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.
Awesome first pictures from The Despoke Cafe
Big Thanks to MYYOUR for the seats see more of their products at stand E68.
To celebrate the 2011 London Design Festival, the Design Museum and Anglepoise are giving away 50 Anglepoise lamps on Sunday 25 September.The first 50 people to buy a ticket to the Design Museum’s current exhibitions: Kenneth Grange – Making Britain Modern, This is Design and Designers in Residence, on Sunday 25 September will get a free
Anglepoise Lamp Type 1228 special edition.
The Anglepoise Lamp Type 1228 was designed by Kenneth Grange in 2004 and a special edition was issued in 2011 in Daffodil Yellow to celebrate his exhibition. You can see The Anglepoise Lamp at 100%Design 2011 as part of The Directors Cut a celebration of British Design.
Fresh from the factory floor to their show stand at this year’s 100% Design Futures Assembly room will be showing their new AR008 range: an upholstered stacking chair and bench. They’ll also be exhibiting a new metal based occasional table alongside firm favorites such as the AR002 2 seater sofa in a new colourway.All their products are designed & manufactured in Britain and you can see the full range at this years 100%Design 2011.
Image:Gillespie Side Tables, designed by Samuel Chan for Channels
Call for entries at 100% Design, Directors Cut
The Furniture Makers’ Company are launching the call for entries for The Design Guild Mark 2012 at 100%Design 2011.
100% Design have a special feature stand which is a selection of British based designers and manufacturers showcasing a chosen product on The Directors Cut stand.
Hear from the winners of the Restaurant and Bar Design Awards at 100%Design | Friday 23rd September | 5pm
As part of 100% design’s series of seminars, editor of Frame Magazine Femke De Wild will be hosting a session with four of this year’s Restaurant & Bar Design Award winners. The seminar will explore some of the challenges and triumphs of their winning hospitality design projects.
In discussion at the seminar will be:
One of the leading restaurant architects Mike Stiff, Director at Stiff+Trevellion Architects, discussing S+T’s winner of the best Fast Food / Cafe award for Costa Coffee
Helen Hughes, senior interior designer at SHH, the firm whose work at The Barbican was recognised with awards in two catagories, with the Barbican Foodhall awarded top prize in the Restaurant or Bar in another space catagory and the Barbican Lounge winning best independent restaurant .
Joy Kirk is currently senior interior designer at Fox Linton Associates. She is currently lead interior designer for the Waldorf Astoria Caledonian Hotel in Edinburgh responsible for the public areas of this luxury hotel. Joy’s work as lead Interior Designer at Coworth Park was awarded the prize for best Restaurant or Bar in a Hotel at this year’s awards.