Kite and Jess Wilson

We hadn’t heard of graphic artist Jess Wilson’s work, until we saw her collaboration with eye-wear brand Kite and we are chuffed to have found a new artist to covet. They have worked together on a collection that has launched at Westfield Stratford City.

kit, jess wilson


Wilson has created eight unique designs for KITE showcasing her experimental pattern-making and line work with her love for text and bold colours. Customers will be invited to choose a lens cloth and pouch from one of the imaginative and playful designs when purchasing a pair of sunglasses or glasses in store or online.

kit, jess wilson

We think this is a great idea and one we hope Kite will continue to support artists on ranges. For more information on Kite and the collaboration, click here.




Pinch- Christmas stock

We are mad fans of Pinch Design here at Despoke and are always keeping an eye out for their beautifully crafted pieces. It’s worth remembering that although they make a lot of pieces to order, they also hold a lot of stock- all available to get delivered before Christmas. Here are a few of our top picks.

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Imo Folding stool

This folding stool is perfect for having guests round. When too many peopl are squeezed into the house, unfold one of these from its peg on the wall and voila!

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Lana dressing table

Every time we see this dressing table we feel like a real grown up with proper make up and jewellery that needs safely housing. That’s not the case sadly, but we can always dream.

pinch design

Float table

These gorgeous little side tables are perfect for dotting around when the house is full at Christmas. Inspired by fisherman’s floats, they are simple and incredibly useful.

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These sculptured benches and or tables are made from coppiced hazel. Not only do they remind us of fairy stories and woodsmen, but they would look uber-cool in a Scandi-inspired interior.

For prices and information click here.


Christmas picks at Design Event

Following on from their hugely successful pop up shop at Design Event a few months ago at the Northern Design Festival, you can now buy Northern made goods for all your friends and family (and yourself of course).

design event shop


The shop features only Northern made pieces and has a wide range to suit any budget.

design pop up


We are really into geometrics at the moment and this stand out piece would work well in a pared back colour scheme.

cushion, northern pop up shop


Designer Susi Bellamy has taken a gorgeous Italian Virgin and child scene and created a modern update. The colours are bang on without seeming garish.

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Another gorgeous and very reasonable mirror set by James design retails at £195. This will definitely be going on the list.

northern design pop up

WHAT A CORKER! Daniel Scholfield

Cork is bang on interiors trend at the moment and Daniel Scholfield has also captured people’s love for hanging circular mirrors.

For more information and to peruse and purchase, click here.

Teenage Kicks- Pure Evil

The Saatchi gallery have an exhibition of new works by Pure Evil in the Prints & Originals Gallery at the from December 1st 2015 to January 3rd 2016. The series looks at nightmares.

teenage kicks


Although at £5000 for the above, they are a teeny tiny (read completely) out of our price range we can always put on our Christmas wish list…..maybe?

teenage kicks

Vladimir Putin’s Nightmare Hand-finished Print by PURE EVIL

To be fair, some of the prints go down to a far more reasonable £750- like this gorgeous screenprint with hand finished embellishments by the artist.

teenage kicks, saatchi

Prince Philip’s Nightmare CANVAS by PURE EVIL

The artist Pure Evil says of the collection:“The subjects are inspired by pop culture, and are a reflection of my teenage self, sitting in my bedroom, reading the NME, listening to John Peel and DREAMING.” 

For more information click 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.


Muuto Update – SOFA collection

With Christmas coming and the family descending, now is the perfect time to invest and treat yourself, in one of Muuto’s stunning sofas. We are big fans of Muuto at Despoke and have a  few of their smaller items.


This dusky pink addition from the Connect range can be adapted to suit any shape and be extended as the family grows.


The rest series comes in a variety of colours including mustard yellow, grey and dusky pink. On trend colours that will fit into any scheme.


Softblocks do exactly what you think they will- a comfortable range of different shapes that encourage a playful approach to sitting.


The Oslo range would sit perfectly in office break out areas as well as in a modern, clutter-free home. We can all aspire to that dream!

For more information about the ranges and their prices click here.

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.


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.

solus ceramics

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.

solus ceramics

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




Nottingham Market Design Event

For all of you Nottingham-based, head down to the city centre to see leading brands from a thriving Nottingham design scene, who have got together for a three day pop up shop.

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‘Nottingham Market’ will showcase premium clothing, homeware and accessories and will enable customers to meet the designers behind the brands. It’s  a perfect opportunity to find an ideal Christmas gift for design lovers or to treat yourself!

notingham design

The event will take place in the famous Lace Market area, the home of Nottingham’s manufacturing heritage. An exhibition by artist and ceramacist Blue Firth will be open at Syson Gallery on High Pavement alongside the market venue. It is also opposite the city’s major art gallery Nottingham Contemporary.


Collaborators include homeware and fashion brands Lane, Tori Murphy, Universal Works, Sunspel, Jody Woodhouse and more. We are big fans of Tori Murphy, having seen her at Clerkenwell Design Week so it’s definitely worth checking out. Find out more about visiting here.


by Lassen styling – Winter wonderland

We have featured by Lassen a number of times on Despoke- mainly because they produce beautiful furniture and objects like the below.

by lassen

by Lassen is a Danish design company who work with various designers, including two of Denmark’s greatest architects: Mogens Lassen and Flemming Lassen.


The Lassen brothers were extremely talented and were honoured with many awards and grants for their unique designs and iconic architecture. by Lassen’s mission is to continue the tradition of good design. Because good design lives on in new generations.


The way they design their pieces allow for beauty as well as comfort and in this cold and stormy weather, make us want to create our own winter scene to cosy up in!

Uncommon Goods

We have just discovered Uncommon Goods and we love it. The brand with amazing online website and e-shop,  want to change the way business is conducted, by making sustainability a part of every decision they make. We have picked a few of our favourite pieces below.

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Fire Escape Shelf, £69.50

Uncommon Goods want to offer buyers a creative and exciting merchandise assortment and are working with suppliers – from artists to small manufacturers – to make their products in a more socially and environmentally responsible manner. Loving the Fire Escape Shelf above- would be perfect in a lounge or a home office.

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Barnwood State Side Tables, £138.99

Since their founding, they have featured products that contain recycled components and have not sold products containing leather, feathers or fur – the main goal is to sell no product that harms humans or animals. The online shop itself is really easy to use and incredibly reasonable considering the quality of the pieces.

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Envelope Wall Vase, £32.29, by Shandi McConnell

Although the brand cover jewellery, clothing and art, we are particular fans of their home and garden ranges. It’s also great that on certain items they give a bio of the designer – thus showcasing how sustainable the piece is and allowing the user to trace the making back to a real source- not just a factory.

uncommon goods

Lightbulb LED Lamp, £84.24

They have also done a great job of photographing the pieces- they look gorgeous and as if they were straight out of a John Lewis catalogue!

uncommon goods

Yosemite Coat Rack,

Find out more about how they work here and on their website.

Knoll sale

We are looking forward to the Knoll sample sale on the Saturday 21 November 2015 fro, 10am-4pm.

Tulip chair

In addition to a list of 10 incredible star buys including:Barcelona Day Bed in black volo WAS £9660, NOW £3999 and  Wassily Chair in cowhide WAS £1608, NOW £499,  10 iconic Bertoia chairs will be available at £100 on a first come first-served basis and there will be a discount on all orders for new furniture placed on the day of the sale.

Bertoia chair

This really is an incredible opportunity to get your hands on some pretty exclusive pieces that you might not ever be able to afford…..we couldn’t anyway!

barcelona day bed

Knoll UK Annual Sample Sale
Date: Saturday 21 November 2015
Time: 10am – 4pm
Location: 91 Goswell Road, London EC1V 7EX
E. [email protected]

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.

cdw campaign

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.
cdw campaign

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 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.




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.

Knomo, school of life

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.



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.


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.

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.


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.


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

SCP launches SCP Editions

We are very excited to hear that one of our favourite furniture stores is adding yet more to its collection.

SCP Editions

In keeping with the celebratory spirit of its thirtieth year, London-based manufacturer and retailer SCP presents SCP Editions, a collection of products made in small batches using unconventional or specialist manufacturing techniques. Here are just a few pieces outlined below.

Chika vessel Reiko Kaneko | SCP

Chika vessel
Reiko Kaneko | SCP

Starting at £60, these Chika vessels, are made of terracotta and vary in size.

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Italy side table
Michael Marriott | SCP

Michael Marriott returns once more with these playful side tables in a number of colours, starting at £465.

Pyxis box Sarah Kay | SCP

Pyxis box
Sarah Kay | SCP

A set of handmade wooden vessels in elm, natural and ebonised chestnut.


Galvanized shelving unit
Peter Marigold | SCP

A free standing shelving unit made from laser-cut hot dip galvanised steel.

For more information on the collection as a whole, click here.