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Adrienne Chinn answers Despoke Questions

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Adrienne Chinn will be exhibiting their new range of Urban London wallpapers, fabrics, rugs and accessories on stand X62 at 100% Futures. Below she answer’s some questions from Despoke.

What made you want to become a designer?
I grew up in the fantastic energy of the 1960s, where I rode a Banana bike, wore white patent leather pixie boots with pink and white polka dot flamenco flair trousers, listened to The Beatles on the radio, and lived in a new-build split-level open-plan bungalow with my parents, brothers and sisters. Montreal in the 1960s was a swinging, cosmopolitan city that embraced this new stream-lined design and architecture.

I remember the grass-cloth walls, the glass and brass furniture, the Tulip chairs that I quickly discovered tipped over when you leant back in them. I was impressed by a neighbour’s synthetic white Christmas tree done up in sapphire blue balls, with blue and silver gifts under the tree. I was only a kid, and it was quite a number of years later than I became a designer, but the seeds were sewn during those early years.
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Rinse Presents: A Visual Retrospective – The Work of Shaun Bloodworth & Give Up Art

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12th – 21st August 2011 Private View ­Thursday 11th August
The exhibition will be at the Truman Brewery Gallery ­ shop 14, Hanbury
Street . Rinse Presents: A Visual Retrospective ­ The Work Of Shaun Bloodworth & Give Up Art is a ten-day exhibition celebrating the design and photography of seminal London-based radio station and label, Rinse, and their championing of the wider underground music world.
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Website:www.shaunbloodworth.com/
Website:www.giveupart.com/

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Martin Solem at 100percent Norway

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“As a designer I always try to be innovative, but I might be a bit old fashioned in my thoughts of design,” says Martin Solem who’s currently studying in Copenhagen, Denmark. “For me, a product has to be realistic and useful to be called good design. What I try to do is to combine these basic thoughts with new innovative ideas.”

Whilst studying furniture making, Martin got a serious back injury which forced him to stop his studies. Determined to pursue a career in designed, he was accepted at the Bergen National Academy of Arts before continuing his design Bachelor at The Danish Design School in Copenhagen.
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Armourcoat at 100percent Design 2011

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Ground-breaking new products and finishes will be presented by Armourcoat at 100% Design London. Armourcoat will introduce Ductal® Ultra-High Performance Concrete (UHPC) – a first for the show.
Developed by Lafarge, Ductal® presents a genuine revolution in the concrete sector. The material possesses a unique combination of superior properties including strength, ductility, durability and enhanced aesthetics. This enables designers to develop and realize new sculptural approaches to concrete forms.
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VIDEO+EVENT:Ron Arad’s Curtain Call at the Roundhouse From Tuesday 9th August 2011

Ron Arad and his team reveal the ideas behind Curtain Call – an interactive 360 degree installation at the Roundhouse in London, 9-29 August 2011. Ron, Julian Gilhespie (architect) and Michael Castellana (industrial designer) talk about the journey so far and what you can expect.
Website:www.roundhouse.org.uk/

Cubit exhibit at 100 Percent Design 2011

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Cubit will be exhibiting at this year s 100% Design show at Earls Court, London. This is the first time Cubit has exhibited in the UK, and the show will offer visitors the chance to experience the simplicity and efficiency of the modular storage system first-hand.
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The LEGO Greenhouse by Sebastian Bergne

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The LEGO Greenhouse by Sebastian Bergne is a functioning greenhouse built entirely from LEGO. The walls, the floors, even the earth is LEGO. The plants and vegetables growing inside are however, entirely real.
“We have ended up with an interesting juxtaposition of a natural
environment growing in an almost digital, mass produced LEGO
structure, and it makes you look at LEGO in a new way”
. Sebastian Bergne.
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Kill Your Darlings :Kid Acne’s first solo exhibition in his hometown, first show in a museum and first retrospective of his work


Through to – Sunday 23 October 2011
at Millennium Gallery Museums Sheffield
Celebrating the DIY ethic and often transitory approach he has refined over the years. Murals, illustrations and sculpture from throughout his career will show how he has carried the wit and subversion from his days as a graffiti artist and fanzine creator through into adult life as a designer, artist and musician.
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New Programme seeks home buyers

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Renegade Pictures are looking for people to take part in Drive to Buy, a unique and exciting new property programme for ITV1.

Are you looking to buy your ideal home now? Are you interested in a once in a lifetime buying opportunity and a chance to see properties at a discounted rate ? Can you outwit rival buyers to bag your dream property?
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EVENT:Vintage at Southbank Centre, Friday 29th – Sunday 31st July 2011

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From soul legends, 60s icons and electronic pioneers to re-creations of the decadent discotheques of the 70s and the northern soul mecca of Wigan Casino (complete with authentically sticky carpet) via 1940s jive and incendiary 50s rock ‘n’ roll… Vintage at Southbank Centre offers an un-missable three-day trip through seven decades of music and style
www.vintageatsouthbankcentre.co.uk

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Over three days and nights, Vintage at Southbank Centre sees the Royal Festival Hall dressed up as never before. The iconic riverside building is transformed into a multi-venue playground where, over 13 hours each day (from 12pm to 1am and midnight on Sunday), pass holders can learn the dances of the decades, take in over 70 live performances (including three themed multi-artist ‘Revues’ in the Royal Festival Hall) boogie along to the tunes of an incredible 120 DJs, enjoy exclusive catwalk shows and decade specific make-overs and sample Vintage food and cocktails.
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UNStudio to collaborate with Premier Composite Technologies at 100% Design London 2011

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Following last year’s launch at 100% Design London with a Snohetta-designed stand, Premier Composites Technologies (PCT) is pleased to confirm this year’s collaboration with UNStudio.

Award winning architects UNStudio will design the PCT stand at 100% Design London (Stand No. E130). The collaboration will highlight the growing trend for the use of advanced composites in architecture today and will demonstrate the benefits of working with composites over conventional structural materials.
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Method Furniture answer Despoke Questions

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Images:International Furniture VS Fashion collaboration. Hand crafted from solid ash and using traditional woodworking techniques, the piece’s subtle, understated lines belie a complex construction that utilises well over 200 hand cut joints. The work will be unveiled at 100% Futures.

Despoke caught up with emerging Scottish atelier Method Furniture who will be unveiling pieces from their new collection at 100% Design 2011 .

Established by Marisa Giannasi (Architect and Designer) and Calum Robinson (Second Generation Cabinet maker) they produce a superbly handcrafted range of elegant contemporary furniture, using traditional woodworking and cabinetmaking techniques. Detail, heritage, honesty and integrity suffuse their work – Callum Robinson is creative director – “We’re passionate about communicating the individual story of every piece…Above all; it’s always about trying to create something remarkable”

What made you want to become a designer – in the first place?

M – I’ve always considered architecture to be the highest art-form – a painter is restricted to a canvas, a sculptor a solid substrate….architecture’s about the poetics of space, changing environments and affecting the way people live. For me, furniture design has been a natural evolution.

C – I’ve never known anything else…but until I met Marisa I was never really been aware of it as design – for my entire adult life I’ve been involved in making beautiful things for a living. If I didn’t know how to make a thing the way I thought it ought to be made, I’d invent a method. It turns out that’s called design.
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Kenneth Grange Making Britain Modern at Design Museum from wednesday 20th July 2011

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20th July – 30th October 2011
Kenneth Grange is Britain’s leading product designer, his prolific career spans over 50 years and he is responsible for designing some of the most iconic and familiar products and appliances that shape our daily lives. Kodak cameras, the silhouette for the Intercity 125 train, Kenwood food mixers, Parker pens, and the re-design of the London Taxi Cab are just some of his well-known designs. This exhibition is Kenneth Grange’s first UK retrospective and it will celebrate his work, his design journey and the role he has played in making Britain modern.
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Image:Short & Manson Steel Clock, 1966.Kenneth Grange
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100% Design launches The Cool Wall

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Cool Wall is a showcase for architectural practices to show off their finest projects and get critiqued by the voting public through the 100% Design website. Architects can upload their projects now and the Cool wall is live from 8th August until the show opens on 22nd September.

Enter here:www.100percentdesign.co.uk

The Director’s Cut #1:Anglepoise TypeC™ LED task light

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The finest examples of British design will take centre stage at 100% Design 2011 within the Director’s Cut.

The aim of Director’s Cut is to showcase top designer and brand partnerships, each of which is a demonstration of unparalleled creativity, ingenuity and innovation in product design. Juileann Humphryes – Head of Yoo Design Studio and 100% Design’s Non-Exec Director will curate.

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To celebrate this Despoke will be featuring all ten ‘case studies’ over the coming weeks leading up to 100% Design 2011.

The First case study is Anglepoise and their Design Director, Kenneth Grange have chosen the Anglepoise TypeC™ LED task light.
The shape and form of this new light takes task lighting to new levels of sophistication. TypeC™ LED features a dynamic, flowing design that is as beautiful as it is distinctive. Fitting neatly over a computer screen, the TypeC™ LED incorporates touch sensitive dimming, light level memory, energy efficient LED’s and a balance mechanism that responds to the lightest touch.

Simon Terry, Director of Anglepoise Ltd said: “After 75 years of Anglepoise tradition, and 150 years of manufacturing we have always felt that it was important as a family business to rejuvenate the ideas that made us innovators in the first place whilst engaging with the latest technologies. The new TypeC™ is at the heart of that journey”

Website:www.100percentdesign.co.uk/
Website:www.anglepoise.com

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