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Ben van Berkel of UNStudio answers Despoke’s Questions

Image:PCT stand at 100% Design 2011

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.
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Jay Watson Design showing at 100percent Design 2011

Image:‘Linger a Little Longer’ thermochromic table and

Jay Watson Design showing at 100% Futures 2011, Stand X70:
Launching the ‘Linger a Little Longer’ thermochromic table and
benches, also showing a new version of the Anemoi Lights and ‘Read All About It’ – the DIY seating cube made from recycled newspaper.
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How to build The Central Bar for 100 Percent Design

Image:Post Works in Essex with carpenter David Leviatin, constructing the stage walls for the Central Bar. Designing as making.

As Editor of the Month this months, as well as designer of the Central Bar at 100% Design, I thought it would be interesting to theme this months posts, in accordance with the activities that are surrounding the design, assemblage and construction of this space at 100% design.

In particular I want to address the fact that although I am a designer I am also now heavily involved in the construction of the bar, a role I am not generally used to, and which has opened questions for me around my practice and more generally the relationship between designing and making. So as well as posting updates of the construction, I have also asked a series of designer and makers to comment on this complex and fascinating relationship. Posts will be uploaded over the next three weeks in accordance with the developments of the construction. Updates to follow shortly.

Lorna Syson to show at 100percent Design

British Designer Lorna Syson, best known for her oversized wall flowers will be launching two prints from her Berry collection at 100%Design this September.

The optical geometric Bradbury print is comprised of graphic triangles. Each triangle has been meticulously slotted together to form a giant jigsaw to give an impression of a three dimensional structure on a two dimensional print. The Bradbury print comes in two colour ways named Worcesterberry and Elderberry.

You’ll also be able to see more work from Lorna at 100%Design 2011 full details here.

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.

Peter & Paul

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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