Northern Design Event follow up

Now becoming a must-visit on the design event scene, Northern Design Event took place last week. With some of the UK’s biggest designers, who all consider themselves from ooop North, including names like Deadgood, David Irwin, Psalt Design and more, here is some coverage.


Photo by Michelle Tennick

Assemble created a site-specific installation in the historic Assembly House. The 2015 Turner Prize winners displayed a new range of products alongside moulds and materials, tests and tools illustrating their experimental, smoke-fired and BBQ-ed ceramics.


Photo by Michelle Tennick

Take a Seat was a retrospective of seating designed by award-winning Newcastle-based industrial designer David Irwin, including his iconic Tyneside Lounger for Deadgood and his Hardy Chair for Another Country-plus prototypes shown in the UK for the first time.

Michelle Tennick

Photo by Michelle Tennick

Hollywood Hates Me showcased rejected poster artwork for some of world’s favourite movies by the man behind the designs for The Revenant and True Detective.

To see a full round up of the events and designers, head to the website and get ready for next year!

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.

To buy, click here.


Aava stools launch from Arper

Arper have some of the best looking interior furniture on the market with their Catifa now considered an iconic chair.


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They have now brought out a new stool option as part of their Aava range by Antti Kotilainen. Available in two heights, the stools can be found in an array of differing options. Wooden or metal base; wooden seat; polypropylene seat.



For use at home and in the office, these are visually striking pieces made by a Finnish designer who is already a well known name in the industry, with pieces for Knoll and Martela also in production.


original Aava range

Original Aava range

For more information click here.

Flock rug launch

We are big fans of Flock on Despoke and are hugely excited to hear that their iconic Northmore design is now being made into a rug.

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Arlo and Jacob Autumn ranges

There’s a chill in the air, it’s harder to get up in the morning and Starbucks have launched their Pumpkin flavour coffees. Autumn is most definitely here. When you’ve finished raking leaves and accidentally setting the next door neighbour fence on fire in a vain attempt at a bonfire, head indoors and curl up on one of these bad boys from furniture band Arlo and Jacob.

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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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Rive Roshan at LDF

Rive Roshan were commissioned by the London Design Fair to create an installation of five large hanging screens for the venue’s cafe using Divina fabric by Kvadrat. It’s the first time we have heard of this London-based design studio and we like what we see. Airy spacial partitions of modular panels separated the space playfully as partially open windows between communal tables, adding softness to the industrial backdrop of the Old Truman Brewery.

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Muuto’s Gets Dotty…

One of our fave Scandi brands Muuto have added to their already well-loved Dots family with a new metal version.

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Skandium Selects for the London Design Fair

In partnership with the London Design Fair, Skandium continues to champion its ongoing dedication to Scandinavian design. As part of ‘Skandium selects’, the Scandinavian- lifestyle store chose ten products from seven Scandinavian designers. Here are our top three below.

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100% Design draws to a close


As 100% Design enters its final hour, it has been an incredible show full of exciting features and stimulating discussions. Innovative products have been launched for the first time to the UK market, and traders have forged important contacts and extended networks. Interior designers have been inspired and bloggers have enjoyed spreading the word about everything going on. Hearing from our incredible headliners was of course a highlight, as was experiencing the features through the lofty Olympia, responding to the lovely late September sunshine.



100% Design hosted a series of very topical talks on Brexit, one particularly passionate talk was chaired by Show Director Will Knight and featured a stellar panel consisting of Louise Jury of the Creative Industries Federation,Marcus Fairs, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Dezeen, Ben Evans, Director of the London Design Festival and designer Paul Priestman, Chairman of PriestmanGoode. Dezeen recently released their Brexit Design Manifesto which has been gaining momentum.



We look forward to next year’s edition of 100% Design which will return to Olympia London 20-23 September 2017.

Written by guest editor Bethany Marett on-site at 100% Design.

Opening day highlights at 100% Design


The 22nd edition of 100% Design has opened with a bang and Olympia is rocking as trade professionals and press flood through the doors. Award-winning architect Asif Khan opened the show alongside Director of the Design Museum Deyan Sudjic and Show Director Will Knight, standing atop the vibrant Design Path sponsored by Hakwood.

After the press tour, we were treated to an engaging and insightful talk by Asif Khan, speaking at the Auditorium sponsored by LG Display and designed by Miska Miller Lovegrove. Khan spoke with the British Council’s Sarah Mann about some highlights from his career so far, upcoming work for the new Design Museum and his commission for the Museum for London with Stanton Williams. Collaboration was the buzz word and the interesting tensions and sometimes surprising results which come about when working in partnership with another creative individual.



The Talks with 100% Design programme continued upstairs in the Forum sponsored by RIBA Appointments, which kicked off with a talk on brand-building and is hosting talks with more of a focus on professional development.

Another feature drawing in the visitors is the new OLED Light artwork created by Ron Arad with LG Display. His brand new work, Envelopes, can be seen on their stand alongside examples of this innovative lighting possessing very unique qualities. Ron Arad is speaking tomorrow at 1:45pm in the Auditorium where you can be sure to gain a deeper insight into the creation and thought process behind this exciting new collaboration.

100% Design runs 21-24 September and there’s still time to register in advance here.

Written by guest editor Bethany Marett on-site at 100% Design.

Arper’s Bloggers Lounge

100% Design is open and LDF is in full swing.  The show has worked with stunning Italian furniture brand Arper to curate the Arper’s blogging lounge for exhausted freelancers who never have a base from which to write from! #ArperBloggersLounge, #Arper, #100design, #LDF16

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Doshi Levien present Pilotis

When we heard that Doshi Levien were presenting their new curtain collection for Kvadrat and that the breakfast would have food served by none other than our fave culinary tricksters Blanch and Shock we got very excited.

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Asif Khan opens 10% Design

We are big fans of Asif Khan- we’ve had our eye on him for years but his work at the 2012 London Olympics with then partner Pernilla Ohrstedt made his name a little bit more commonplace. Now his name is associated with the Museum of London and the new Guggenheim in Helsinki…..well there’s no stopping him.

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2012 Coca Cola Beatbox Pavilion

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100% Workplace

With more and more people working from home as well as companies investing in their workspace to allow their workforce to enjoy coming into the offie, we take a look at some of the best workplace exhibitors at this years 100% Design.

Haworth Openest feather

We really like the Openest6 range by Studio Urquiola for Haworth. The range comprises of a curved sofa, stool and table set. All with a distinctive flowing shape and a neutral palette.

Mark product

Mark Product have always been a firm favourite of ours with their stackable, brightly coloured stools and 3 legged chairs. The wide range of standard options coupled with the company’s willingness to work on bespoke solutions has made them a popular choice amongst architects and designers.

sagal group

We are big fans of the Sagal Groups gorgeous and simple furniture range- we would have this in our house let alone our office.  The cylindrical base that has been copied across the Pod range is a particular design favourite with us and marks the range out as a one that will become iconic.


The Dove and Renown range from Triumph is simple and timeless- with an obvious Scandi influence that we really like.


A collaboration between Coalesse and Michael Young, the LessThanFive Chair supports a variety of users while weighing less than 5 pounds, thanks to its carbon fibre design.

To register for free to 100% Design, click here.


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