Collective Design Fair: Present Perimeter by Johnathon Nesci



Sight Unseen OFFSITE spin off show at the Collective Design Fair featured a series of mirrors entitled ‘Present Perimeter’ by American designer Jonathan Nesci, founder of the industrial-design company HALE. Nesci explored a compositional framework that united equal numbers of hexagons, half-hexagons, rhombuses, and triangles. With the trend for statement mirrors in full swing these primary 80s-esque accessories are guaranteed to brighten and update up your space.

Collective Design Fair / Sight Unseen OFFSITE


Sotheby’s London offer a private collection of 21 works inspired by the US dollar


This summer, Sotheby’s will offer a private collection, which explores the cultural influence of the iconic dollar ($) motif, a symbol of wealth, power and the American Dream.

Andy Warhol’s visionary ‘dollar’ paintings play a key part of the sale. The only one of Warhol’s dollars to have been completely painted by hand – his first piece in the series:  One Dollar Bill (Silver Certificate), 1962 will feature and is valued between £13-18m. Continue Reading…

Retail Styling Inspiration from Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters

Retail Styling: Despoke loves the photographic compositions from Urban Outfitters, spotted in Cardiff. As per usual, the brand impresses with its original slant on styling and playful tone.


Urban Outfitters


Quayside Light collection by Assembly Room


Assembly Room’s new Quayside Light collection, recently launched at Clerkenwell Design Week, is inspired by the simplicity and functionality of industrial pendant lights.
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Olympia designs a basin disguised as a suitcase

Add an unexpected statement in the bathroom with a MY.BAG basin cleverly disguised as a suitcase.  This freestanding design from Italian brand Olympia rests on a wooden frame and comes with a range of accessories.



Open Studios – Architects across the city welcome visitors during London Festival of Architecture

Belsize Village Architects

Above: Belsize Village Architects

Over 50 RIBA Chartered Practices are taking part in London’s Open Studios across London this month as a key part of London Festival of Architecture. This is a rare opportunity for visitors to go behind the scenes of some of the UK’S most prominent architecture practices.

Feilden Clegg Bradley (FCB)_LFA 2014 IMG_1075

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Event: Join Skandium to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Tapio Wirkkala


Join Skandium to celebrate the 100th year anniversary Tapio Wirkkala — a leading figure of modern Finnish industrial art with live music and cocktails on the 4th June at The Republic of Fritz Hansen. Continue Reading…

Mette invites visitors to taste the raw ingredients of design and building materials at 100% Design 2015


British multidisciplinary design studio, Mette, returns to 100% Design with a brand new concept for 2015 – coined Mattergarden.

Creative Director at Mette, Caroline Santos told Despoke, “Mattergarden is an appreciation of the Earth’s permanence: a celebration of its generous supply of materials, its structure and sustenance. The concept also explores the role of humankind as responsible alchemists and interpreters of its bounty.” Continue Reading…

Carl Hansen & Son relaunch Hans J. Wegner’s classic tray table


Carl Hansen & Son is relaunching Hans J. Wegner’s classic tray table, first released in 1970, the most popular design from a range of armchairs and sofas crafted from heavy, bent tubes.

“Hans J. Wegner’s tray table is an extremely versatile and functional piece of furniture that doesn’t take up a lot of room and offers versatility through its multiple visual options,” says Knud Erik Hansen, CEO of Carl Hansen & Son. Continue Reading…

Event: Eley Kishimoto in Conversation at Heal’s


To celebrate the launch of Eley Kishimoto’s optical wallpapers at Heal’s Dean of the UAL’s School of Design Lawrence Zeegen will be quizzing the Brixton based designers on their illustrious fashion career, expanding repertoire of interiors, and trying to discover the inspiration behind their eclectic prints and patterns along the way. Just like an Eley Kishimoto design, this exclusive event is sure to reveal a fascinating story.

Location: Heal’s, Tottenham Court Road

Date: Wednesday 3rd June

Time: 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Cost for general Admission: £10 *

Cost for Student Ticket: £5*


Heal’sEley Kishimoto


Clerkenwell Design Week 2015 Gallery: Part 3


Above: Gruppe‘s installation ‘Vita Contemplativa’ marked the gateways, edges and centre of Clerkenwell to rethink its position as a little city within London.  Continue Reading…

‘American architects meet Italian design’ by INTERNI magazine and Salone del Mobile during ICFF week

Roberto Snaidero, Richard Meier, Massimiliano Messina, Flou; Dante Benini

Above: Roberto Snaidero, Richard Meier, Massimiliano Messina, Dante Benini @ Flou

On Monday 18 May New York saw the second instalment of the talk series ‘American architects meet Italian design organised by INTERNI magazine and Salone del Mobile during ICFF week. The day was fully packed with a stellar line up featuring James Biber, Andrea Lamberti/Raphael Vinoly Architects, Richard Meier and Dante Benini, and Coren Sharples/SHoP – a real tour de force of design and architecture. Continue Reading…

Styling Inspiration: Zeitraum at Clerkenwell Design Week 2015


Despoke loves the Apu table from Zeitram, a wooden side table with a ceramic tray top. Use it as an alternative way to style plants around the home. Take inspiration from this image taken at Clerkenwell Design Week by grouping the same plant for added impact.

Zeitram / Clerkenwell Design Week


Sale: Up to 70% off at Tom Dixon


Tom Dixon is holding a Pop Up Sale in Islington from 5-7 June with up to 70% off a wide range of lighting, furniture and accessories.

Fri 5th: 12pm – 9pm
Sat 6th: 10am – 8pm
Sun 7th: 11am – 3pm

Daily prize giveaways
Free Champagne on Friday and Saturday from 5pm

Old Pipe Factory
26 Cross Street
N1 2BG
(5 mins walk from Angel tube)

Tom Dixon


Clerkenwell Design Week: Part 2 – Floral Trend


Above: Partition by Tacchini

Floral trend emerging: Dutch style /  Garlands / Fauna / Tightly drawn Continue Reading…