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Brompton bike competition winner announced

Sarah Herman enjoying her new Brompton; photo:Martin Story

Sarah Herman enjoying her new Brompton; photo:Martin Story

Here’s the lucky winner of a brand spanking new Brompton bike, which was up for grabs at 100% Design this year. Illustrator Sarah Herman, who as it turns out is a bit of cycling fiend, won her bike, a one off design in red, white and blue, having paid the £1 entry fee into a prize draw that was part of the Bike Feature at the show. All the money raised through the competition went to Cycle for Cannes, a six-day bike challenge, which sees entrants pedal from London to Cannes in a six-day, 1500 kilometre cycling relay. The proceeds from this test of endurance have assisted five charities since the challenge’s inception in 2006: LandAid, The Tom ap Rhys Pryce Memorial Trust, Sarah Matheson Trust, Article 25 and The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

Wooden Owls from Matt Pugh

Matt Pugh
Matt Pugh’s wooden owls are adorably irresistible! Available in oak or walnut and a variety of colors, they certainly demonstrate the power of simplicity done right. Definitely worth adding to the potential gift list.  See a few more gorgeous wood pieces at: Matt Pugh Design

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martin szekely: heroic shelves & simple boxes from November 7th

boxes01table basse image © fabrice gousset, courtesy galerie kreo

galerie kreo, paris november 7th to december 19th, 2009

the upcoming show at galerie kreo ‘heroic shelves & simple boxes’, is a collection of furniture by martin szekely. the pieces are tables, cabinets and shelves made from lightweight cork, but their forms have a weight and robustness.

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Mariscal at The Design Museum Through to November 1st


The Design Museum presents the first UK retrospective of Spanish designer and artist Javier Mariscal. Regarded as one the world’s most innovative and original designers of our time, Mariscal’s rich and diverse body of work spans kooky cartoon characters to stunning interiors, from furniture to graphic design and corporate identities.

The exhibition and graphics will be designed by Mariscal, promising an immersive experience for the visitor into the world and mind of Mariscal. The exhibition space will be a fully illustrated environment, rich with orchestrated scenarios and installations, each telling the story of Mariscal’s pivotal projects, designs and the drawings that shaped them. Sketches, designs, films and photographs will be on display alongside furniture and textiles. Mariscal will also design and paint an elaborate mural for the exterior of the Design Museum showcasing his unique vision and signature design style.

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Interview:Penghao Shan (Water Catcher) Electrolux Design Lab finalist

Flying Water catcher

Penghao Shan has created a product that addresses water shortage. His solution is “Water Catcher”, a flying rain catcher and water purifier. This automated device dispatches small flying balls in the air to catch raindrops. After the raindrops are collected, the balls return to a homing tray that purifies the water for drinking. Once purified, the balls take the drinking water directly to a person to be drunk. The homing tray also reads fingerprints to determine what additives should be added to the water to ensure the drinker optimizes their health.

What was the inspiration for your concept?
I was inspired by nature and the way that insects collect and store water.

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Recycled, Germ Killing Copper Sinks from Native Trails

Copper has amazing germ-killing properties,and now The Treehugger website points us to another use of the material.

Native Trails uses 100% recycled copper to make handmade sinks for kitchen, bathroom and commercial use. Besides looking good, these sinks have the added benefit of being able to kill 99% of bacteria within two hours. Via(PSFK)
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My Three Favourite Design Objects from Fukutoshi Ueno

Ron Arad Rocking Chair
We asked some exhibitors  from 100% Design this year what their favourite design objects where, here is the first answer from Fukutoshi Ueno.
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7 Gods Design for Clements Ribeiro’s presentation at London Fashion Week


7 Gods where  asked to create a showroom by Inacio Ribeiro and Suzanne Clements for their A/W 09-10 collection at London Fashion Week. The location reflected the style of ClementsRibeiro.

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White Cube Gallery to be at ZooArt in the editions section from 16th October


Rachel Kneebone Milkmaid 3 From a series of 25 unique works 2009 Porcelain 11.1 x 10 x 5.2 cm

White Cube this year at Zoo 2009 on Stand C in the Editions Section, where we are pleased to be exhibiting a wide range of prints and multiples. For further information, visit the Zoo 2009 website Zoo Art

Wallpaper* X Victorinox Swiss Army Knives


Wallpaper* and Victorinox have partnered to create a select release of custom Swiss Army picketknives.  Much cooler than the standard corporate logo emblazoned on a knife, these actually have the look and feel of Wallpaper* right down to the materials used .
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JOHN WALSH wins ‘Triflow Future Talents’ design competition


Triflow Concepts, one of Britain’s largest independent brassware manufacturers, is delighted to announce JOHN WALSH has won their first ever ‘Triflow Future Talents’ design competition, held as part of this year’s 100% Design exhibition at Earls Court, London.

‘Trees’, designed by John Walsh has designed many successful volume furniture products including several innovative office desking systems for leading European manufacturers.
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Surrealism at 100% Design by Tom Wright

Meret Oppenheim's Déjeuner en fourrureMeret Oppenheim’s Déjeuner en fourrure

Surrealism The concept of Surrealist design is a tricky one. Not least because I do not think that it exists. Not in the true sense of the movement, anyway. The innovative thinking of the surrealists of the early 20th Century was grounded in political ideology and emerging psychoanalysis. Marx and Freud represented the philosophical origins of a literary movement that soon expanded to encompass the visual arts as well.

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MissPrint keeps it in the family


Mother and daughter duo MissPrint’s cleverly walk the line between quirky and commercial with their collection of wallpaper and interior accessories. Following the launch of a range of stationery for WH Smith, Yvonne and Rebecca Drury, who formed MissPrint in 2005, now hope to emulate that success with the likes of their Saplings and Central Park designs, exhibited at 100% Design.

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New Foscarini light at the forefront of design


Material:Diffuser in glass material and carbon fibre or Kevlar, Chrome Metal Base

We’ve come to expect a lot from innovative Italian lighting manufacturer Foscarini and once again they have delivered with the Mite Special Fusion. The work of French-born Marc Sadler, a designer who first began collaborating with Foscarini a decade ago, this light is a special edition of a design first launched in 2001. Its slender construction is thanks to carbon and Kewlar thread, more commonly found in golf clubs, weaving around each other, with a chrome base. The result is a striking silhouette, almost redolent of a ceremonial torch.

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Robin Grasby Homework

With the increasing trend for home-working, Robin wanted
to create a piece of flexible office/studio furniture that could be aimed at the mass market. To this end, he began his final major project by interviewing and photographing the workspaces of people in a variety of different proffessions,
including designers, architects, illustrators, print makers, teachers and students. This informed a deeper understanding
of exactly how people use the space around them, and how their environment directly influences their enjoyment and productivity at work.
The results showed that no two people will ever have the same functional requirements. They also highlighted that a desks provides much more than a place at which to work; it also provides a space for inspiration and contemplation.
His task then was to create a desk or furniture system that could be manufactured on a large scale but at the same time adjusted and personalised to the individual’s
needs – both functional and emotional.
Like all ingenious designs, the solution is deceptively simple – a kit of parts that allows you to mix and match to create a work station that is perfect for you and your needs. The reality however, is a highly innovative approach
to office furniture.
The desk top comes in a choice of 3 sizes – small, medium
and large. Homework utilises a trestle framework to simplify manufacturing requirements. Robin allows the user to simply move the legs closer together or farther apart in order to support the desk top size of their choice. And self-assembly couldn’t be easier, as a series of slots at either end of the desk top mean it can simply be lowered onto the trestles and locked in position under its own weight. Not a mechanical fixing in sight.
Robin designed the desk by focusing on two zones; the work surface and the storage area below. In each case the aesthetic appeal is created by a graphic simplicity in his approach to flexibility and functionality.



With the increasing trend for home-working, Robin wanted to create a piece of flexible office/studio furniture that could be aimed at the mass market. To this end, he began his final major project by interviewing and photographing the workspaces of people in a variety of different proffessions,including designers, architects, illustrators, print makers, teachers and students. This informed a deeper understanding of exactly how people use the space around them, and how their environment directly influences their enjoyment and productivity at work.

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