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Issey Miyake ‘in-ei’ Lampshades

Check the ‘in-ei’ collection of environmentally-minded, foldable lampshades developed by Issey Miyake for Italian lighting firm Artemide.

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Thomas Heatherwick ‘Spun’ chair for Magis


Thomas Heatherwick ‘Spun’ chair for Magis.
NOW in see-through / transparent finish.

William Knight from Milan.

A Bathing Ape x Meister 2012 “BAPE Gallery” Collection

BAPE GALLERY is a Bathing Ape foray into the sophisticated realm of pop-art, highlights include its collaboration with acclaimed Japanese furniture manufacturer Meister. Utilizing their signature ABC Camo, the brands have created 1-seat, 2-seat, and 2.5-seat sofas with or without arm rests, blending both a stunning facade with every day modern comfort. Simple-yet-stable plywood and steel rod construction completes the well-designed furnishings, ready to compliment any stylish living room.

ECO-FRIENDLY LEGO from Colors Tokyo

A new building block called Earth Blocks can be snapped together to create different shapes and structures. They are very similar to Lego but provide an eco-friendly alternative, with softer edges and muted, natural colours.

Developed by Japanese design studio Colors Tokyo, the blocks are made from a composite of the bark of the cedar tree, compressed dust from sawed-off cedar logs, coffee beans and green tea leaves. These natural materials are blended with polypropylene to maintain a rigid shape. Earth Blocks are currently available in just one shape and size, and you can get a pack of 50 from the Guggenheim museum for $30.via:[PSFK]

Turn Your Old Airbus A300 Into a Lovely Hanging Lamp






photos by benjamin boccas

Paul Coudamy has taken Airbus windows and recycled them to create a modular lighting concept.
The ‘F-light’ is constructed from the walls / windows of an airbus A300, whereby the engineered curves, windows and insulation of the airplane takes on a second life as a functional lighting structure.

Beau McClellan Interviewed about his interactive lighting installation London Art Fair 2012

Ben Austin FAD’s Editor At Large caught up with Beau McClellan who exhibited a large-scale interactive lighting installation at London Art Fair 2012. This spectacular centrepiece was presented at the entrance to the Business Design Centre, where visitors could control the colour effects using an iPad.

With its combination of innovative, contemporary design and cutting edge RGB LED technology, the five metre long piece used the studio’s signature mirror reflective coating. Designed to showcase its artistic, sculpture-like form during the day, the Nomad then transformed into a stunning semi-transparent light installation at night.

The Sacred Geometry of Chance Art Installation by acrylicize

The Sacred Geometry of Chance’ 3010 x Hand Made Black Dice Acrylic / Aluminium Frame
JB 2011

3010 dice, each rolled individually creating a sea of seemingly random patterns.
This piece represents the entrepreneurial spirit of life and taking risks – crucial for any business to succeed at the highest level. The idea was everyone has a chance to ‘roll the dice’ in life is embraced by the process in which this piece has been made.

Each set of dice was rolled by different people spanning many different backgrounds. It is the outcome of these rolls which dictated the arrangement of the dice, illustrating that while some may win and some may loose, the chance is there for everyone to take.





Cloud Installation at colette Paris by Pernilla+Asif.


colette this Christmas has commissioned Pernilla & Asif to create a unique miniature version of their Cloud installation previously exhibited at Design Miami / Basel, for the Designers of the Future 2011 Award and later on a giant scale at the boxing venue, York Hall in east London in November 2011.

During the darkest three weeks of the year, every minute one hundred baby clouds will be released within two specially designed vitrines, each combining a cocktail of water, soap and helium gas.

Like colette, always going against the grain and the expected, the flurry of micro-clouds will be like an upside-down snowfall.

‘I first discovered the work of Pernilla & Asif with the so poetic Harvest chair, then I saw the foam clouds they did for DesignMiami, and the very recent sand/ice installation in Singapore. I’m so proud they agreed to do our Christmas Windows with their magical clouds. It will certainly remain one of the most impressive windows in our history and we hope Colette will not fly in the air like a balloon with all the helium we’ll keep!’ – Sarah (Colette)

The special window installation at colette runs from Dec 12-31, 2011. Download a video of the installation here.
PERNILLA & ASIF are currently working on a pavilion commissioned by Coca Cola for the Olympics in London 2012.

Factorua Joven


The funky Factoria Joven (“youth factory”) skate park in Merida, Spain opened this past March. Since then, energetic teens have been biking, skating, climbing on and around the undulating curves and brightly-colored structures of the inviting and inventive complex, designed by Madrid-based SelgasCano Architects
The concept was first introduced in 2006 by Carlos Javier Rodríguez Jiménez, a physical education teacher  who studied the humanization of urban spaces, and four collaborators. Architects José Selgas and Lucía Cano were inspired by the forms and construction of Chinese dragons, and specified inexpensive building materials, including lightweight polycarbonate. The building was completed in just 13 months. In addition to the outdoor features, the building houses a computer lab and a dance studio, as well as meeting rooms and spaces used for for street theater, video and electronic music, and even graffiti.

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

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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Tattoo Electronics

A few years ago we produced a marketing campaign for a company that grew artificial skin, a brilliant product that was created from a sample of your own cells and cultivated in the lab to help patients with severe burns and skin ulcers that wouldn’t heal. Ever since then I have a had a fascination with integrating design and technology into the human body.

This particular product caught my eye, Ultra-thin electronic circuitry that can be applied as a process of tattooing to the human body.
John Rogers of the university of Illinois and yonggang huang of northwestern university in America have headed up an R&D team to develop this product that could be used in application of human-machine interfaces and gaming, medical diagnostics and communications.
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Armourcoat at 100percent Design 2011

lille museum of modern art (c) vincent fillon rd
Image:Lille museum of modern art (c) Vincent Fillon

Ground-breaking new products and finishes will be presented by Armourcoat at 100% Design London. Armourcoat will introduce Ductal® Ultra-High Performance Concrete (UHPC) – a first for the show.
Developed by Lafarge, Ductal® presents a genuine revolution in the concrete sector. The material possesses a unique combination of superior properties including strength, ductility, durability and enhanced aesthetics. This enables designers to develop and realize new sculptural approaches to concrete forms.
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UNStudio to collaborate with Premier Composite Technologies at 100% Design London 2011

PCT Standat100Design
Following last year’s launch at 100% Design London with a Snohetta-designed stand, Premier Composites Technologies (PCT) is pleased to confirm this year’s collaboration with UNStudio.

Award winning architects UNStudio will design the PCT stand at 100% Design London (Stand No. E130). The collaboration will highlight the growing trend for the use of advanced composites in architecture today and will demonstrate the benefits of working with composites over conventional structural materials.
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Chris Lefteri Meets Bare Conductive for 100% Design

Chris Lefteri from 100% Materials meets with Bibi Nelson from Bare Conductive to find out all about their smart paint, whether skin-safe conductive or interactive. Bibi also demonstrates paint that detects proximity.

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