the one below. Find out more about Gumtree and their upcycling initiative here.

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Solus ceramics new launch

Solus Ceramics have launched a brand new and exclusive range of wall tiles that are set to be one of the top trends in the architectural and interior design industry for 2016.

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The company’s new Geometry range feature stunning herringbone style patterns that open up endless design possibilities. The chevron shaped tiles fit together effortlessly and easily, allowing architects and designers to create an array of cutting edge and exciting creations, from dynamic and chic geometric stripes to scintillating zig zags.

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Solus Ceramics are known for their modern tile styles that can be used in home or professional settings. Above, the Illustrate range comes in a variety of colours and geometric shapes- perfect for creating unique spaces in the home.

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A particular Despoke favourite is the Serif range which is colourful, on-trend yet timeless. For more details click here.

 

 

 

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.

cdw campaign

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

Mitab

Mitab with their new colour palette

GP&J Baker

GP&J Baker

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

CDW campaign

Silvia K Ceramics

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

To find out more head here.

 

 

 

World Press Photo Exhibition opens

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Tomas-van-Houtryve

2015’s most impressive and memorable photographs from across the globe come together at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, with the World Press Photo Exhibition, opening on 5 November.

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Jerome Sessini

The premier annual international competition in press photography,  brings together award-winning photographs from around the world which capture the most powerful and moving images of the year. The winning images were selected from 97,912 photographs entered by 5,692 photographers from 131 different countries.

Southbank Centre

Massimo Sestini

Exhibited in more than 90 cities in 45 countries, the World Press Photo 15 Exhibition is an opportunity to see the winning images from each of the nine contest categories that include contemporary issues, daily life, nature and sports.

Southbank Centre

Kacper Kowalski

 

Subject matters include images of events that have resonated around the world including the conflicts in Eastern Ukraine; the aftermath of bombing in Gaza; the ebola crisis in Sierra Leone; refugees and the abducted schoolgirls in Nigeria.

Photography, southbank centre

“Homophobia in Russia”- Mads Nissen

The exhibition includes this year’s winning World Press Photo of the Year by Danish photographer Mads Nissen. The image which shows Jon and Alex comes from the photographer’s project called “Homophobia in Russia”. This story is about how “being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) is becoming more and more difficult in Russia as sexual minorities are facing legal and social discrimination, harassment and even violent ‘hate crime’ attacks from religious and national conservative groups.”

To see the touring exhibition, click here.

 

How to Co-work beautifully

Co-working and office hubs are now the norm as more people freelance and larger companies realise the potential health in flexi-time. However, beautiful, design-led spaces are few and far between. Read the article to find out how you could win free co-working membership for a year with The Office Group. YES PLEASE!

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The Office Group is a leading provider of design-led and flexible offices, meeting rooms and co-working spaces for start-ups, small businesses and, increasingly, larger companies. Those who have chosen to work for themselves do not necessarily want to work by themselves. Members of The Office Group form part of a community and the design of the buildings creates an environment where businesses, ideas and relationships can develop.

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Exceptional design and the inclusion of communal spaces such as libraries, screening rooms and gardens highlights the focus on inspirational workplaces that increase productivity and create a genuine sense of community.

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During October, The Office Group are opening an innovative pop-up co-working space at Old Street tube station. Replicating their design-led co-working offering, TOG is offering free access to this workspace to anyone who needs a place to work for a few hours or who wants to experience collaborative working.

the office spaceFrom 5 October until 30 October, TOG is inviting its members and the public to come and work from the pop-up workspace at Old Street station – which will be open Monday to Friday from 7.30am to 7pm – at no cost, so that they can experience what it’s like to be part of a coworking community.  TOG will also be running a competition to win a lifetime’s membership to the newest Shoreditch workspace.

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Albert House offers flexible workspace, meeting rooms and co-working spaces, as well as a café/bar, fitness studio and screening room. TOG has worked with Ben Adams Architects to restore the original character of the 1930s warehouse and give a speakeasy feel to the building. To enter the competition pop into the pop-up at Old Street. @TheOfficeGroup #popupcoworking.

 

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