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H A R U stuck – on design – will be launching in the UK at Clerkenwell Design Week, an exciting new concept from Japan, a radical and easy way to bring colour to interiors. You can find them in Design Fields in the up-and-coming design event Clerkenwell Design Week (22-24 May).

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Historical Promiscuities

The exhibition displayed a selection of ceramics by the British young designer that reinterpret history and architecture through shapes, colours and pop atmospheres.

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Rado Star Prize UK announce shortlist

Young designers from across the UK submitted a range of forward-thinking projects from the interior, industrial and technology design mediums for the inaugural edition of the Rado Star Prize UK last week. The judging was presided over by a stellar panel including industrial designer Konstantin Grcic; design journalist Corinne Julius; Vice President of Product Management at Rado Hakim El Kadiri; design journalist Katrina Burroughs and designjunction Event Director Will Sorrell.

Apollo Tripod designed by Connor Holland

Apollo Tripod designed by Connor Holland

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CDW Presents revealed

Finally, one of the best parts of Clerkenwell Design Week (the Presents stream) has been revealed and we are extremely excited. here are some of our top picks.


This year’s show is set to present one of the festival’s highest installations: The Beacon – a 7.5m tall structure, located at the entrance to Design Fields. Inspired by the Tower of Babel, the structure will feature an internal staircase encased in a typographical design which celebrates internationalism. Visitors will be able to climb up the internal staircase to a viewing platform over-looking a cross-section where the industrial meets historical Clerkenwell. Continue Reading…

Awesomestow designers at Heals

It may be partly do do with the fact that we live in Walthamstow and love how creative and craft-led the area is, but we were particularly proud and impressed to hear that The Blackhorse Workshop has been selected to be part of this year’s Heal’s Modern Craft Market at the Tottenham Court Road store.

Tim Summers Design Wobbly Peyote

Tim Summers Design Wobbly Peyote

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Top Drawer returns

Top Drawer is back this January with more more exclusive brands than ever at its Spring/Summer 17 (S/S17) edition. make sure to head down and see where the leading stylists get their inspiration.

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Barbican New Gift Shop

It’s getting to that time of year. It’s too early to properly think about the festive season, but the shops keep displaying tantalising nit bits that would be great under the tree. The Barbican are one step ahead with gifts that not only look good but we wouldn’t mind receiving as well as giving.


The Barbican is launching a new 330sqm retail space in the foyers this autumn. With a focus on the Barbican’s programme, its architectural and design legacy, the shop will also shine a spotlight on up and coming design talent.

Designers have been exclusively commissioned to reinterpret the Barbican’s incredible visual conventions into a retail context. This has resulted in brand new capsule collections from brands including Alfred & Wilde, Kate Farley, Lindsay Lang amongst other key designer makers. The result is a collection of impeccably designed objects that subtly convey the gravitas of the building. We are particular fans of these cool mugs by Aandersson. The shapes that would be cast by the shadows would be particularly pleasing.

Woolf and Moon

Woolf and Moon

Hackney based jewellery designer Hannah Davis’s pieces from her brand Wolf and Moon will also be in the new shop.

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Native Union get Marbellous

Award winning design company Native Union  adds DOCK+ for iPhone Marble Edition to its expanding Tech line. Made from the finest solid marble, and super-luxurious DOCK+ is a beautiful design object for the home and a sleek and stable base for charging and using your Lightning devices.

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Emerging Talent: Savage Works


Scott Savage, an emerging designer, trained in Architecture, Printmaking, and Graphic Design, living and working in Brooklyn, NY, is set to launch the Plug Table at Wanted Design NYC in May. Continue Reading…

Technology: Colour Capturing Cube by SwatchMate

SwatchMate handheld device captures a precise colour match when the Cube is placed on a coloured surface. The internal sphere of the Cube records the shade. Once retrieved the Cube transfers data on a smartphone via Blue tooth direct to Photoshop. The ultimate designer tool, perfect for design projects when planning ranges, up to 20 shades can be stored at one time. For more information visit

Watch: Gomph + Kehrer


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Watch: Desinere


Above: Common Vessels – A SingaPlural ‘Design larger than life’ installation at Parkmall Singapore.

We highly recommend the young talented British trained brand Desinere founded in 2010, and based in Singapore. Honesty is the best policy for founder Melvin Ong as he leads experimentation with materials on a range of products. Each design is conceived through the quiet reflection of relationships between items, people and experience enabling the creation of authentic, pure objects that are refreshingly unpredictable. Continue Reading…

Heavystock shelving by Knauf & Brown for Esaila

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Heavystock is a modular shelving unit consisting of stackable ash legs and powder coated steel shelves by Knauf & Brown for Esaila. Shelves are stackable and infinitely expandable, making it suitable for contract and domestic use.  Continue Reading…

Interview: The Sculpture House

TSH - Richard Davies - Alex Chinneck - David Murphy

Above: Richard Davies, Alex Chinneck and David Murphy

“Think again for your own sanity”, says Alex Chinneck to any designers who are thinking of copying The Sculpture House.

Last week for Despoke’s first post-relaunch interview, we went to talk to London based sculptors, Alex Chinneck and David Murphy about their newly launched artist-designed furniture company: The Sculpture House (TSH). Continue Reading…

Top Displays at Top Drawer

On Monday, Despoke visited Earl’s Court in London to see Top Drawer: a trade exhibition featuring the latest in home wares, furniture and accessories.  Continue Reading…

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