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Tonight : Patricia Urquiola will be presenting an award at The BE OPEN AWARDS

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BERNIER SAMUEL (CANADA, MONTREAL) Project RE_

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ANNA KULIK (RUSSIA, Moscow) Stone Spray

With their focus on designers of the future, the BE OPEN AWARDS – the initiative to support young creatives – have been showing a shortlist of 40 works submitted by international students at 100% Design. The shortlist has been selected from over 300 entries from 47 countries and their work will be shown on the BE OPEN stand IP101.

Tonight a winner will be selected in each of the three categories – CAST, FORM, and CITY – with the emphasis being on projects that show strong creative thinking, with the potential to become must-have designs for the future. The BE OPEN AWARDS will feature a panelist of distinguished judges including Patricia Urquiola .

The BEOPEN AWARDS The Main auditorium 100%Design Friday 21st September 18:15
More Details on the awards: beopenfuture.com/awards/london-awards

BE OPEN is a creative think tank, a global initiative to foster creativity and innovation through a system of conferences, talks, competitions, exhibitions, master classes, cultural and art events. BE OPEN arrives in London for the 2012 Design Festival with a whole series of activities ranging from talks, to showcases of emerging designers, as well as being the co-producers of the landmark installation in Trafalgar Square, the BE OPEN Sound Portal. www.beopenfuture.com

Nik Roope Interview


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Today at 3pm Nik Roope will be chairing the talk
” Connecting commerce – A new negotiation between Makers and Markets ”
Speaker will include:   MATT JONES, Principal, Berg,
TRACY DOREE, Senior Vice President, FAB, JANE NI DHULCHAOINTIGH, Inventor, Sugru.

Despoke caught up with Nik to ask him about the talk and some of the projects he’s also involved in

1 Why is a CD of a digital agency talking at a design fair ?
I have a few hats. Having many hats sounds awkward because you can only really put one hat on at once. Unless you stack them on top of each other! So as well as being a creative director of a digital creative company I’m also creative director of Hulger, a product company. Some creative people sit neatly in a discipline, some sprawl comfortably across several (that’s me).

2 As well as being a CD you design and market your own products has this helped you understand and work with clients ?
Working in different kinds of companies gives very different perspectives. Perspectives lead to insights, empathy and knowhow that can be a potent mix when they all come together. We’re all very wedded to the idea of specialists and masters but in many ways specialism narrows and neuters.
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100% Rocked

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Straight after Dezeen Live 100% Design headed to The Central Bar on mass to be rocked by
Seam McClusky (1234 records/Joe Boxers) and Paul Hook (New Order / Joy Division) the drink flowed and then at 9pm we jumped in the 100% Design Mercedes to finish the night at the V&A.

Don’t miss TODAY the onoffice – Shredder Live at The Office Hub 100% Design

onoffice is inviting leading industry figures to banish their pet hates to the shredder in a live version of the magazine’s popular feature. Architects, designers and even bloggers will seize the chance to do away with the impractical, the annoying or just the downright ugly elements of workplace design.

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Tonight don’t miss the 100% Design Party featuring Peter Hook on the decks from 6pm

Set to be the music event of LDF Peter Hook (Co- Founder New Order/Joy Division) takes over the decks at The Central Bar at 100% Design Earls Court 2 today. Expect load guitars and fast beats and plenty of drink.

There is still time to register for 100% Design HERE and you can find out about more highlights on the 100%Design website.

bloggers lounge at 100%Design from Knoll

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The bloggers lounge at 100% Design : Waiter service, plug sockets, free Wi-Fi was a great success Marcus Fairs from Dezeen and his team where there as well as bloggers Design Milk, DesignBoom, FADwebsite and house and home.

@Dezeen @designboom @houseandhome @MarcusFairs @FADwebsite @coadg (for Design-Milk)

100% Design 19th September to 22nd September at Earls Court 2
Website: www.100percentdesign.co.uk/Knoll

100% Seminar Today Michael Young From Shoreditch to Sheung Wang and Back

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Michael Young with Giant Bike , Table from Cash and sex toy

Today 11:45 – 12:30 MICHAEL YOUNG, Designer, Michael Young Studio ‘FROM SHOREDITCH TO SHEUNG WAN AND BACK’

British-born and Hong Kong based designer Michael Young established himself from the beginning, as one of the world’s leading figures in his trade. The uniqueness of Michael’s work lies in his constant questioning of typologies and habits, combined with the pioneering passion for technology which brought him to Asia. Michael Young talks about recent projects around the world and the effect geography has on his work. In the same way that we find Italy good with upholstery, the Dutch with conceptuality and the Danes with with wood he hopes utilizing Chinese engineering can find its place.

What made you want to become a designer in the first place?
A lack of other options as I was quite unemployable , I guess when I was younger I was just slightly A.D.D and also hated authority , I recently got given an old school report from my mother and it started off with : ” If only Michael had the ability to read and write he could make some progress in class “

So the arts beckoned early on ….

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BE OPEN Awards shortlist announced


An energy generating speed bump and a way of re-purposing junk are among nine shortlisted projects that go forward to the finals of the BE OPEN Awards, which will be presented as part of the BE OPEN think tank’s activities during the 2012 London Design Festival.

“BE OPEN is about ‘intellectual development’, investing in the creation of added value for future generations. Our programmes are about generating original thinking from the most promising young minds of our time”,

said Elena Baturina, founder of BE OPEN.
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100% Design behind the scenes set up images.

From the bottom up Servomuto,bark, dare studio, MARK, Wood, Hairy Chair, The Future Laboratory, The Great Recovery, YO! Home , Mercedes Launch.
Behind the scenes Images from 100% Design set up opening tomorrow at 10am
Still time to register: www.100percentdesign.co.uk/

BE OPEN AWARDS to be awarded at 100%Design


BE OPEN is a creative think tank, a global initiative to foster creativity and innovation through a system of conferences, talks, competitions, exhibitions, master classes, cultural and art events. BE OPEN arrives in London for the 2012 Design Festival with a whole series of activities ranging from talks, to showcases of emerging designers, as well as being the co-producers of the landmark installation in Trafalgar Square, the BE OPEN Sound Portal. www.beopenfuture.com

With their focus on designers of the future, the BE OPEN AWARDS – the initiative to support young creatives – will show a shortlist of 40 works submitted by international students at 100% Design.
The shortlist has been selected from over 300 entries from 47 countries and their work will be shown on the BE OPEN stand IP101.
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Material Lab to launch its own pop-up gallery at 100% Design

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Material Lab will be exhibiting at 100% Design this week , showcasing the latest innovative surfaces and materials.

They will be teaming up with Coba Europe, Formica Group, Johnson Tiles, Karndean Designflooring, modulyss and Tektura – turning their exhibition space into an unusual pop-up gallery of new products and trends using recycled crates and stands to mirror the look and feel of a real gallery.

When you are at 100% Design make sure to find them and get involved in their Instagram campaign if you take photo’s via Instagram of their stand and Tag your picture with #100MatLab they’ll display them during the event. They’ll also be a ‘What’s in the Crate?’ photo booth where you can have your picture taken with friends.

100% Design (19-22 September) come find us at stand E360 in Earls Court, London.

Enjoy a free beer at Deadgood at 100%Design


‘EXTL’ by design studio David Irwin.

You can enjoy a friendly Beer from The Brooklyn Brewery while looking at all the great products from Deadgood at 100% Design this week.

Plus see some great products:
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Still Time to register for 100% Design


The new, visually engaging 46 metre tunnel leading to the central bar at the heart of the show brings to life inspiring connections using LED videotape technology.

Make sure to register for 100% Design this weekend there have already been over 50,000 registrations for the revamped, redesigned reinvigorated 100%Design 2012 but everyone is welcome to come so make sure to register and don’t miss out on.

Great exhibitors from the four area’s 100% interiors, 100% Office ,
100% Kitchens & Bathrooms and 100% Eco Design & Build.
Plus International Pavilions and Emerging Brands

Two Great Seminar programmes 100%Seminars beautifully designed by Paul Cocksedge and featuring; Stephen Haggarthy, Marcus fairs, Yves Behar, Nick Bolton, Ed Vaizey, Michael Young, Chris Sanderson, Nik Roope and many many more www.100percentdesign.co.uk/ and Eco Design and Build Seminar from Velux :www.100percentdesign.co.uk/
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100%Design Party featuring Peter Hook Thursday 20th September 2012

Set to be the music event of LDF Peter Hook (Co- Founder New Order/Joy Division) takes over the decks at The Central Bar at 100% Design Earls Court 2 this Thursday 20th September 2012. Expect load guitars and fast beats and plenty of drink.

There is still time to register for 100% Design HERE and you can find out about more highlights on the 100%Design website.

100% Design collaborate with Design Guild Mark for British Design Excellence

100% Design is collaborating with The Furniture Makers Company to promote British Design Excellence through the Design Guild Mark.

The Design Guild Mark, introduced by The Furniture Makers Company in 2008, recognises and rewards excellence in the British design of furniture in volume production. In this fifth year there were a very high number of applications and the design of most of them was exceptional.

This year seven of the twenty seven awarded products have been selected for display at the exhibition:

• David Chipperfield – ‘Piana Alessichair’ for KI DGM 49
• Sebastian Conran Associates – ‘Aerofoil’ Desk & Bureau for John Lewis DGM 52
• David Fox – ‘The Magic Stool’ for Boss Design DGM 58
• Marc Krusin – ‘Krusin Chair Collection’ for Knoll International DGM 66
• Simon Pengelly – ‘Theo Chair and Range’ for Chorus Furniture DGM 70
• David Young – ‘Animate Writing Desk’ for Young & Norgate DGM 73
• Zoeftig Design Studio – ‘inFINITE Seating System’ for Zoeftig DGM 74
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