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British design excellence at 100%Design 2011

100% Design will be collaborating with the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers for the second year to promote British design excellence through the Design Guild Mark Awards scheme. Find out more from the livery company itself and chat to winners Morgan Contract & Steelcase at the new Director’s Cut space as well as Channels on stand C40 at 100% Design 2011.
More info on the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers
More Info on the Design Guild Mark Awards scheme

Kiki van Eijk-DREAM! from Venice Projects

Venice Projects promote internationally recognized contemporary artists and designers, providing some with the opportunity to express their creativity in a new medium, glass.
Kiki van Eijk-DREAM! which you can see above is described :
To dream or to have a dream is the most enchanting phenomenon in life. This is what makes it a paradise. The upside-down basket with refined wire structure combined with a mirrored bottle full of transparent bubbles from which shines a light symbolizes a dream.

You will be able to see many more ‘products’ from Venice Projects
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100% Design App Now Live !

The 100% Design mobile app has just gone live its available to download now for your iphone and any phone running Android, also all you Blackberry lovers should be able to get it soon as well.

Now you can read all the latest news from 100% Design, Despoke and Twitter from the comfort of your phone and as we get closer to the show extra really cool features will be added helping you plan your visit to 100% Design.

Get the IPhone App here
Get the Android App here

Concrette Wallpaper from Concrette Wall

Image:Concrete wall no.14. Design: Tom Haga 2010.

Bring the urban into your house with these wallpapers from Norway.
The Concrete Wall collection is the result of photographing raw and refined concrete walls,raw cinder block walls and even graffiti, in locations across Norway.Concrete Wall is a high-quality vinyl wallpaper and is always custom made to your precise requirements.

You will be able to see more products from Concrete Wall at 100% Design 2011 more details here.

Janeth Cousin, from Atelier de Céramique answers Despoke’s questions

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What made you want to become a designer in the first place?
Designing is a way to bring together two tendencies: build real things and play with imaginative thinking.

Where did you study design?

I first studied ceramics at the Fine Arts in Bogota (Colombia), and nearly at the same time metalwork at the Technical High School for Metalwork.
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EVENT: ArtSmart July1st/2nd 2011

Catch a rising star at Artsmart, a brand new art and design market showcasing University of the Arts London’s most exciting graduates. Discover fantastical fashion, contemporary craft, striking design and avant-garde artworks alongside exclusive paintings and prints at affordable prices. The market takes place in the grand surroundings of the Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London, on Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd July 2011.
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EVENT The Restaurant & Bar Design Awards 2011 7th July 2011

Its almost that time of year again which is great the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards are back and you can now buy tickets to the event – last year was great much fun was had by all much eating drinking and even dancing !

Tickets for the Awards and party taking place on Thursday 7th July 2011 are now available. To secure your place at this year’s event taking place at the East Wintergarden, Canary Wharf, London visit

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EVENT: The Viaduct summer sale starts this Saturday 25 JUNE 2011

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25th JUNE – 9th JULY 2011
The Viaduct summer sale is the perfect opportunity to bag a contemporary design bargain. If you?ve been coveting a statement chair, a chic sofa or a classic light, this is the sale for you.
Sale bargains include:
Houdini by Stefan Diez for e15 – all stock(2 Oak armchairs, 1 Black chair, 4 Neon red chairs, 1white chair) all at 35% off:
Houdini oak armchair WAS £600 inc VAT 35% off NOW £395 inc VAT
Houdini black chair WAS £522 inc VAT 35% off NOW £335 inc VAT
Houdini white chair WAS £522 inc VAT 35% off NOW £335 inc VAT
Houdini neon red chair WAS £597 inc VAT 35% off NOW £385 inc VAT

Vitra Slow chair and ottoman WAS £2647 inc VAT 50% off NOW £1350 inc VAT, Flos Tab ?oor light, blue WAS £193 inc VAT 30% off NOW £135 inc VAT, MDF Italia Mate sofa 238cm WAS £3300 inc VAT 35% off NOW £2300 inc VAT, Luceplan Grand Costanza light WAS £838 inc VAT 45% off NOW £450 inc VAT,Montis Marvin armchair WAS £3506 inc VAT 40% off NOW £2100 inc VAT,Pastoe A’Dammer cabinet,white WAS £1398 inc VAT 30% off NOW £975 inc VAT and,Pastoe A’Dammer cabinet, black WAS £1291 inc VAT 30% off NOW £895 inc VAT,Bensen Brix 2 drawer, grey x2 WAS £600 inc VAT each 30% off NOW £425 each inc VAT,MDF Italia Flow chairs x4 WAS £550 inc VAT each 30% off NOW £1500 inc VAT for four,e15 Eugene lounge chair in oak + cushions WAS £2088 inc VAT 40% off NOW £1250 inc VAT

ESSEF STUDIO answer Despokes Questions

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Set up by Sefika Sakalli and Samuel Flaherty Essef studio is a young design practice specializing in beautifully timeless pieces of furniture.
Their design objective is to create furniture that is aesthetically enjoyable as well as functional to use.

Their initial collection will be shown at 100% Design this September 22-25th.Every piece is made to order allowing the studio the ability to offer a bespoke service.

1. What made you want to become a designer in the first place?
SAMUEL: From a young age I was always taking things apart and putting them back together again to see how they worked. So i guess it was a natural progression for me to become a designer.
SEFIKA: I guess I have always been a designer. For as long as I can remember I have had a creative flair and a need to express my ideas. I don’t think one chooses to become a designer, as such its a career that chooses you.
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Marc Von S answers Despoke’s Questions

Image:From The Volcano Range Range of clocks, tealights and candleholders.
What made you want to become a designer in the first place?
Since I was a kid I have been drawn to 3D objects. The sign ‘do not touch’ has always been a great frustration as it was really hard to resist. I also have some eclectic tastes and interests, making design a perfect fit as it crosses many realms.

Where did you study design?

I first studied economics at the Sorbonne in Paris before studying design at Central Saint Martins.
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Director’s Cut British design at its finest at 100% Design

Image:Tipton Chair by Barber Osgerby for Vitra

The Director’s Cut will launch this year at 100% Design.
Overseen and curated by Julieann Humphryes, Head of Design for Yoo and non-executive chair of 100% Design, the Director’s Cut will showcase an exclusive selection of British design, adding to the sense of discovery that is so much a part of the show.
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100% Design – the ultimate sourcebook

Image:Typographic furniture by Tabisso

Just thought we would mention that the power behind despoke 100% Design have their registration open now and if you register you can also sign up for exclusive, secret information not available anywhere else even here !!

Where else can you find architectural hinges and embroidered wallpaper, handcrafted British furniture and cutting edge steel cladding all under one roof? At 100% Design, that is where.

This year, the international design showcase turns 17 years old. And as it has matured, 100% Design has continued to raise its game, bringing an incredible diversity of design to Earls Court each year.

As a result of peerless sourcing, the show has become the ultimate global sourcebook for interior design and a vital place to spot new trends, years before they hit the High Street.
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The Head by Peter & Paul for 100% design


Peter and Paul is an independent creative communications agency based in Sheffield – they are passionate about design and how to communicate and connect with people.

Formed in 2005 by partners Peter Donohoe and Paul Reardon they are now a studio of six experienced planners, creatives, designers and developers. Their portfolio consists of branding and design projects for clients in the arts, culture and design sectors including 100% design.

We caught up with Paul from Peter & Paul to talk about their latest project for 100% design “The Head”..

1 What did 100% design ask you for ? How was the process begun?
100% appointed us during a 5 way pitch last year (October from recollection). Approaching its 18th year, the 100% Design Show Approached us to build on the success it had achieved in previous years. Our role of appointment as the brand communications agency is to work with 100% over a three year period to further enhance the exhibitions reputation as a showcase for the world’s most innovative and cutting edge design products.
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Christie’s New York Presents a Global Array of Works of 20th Century Decorative Art & Design

Image: Jean Dunand (1877-1942), A Lacquer and Eggshell Gueridon, circa 1930. 20 in. (50.8 cm.) high, 40 in. (101.6 cm.) diameter signed in eggshell Jean Dunand and branded Jean Dunand/72 rue Halle/Paris and Made in France on the underside. Estimate 250,000 – 350,000 U.S. dollars.

Christie’s announces the sale of Important 20th Century Decorative Art & Design to take place on Thursday, June 16. Estimated to realize upwards of $3.5 million, the 208-lot sale represents a wide range of works from 20th Century masters across the world, including furniture and lighting by Jean Royère, a rare armchair by German master Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe, Art Deco works by Etienne Drian, Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann and Jean Dunand, whose Lacquer and Eggshell Gueridon, circa 1930 (estimate: $250,000 – 350,000) is the top lot in the sale. From Property of a Boston Family, the table exemplifies Dunand’s sophisticated skills as a designer and craftsman with the geometric motifs on top, meticulously inlaid in eggshell. The stark and calculated motif balances fragility with luxury.
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Clerkenwell Design Week 2011

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After an early morning rise and a four-hour train journey I could not wait to arrive at Clerkenwell. The sun was shining, designers were everywhere, tweets were flying around and the atmosphere was full of excitement and enthusiasm. I think it is great that a simple event, such as Clerkenwell, brings the whole design community together with everyone leaving with an energetic, ambitious and proud mindset. Clerkenwell was a huge success full of forward thinking, innovative and fresh designs. Whilst walking around the various designers there were a few pieces that made me stop and take notice.
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