Three lucky second year students from the Fashion and Textiles course at The Glasgow School of Art have again benefitted from collaboration between The Glasgow School of Art and Bridge of Weir Leather Company.
2.30 today – GRUPO HABITA’s Carlos Couturier in conversation with Wallpaper* magazine’s Emma O’Kelly
At 2.30 this afternoon, attendees of 100%Design will have the chance to hear seminal design hotelier Carlos Couturier in conversation with Wallpaper* editor at large Emma O’Kelly.
Couturier is creative force behind the hotel group GRUPO HABITA. Internationally renowned for their architecture and interior design, the group has received praise from across the design world. Each of their ten properties are utterly unique and have received praise for their forward thinking design. The disparate group includes a transformed water purification facility, La Purificadoro, and the absolute epitome of 1950s glamour in the form of the Hotel Boca Chica in Acapulco. The group’s offering are all represented by design hotels, a relationship which dates back to the opening of the first GRUPO HABITA property The Habita Hotel in Mexico City.
Ultimate trendsetter and an integral part of a recent revival of Mexican glamour, Couturier considers the unifying characteristic of his hotels to be a forward thinking and a staunch dedication to continuous innovation. A design aesthetic propelled by constant reinvention, the hotels are the epitome of laid back glamour rooted in their locale. Drawing referential details from local industries from petroleum to sugar production, these are hotels that are at once contemporary and timeless, each the concentrated essence of their environment and the heritage of the country they are inspired by.
Couturier discusses “the client’s perspective” in The Hampton Room at 2.30 till 3.15 places are limited and it’s first come first served. Look out for the Despoke video that will go live following the event.
At stand X75 you’ll find Corita Rose’s kitsch heraldic fabric designs. Popping with colour and printed on velvet, the designs are wonderfully anachronistic. The strong imagery and vivid colours transform furniture and vary from traditional pattern repeats to large and small-scale, individually designed panels of fabric which transform pieces into something strangely timeless, absolutely modern but somehow traditional.
Centre piece to the stand is an exhibit from the festival of Britain show in 1951, a leather boxer whose condition has deteriorated. Now donning Corita Rose fabric, restored to a new lease of life. Another lovely anachronism, there is nothing which resembles the festival of Britain colours about these vivid designs.
Leading luminaries from the design world ask “Is design post-national?” It is a total rethink of design, not just a blurring of national boarders and boundaries, which is propelling design today. Rather than a post-national design tradition, there is an ever evolving design tradition motivated by ever intensifying localism.
Tonight it’s the Blueprint awards. Ahead of that, take the trail around the exhibition centre to check out the stands and the products nominated for prizes.
Here are some if the trails highlights… First up Daddy Long Legs at stand D60. These ash stools are up for Best New Product in recognition of their effortless simplicity.
The PCT stand has done it again this year, redefining the stand space with repetitive modular shapes in collaboration with UNStudio. The most impressive stand, pushing the boundaries of what this exhibition is all about, great design working in collaboration with impressive materials. Go experience the BluePrint “Best Stand” at E130
Rocker is not what springs to mind when you think of a rocking chair, elegant and beautiful, this chair from Baines and Fricker uses welsh elm and harris tweed, effortless and timeless and a contender for Best New Product.
Pull up a letter. The typographic lounge furniture from Tabisso at stand X20 are up for best new product. I can’t get enough of the quotation and exclamation mark lamps, a gorgeous addition to this fantastically realised collection.
Grille rug brings the outdoors indoors, Adrienne Chen incorporates elements of the urban environment in these new floor coverings. Another one up for best new product at stand X62.
Paul Kelley’s nest of tables pop with colour and look as lovely collapsed together as when they’re in use. Another one up for best new product at stand E39.
Check out the rest of the trail on the 100%Design site and you can get it on the app. The awards are tonight at 6.30pm in the Central Bar.
Damian Iatridis Studio will be showing at 100%Design 2011 for the first time as part of the Greek pavilion. They will be showing their Rosone Stool. Here they give some details about it:
The idea for rosone comes from the aesthetic of the rose windows on the facades of Romance&Gothic churches. It is made of suitably folded steel wire which provides excellent resistance to pressure & it can be used indoors or outdoors.
In additional to coming as a low stool it’s also available as bar stool where the user’s legs rest in the gap created by the woven wires in the perimeter.
You will be able to see Damian Latridis Studio at the Greek Design Stand (B100)at 100%Design 2011.
Daniel To and Emma Aiston met whilst studying Industrial Design at the University of South Australia. After both graduating in 2007, they spent almost 2 years gaining experience with various design studios in London, such as Marc Newson, Thorsten Van Elten and Committee.
KI have been chosen to feature the Piana Alessichair designed by David Chipperfield, produced by Lamm and distributed by KI in the 100% Design’s Directors Cut, which will showcase an exclusive selection of British Design.
KI were also selected by Post Works to provide Daylight chairs for the 100% Design central bar. This effortless folding chair is made from polypropylene and glass fibre.
The aim behind the design of the Piana Alessichair was to produce a well made chair in a material which expresses its functional and transient nature.
The matt finish and tactile qualities of the polypropylene render the chair both comfortable and robust. It folds completely flat, is horizontally stackable and currently available in six different colours. Mainly suitable for collective,public and private spaces. It is used and put away as required but can also be positioned permanently as if it were not a folding chair.