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Nendo at Stockholm 2013

Mr Oki Sato, founder and chief designer of Japan design studio Nendo, is the 10th  Guest of Honour at Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair 2013.

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London Art Fair

Above: Sir Peter Bake, London – River Thames – Regatta, 2012. Paul Stolper Gallery

If you are in London this week, head down to the London Art Fair at the Business Design Centre in Islington. Artists such as James Capper Continue Reading…

Top Picks: Big Head

We saw the j-me stand at the entrance to Top Drawer when we visited on Monday. They had a fun selection of quirky and practical gifts, our favourite of which Continue Reading…

Top Picks: Sky Planter

These clever  Sky Planters  by Boskke can be hung inside and used with a variety of plants. The system feeds water into Continue Reading…

Top Picks: Shuffle Table by &Tradition

Top Picks: We have decided to show you a few of the designs at Top Drawer that caught our eye, and here’s the first….

The Shuffle Table designed by Mia Hamborg by &Tradition Copenhagen caught our eye at the 95% Stand at Top DrawerContinue Reading…

Top Displays at Top Drawer

On Monday, Despoke visited Earl’s Court in London to see Top Drawer: a trade exhibition featuring the latest in home wares, furniture and accessories.  Continue Reading…

150 Years Underground

The lure of the Underground, Alfred Leete, 1927

Today the London Underground is celebrating 150 years in service. Despised by some and beloved by others, The Underground is an indisputable British Classic. ‘The roundel’ logo – a red circle with a blue bar cutting across it – first appeared in 1908 and has remained an enduring symbol of London.

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Don’t Miss Simon Woodroffe in the main auditorium at 100%Design from 4pm Today

Simon Woodroffe launching YO! Home at 100%Design

16.00 – 16.45 The World, The Future and Everything
– Simon Woodroffe, Auditorium 100%Design
Simon Woodroffe, founder of the YO Sushi, Yotel and now YO! Home, talks about the following – How I got my YO! Creating Quantum leaps, imagined hindsight, facing the comfort zone, things to do before you die and YO! Everything Else.


Bernier Samuel wins The BEOPEN Award presented at 100% Design

L to R Patricia Urquiola, Bernier Samuel, Gennardy Terebkov




Bernier Samuel from Montreal Canada won The BE OPEN Award last night.
He was awarded his prize by Patricia Urquiola .

Project RE_

A third industrial revolution is taking place. Digital manufacturing is creating a world where mass customization becomes possible… and cheap. The 3D printing technology is improving every day and many companies made it possible for anybody to own machine at home. I dream of an indus¬try where there is no environmental impact associated with products being shipped across the globe… several times. A world where anybody can download what they need from a virtual library of objects and materialize it locally. This project is a transition phase where additive manufacturing is used to upgrade or transform existing objects reaching the end of their useful life. A little input to give some of our most daily junk a new function. The subject chosen for the first experi¬ment is glass jars and tin cans, very useful for their normalized dimensions. There is so many ways to reinvent an object we forget to appreciate: bird house, snow globe, watering can, piggy bank…

You can still see The shortlist and the winning entry from The BeOpen Awards at 100% Design Today at Earls Court 2 Open from 10am to 5pm .

Dezeen Live 5pm The Main Auditorium 100% Design

Philippe Malouin
Today’s live show from 5pm at 100% Design hosted by Dezeen will include talks with London designers Philippe Malouin , Benjamin Hubert, and writer and curator Beatrice Galilee.
Music featured on the show will be by American designer and musician Glen Lib..

Each show is being filmed and broadcast later on Dezeen.
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Tonight : Patricia Urquiola will be presenting an award at The BE OPEN AWARDS




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
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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.

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





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.