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The Diner

The Diner by David Rockwell + Surface with 2×4 brings together acclaimed designers and brands to reimagine the iconic American dining experience for Salone del Mobile 2018 to celebrate its 25th anniversary.

Surface presents The Diner by David Rockwell in collaboration with 2×4. Image by Michele de Candia.

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Tania Johnson Rugs

We are loving Tania Johnson’s made to order range of rugs-  complex designs are and knotted in Nepal by highly skilled artisans using wool, silk, or a combination of both; silk reflects the light, creating highlights which alter the intensity of the design depending on the direction of the light source.

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The rug above when seen in full, looks like rain trickling down a window pane. It makes sense then, to discover that all of Tania Johnson’s designs are based on her own photography.

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In Tania’s long established relationship with her team at the Nepalese workshop, she is heavily involved in the dyeing process; the colour palette is created uniquely for her rugs. The subtlety of the original image is then transposed by master weavers in the foothills of the Himalayas.

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World Press Photo Exhibition opens

Southbank centre, photos


2015’s most impressive and memorable photographs from across the globe come together at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, with the World Press Photo Exhibition, opening on 5 November.

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Jerome Sessini

The premier annual international competition in press photography,  brings together award-winning photographs from around the world which capture the most powerful and moving images of the year. The winning images were selected from 97,912 photographs entered by 5,692 photographers from 131 different countries.

Southbank Centre

Massimo Sestini

Exhibited in more than 90 cities in 45 countries, the World Press Photo 15 Exhibition is an opportunity to see the winning images from each of the nine contest categories that include contemporary issues, daily life, nature and sports.

Southbank Centre

Kacper Kowalski


Subject matters include images of events that have resonated around the world including the conflicts in Eastern Ukraine; the aftermath of bombing in Gaza; the ebola crisis in Sierra Leone; refugees and the abducted schoolgirls in Nigeria.

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“Homophobia in Russia”- Mads Nissen

The exhibition includes this year’s winning World Press Photo of the Year by Danish photographer Mads Nissen. The image which shows Jon and Alex comes from the photographer’s project called “Homophobia in Russia”. This story is about how “being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) is becoming more and more difficult in Russia as sexual minorities are facing legal and social discrimination, harassment and even violent ‘hate crime’ attacks from religious and national conservative groups.”

To see the touring exhibition, click here.


Watch: Ben Anders & Laura Fulmine

image-1.cidAbove: Osi Modern

We are watching: Ben Anders with Laura Fulmine

Required: A photographer, a stylist, products. The essentials for any shoot. Your collection may be noteworthy, though fail to present it in the correct manner, and all may be in vain. A company’s portrayal is pivotal to the success of a launch and albeit the client may have creative input, it is fine-tuned by the stylist and the photographer on the day. Today we have brought together a dream interior duo, photographer Ben Anders with interior stylist Laura Fulmine. Both have an impressive back catalogue following over 10 years in the business. To show you how it should be done, we have a linear outline of a room at Osi Modern and minimal with a twist at Ercol. Continue Reading…

Destination Modernism

Above: Palm Springs

Destination Modernism is the new ground breaking travel blog from Modern Shows’ in association with Spanish Brand Camper.

If you are the type of person, who will travel far and wide to visit an incredible piece of Modernist architecture instead of sitting in the sun this site will command your attention. Continue Reading…

Handpicked Pin No.1

MyAbove: Tree by Myou Ho Lee

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 installation from Myou Ho Lee who frames trees with white backdrops constructed with the help of cranes and ropes. Photoshop is used to delete the ropes from the image allowing the fabric to give the impression of  floating in mid air.

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Micro-agriculture at the Farm Kitchen


The Farm Kitchen in association with Gaggenau at 100% Design is delivering some seriously ‘foody’ food.  Continue Reading…

Bigshot Camera


Digital Cameras have almost become ubiquitous amongst adults and young people all over the globe. Now Bigshot is offering a way to use digital cameras as a form of education. Continue Reading…

Central Saint Martins Degree Show 2013


Last night, Despoke made its way to the new Central Saint Martins building in King’s Cross, London, designed by Stanton Williams Architects, to see the Central Saint Martins Degree Show 2013. Continue Reading…

London Art Fair

Above: Sir Peter Bake, London – River Thames – Regatta, 2012. Paul Stolper Gallery

If you are in London this week, head down to the London Art Fair at the Business Design Centre in Islington. Artists such as James Capper Continue Reading…

Fashion in 3D

Grab a pair of 3D specs to the experience this surreal series of fashion photographs by Matjaž Tancic. Continue Reading…