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‘Forest’ exhibition celebrates Robin Day’s Centenary

A ‘forest’ of timber columns designed by Turner Prize nominees Assemble will mark the centenary of the birth of Robin Day as part of the London Design Festival at the V&A.

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Robin Day ‘Works in Wood’ celebrates one of the most significant British furniture designers of the 20th century, displaying some of his most famous furniture designs alongside handmade objects and drawings which have never before been exhibited, and writings that reveal his deep attachment to nature.

The exhibition, curated by Jane Withers, will be on display outside the V&A’s Britain 1500-1900 Galleries from 19th September. The project has been sponsored by John Lewis (Robin Day and his textile designer wife Lucienne Day worked as Design Consultants to the company from 1962 – 1987) and contemporary furniture manufacturer Benchmark.

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“As a designer, I greatly enjoy working in timber. Unlike synthetic materials, it has unpredictability, an infinite variety of texture and pattern, smells good when worked and is sympathetic to the touch – it has soul!”
Robin Day, 2001

Part of a series of events to mark Day’s centenary during London Design Festival, Robin Day ‘Works in Wood’ will form the focus of Day in London – a trail across the Capital linking exhibition venues and key locations for London’s Robin Day heritage.

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Reflecting on the forest as Day’s fundamental site of creative exploration, Assemble’s concept will look at Robin Day’s early life amongst the woodlands and furniture industry of High Wycombe where materials, processes and products were linked with the rhythm of everyday life. From the greenwood bow of Day’s childhood, to his explorations in moulded plywood, the installation will be a conduit for exploring Robin’s relationship with wood, creating a tactile and materially rich exhibition which en­compasses the evolution of the timber process and it’s different experien­tial and structural possibilities.

Jane Withers said: “Wood played a huge part in Day’s life, both as a designer and in his home life, but it is an aspect of his work that few people know much about. Exploring this strand through the archives and Day’s private woodwork not only highlights how he turned wood into an expressive modern material but also his profound attachment to nature as a source of inspiration as well as raw material, an approach that feels immensely relevant today and is brought to life in Assemble’s installation.”

SketchUp sponsor Workplace at 100% Design

100% Design welcomes 3-d modelling experts SketchUp to the show as the workplace sponsors.

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Practise using the device on site on stand W1590. SketchUp Pro is like a pencil with superpowers. Start by drawing lines and shapes. Push and pull surfaces to turn them into 3D forms. Stretch, copy, rotate and paint to make anything you like. More advanced? Start modelling from CAD and terrain data, photographs or even hand sketches.

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Cutting A Dash The Female Line

This September 11, fifteen female artists explore the art of letters at the home of letter carving Artist who carved oak coffin of Richard III to feature in exhibition.

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The enduring art of the letter carver will be examined and celebrated by a new exhibition at the UK’s home of the craft this autumn. Cutting a Dash – The Female Line presents a wealth of work by fifteen female letter carvers, whose skills are helping to ensure that an ancient art remains vital in 2015. Among the featured lettering artists is wood carver Anna Louise Parker, who carved the name of King Richard III, his dates and a Plantagenet Rose, into the lid of the oak coffin used for the reburial of his remains in Leicester Cathedral in March this year.

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Cutting a Dash will illustrate the sheer scale and physical effort involved in the journey from piece of rock to finished artwork, as artists return time and again to favourite quarries to find the particular stone for the job and then begin their work. Among the materials on display will be carved Welsh slate, Portland and Bath stone, alabaster items, wood carvings, panels, bowls, pots and plinths.

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Cutting a Dash – The Female Line at the Lettering Arts Centre, Snape Maltings, Suffolk, IP17 1SA Dates: 11 September – 7 November 2015. Admission: Free to all visitors.


App One design by Andrea Giovannetti

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App One Design arose from the desire to give an apparently ordinary object, the chance to create new shapes and dimensions. Using marble as a means to create lego-like shapes means the designer can interlock the pieces.

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LEGO MARBLE is being brought to 100% Design this September in a number of furniture formats.

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The pieces of marble can interlock together to create completely new shapes and pieces of furniture.

See App One Design at 100% Design this September. Register here for free:

bulthaup by Kitchen Architecture at 100% Design

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See bulthaup by Kitchen Architecture at 100% Design this September. Established in 1949, and inspired by the bauhaus movement, the bulthaup brand exudes confidence and success and reflects timeless, effortless style.

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True to its bauhaus ethos, bulthaup’s brilliantly engineered functionality makes it the choice for the hardest of working kitchens and sets bulthaup kitchens apart in the style-is-king, high-end market.

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To see the brand at 100% Design in the kitchens and bathrooms section register here for free:

onoffice and Michael Young

Read an exclusive interview with famed designer Michael Young in this months onoffice.

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Speaking about his new chair collection with Steelcase amongst other things, read the article here.

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LSA launch CITY range

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LSA introduce the CITY range, a collection of mouth-blown glassware and accessories- make your own bar out of the many different shapes and sizes.

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To get you in the mood, here’s a mid-week pick you up video from our friends at BlackLeaf Events- click on the image and enjoy!

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Maggie’s Culture Crawl

Get ready for Maggie’s Culture Crawl on Friday 18 September.


Held in partnership with Open House London, Maggie’s Culture Crawl London is a much anticipated event on the architectural calendar and regularly draws participants from across London’s architectural firms with teams already registered for this years event from Foster + Partners, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Heatherwick Studio, CZWG Architects, Form_Art Architects and Pollard Thomas Edwards. Martha Gale, Associate from Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners comments: “Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners are delighted to be taking part in the Maggie’s Culture Crawl again this year. It is an enjoyable and uplifting event combining food, culture and a bit of light exercise, with access to some fantastic buildings along the way, and all for a very worthy cause!”


Registration for the flagship Maggie’s Culture Crawl London costs £40 and there is a £200 fundraising commitment. Maggie’s encourages everyone to raise as much money as they can through the event to ensure the charity can continue to offer practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their family and friends.


For further information and to register please visit
Join in the conversation and share updates on your fundraising by tweeting @MaggiesCC with the hashtag #CultureCrawl

Novamobili at 100% Design

See Novamobili at 100% Design this September with their UK debut

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Their stunning bright colours are a perfect match for the show’s colour theme.

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Novamobili will be presenting its beautiful collection in a series of fully-furnished room sets. Despite being an almost completely new brand to the UK market, Novamobili is a long standing, highly respected furniture company, with a rich history that goes back to 1953!

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Still run by the Battistella family in northern Italy, the brand has a very fresh and contemporary approach to design, with sleek, conscious proposals for the house with accessible prices and the highest quality standards.

100% design registration competition

Register for 100% Design before Monday 10th August and win!

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You could win a glossy steel unit from Laurameroni (above) an outdoor umbrella from FOXCAT design or maybe even a luxurious shower-head from Methven.

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Register here before Monday 10th to be in with a chance of winning.

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Icon September Issue

Looking at all things sinful- from sex toys to greedy development, Icon Magazine’s September issue is now on sale. mirror icon

The issue also looks at Herzog and de Meuron, Vienna and the iconic VW Camper van.


Subscribe and read now

North Limited at 100% Design

North Limited is formed by a group of Icelandic designers that design furniture and home accessories and in September you can find them in the Emerging Brands section at 100% Design.

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Throughout the past 5 years, these designers have been making a name for themselves in Iceland, and have only recently started exhibiting together as a group at both Icelandic and international design fairs.

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We love this simple desk space and Scandi-style candles. To see North Limited at 100% Design register for free here:

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Lassen’s AW2015

by Lassen is a Danish design company. They work with various designers, including two of Denmark’s greatest architects: Mogens Lassen and Flemming Lassen. The Lassen brothers were extremely talented and were honoured with many awards and grants for their unique designs and iconic architecture. by Lassen’s mission is to continue the tradition of good design. For A/W2015 they launch 2 new products at Maison & Objet in Paris- Kubus collection in brass + Matchbox Cover & Matchbox.matchbox

Matchbox Cover is a tribute to cosiness, aesthetics and small everyday details. It is available in three simple versions: powder-coated black, powder-coated white and brass-plated.

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Kubus with its distinctive square shape is an international design icon cherished by connoisseurs the world over. Mogens Lassen was a consummate perfectionist and he explored life through ideal proportions, of which Kubus is an outstanding example. Brass is a classic, exclusive material that will eventually develop a rich, natural patina and only achieve even more character with time. The brass-plated Kubus and Kubus Bowl are timeless and compliment the rest of the collection, which currently consists of copper, black and white lacquered steel and a hand-polished nickel-plated version



Vitra at 100% Design

See Vitra in the centrally-placed Workplace section at 100% Design this September.

Vitra, green, workspaceVitra is a Swiss company dedicated to improving homes, offices and public spaces through the power of design. Products and concepts are developed in an intensive design process, bringing together engineering excellence with the creativity of leading international designers.

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Vitra’s goal is to create functional and inspiring interiors, furniture and accessories. See Vitra at 100% Design- register for free


Se at 100% Design

This September 100% Design opens its doors at new venue Olympia London. With hundreds of brands to see across 4 sections, we at Despoke can’t wait to look around. One brand we are really looking forward to seeing are the ever-on-trend Sé London in the interiors section.

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Sé has created three editions from the French designer Damien Langlois-Meurine, the Spanish-born Jaime Hayon and Slovenia-based Nika Zupanc, all of which have been highly acclaimed.stools, green, se london

To register for 100% Design and see Sé London register for free here:

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