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London Design Medal Winners Announced for #LDF17

Every year, London Design Festival presents the London Design Medals; paying special tribute to designers who are making, or have made, a significant difference to our lives through their innovation, originality and imagination. We are very pleased to see women at the top of their fields being recognised.

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News from 100% Design Emerging Brands

Not long now people. Get registered for 100% Design, the key show to be seen at during LDF and also a great place to spot some emerging talent. We outline some of our top picks and best bits in their Emerging Brands section.

Mairi Helena

Mairi Helena

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CDW Presents revealed

Finally, one of the best parts of Clerkenwell Design Week (the Presents stream) has been revealed and we are extremely excited. here are some of our top picks.

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This year’s show is set to present one of the festival’s highest installations: The Beacon – a 7.5m tall structure, located at the entrance to Design Fields. Inspired by the Tower of Babel, the structure will feature an internal staircase encased in a typographical design which celebrates internationalism. Visitors will be able to climb up the internal staircase to a viewing platform over-looking a cross-section where the industrial meets historical Clerkenwell. Continue Reading…

Deliveroo upcycles. Literally.

Did you know that Britain is home to over 900 billion obsolete kitchen gadgets with 57% of those surveyed confessing that they use these gadgets less than once a week. Well as spring clean season approaches, Deliveroo has launched a fully-functioning ‘upcycled’ bicycle – made entirely from unwanted kitchen gadgets – that will be used for deliveries from today. deliveroo Continue Reading…

Native Union get Marbellous

Award winning design company Native Union  adds DOCK+ for iPhone Marble Edition to its expanding Tech line. Made from the finest solid marble, and super-luxurious DOCK+ is a beautiful design object for the home and a sleek and stable base for charging and using your Lightning devices.

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Baux at CDW

We have been big fans of Baux for a good few years now and are very excited to hear they will be at CDW next week.

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The Raj Tent Club

As well as being the place to hire and buy extravagant Indian and Raj-style tents (you know you need one…..) The Raj Tent Club also has some incredible British Empire and Raj inspired products. We have picked some of our faves below.

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Elephant door handles anyone?? Errrrr yes please! Made in India they are made from brass with black coating. £60 for the pair can’t be bad!

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We are also in love with this naive hand embroidered cotton folk art canopy from West India which can additionally be used as a colourful throw. We think would be a perfect gift for a new baby. Only £75 too!

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The wesbite and shop also have some great bits of original furniture like this Palm Springs Aqua Metal Chair designed by Lisa Vandy. A modern take on the traditional.

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Seeing as how obsessed we are with cushions of all types, we thought these beautiful cotton cushions, made in Kishangar, Rajasthan would be a perfect present for ourselves……or as a great new home gift for someone else.

To view the whole Raj Tent Club website, click here.

 

Gumtree do up-cylcing

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Gumtree recently hosted an amazing up-cycling workshop with celebrity up-cycler Mac McMurdo.

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Taking place at the stunning Motel Studios, the idea was to encourage people to bring in their old bits and bobs and create something new and beautiful from them.

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Those at the class also got to learn new craft and making skills. We would love to go to another class, especially if we can make a star like the one below. Find out more about Gumtree and their upcycling initiative here.

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Editor’s Pick: Pran Modular Sofa by Position Collective

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This week I have searched for a pair of sofas high and low to adorn my parlour. I know I am not alone is the quest for perfection. Continue Reading…

3D Home Factory – Printing our world

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Printing speaks louder than words when it comes to the 3D Home Factory at 100% Design.  Continue Reading…

Micro-agriculture at the Farm Kitchen

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The Farm Kitchen in association with Gaggenau at 100% Design is delivering some seriously ‘foody’ food.  Continue Reading…

3D Home factory at 100% Design

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Above: People’s Choice Finalist – Dandelion Chari by Sara Leonor

100% Design has teamed up with iMakr and Talenthouse to run a competition to get designers to produce designs for 3D objects for the home or workplace. Continue Reading…

The Future is Here: A New Industrial Revolution at the Design Museum

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Above: 3D Printed Makie Dolls

The Future is Here. The Design Museum has teamed up with the UK’s innovation agency, the Technology Strategy Board, in a new exhibition exploring how dramatic changes in technology are transforming our environmentsContinue Reading…

United Micro Kingdoms

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Above: The Anarcho-Evolutionists. This county embraces new technology and believes that humans should adapt themselves to their environment through training, DIY biohacking and self-experimentation

United Micro Kingdom (UmK): A Design Fiction presents a fictional future for the United Kingdom, from the perspective of designers and educators, Dunne and Raby. Continue Reading…

Adaptnetic Structures

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3D Printing is the technology du-jour, however other organic materials and processes are also being developed to integrate technology, bringing them into the 21st Century. Continue Reading…

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