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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.


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.


Heal’s Modern Craft Club

Now in its third year, Heal’s Modern Craft Market returns bigger and better than ever to the Tottenham Court Road store with an extended run from 7 March to 23 April 2016. Celebrating the best in contemporary crafts, the event provides a platform for the artisans of the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland, an extension of the Great Heal’s Bodging Race, plus live workshops, demos and talks showcasing materials from leather to stone. Here are a few of the crafters involved.


We were transfixed by Yuta Segawa’s pieces at LDF where he presented his tiny pots in a spectrum of colours- we even bought a few! He was born in Japan and now makes in Lewisham, London. His miniature pots retail for £15 or £20. Each piece is unique and handmade in London.


Carmel Wilkinson-Ayre is a multidiscipline designer, maker and ceramicist based in Edinburgh. Having recently graduated from Robert Gordon University, she was spotted at the New Designers fair in June 2015 in which she exhibited a range of playful, colourful ceramics and fabrics for the home._Andrew_Ludick_Jug_Beakers

Andrew Ludick’s work has slowly evolved towards forms that illustrate the natural properties of clay and the processes he uses to create them. The building of these forms involves coiling and pinching the clay to create vases, bowls and various other shapes.  After the form is built it is decorated with complementary shapes and patterns, before being covered in a clear transparent glaze that serves to deepen the colours and to seal the clay for functionality.

For more information on the craft market click here.


The Raj Tent Club

As well as being the place to hire and buy extravagant Indian and Raj-style tents (you know you need one…..) The Raj Tent Club also has some incredible British Empire and Raj inspired products. We have picked some of our faves below.

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Elephant door handles anyone?? Errrrr yes please! Made in India they are made from brass with black coating. £60 for the pair can’t be bad!

raj tent club, west indian canopy

We are also in love with this naive hand embroidered cotton folk art canopy from West India which can additionally be used as a colourful throw. We think would be a perfect gift for a new baby. Only £75 too!


The wesbite and shop also have some great bits of original furniture like this Palm Springs Aqua Metal Chair designed by Lisa Vandy. A modern take on the traditional.


Seeing as how obsessed we are with cushions of all types, we thought these beautiful cotton cushions, made in Kishangar, Rajasthan would be a perfect present for ourselves……or as a great new home gift for someone else.

To view the whole Raj Tent Club website, click here.


Fabrics and Wallpaper for 2016

2015 was definitely the year for stunning wallpaper with Cole & Son, All the Fruits, House of Hackney and more getting in on the action. Wallpaper rolls were adorned with mis-matched patterns as well as different colours. Below we have picked a few fabrics and wallpapers that have caught our eye, going into the next season. Both brands have been inspired by places in their designs- geographical creativity!

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Behang Adults by Oilily

This subtle patterned wallpaper by Dutch fashion house Oilily is inspired by four Dutch places.  Four typical villages inspired Oilily’s product designers Roland and Johanneke. Each of these locations had its own characteristic shapes and colour schemes, which in turn created lovely contrasts in the wallpaper designs.

Behang young adult, Oliliy

Behang young adult

Oilily have also made a range for young adults that would sit happily in any teenagers- or grown ups- room. The two luxury wallpaper collections were created with hand painted, drawn or sketched prints. This means striped patterns are not composed of meticulously straight lines and polka dots are not perfectly round, creating a traditional and completely one off feel.

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Art of the Loom’s latest collection entitled ‘Indian Summer’

Art of the Loom’s new Spring collection is inspired by India. A collection of contrasts, it sees the vibrancy and the frenetic energy of the country, hinting at influence from embroidered saris, flowers for the temple, painted trucks and decorated camels. Art of the Loom’s designs are brought to life in rich, vivid tones and stunning textures, perfect for the Spring/Summer season.


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Art of the Loom- Agate

The fabric, although inspired by a country renowned for it’s vibrant colours, could easily be introduced into a neutral colour scheme. We can see the above Agate on long drop curtains. And we want.

For more information on Oilily click here and Art of the Loom here.

Gumtree do up-cylcing


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


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.


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.


Knomo and The School of Life

We had a fantastic time on Thursday night at The incredible School of Life’s launch of their partnership with design-led travel accessory brand Knomo.

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Learning to carry our emotional baggage with style.

The ‘Emotional Baggage’ luggage tags (£25) have been designed in collaboration with  Knomo, creators of accessories that cleverly organise and protect your devices and other belongings, to help you get ‘Life Organised’This concept taps into the ‘new normal’ of needing to keep our desk/mind/house/wardrobe/bag organised, to allow us to focus more energy on the things we enjoy.


Hanover Knomo

Knomo have created a brand that allows the modern working person to take only their essentials with them, allowing them to drop the ‘baggage’ they usually drag around with them.

Director of The School of Life, Morgwn Rimel, says of the collaboration: “Nowadays we’re used to thinking of travel as the ‘fun’ bit of life, but enjoyment isn’t a reason why it shouldn’t also do some very serious things for us. At its deepest level, travel can assist us with our psychological education. Ideally, where we go should help us with our attempts at these  longed-for pieces of psychological evolution. The outer journey should assist us with the inner one. For the Emotional Baggage luggage tag, we wanted to create  a product which would help people  to reframe  their relationship to travel but which would also reflect some of its glamour. Knomo’s bold,minimal aesthetic and commitment to making high-quality, thoughtfully-crafted products made them the ideal collaborator.”


Creative Director of Knomo, Frances Scorah says: “Through Knomo’s pursuit of a ‘Life Organised’, we know that organisation begins in the mind but is eased by the products we use and the spaces we occupy. Working with The School of Life and their Emotional Baggage series reminds us to consider the emotional alongside the physical, and we felt the luggage tag was the perfect product for the two brands to collaborate on. The School of Life understand emotional intelligence like no other, and the Emotional Baggage series offers up a clever way to keep ourselves in check.”


Digital Clutch Bag

We are particular fans of the amazing Elektronista clutch that comes in various colours and allows us to totally streamline our day and make the bag do all the hard work!

To find out more about Knomo click here.

For more information on The School of Life, 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.


Cube by Palette

Despoke are very excited to hear about the revolutionary on-the-go tool for interior designers, architects and creatives.

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Palette is a young collective of designers and engineers that believes people become artists when given the right tools. Palette’s first product is Cube, the portable colour digitiser. Cube fits in your hand and with one tap captures the colour of almost any surface. Cube seamlessly pairs with smartphones and desktops to show raw colour values in RGB, CMYK, HEX, LAB and LRV.

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Launching in the UK for the first time at 100% Design, the Cube fits into your pocket allowing you to take your inspiration home with you! Any colour on any surface can be captured and used.

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To celebrate the launch palette will be holding livc demonstrations at the show with the chance to win a Cube #capturethatcolour. Click here and register to see them free at 100% Design.

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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Icon September Issue

Looking at all things sinful- from sex toys to greedy development, Icon Magazine’s September issue is now on sale. mirror icon

The issue also looks at Herzog and de Meuron, Vienna and the iconic VW Camper van.


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Trend: Optical Textiles by Hansje van Halem


Graphic designer Hansje van Halem jumped ship to explore her optical patterns on fabric for ‘Try Outs’ posterwall at Utrecht Central train station. Optical prints are set to reign in summer 2014 as seen on the catwalks from designers such as at Marc Jacobs.  Continue Reading…

Handpicked Pin no. 9: The alternative Christmas Tree


Each week we will feature a pin that has stopped us in our tracks. On a festive note we love the alternative Christmas Tree by Michael Johansson. We want one at home. Do you?

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Styling: Inspiration


Hang: Retail / Exhibition display


Inspiration: Floor


Inspiration: Odd one out


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