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Chinese New Year: The Year of The Dog

2018 is the Chinese Year of the Dog, which falls every twelve years. The traditional belief is that the animal you’re represented by can tell you a lot about your personality. Usually the celebrations are an explosion of light and sound – involving bell ringing, lighting firecrackers, and watching traditional lion dances.

So, as the four legged trend starts to soar, there isn’t a better time to get your paws on the best home accessories and gifts inspired by our favourite canine companions.

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When fashion meets home – A John Lewis and PATTERNITY collaboration

The new and exclusive John Lewis and PATTERNITY collection is the retailers first ever collaboration across fashion and home. Inspired by mindful living through design, the patterned pieces are the perfect addition to any home, celebrating the fundamental shapes and textures of life.

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The Power of Purple: Colours of 2018

Taking a look at the predicted trends from some of the biggest influencers.

For the past 18 years, the Pantone Colour Institute has predicted the shade it believes will be favoured across the design industry over the upcoming year. Each year, however questionable the choice might seem, the influence is far-reaching.

This vibrant choice for colour of the year works brilliantly in many different ways for interior schemes. For the brave, go hard on block colours and mix this vibrant hue with other visceral and stimulating colours in your home for Mondrian-esque décor. This will give your space a stylish edge – a heady cocktail of punkish rebellion and regal opulence. Continue Reading…

Canova Hall Opens

We love it when beautiful old buildings are looked after and brought back to life. Launched this August, Canova Hall breathes new air into one of Brixton’s most commemorated buildings; what used to be the beloved worker’s hall of Britain’s first department store Le Bon Marché across the road.

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Dubai Design Week

It may be a 7 hour flight away, but Dubai is fast becoming a key stop off on the design calendar. Pitching itself as the point where East meets West and where design lovers the world over can meet and celebrate and now with the respected Will Knight at the helm, Dubai Design Week, the leading festival in the region, starts tomorrow. Here are some key features and installations as well as brands and talks to make sure you visit.


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News from 100% Design Emerging Brands

Not long now people. Get registered for 100% Design, the key show to be seen at during LDF and also a great place to spot some emerging talent. We outline some of our top picks and best bits in their Emerging Brands section.

Mairi Helena

Mairi Helena

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100% Design announces theme of Elements

100% Design, the largest design trade show in the UK and the commercial cornerstone of London Design Festival, has announced a programme of specially commissioned installations at Olympia London all falling under the theme of ‘Elements’. Designs across the show  include an immersive entrance feature curated by design writer Max Fraser to a pivotal central bar designed by Sally Hogarth and additional  surprising features across the five distinct show sections.

Elements entrance- Max Fraser

Elements entrance- Max Fraser

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Tania Johnson: new Surface Collection at Decorex

Tania Johnson launches a brand new evocative rug range at Decorex this September.

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Lexington X Boråstapeter Wallpaper

You know we like a good wallpaper here at Despoke. It seems to bear better results to grubby fingers than paint does and feels more luxurious. Swedish brand, Lexington, have collaborated with Boråstapeter to create a range of wallpapers that exude a relaxed East Coast style.

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New Designers- One Year On

Now Clerkenwell Design Week is over, we can start thinking about all the other great shows coming up and one of our favourites has to be New Designers. Taking place once more in Islington’s Business Design Centre from 28 June – 1 July and 5–8 July., one of the best parts of the shows is One year On, the feature area that looks back on those whose businesses are less than one year old.  Here, we highlight just a few of the 80 exhibiting.

Lauren Nauman

Lauren Nauman

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CDW top picks

As if you didn’t know (we bang on about it enough after all), Clerkenwell Design Week takes place this month from the 23-25 May. Register here, it’s free and makes everything a lot easier. Because it’s now so blooming huge, we thought we would choose our top pick from each exhibition, showroom, talk and pop up over the next few days/weeks, to give you some sort of chance of getting round it without having a nervous breakdown. Deep breaths. Let’s begin the exhibitions.


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Sarah Campbell designs

Internationally acclaimed textile designer, Sarah Campbell, who co-founded the renowned design partnership Collier Campbell with her sister Susan Collier, has now opened her workshop for bespoke commission work.

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Double Vision at CDW

Just over a month to go people and the CDW Presents are getting announced. Always fun and usually educational in some way, the Presents part of the show always brings to life the EC1 streets.  For the second year in a row, Hakwood is participating in Clerkenwell Design Week, this time, sponsoring  Double Vision, a 4m high structural installation of recursive patterns, nestled within the historic Clerkenwell Close.

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Atkin and Thyme

Mid-century style just got a stylish makeover in the shape of the new handcrafted Matrix furniture collection from Atkin & Thyme and you can be on trend without bing out of pocket- hurrah!

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Luxury Made with Maddux Creative

Not long until Luxury made at Olmypia’s grand Pillar Hall. We asked the creative designers behind the show a few questions. Get inspired by their answers below as well as some great renders of what the stunning interior space will look like. To read more about the pair, click here.

1. How do you define luxury interiors?
Luxury is a word that is used often today, but with little thought about its actual meaning. We believe what is regarded as luxury is changing. For Maddux Creative, contemporary luxury interiors embody the following principles; original and bespoke solutions, craftsmanship, sustainability and attention to detail.


2. What do you think is important about London’s contribution to luxury interiors?
London’s position as a global financial capital, and the wealth that this brings, ensures there is a large market for luxury interiors here.
But perhaps London’s greater wealth may lie in its position as a truly “world” city. The diverse mix of residents and transients, a large part of the clientele of the luxury interiors sector, makes for a wide-ranging, exciting and often unexpected combination of aesthetic elements and styles.

3. What trends are you currently spotting?
There has been a move of late towards “decoration”, which can be seen in an increasing use of colour and unique textures, a proliferation of patterns in all scales (and on all planes), and more frequent application of detailing such as trimming and embroidery. Contradictorily, there is also a trend for pure geometrical forms, clean lines and bold materiality. Our unique historical perspective, with the accessibility of vast quantities of imagery (pinterest, instagram) and information (blogs), means that these trends, and many more, can exist simultaneously! Welcome to the post-trend world!

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4. Maddux Creative have shaped the look and feel behind LuxuryMade. Could you tell us what has inspired the design?
Essentially we approached the project as we would a residential interior. The Pillar Halls is a listed building with no shortage of extraordinary features, so we had to respect them. Both the spaces are distinctly coloured, so to create a harmonious environment, we worked with the colours already existing within the spaces to create a palette that was then distributed across all of the designed elements down to the stands themselves. For our elements, such as the bars, we took clues from the existing architectural features, such as the arches, and repeated them in a stylized form to bring in some sharpness and edge.

Scott Maddux and Jo leGleud are founding partners of internationally renowned Maddux Creative, creators of the design behind LuxuryMade.

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