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Cloud Installation at colette Paris by Pernilla+Asif.

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colette this Christmas has commissioned Pernilla & Asif to create a unique miniature version of their Cloud installation previously exhibited at Design Miami / Basel, for the Designers of the Future 2011 Award and later on a giant scale at the boxing venue, York Hall in east London in November 2011.

During the darkest three weeks of the year, every minute one hundred baby clouds will be released within two specially designed vitrines, each combining a cocktail of water, soap and helium gas.

Like colette, always going against the grain and the expected, the flurry of micro-clouds will be like an upside-down snowfall.

‘I first discovered the work of Pernilla & Asif with the so poetic Harvest chair, then I saw the foam clouds they did for DesignMiami, and the very recent sand/ice installation in Singapore. I’m so proud they agreed to do our Christmas Windows with their magical clouds. It will certainly remain one of the most impressive windows in our history and we hope Colette will not fly in the air like a balloon with all the helium we’ll keep!’ – Sarah (Colette)

The special window installation at colette runs from Dec 12-31, 2011. Download a video of the installation here.
PERNILLA & ASIF are currently working on a pavilion commissioned by Coca Cola for the Olympics in London 2012.

A NEW EXHIBITION EXPLORING THE NOTION OF LIGHT CONTROL at SCIN Gallery

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1st to 23rd December 2011 1st December – Talk 6pm with drinks at 6:30pm

There is only one useful thing that winter brings to the design world and that is the opportunity to explore the dark.

Darkness allows us to look at the possibilities within the world of artificial light. Light is the cover we add to space but what about the power of containing light. What happens when we purposely set out to ban light or seek to contain and control light?

The SCIN Gallery, the new Clerkenwell based Materials and Architecture Sourcing Gallery and Library, explores the notion of light control through its new event, Cut Out The Light.

The event looks at both the artistic and engineered opportunities to interfere with light in collaboration with award-winning graphic artist Noma Bar and renowned product designer and lighting engineer Jake Dyson.

Noma Bar will be exploring a range of materials offered by The SCIN Gallery that work by either pulling in light to interact with them or forcing light to remain within the material. This, together with his brilliant cut out images, will be visually explosive as light takes the form of the negative space in his work.

Jake Dyson will install his DMX LED Motorlight Wall light system, a concept working prototype which he is developing with the purpose of being able to control light quality and direction wirelessly.

These two influential designers are accompanied by some additional investigations into photo-luminescence and a talk about Jake’s exploration into his new lighting technologies.

Limited edition Electro Luminescent Die Cuts will be available for sale.
The SCIN Gallery, Morelands, 27 Old Street London, EC1V 9HL
Opening: 10am – 6pm Monday to Friday www.scin.co.uk

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INTERVIEW: Ben Van Berkel Interview at 100%Design 2011

We caught up with designer Ben Van Berkel from UNStudio at the Premier Composite Technologies (PCT) -stand at 100%Design 2011.

Website:www.100percentdesign.co.uk/
Website:www.unstudio.com/
Website:www.pct.ae/

VIDEO: Reloved lounge at 100%Design 2011

At 100%Design some of the African & African-Caribbean Design Diaspora Designers transformed a 96sq metre space and created a playful and eclectic sitting area – the “Re-Loved Lounge” used African and African-Caribbean design inspiration in fabrics, colour schemes and accessories.

The brief for the AACDD designers had been to ‘re-love’ and ‘up-cycle’ discarded furniture transforming it once again into desirable objects for the home thus challenging the ethos of a throw-away consumer society.

The ‘Re-Loved’ Lounge at 100% Design.

www.aacdd.com

Carlos Couturier Interview from 100% Design 2011

Carlos Couturier serves as creative force and is Managing Partner at Grupo HABITA which owns and/or manages Hotel Básico, Condesadf, DESEO [Hotel + Lounge], HABITA Monterrey, La Purificadora, Hotel Habita, hotel Boca Chica, and Distrito Capital lifestyle hotels in MEXICO. He also solely owns and operates Azucar and Maison Couturier in Veracruz.

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PAD London 12th – 16th October 2011


Patrick Perrin and Stéphane Custot are pleased to announce the final selection of participants for the fifth edition of the Pavilion of Art & Design London. Bringing together an incredible set of 57 galleries from 11 countries to its prime location on Berkeley Square, PAD London 2011 promises to be the strongest edition of the fair since its inception in 2007. A rigorous selection process introduces to London the best dealers from Europe and North America within the fields of Modern Art, Design, Decorative Arts, Photography and Tribal Art from 1860 to today.
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Inside Playful Minds at the Arts Gallery, University of the Arts London

Inside Playful Minds at the Arts Gallery, University of the
Arts London,through to 28 October. Take a sensory journey into the collective imagination of Physical Pixels, from initial pixel to giant interactive installation. For London Design Festival 2011 the Arts Gallery invites you to immerse yourself in an environment that offers the greatest rewards to the most adventurous players; from plants that whisper to your touch and walls that shift shape, Inside Playful Minds at the Arts Gallery entices with designs that play to all the senses. Further information at: newsevents.arts.ac.uk/

Ideal Home at Chelsea Space, Chelsea College of Art and Design


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Ideal Home at Chelsea Space, Chelsea College of Art and Design, Through to 22nd October. This exhibition, organised as part of the London Design Festival and the Icon Design Trail 2011, brings together work by over 50 artists and designers made across 98 years from 1913 to 2011 exploring the increasingly blurred boundaries between art and daily life. Further information at: newsevents.arts.ac.uk/event/ideal-home/


Image:Alistair Hanson Wooden Fire Extinguisher 2011

Despoke Editor Mark Westall at Inflate stand E30

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Last chance to relax at the Inflate Stand at 100%Design 2012
More details :www.100percentdesign.co.uk/

The Colour Orange at 100%Design

Try finding all these orange products at 100%Design and more ! Last day today to see great products catch some great seminars and talk to some of the best designers around.

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Paul Kelly

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Last chance to see Paul Kelly one of the UK’s best designers at 100%Design today

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The new Olympic Torch at 100% Design

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Above you can see Carolina Calzada from Mix Magazine with the Olympic Torch designed by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby of Barber Osgerby which was shown during The Colour Through Process Talk a behind the scenes look at their recent projects showing the importance of research and innovation in colour,materials and finish.
Website:www.barberosgerby.com/

Blogging Your Way To Business Success

Founder & Editor of Decor8 blog; Holly Becker, presented a talk at 100% Design advising designers on how to create a successful blog that could enhance their practice.

100% Design – BLOGGING YOUR WAY TO BUSINESS

Blogs are much more than a passing trend; with top designers and magazines blogging, it is obvious that those in-the-know want to be where their customers and potential customers are – online! Blogs can be a powerful tool to make meaningful connections with your audience and to build new relationships if used correctly.
Holly Becker of @decor8 blog is about to present a talk on blogging your way to business success. Follow our live tweets on #100design
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This talk is geared towards ppl in the design industry who have their own blogs & want to make more of them #100design
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#100design @decor8 Blog Seminar “I wanted to get out of the corporate world into something fresh& new…design. I immersed myself in it”
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#100design blog seminar: “It’s all about putting yourself out there, not being shy & being passionate about what you do. That’s why I blog”
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#100design blog seminar: Why blog? Your clients are online so is a way to reach ppl. It improves name recognition & promotes your work”
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#100design blog seminar: “a tutor said to me, ‘If you’re not online these days no one will know you exist.’ from then in @decor8 was born”
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#100design blog seminar: “Blogs offer free market research. It’s a chance to get feedback on your work & opens up a forum for discussion”
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#100design blog seminar: How to blog your best? “Be clear about why you’re blogging. Take classes. Meet ppl. Know your own strengths…”
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#100design blog seminar: “carefully consider the blogs that you read who you admire & why you love those blogs. How can you replicate that?”
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#100design blog seminar: “Every so often give yourself an internet time out & listen to yourself. This will help freshen your perspective”
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#100design blog seminar: “Pay close attention to what you take in daily. Everyone has a visual language, make sure yours is positive”
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#100design blog seminar: “A blog is an opportunity for you to push yourself to do things that you never thought you were going to do before”
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#100design blog seminar: “successful bloggers are trustworthy & aren’t afraid to share things they love”
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#100design blog seminar: “Build a virtual tribe / an online community by showing sincere interest & building online relationships.”
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#100design blog seminar: “being consistent is vital to blogging. If you don’t blog for a month ppl will quickly loose interest”
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#100design blog seminar: @decor8’s Holly Becker recommends these design bloggers…Kelly Wearstler, Vicente Wolf & Shannon Fricke
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#100design blog seminar: Q. How do you make a living out of blogging? A. It will help bring in clients &you can also offer advertising space
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#100design blog seminar: “think of your blog as an online portfolio, a chance to showcase your talents”
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#100design blog seminar: “Be honest on your blog. Once you’ve said something you and take it back so be yourself”
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#100design blog seminar: “Create original content for your blog & learn how to take better photos so your blog looks good”
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VIDEO: IS DESIGN POST-NATIONAL? Ben van Berkel, Kenneth Grange, Paul Kelley and Matthew Butcher chaired by Justin McGuirk


A fascinating debate at the press conference at 100%Design which posed the question of whether design has become “post-national”. The 17th 100%Design festival has 13 international stalls, including new country stands from Chilie, China and Greece, a fact which might suggest an ever stronger sense of national identity through design.
The panel brought together designers and architects, including Ben van Berkel, Kenneth Grange, Paul Kelley and Matthew Butcher as well as leading luminaries from the world of design commentary Graham Jones, Chairman of Design Guild Mark and Vice President of Knoll International, and chaired by award winning design critic Justin McGuirk.

Find out more about 100%Design: www.100percentdesign.co.uk

GOSEE: Method Furniture stand X54

Method are a collaboration between cabinetmaker Callum Robinson & architect Marisa Giannasi, Method Furniture – a reference to their ethos of fusing elegant, considered design with traditional, honest methods of construction – meticulously hand-craft sustainable hardwood furniture from their workshop in the East of Scotland.
On their stand at 100% Design you can see the Steamer Trunk called The Journeyman they made for and inspired by the Jean maker Denham.

Website:www.100percentdesign.co.uk/

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