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New at Ecobuild this year is a showcase of innovative materials and building technologies. Research companies and academic institutions from all over the world are on show at the Future Materials Gallery, which is designed to inspire the next generation of architects into using innovative new materials.
Talking to an audience in the Eco, Design & Build Hub they spoke about the importance of collaboration, the beauty of art and large-scale projects.
Independently, Retallick – artist/sculptor and Musson – artist/lighting consultant, have significant experience in site-specific installations, often including light.
For the entrance piece at 100% they wanted to explore ‘connections’ in nature, in life and materials. “Context is crucial with the connection of ideas”, explained Musson, “We used signage material out of context to create the sculpture, there had to be an element of trust in working together”.
The Italian duo Servemuto are Alessandro Poli and Francesca De Giorgi – a unique blend of architecture and graphic design in the form of product designers.
Inspired by vintage products they have created an exquisite range of over-sized light shades with comedic undertones. Using salvaged trimmings and old fabrics from army blankets to theater curtains the pair from South Italy spend most of their time in Milan creating unusual products.
The colourful shades continue to be made by hand in the style and method used by Francesca’s family in the 1960’s, hence the idea of ‘family’ lampshades. Using meticulous finishes of the Florentine tradition, their artisan work is of the highest level. Not only are their products unique but their entire brand oozes concept, tradition and style.
For those of you who can’t make 100% Design, you can see their wonderful creations at Animali Domestici in Brixton.
We caught up with the leading young ladies in Emerging Brands of 100% Interiors about design as a business and are there as many women emerging on to the scene as there should be?
Textile designer and wallpaper maverick Kirath Ghundoo admitted that even at university young textile designers, mostly women, had very limited skills in business when graduating. Luckily for her, her empire was inspired by her fathers drive and business prowess. As a result she’s not only a hugely popular designer (Elle Decoration, Vogue, The Observer love her designs) but is setting up an enterprise to help young textile designers develop their all important business skills.