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Popping yellow bathrooms

Just because it’s getting darker and because we bloody like yellow, we thought we would have a think about yellow bathrooms. Could be tiles, furniture or maybe a bin. Let’s brighten up December with a bit of Spring.

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100% Design announces theme of Elements

100% Design, the largest design trade show in the UK and the commercial cornerstone of London Design Festival, has announced a programme of specially commissioned installations at Olympia London all falling under the theme of ‘Elements’. Designs across the show  include an immersive entrance feature curated by design writer Max Fraser to a pivotal central bar designed by Sally Hogarth and additional  surprising features across the five distinct show sections.

Elements entrance- Max Fraser

Elements entrance- Max Fraser

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CDW Showrooms- top picks

On Friday we covered CDW’s famed exhibitions. Now we look at a few of the showrooms. There are over 90 so we would never get round them all, but this might give you a little bit of a point in the right direction.

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Kitchen Aid heaven

We at Despoke often think that the mark of a truly grown up kitchen, someone who seriously has their life together, is the presence of a KitchenAid mixer.  There’s something about their 1950’s fluid design, their chrome bowl and their rather large price tag, that screams- “don’t worry! I know what I am doing! of course I can make my own family recipe Yorkshire puddings whilst being calmly in charge of two under 5 year olds.”  We have no KitchenAid mixer….and feel this says a lot. Ahem.

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Well, stand aside those who laugh at our lack of culinary appliances, for the makers of the iconic Artisan Stand Mixer open their first Experience Store in the world to customers in the heart of London’s West End on Wigmore Street and we are on our way down. Stylishly arranged over two floors, the store is the perfect environment to inspire kitchen designers, budding bakers and serious chefs alike. As well as helping you imagine you are living in a World of Interiors spread.

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Not only does it display KitchenAid’s famous small domestic appliances including the new Artisan Mini Stand Mixer, but also the recently launched range of major domestic appliances such as the revolutionary Chef Touch Sous Vide system and Chef Sign Deep Induction Trays, which offer a perfectly balanced mix of iconic design and professional performance. We have zero idea of what these products do but we know we want them, for to say you possess a Sous Vide system, is to say you are in charge of your own destiny.

Perhaps most excitingly, the space has a fully functioning demonstration kitchen as well as a cookery school which entertains a rolling schedule of events, offering customers the opportunity to experience the professional results KitchenAid appliances can produce. So, you can try the covetable products in the safe haven of the shop, before buying one and fully growing up.

Click here to book classes and find out more.

Chock- Kickstarter campaign

We rather like this new way of stacking! Chock is a simple elegant solution to stacking your bottles or cans, no matter what size they are. The triangular design creates a wedge that works in both directions. The cork form works together with micro-suction foam so that Chock can be used on any smooth polished surface, not just in your fridge.

chock, stacking

Chock works on any smooth surface that is clean and dry. Glass or any similarly smooth surface works best. You can use any number of Chocks together, creating different stacks of bottles. The image below shows how you might also use a Chock when not stacking bottles or cans. You might find other great uses!

chock, design, stacking

Launched on Kickstarter, Chock needs your help- pledge here to show your support and if Cjcok meets its target we might have a couple to give away!

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Kitchens & Bathrooms: Key names announced by 100% Design 2015


Above: Argento Vivo by GeD Cucine

As the demand increases in the high-end Kitchens & Bathrooms sector brands strive to demonstrate innovation. To see the world’s leading manufacturers new collections in one location head to the Kitchens & Bathrooms section at 100% Design 2015, 23 – 26 September. Expect a stellar line-up, from newcomers antoniolupi and Bette, to returning brands including GSI Ceramica, Kolpa, bulthaup by Kitchen Architecture, GeD Cucine, Foursteel, Keramag Design and LG Hausys – HI-MACS®.


Above: BetteLux Shape by Bette


Above: ILBAGNO by antoniolupi

100% Design: 23 – 26 September, Olympia, London.


GeD Cucine / antoniolupi / Bette

Black is the new white at Villeroy & Boch

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Above: Memento Washbasin in Glossy Black, £762

Villeroy & Boch has launched Memento a moody black bathroom collection with a glossy finish. Generous washbasins, cubist toilets and bidets make up the range, which is available in three other colours, and features a coating of CeramicPlus to improve cleaning and hygiene. We think they are onto a winner.

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Above: Memento WC, £1,003, and Bidet, £596

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Kitchen: ‘SieMatic 29’ freestanding cabinet by SieMatic


SieMatic recently unveiled ‘SieMatic 29’ at Living Kitchen in IMM Cologne. The freestanding cabinet is a new direction for the brand that has produced fitted kitchens since the 1960s. Continue Reading…

Bling your bathroom

Claire Cousins

Gold taps are back, whether you like it or not, and they haven’t been this popular since their heyday in the late 70’s early 80’s. Without doubt you could guarantee that for the last 30 years they were the first item ripped out of a home and would raise a few laughs along the way. So, it may surprise you to hear that there is a resurgence, but modern taps coated in gold feel new when added to a minimal interior. We love the way architect Claire Cousins mixed gold electroplated tapware with common, but creatively composed tiles in the Flinders Lane Apartment to add a little bling to the otherwise understated City pad.


Claire Cousins


Diary: RIBA Hampshire’s Live Work Play at SieMatic


Above: SieMatic Individual Design kitchen living concept with S2, SE5005 and SE4004 cabinetry

RIBA Hampshire’s Live Work Play takes place from 13th June – 6th July 2014 at Winchester’s Discovery Centre. SieMatic showroom, The Myers Touch, will be helping to kick start proceedings with a launch event held on Friday 13th June for relevant industry professionals from 7.15pm at Winchester’s Discovery Centre. It is being sponsored by The Myers Touch, Sub-Zero & Wolf and Creative Catering. Guests will have the chance to find out all about SieMatic kitchens and the services of the showroom’s team, plus they can see a number of Sub-Zero & Wolf’s latest appliances.

Keith Myers, the Managing Director of the SieMatic showroom The Myers Touch will also be holding a lecture during the Live Work Play event on Tuesday 17th June at 6:30pm.  He will discuss designing kitchens and how to infuse a project with light, space and laughter.  It will help guests understand how to create innovative yet timeless kitchens which are individual to the user and a joy to experience.

Keith Myers says “We’re really excited to be involved with this local event which celebrates the work of local architects and will bring the design community together.”

Tickets to the talk on Tuesday 17th June at 6:30pm by Keith Myers can be reserved for £4.50 from the Eventbrite website here.  For further information about the SieMatic kitchen showroom, The Myers Touch, please call 01962 600700 or visit

Relevant industry professionals can contact Sam Hesp at to request an invite to the launch event at

RIBA / SieMatic / The Myers Touch / Sub-Zero & Wolf


Bathroom Trends: Colour Grout


Last week we considered adding a hint of bright to the bathroom looking at the addition of a basin or single piece of furniture.  Key to keeping the bright bathroom trend modern is to make it minimal. The addition of coloured grout commands our attention and is our top tip for bathroom trends*. Try for supplies.

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The Dine Table with a built-in ice bucket by Miguel Mestre


Chill drinks while you eat with The Dine Table by Miguel Mestre. We love the marine plywood table featuring the built-in ice bucket at the centre of the white lacquered top. Perfect for use at home, in a restaurant, a hotel or any other type of commercial establishment to create an impressive dining experience. Available online at madeiguincho.

Retail / Home: Camper London by Tomás Alonso


Designer Tomás Alonso used a geometric 3d trompe l’oeil theme for the Camper store in London. The technique of using realistic imagery to create an optical illusion of depth to flat walls is applied to trick the eye. Clean white areas are broken with colour tiles depicting extrusions and actual shelves are added to the equation.

The finer detail really caught our attention, we love the white tiled shelves coloured brightly underneath which would make a strong concept for a minimal kitchen or bathroom.  Continue Reading…

Handpicked Pin no.5: Constructive Kitchen by Studio Mieke Meijer


Each week we will feature a historical or current pin from any discipline that has stopped us in our tracks. Without further ado we would like to introduce the minimalist Constructive Kitchen by Studio Mieke Meijer the product design studio run by Mieke Meijer and her partner Roy Letterlé.

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Via: Mieke Meijer

Styling: Half painted


Something for the weekend: try a half painted room.


Via Vtvonen

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