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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

Winner of the over all best restaurant design for Busaba Eathai, David Archer of David Archer Architects

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. 


EVENT: INC at Forster Inc Tuesday 20th September, 2011, 6.00 – 9.00pm

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

Award-Winner Mossa Is Presenting New Products at 100%Design London

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”.
You will be able to see all the Mossa products at 100%Design 2011

Designing Through Making

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.

Get Chris Lefteri’s magazine Ingredients NOW one week before 100% Design Launch

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 to download your copy.

Also, make sure that you follow Chris on Twitter and the KTN Smart Materials Beacon blog

BluePrint Award shortlist

Image:BEST NEW PRODUCTD*LIGHT D*HAUS Cuboid when folded, the lighting sides also face inwards creating a sculptural form. Unfolded the light spills out and is brightness and colour adjustable.

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.

BEST NEW PRODUCT TYPOGRAPHIC LOUNGE FURNITURE TABISSO (Stand X20) Letter chairs in themselves are a great idea, but these also look extremely well realised. Chairs foremost letters second. Yes!

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.

Endesign tried resin and it didn’t cut the mustard. So glass became the material of choice and each light in the series is named after its weight.

Image:BEST STAND PCT + UNSTUDIO using carbon glass fibre and epoxy resin moulded modules with a foam core to create this.

Image:BEST USE OF MATERIALS BONE X SKIN MAEZM The bone part of the chair, the frame, is Korean paper and the strength of this product derives from the epidermis covering of carbon fibre.

To See some more of the shortlsted entries head over to the 100%Design website.

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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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