I can’t actually believe that 100% Design was over 2 weeks ago now, this year is going waaaaay too fast for me. Apart from an absolute debacle with Virgin Trains which saw me missing my train to London and then almost prevented from getting the last one back (ticket issues, nothing to do with me being naughty!!), the day was enjoyable. I especially enjoyed my upgrade to the first class coach on the train home anyway, given to me because the customer service from Virgin was sooooo rubbish.
Anyway, enough of my train rant! Back to what was happening at 100% Design. Well, the new venue is a hit with me. Kensington Olympia is bright and light and just feels so much better than Earls Court did. I did like Earls Court’s proximity to the train station, Olympia is a bit of a pain when you need to get back to Euston but the venue wins hands down. It really suits the 100% Design exhibition and the kind of products that are on show.
So, in no particular order (and I’ve definitely left things out – you’d get bored) here’s a selection of my faves from the show.
One of the emerging brands and I see this company going far. They’re a design collective of Icelandic designers. I LOVE these side tables and their general aesthetic. Scandi, simple, clean.
This furniture brand launched their first collection at 100% Design which was designed for them by the company Bureau de change . The craftsmanship is extraordinary, keeping alive a Greek tradition of rope weaving in their chairs, footstools and screens, with their tables featuring marble slabs atop American walnut. Each piece is created by hand and the quality shows. The dining chairs and tables are designed to “slot” together, a pleasing little design quirk that makes this collection all the more lust worthy.
There were some gorgeous tiles at 100% Design, really large format porcelain ones that looked like concrete, marble etc. were awesome. But I fell in LOVE with most of the tiles from Mambo Unlimited. A Portugese company with these amazing tiles:
It was great to meet Kirath Ghundoo, a surface pattern designer. Her graphic, colourful patterns are really “of the moment” and I’d love to collaborate with her at some point in the future. She also does some ready to shop wallpapers, so you can have a bit of Kirath’s style in your home without having to commission a bespoke piece.
One of the finishes that was a hit at 100% Design was Lustrolite, a high gloss acrylic panel that looks like back coated glass but can be cut with normal power tools and is half the weight. The range of colours was a bit limited but you can custom colour, although the minimum order is 200 sheets! Lustrolite can be used in a few applications such as bath surrounds, shower walls, kitchen splashbacks and it’s easy to clean/hygienic properties make it great for use in these areas.
Joined + Jointed were a company that had a great stand at 100% Design. A collective of furniture designers who work together to create original and contemporary pieces. I especially liked the desk/dressing table by Lucy Kurrein and the chair by Sean Yoo/Paul Smith.
Well that’s all for now folks, speak soon