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Christmas tree decorations….mainly baubles

As well as writing Christmas cards, which we genuinely love and find really therapeutic, we also love getting a Christmas tree, dragging it back home on the bus and then getting out all the ornaments from previous years and new ones we bought with great foresight in the January sales. Winning. Here are some of our faves from this year’s offerings.

West Elm

West Elm

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C.P. Hart new showroom

When we think of bathroom showrooms, we think of tiles, white, toilets (ahem), showers…..water. Not so for the new C.P. Hart showroom in Waterloo.

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They have worked with architecture practice Morrow + Lorraine, design studio Badrock Design and C.P. Hart’s internal merchandising and showroom design teams to create a showroom that could just as easily be a high end hotel reception. 

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Specialist lighting design practice Studio Fractal was also brought in to design two bespoke lighting installations – located in the reception area and C.P. Hart café.

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The new showroom space covers 20,000 sq ft and is a series of interlocking exposed brickwork arches. C.P. Hart were keen to convey the heritage of the building so Morrow + Lorraine utilised the original brickwork against copper panel work on the arches.

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The cafe and the various interlocking arches allow firms to being clients along to relax and be inspired.  The new product gallery allows C.P. Hart to be flexible about how they display products and get new products on show much quicker as soon as they are launched at international trade fairs. The products are presented on flexible mobile plinths based on a modular system that can changed and moved around. Other products are fixed onto the wall and plumbed for testing.

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Retail Styling Inspiration from Urban Outfitters

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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.


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Retailer: Interview with Charlie Gladstone founder of Pedlars


Above: Charlie Gladstone

Today is the first of a series interviews with retail influencers in design. Charlie Gladstone the founder of interior store Pedlars and The Good Life Experience Festival will start the proceedings.

What is your background? 

I started off working in the music business, initially for a tiny record company that released novelty records. Some were actually quite big hits, though most of them were rubbish; having said that I still enjoyed it. Next I ended up at Warner Music, which was great, and soon I was managing a band that had a few hits, but it wasn’t particularly an industry that I loved so I decided to move onto something else.

When and where did you launch the company? 

We launched Pedlars in 1997. It’s been an amazing journey since then. Continue Reading…

Trend: Statement acoustic wall panels


Above: Preview of Arper‘s new Parentesit collection launching in Milan next month by Lievore Altherr Molina

Since 2015 designers have turned their attention to the humble acoustic panel pushing on trend geometric shapes and mixing materials.  A couple of design companies who have taken the product one step further are ArperStokkeAustad,  Form Us With Love for Baux.


Above: Arper

Parentesit designed by Lievore Altherr Molina is an acoustic wall module that reduces background noise and creates an area for concentration. Continue Reading…

Kengo Kuma installs a plywood grid for Camper in Milan


Japanese Architect Kengo Kuma has installed a grid framework for his first Camper store in Milan on Montenapoleone as part of the Camper Together project. Continue Reading…

Styling Inspiration: from Studio Meike Meijer


Styling Inspiration: Geometric ‘Frames and Volume’ installation from the super talented Studio Meike Meijer.


Beige concept store designed by Nendo

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Japanese fashion brand Beige collaborated again with Nendo on the new multi-functional store concept for Tamagawa Takashimaya shopping centre in suburban Tokyo. Continue Reading…

Retail: tincan by AL_A




Next week award-winning design and architecture studio AL_A present tincan, a six month restaurant project in Soho, serving the best tinned seafood in the world.

“While designing a new cultural centre in Lisbon, our team discovered a former fishing tackle shop, which was transformed into a tiny, vibrant restaurant serving only tinned seafood. What started as lunch quickly became an idea, and subsequently a new project,”  the designers told Despoke.

 Tincan elevates the humble tin to an object of desire in a setting designed by AL_A, which offers 30 different tins, all of the finest quality seafood, to eat in the restaurant or to purchase at the store.


An array of cans form a striking repeat pattern against the black Corian® backdrop setting the tone of the fit. Working with their collaborators, AL_A have designed lights to showcase LG’s OLED technology, a wafer thin light source, stackable aluminium stools and tables made by Iduna of Portugal.


We love the concept of: no kitchen, the finest tinned seafood delicacies, super healthy, and great graphics with the tin as the hero.


Opening 15 September: Tincan – 7, Upper James Street, Soho, W1F 9DH.

Images: Paul Winch-Furness

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Play musical chairs at Heal’s to win the Misa Joy chair from Tog


To celebrate the launch of the Brazilian furniture brand TOG in Heal’s Tottenham Court Road store this September, Heal’s will host a one-day Brazilian themed LIVE musical chair event called TAKE A SEAT – open to the public – at Whitfield Gardens (opposite Heal’s on Tottenham Court Road) on 17 Sep 2014. Please see below more info.

  • One day live event on 17 Sep in Whitfield Gardens  – essentially TOG’s take on the classic game of musical chairs (*chairs will be from the new TOG collection)
  • Pre-register on a dedicated microsite to book a slot at the event.
  • There will be 10 rounds; each round will allow 20 participants (thus 200 participants in total for the whole day)
  • First round starts at 11.30am and last round starts at 6.30pm
  • The winner of each round will win a NEW Misa Joy chair (see below) from the TOG collection
  • The event will have a DJ playing Brazilian music throughout, light refreshments will also be served at the event
  • So basically bringing the Brazilian carnival vibe to London during the festival, also a great chance for the public to win a chair for simply taking part at the event

Enjoy the party and be sure to play ‘Take a Seat’ for your chance to win a bespoke Misa Joy chair by Philippe Starck.


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Editor’s pick: Abstract beach towel’s at the Conran Shop


Above: Coral Abstract Beach Towel – Conran Shop – £85

During the summer months I become a weather watcher, the first sign of sun and the beach bag is packed. At this time of the year, coming up to the end of the season, I never consider buying beach towels, I do own some perfectly good ones already – oversized stripes. Mid August my thoughts always veer towards my winter wardrobe and home styling. All that changed when I set my eyes on these fine specimens – a pair of cotton Matisse style towels, coined the ‘Abstract Towel’ range, exclusive in the UK at the Conran Shop. The designs will have a long shelf life in my home, with that in mind they are well worth the investment of £85 each. I will take both.

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Trend: British Souvenir


Kiss me quick hats, saucy postcards, sticks of rock and royal mugs. That pretty much sums up the traditional British souvenir trade; oh you could throw a tea towel into the equation. Sound familiar? As tourists flock to London this summer the design community have taken it upon themselves to target the ‘souvenir’ market offering the alternative British gift for tourists – why buy tat when you can buy from established designers and craftspeople?


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Roksanda Ilincic Shop designed by Adjaye Associates opens in Mayfair


When Roksanda Ilincic decided to open her flagship store in London’s Mayfair she turned to a longtime collaborator British architect David Adjaye. The designer referenced her style– drawing on the play of geometry’s and symmetries. The site is a grade II listed building and in order to preserve the historic fabric of the existing space, the shop is a like a box within the original frame. As visitors enter, the former shop window remains intact, and a new glass screen with an inner entrance marks the contemporary intervention. The window display acts as an interim space between old and new.

The walls comprise staggered concrete slabs that repeat as forms for the plinths. The layering is slightly irregular, giving the impression of a richly choreographed three-dimensional pattern. The floor is a composite marble herringbone parquet. Towards the rear, there is a glass wall, which mirrors the glass screen at the front of the shop. The overall colour palette is neutral, with single bursts of colours or mirroring for some of the shelves and rails, which snake around the room, to guide visitors through the space. The free standing units are made out of glossy lacquered joinery, rose gold stainless steel and concrete and provide display plinths, till and seating. The existing columns are wrapped in angular diamond shaped casing, made from a softly reflective rose gold polished stainless steel.

Downstairs, the VIP and office spaces are a mix of vibrant blocks of colour and soft finishes – to contrast with the ground floor shop space. The walls are fabric paneled and each room has its own colour – ranging from yellow, beige, pink, purple and maroon.

Roksanda Ilincic / David Adjaye


Par La Roy fashion boutique by Savvy Studio


Fashion boutique Par La Roy based in Monterrey, Mexico, champions the work emerging designers and artists alongside selected established brands.

Their new store designed by multi-disciplinary studio Savvy Studio is defined by a simple and clear layout for displaying products in an orderly and attractive fashion. The neutral interior is the perfect backdrop to highlight the ever-changing showcase of articles, trends, styles and products.

The formal and structural language of the project is based on two contrasting materials: metal tubing and fabric. The tubes provide a structure and fabric generating a uniform volume atmosphere that invites exploration.

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News: Matches open Wimbledon flagship store designed by MRA Architecture + Design

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Tom and Ruth Chapman, joint CEOs of MATCHESFASHION.COM, determined after 27 years in Wimbledon Village  the location of their first boutique to merge their further 3 small stores located in the area into one luxury shopping environment combining the digital and physical platforms of the business. With the appointment of MRA Architecture & Interior Design practice they set about designing a modern interior concept for the 320m² flagship store based on the brands ‘edit’ and modernist inspiration offered by Tom – who personally sourced specific mid-century furniture and suggested artists such as Donald Judd for reference to meet his aesthetic needs.  Continue Reading…

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