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Emilio Nanni’s colouful new Spy chair for Billiani

SPY 650 group

Emilio Nanni’s elegant new Spy chair for Billiani features a seat which folds to contain the rear sloping legs, balanced with a finely tuned set of double volumes.  Continue Reading…

Italian brand Lema opens flagship store on King’s Road


Lema opens its first flagship store designed by Piero Lissoni on King’s Roadto house the brand’s two main identities of the collection -Lema Casa and Lema Contract.  Continue Reading…

Saturday Job: Arrange the shoes


Above: Guy Bourdin & Charles Jourdan

Are you are struggling to house a growing shoe collection? Take inspiration from these images by pioneering French fashion photographer Guy Bourdin. Think big and pile them high – from the floor to ceiling in white boxes. Label each one individually, or add an image to denote the contents if you want to avoid the guesswork.


Guy Bourdin – Charles Jourdan fall 1977

Guy BourdinCharles Jourdan


Gucci Resort 2016 Collection


Gucci Resort 2016 Collection


References: 60s + 70s / Granny chic / Dandy / Western

Pattern: Embroidered and embellished folkloric florals / Silhouette leafy florals / Geometric chevron / Heavily embellished badges / Snake motifs / Stripes.

Hems: A LINE – mini, midi, maxi.

Fabric: Chiffon, Lame, Coloured Lace, Fur




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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


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


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…

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


‘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…

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: 5 minutes only with GamFratesi

GUBI GamFratesi portrait

Experimental design duo Stine Gam and Enrico Fratesi founders of GamFratesi Design Studio draw inspiration from classic Danish furniture, time honoured traditional crafts alongside the Italian intellectual and conceptual approach. The duo continuously travels between Italy and Denmark to develop new projects. This week we caught up with them at Icon’s House of Culture during Clerkenwell Design Week.


Where are you staying in London?

Enrico: At the Fox and Anchor in Clerkenwell, which feels very British with a great full English breakfast.


Above: Fox and Anchor

Do you visit in London often? If so, do you have a favourite place to visit?

Enrico: We do visit London more and more for work, many things are happening at the moment. We don’t have one specific place that we like to visit, we prefer to walk around and feel the spirit of the city.


How important is it for you to be showing at Clerkenwell Design Week?

Enrico: It is important – it’s a very intimate and interesting design week. We have seen many people participating and a good number of exciting events happening so it is great to be here with GUBI, and the surroundings in the ICON House of Culture are a fantastic backdrop. Continue Reading…

Conversations at Clerkenwell: Thursday 21st May

Public Realm and the Art of Collaboration

Date: 21st May
Time: 10.15 – 11.15

Futurecity is one of Europe’s largest arts agencies involved in a number of large scale multi-disciplinary public art projects including the 80 metre, 80 ton ‘Slipstream’ sculpture for the new Heathrow Terminal 2 and the 50 metre White Horse by Mark Wallinger for Ebbsfleet. They are the curators and strategists behind the Crossrail Culture Line, which has recently announced commissions for Michal Rovner, Richard Wright, Douglas Gordon and Spencer Finch. Continue Reading…

Conversations at Clerkenwell: Wednesday 20th May


Conversations at Clerkenwell, taking place on the 3rd floor of the Design Factory at the Farmiloe building, has become an important arena in which to introduce and discuss new products, raise industry issues and network with fellow A&D professionals. Make sure to RSVP for those talks you wish to attend across the 3 days of the festival.

#BeOriginal – RSVP

Date: 20th May
Time: 12:00 – 13:00

‘True originality consists not in a new manner, but in a new vision.’ Edith Wharton

ELLE Decoration Editor-in-Chief Michelle Ogundehin will chair a panel with some of the principal women in today’s design industry, including Patrizia Moroso, Nipa Doshi and Pip Prinsloo, Design Director of John Lewis. The panel will explore the importance of originality and independent creative thought in our world of increasingly passive consumerism. The discussion forms part of ELLE Decoration’s #BeOriginal campaign, which encourages a confident and considered approach to home design. Continue Reading…