See everyone setting up for 100%Design 2011, the show is looking like being a great success with quick preview interviews with 100% Norways Thomas Aastad and Peter Massey 100%Design’s Exhibition Director.
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.
Join the party trail and celebrate the opening of INC at Forster Inc on 20th September.
Cubit present their intriguingly simple modular storage system and award-winning interior designers Forster Inc showcase their recent projects and solve your design dilemmas.
Forster Inc 63 Redchurch Street, E2 7DJ London, United Kingdom Part of the London Design Festival 2011
At this year’s 100%Design, award-winner Dina Rey Mossa is presenting her latest products Endless Love, a light chair made of one single piece of aluminium, Stabella, a modern version of the traditional Swiss chair and Roark I,II,III, an edgy table inspired by Howard Roark, character in the book “The Fountainhead”.
The relationship between design and making as a process and means to design has been the subject of much discussion recently within architectural practice and academia. With the advances in technology it seems apparent that architects today, are distancing themselves more and more from the hand-drawing and the making of physical models, as these are often considered too time consuming. CAD programs allow the designer to draw and model a design down to the minute detail, but they do not allow for the tactile experience and the greater emotional and intellectual involvement with the object or building that designers can achieve through making with their hands.
In my own design for a ‘London Farmhouse Tower’ I used the process of making models to inform the narrative and conceptual decisions within the project. The methods I used to construct and select the components and materials for the models is the same approach I envisioned, the builders and architects would use if the design was built in reality.
During the process of making these models I discovered that the mistakes and imperfections that occur when creating something with one’s hands, allowed me view the design from different perspectives. These are ‘happy mistakes’, as it is often within these accidental brakes or misplacements that one discovers new ideas and shapes that inform the narrative of the project and the experience of the design. These mistakes create opportunities for the designer to allow the design to intuitively evolve during the act of making, which cannot be achieved in the same way when drawing and modeling on a screen.
As technology and computer programs continue to advance, it’s essential that designers do not forget the importance and advantages of the process involved in making and the haptic experience. The act of making is not used, merely as a way of generating ideas and as a process that allows for experimentation and the tactile experience, but as a critical resource that is the basis of architectural design.
Matthew Butcher Is the founder of Post Works the winner of the 100%Design/Architecture Foundation competition to design the 100%Design central bar.
Chris Lefteri and Despoke have teamed up to offer you the chance to download the PDF version of Ingredients, Chris Lefteri’s magazine on design and materials one week before it’s being launched at 100% Materials.
In line with the theme of this years 100% Materials feature at 100% Design, designed and curated by Chris, this edition of Ingredients is dedicated to smart materials and technologies. Inside you will find an in-depth guide to the world of smart materials, an appraisal of the potential environmental benefits of smart technologies and interviews with Suzanne Lee and Helen Storey – two designers whose passion for materials has lead to their developing amazing new technologies.
For this and much, much more, head on over to www.moreingredients.com to download your copy.
The Blue Print Awards shortlist has been announced and you’ll be able to see all the shortlisted products at 100%Design.
But for now here’s a taster.The overall category winners will be announced on Thursday 22nd September at The Centrall Bar at 100%Design at 6.30pm.
Image:MOST PROMISING NEW TALENT CHARLIE CROWTHER-SMITH Designer maker Charlie Crowther- Smith has produced a number of impressive pieces using a mixture of traditional and brand new building techniques and materials.
To See some more of the shortlsted entries head over to the 100%Design website.
Register by Friday (saving £15) for your chance to see cutting-edge design from 400+ exhibitors and more.
1. What has been your favourite project this year ?
I don’t have one specific favourite project, but we particularly enjoy designing exhibitions and pavilions because they afford us the opportunity to try out new ideas. These designs can work as prototypes for spatial, organisational and material possibilities in our larger
projects. But exhibitions and pavilions also generate really nice moments for public communication and interaction over a short period of time, as so many people visit these events.
Sometimes you can design a building that you are very proud of but often – especially if this is not a public building – not so many people will truly get to experience it. So pavilions provide a wonderful opportunity for the design to truly be consumed.
2. UNStudio has been producing chairs/ furniture do you think its important for architects to investigate other creative disciplines?
We have always liked to test and investigate other areas of the discipline, but I never actually think in terms of scale. We like the idea of the non-existence of a proper scale and this is very much related to the way we combine ideas. I have never considered architecture and design to be mutually exclusive. In the same way as I sometimes like to think that art and architecture are not so different from one another.
Sometimes I will see a piece of furniture as architecture; as containing a variety of cultural references. Conversely a building can be seen as a product. We like to test these boundaries.