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Asif Khan opens 10% Design

We are big fans of Asif Khan- we’ve had our eye on him for years but his work at the 2012 London Olympics with then partner Pernilla Ohrstedt made his name a little bit more commonplace. Now his name is associated with the Museum of London and the new Guggenheim in Helsinki…..well there’s no stopping him.

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2012 Coca Cola Beatbox Pavilion

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Lasvit at Luxury Made

Later this month, Czech brand LASVIT will be exhibiting glassware collections at Luxury Made, central London’s new contemporary decorative interiors show with pieces from collections by the Campana Brothers, Jan Kaplicky, Arik Levy, Maxim Velcovsky and Patricia Urquiola.

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Design Museum News

LDF is coming up for sure, but it’s November that the community are also eyeing up with excitement as that’s when the Design Museum opens its doors to its new South Kensington residence.

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Before they open the building, there are hosting a number of different events- appearing at 100% Design, prosecco at the shop and curated tours.

laura bethan wood, design museum

As part of London Design Festival, the Design Museum Shop will host Six Vases, a window installation by Bethan Laura Wood for Bitossi Ceramiche. These new vases will be available to buy from the shop.

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Adopt an object- The museum has been fundraising for six years to realise its ambition of creating the world’s leading museum devoted to architecture and design and  need your help in the final fundraising push. To raise money you can adopt one of 12 iconic objects. Easier than a pet.

For more information on all things Design Museum, click here.

New Designers is back

New Designers returns to the Business Design Centre for its 31st edition from 29 June – 9 July. The two-part design show reveals trends for the year ahead, presents the country’s best emerging talent and offers design-savvy public the chance to snap up their work before it hits the high street. We will be visiting Part 2 for furniture, products and interiors a well as One Year On.

 

Charles Dedman

Charles Dedman

Charles Dedman will be bringing his turner Carve chair to One Year On. As per the rules, he is in his first year of business and alongside commissions, Charles is exploring an emerging field in the design-craft industry- he calls it Craft-Tech, the theme of updating traditional processes with modern tooling.

Katie Gillies

Katie Gillies

Katie Gillies graduated from Leeds College of Art with a First Class Honours Degree in Printed Textiles and Surface Pattern Design in 2015, specialising within surface and material innovation. Her projects are  influenced by Modernist architecture of the 20th and 21st Century, focusing on the form, structure and proportions of the building. From this she begins to start combining new materials and modern technology to develop and create contemporary surfaces that fit within the concept.

Ana Jaks

Ana Jaks

Ana Jaks’s colourful and pattern heavy prints come from her studio in Falmouth. Taking inspiration from the minimalist print work of the 1980’s, the pieces wouldn’t look out of place on album covers and magazines.

 

Studio Haran

Studio Haran

We are big fans of Studio Haran who keenly focus on sourcing their wood locally as well as making sure it can be disassembled to be recycled whilst producing stunning pieces of furniture.

Make sure you head down and see the next generation of interior talents, buy tickets here.

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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Alan Kitching at Lettering Arts Centre

We’ve featured this exhibition before, but are big fans of Alan Kitching, so don’t mind showing some more images and bigging him up again!

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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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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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Marta Bordes

We first saw Marta Bordes in the gorgeous press office run by Seen PR at Top Drawer a few months ago. We were entranced by her Satelite lamp.

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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’.

andrew dominic

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.

jennifer newman

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.

ptolemy mann

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.

 

Affordable Art Fair opens doors

The Affordable Art Fair Battersea opens its doors today in London.

Affordable art fair

110 local and international galleries will descend on Battersea Park, showcasing an array of original artwork, all available for between £100 and £5,000. We know we want to head down and see what we can grab. here are some of out fave artists and pictures. Continue Reading…

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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D&AD Festival

The line up for the D&AD Festival in April is looking pretty darn good if you ask us.

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The D&AD Festival, which launches for the first time this April, will welcome world-famous Founder and CEO of WPP Sir Martin Sorrell, Oscar-winning graphic designer Annie Atkins and British artist Ralph Steadman as headline speakers for this exciting inaugural event.  Continue Reading…

Michael Harvey – In His Own Words

From 25 March – 28 May 2016, The Lettering Arts Centre, Snape Maltings, Suffolk will host a retrospective of exceptional graphic artist, the late Michael  Harvey, who began his career as a carver of letters in stone and ended  it designing digital fonts.

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Across his 60 year career, he created over 1500 distinctive book jackets (including titles by James Joyce, Graham Greene and Norman Mailer), designed multiple letterforms, decorated countless memorials (including the headstone for poet laureate Cecil Day-Lewis) and carved his eighteen-inch-high frieze capital letters into the stone walls of The National Gallery in London.

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Michael Harvey’s career started in the 1950s when his love of the work of sculptor and letterer Eric Gill led to his finding work with Gill’s own first apprentice, Joseph Cribb. He moved on to serve an apprenticeship with engraver Reynolds Stone, before beginning a period of thirty years of working with a  large assortment of publishers, including Hodder & Stoughton, MacMillan, Chatto & Windus, Hamish Hamilton, Methuen and The Bodley Head.

michael harvey, engraver

As he moved into designing typefaces, Michael Harvey began a partnership with software company Adobe, becoming adept at designing with computers and later forming a company, FineFonts, in partnership with designer Andy Benedek. The fonts he developed were influenced by his deep love of jazz, both in their playful, inventive styles and their names – Ellington, Studz, Strayhorn, Conga Brava, Moonglow, Braff, Jazzbo and Zoot, to name a few.

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VISITOR INFORMATION
Michael Harvey – In His Own Words
Venue: Lettering Arts Centre, Snape Maltings, Suffolk, IP17 1SA
Dates: 25 March – 28 May 2016. Admission: Free to all visitors.
Opening Times: Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays & Mondays 11am-5pm. Closed Tues-Thurs.
Further visitor information: www.letteringartstrust.org.uk 01728-688393

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.

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