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Mensa6 table by Livingzone APS

Livingzone APS will be exhibiting at 100%Design 2011 for the first time they will be exhibiting their award winning table The Mensa6 (Red Dot Design Award for Product Design 2011)
The Mensa6 table is a brilliant example of minimal construction. Minimal use of components to achieve the necessary strength and stability. The table top is only 6mm thick. The legs are held in place by the natural force and tension achieved from the way the legs are constructed.

The legs can be fixed along the length of the profiles. Simple assembly, no tools required. Sleek, functional design by the young designer Michael Schougaard Svane.

You’ll be able to see The Mensa6 table and other great designs at 100%Design 2011
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Semi Automatic Curated by The Design Museum at St Martins Lane Hotel

The Design Museum has been invited to curate Morgans Semi-Automatic (Morgans Hotel Group’s unique retail concept that first made its mark in the US when it launched at Art Basel Miami Beach at Mondrian in South Beach 2008) Alice Marsh, head of retail at The Design Museum was thrilled. “Semi-Automatic provides an exciting opportunity for the Design Museum to reach an international design savvy audience and we are thrilled that this partnership will coincide with The London Design Festival and London Fashion Week. We have chosen products from the Design Museum shop which will delight and surprise, the perfect fit for St Martin’s Lane Hotel.”

Semi-Automatic is a luxe take on the vending machine, and a unique play on the traditional hotel gift store, which will occupy a space in the St Martins Lane lobby. The 32-slot machine will contain items selected by The Design Museum for the duration of September and October.

The touch-operated screen of Semi-Automatic will allow Morgans Hotel Group guests and visitors a chance to purchase The Design Musuem’s finest products, including: Polaroid Eyewear by Kenneth Grange, USB 1GB designed exclusively for the Design Museum shop, Le Cool Guide to London 2008, and unique ‘take-home’ pieces by some of the leading figures of the design world including Mat Osmar, Rich Banks and Ippei Matsumoto.

Semi-Automatic, curated by The Design Museum, will be fully operational within St Martins Lane lobby from Thursday September 1 until 31 October 2011, available to guests 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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UnTidy by Kostantia Manthou

Kostantia Manthou,will be presenting UnTidy at 100%Design 2011. A simple and fun way to tidy up your books by your bedside.

Kostantia Manthou started out as an architect and worked with the Campana brothers for some years ,after which she moved to Milan and attended a Master course in Product design. She currently lives and works in Milan.
You will be able to see Kostantia Manthou at the Greek Design Stand (B100)at 100%Design 2011

Adriana Torres at Miga de Pan answers Despokes Questions

Image:Ginger, mint and lemon tea is a collection of puffs, pillows, blankets, rugs and accessories.
What made you want to become a designer in the first place?
Since I was eight to thirty years old I was convinced I was going to become an architect. After four years studying architecture I discovered that attracted me so much graphic design as architecture, and I started the career alongside graphic design that I also did not finish, I got bored before I graduated. Besides the two careers, I studied Fine Arts, photography and illustration. I studied with Silvia Mato (my master) for six years and I’m still in her workshop. I also learned to embroider for two years with Guillermina Baiguera (an argentine artist).

Where did you study design?
I studied Architecture and Graphic Design at the UBA, University of Buenos Aires.

What was the first thing you designed?
The first object I designed was a stone clock. I did it when I was very young and I sold them at various stores of decoration in Buenos Aires.

How do you define good design?
I think the object must be first of all functional, and this has to solve a use environmentally friendly and if its aesthetic value remains in the time, we are facing a good design.

What would you be if not a designer?
If I were not a designer, I would be a photographer, typographer, architect or a lion tamer.

Which design of yours are you most proud of and why?
One of the designs that I’m most proud of it, is the collection named “Bosque”, they are cushions I think that in addition to comfortable (you have to try the cushions “Trunk” they are sooooo comfortable!) they are warm, they make you want to lie down on them, embrace them and not let them go more. I think the importance is that their designs are handmade with an ancient technique but at the same time they are modern. I think that this is the highlight of Miga de Pan.
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Andreea Mandrescu to show at 100percent Design

Andreea Mandrescu will be showing at 100% Futures as part of 100% Design It will be their first time showing at 100% design and they will be showing;

Inlaid Fantasies, is a series of fluid, soft rubber surfaces inlaid and overlaid on fabrics which can be used for interiors as well as fashion accessories.
See Andreea Mandrescu at 100% Design this September

Tuttotondo to show at 100percent Design 2011

Tuttotondo is a brand new venture, which will be presenting its first collection at 100%Futures during 100%Design 2011.
Designed in Italy, all products in the collection display unique features that make them stand out.

The Octopus series (see above)of decorative methacrylate lamps comprises; hanging, table, and wall led luminaires.
Owing to the properties of the material, when the lamps are switched on they become almost invisible, while light appears as floating dots,creating intriguing light effects.
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Tint Lamp by Magnus Pettersen

London-based designer Magnus Pettersen makes his debut at 100%Design with 100% Norway with the Tint lamp. “For the lamp I am mixing two materials which are mainly associated with architecture; glass and concrete,” explains Magnus. “Using black concrete and a warm coloured glass, transform the hard materials into an object which suits an interior environment.”

Magnus is from Sarpsborg outside Oslo. He studied Product & Furniture Design at Kingston University and then went on to do an MA in Industrial Design at Central Saint Martins. He won a D&AD Student Award in 2008 and since graduating three years ago, he has been working as a freelance product designer for various design studios in London. Magnus started designing his own products in 2010.

Voting Now Open at The Cool Wall

Image:Box Series House Type II Box Series House Type II
Vot on this project and many more over at the 100% Design website
the winner will be announced at the 100% design Show at Earls Court

Roman Ondåk – Measuring the Universe

Image:Roman Ondák. Measuring the Universe. 2007. © The Museum of Modern Art
Whilst on a recent break in Cornwall I happened upon an exhibition at the Tate gallery in St Ives. One of the exhibits was this: Measuring the
Universe by Roman Ondåk.

The idea is you walk into a white room and get your height measured on the wall. Your name is added and the date too.The exhibition began in May with an empty room and a few members of staff armed with pens. Almost 4 months and tens of thousands of names later the
wall is full.

My name is in there somewhere, although due to being average height I lost it soon after it had been added such was the volume of other names. The exhibition runs till 25th September. Go and see it. And be part of it too.

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Re-Loved Lounge at 100percent Design

From the 22-25th September 2011 some of the African & African-Caribbean Design Diaspora Designers will be collaborating with 100%Design London and the British European Design Group to transform a 96sq metre space and create a playful and eclectic sitting area – the “Re-Loved Lounge” using African and African-Caribbean design inspiration in fabrics, colour schemes and accessories.

The brief for the AACDD designers has 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.
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Shortlists announced for 2011 Architect of the Year Awards

David Archer Architects run by David Archer and Julieann Humphryes (Creative Director of 100%Design) have been shortlisted for Interior Architect of the Year.

The judging for all the categories will be conducted in October by a jury of architects, clients and built environment experts. They include Waheed Nazir, director of regeneration at Birmingham Council; Liz Peace, Chief Executive of the British Property Federation and Bridget Sawyers, Chief Executive of the Architecture Centre Network.

The winners will be announced on November 15th at an award ceremony held at the Brewery in the City of London.

Full Details of all the shortlisted entrants can be see

EVENT: This Is Design at The Design Museum

Image:Moulton Bike, Circa 1960

24th August – 22nd January 2012
This is Design is a celebration of the Design Museum’s Collection, which examines the impact of design on the modern world, whilst also exploring the consequences of design and how it shapes our lives and contemporary culture. The Collection has been in storage for over five years and during this period it has been catalogued, conserved and documented.
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3 Days left: Art Show calls for submissions for its 2011 ART SELLS exhibition

Higher Pitch is calling for submissions of work from the advertising community for its ART SELLS exhibition that will take place in London later this year.

The premise of the exhibition is to showcase the true creativity that those working in the international advertising industry are capable of, when given free reign and full creative license. It is about championing artistic talent within advertising and encouraging the industry to put this at the heart of all future campaigns.

Details of how to submit to Higher Pitch’s ART SELLS:
Submissions can be any medium – painting, sculpture, film, sound, photography, installations or writing. Simply send your name, occupation and a brief description or image of the work for submission to by 19th August 2011.

The final selection will be announced on 29th August. The exhibition will take place on the 15th September 2011 in a central London
location that will be announced shortly.

Xobo Design to show at 100 percent Design 2011

Xobo Design is a multi-disciplinary design collective specialising in Architecture, Interior Design, Furniture Design and Graphic Design. Xobo Furniture combines contemporary design and craftsmanship to produce a range of classic, stylish, timeless furniture that is innovative and multi-functional. Our furniture is made in the UK and are individually hand crafted. You’ll be able to see this furniture and more at 100% Design this September.

Tyci Picco Folding Table/ Stool

Ania Mini Desk

Oyster Wardrobe

Adrienne Chinn answers Despoke Questions

Adrienne Chinn will be exhibiting their new range of Urban London wallpapers, fabrics, rugs and accessories on stand X62 at 100% Futures. Below she answer’s some questions from Despoke.

What made you want to become a designer?
I grew up in the fantastic energy of the 1960s, where I rode a Banana bike, wore white patent leather pixie boots with pink and white polka dot flamenco flair trousers, listened to The Beatles on the radio, and lived in a new-build split-level open-plan bungalow with my parents, brothers and sisters. Montreal in the 1960s was a swinging, cosmopolitan city that embraced this new stream-lined design and architecture.

I remember the grass-cloth walls, the glass and brass furniture, the Tulip chairs that I quickly discovered tipped over when you leant back in them. I was impressed by a neighbour’s synthetic white Christmas tree done up in sapphire blue balls, with blue and silver gifts under the tree. I was only a kid, and it was quite a number of years later than I became a designer, but the seeds were sewn during those early years.
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