Get ready for London Design Festival

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LDF kicks off 19-20 September with a weekend dedicated to graphic design.

Design Week will host six keynote talks over two days, including the founders of design consultancy Europa; followed by illustrator Johanna Basford in a Q&A session by Creative Review editor Patrick Burgoyne; Tom Sharp and Ben Haworth, co-founders and creative directors of The Beautiful Meme; Tony Brook, co-founder of design studio ‘Spin’ with Adrian Shaughnessy, and Craig Oldham. On Sunday, there’s a lunchtime talk with Pentagram partner Harry Pearce, and an afternoon masterclass with award-winning designer Morag Myerscough as part of the Global Design Forum 2015.

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On Monday, investigate the future of luxury across different fields: Materials, Skills, Environment, and Premiumisation, with Swarovski designers of the future studio Swine and Kim Thome?, designer of Zotem. They will talk to Suzanne Trocme? about challenges with creating innovative and memorable designs in crystal., ldf

On Wednesday, hear a panel discussion on the way digital technologies are transforming mainstream design, both in creation and consumption. Chaired by Michelle Ogundehin, Editor in Chief of ELLE Decoration UK, with Ruth Wassermann, head of design at MADE.COM plus special guests.

Make sure to find out more about the entire LDF schedule here:

Reclaimed Flooring Co in Design & Build

Back once again, The Reclaimed Flooring Company take over an area in the Design and Build section of 100% Design.

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Famed for sourcing flooring and re-usable product from sites and countries across the world , this year they ask visitors to Look Closer. Through the Look Closer campaign they will not only challenge the way you view wood but inspire you to respect and admire this material in an entirely new light. The Reclaimed Flooring Company believes there is no superior product in the market and encourage anyone to stop by and take a Look Closer.

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This year has also seen the arrival of The Reclaimed Flooring Company’s new line Industrial Chic which uses the finest European solid oak boards that have been finely calibrated to display industrial style surface undulation. This high-end line offers natural yet modern tones that combine the texture of softly brushed oak with luxurious finishes, bridging city prestige and provincial charm.

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See them at 100% Design register for free here:

Benjamin Moore Paint

Already a well-loved brand in America, Benjamin Moore launch in the UK. From September 2015, the outstanding quality paint products offered by Benjamin Moore will be available to purchase. Combining aesthetic beauty with true high quality and performance benefits, the vast colour palette of more than 3,500 shades is full of inspirational hues, from the dramatically deep to the perfectly pale.

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The unique rich resin formulation also delivers phenomenal coverage, so users will be able to cover in just two coats, even in the darkest shade.

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Founded in 1883, Benjamin Moore is North America’s favourite paint, colour and coatings brand- a brand already much loved by designers the world over.

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INCLASS at 100% Design

INCLASS is a company located on the Mediterranean coast of Spain that designs and manufactures contemporary furniture for residential, office and public spaces. inclass, spain, chairs

With designers including Christophe Pillet, the company focuses on the colour and vibrancy of its products as well as creating unique and hard-wearing, functional design for the office.

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Above features DUNAS XS, designed by Christophe Pillet- an extensive collection of comfortable chairs and armchairs conceived as an extension of the DUNAS family. The collection is originated from the combination of two upper bodies with a wide variety of original bases that allow a wide range of use in all kinds of contexts and spaces, both residential and public.

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See the brand in the workplace area at 100% design by registering for free here:

Muuto launch GRAIN and AMBIT lamps

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Designed by Jens Fager, GRAIN brings a new perspective to the pendant lamp by combining a classic minimalistic design using innovative new materials. The original composite used in the lamp’s construction adds an unexpected softness and warmth to GRAIN giving its simple form plenty of character. Small grains of fibre in the lamp’s material bring subtle changes in colour and shade.

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The light is available in six different colours – black, grey, red, white, green and natural cork. In addition, Muuto introduces a brand new pendant to the lighting range. Ambit pendant is designed by TAF architects – a distinguished Stockholm-based design and architecture studio (below).

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Ambit´s lampshade is made from old brazier traditions, is press spun, polished and finally painted by hand. Head to the website to buy:

Tafaruci Design

With colour the main theme at this year’s 100% Design there’s no doubt that Italian brand Tafaruci design will fit in perfectly.

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Their products are bold and fun with an emphasis on innovation and passion.

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Using traditional materials they create new and exciting forms for the home and office break out areas.

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See them in the interiors section of 100% design register here for free:

MACRW in emerging brands at 100% Design

The emerging brands section at 100% Design is by far the best place at LDF to see new talent from across the world. This year sees many exciting brands that Despoke has already featured including Japanese company MACRW.

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“Mt” (pronounced “mount”) is the world’s first collection of furniture pieces that are made of tubular magnesium. It was made possible with the cold drawing and magnesium welding technologies perfected by MACRW Co., Ltd100% design, colour, macrw, japan

The Kid’s chair, above,  enhanced the magnesium processing technology creating an ultra-light stacking chair that a kid could move themself!

See the brand for free by registering for 100% Design.

Stig Lindberg for Skandium

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Skandium is launching a series of kitchenware products with illustrations by Stig Lindberg from the children’s book Daniel Doppsko (Daniel Tip Your Toe) from 1959, telling the tale on how Daniel discovers a city and life under the water. Working with the Lindberg estate, we have transferred Lindberg’s work to mugs, bowls, tea towels and trays.

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Stig Lindberg (1916 – 1982). Born in Umeå, northern Sweden in 1916 as the youngest child of five, Lindberg’s classmates remember him being so skinny, they would call him ’Stickan’ (the stick).

In 1942 Stig Lindberg made himself a name amongst the Arts and Crafts community in Sweden with his now legendary exhibition ‘Faience in Spring’ at the Gustavsberg shop in Stockholm.

The exhibition was a huge success with enthusiastic reviews, hailing the new talent. Stig Lindberg with his vivid imagination and lighthearted playfulness had created a new ‘ceramic language’ for Sweden.

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With his light hand, originality and humour, Stig Lindberg won the hearts and minds of the Swedish public and is still today regarded as one of the most influential and loved artists in Scandinavian design history. Welcome to taste some of the talent and wit of Stig Lindberg through his Skandium products.

‘Forest’ exhibition celebrates Robin Day’s Centenary

A ‘forest’ of timber columns designed by Turner Prize nominees Assemble will mark the centenary of the birth of Robin Day as part of the London Design Festival at the V&A.

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Robin Day ‘Works in Wood’ celebrates one of the most significant British furniture designers of the 20th century, displaying some of his most famous furniture designs alongside handmade objects and drawings which have never before been exhibited, and writings that reveal his deep attachment to nature.

The exhibition, curated by Jane Withers, will be on display outside the V&A’s Britain 1500-1900 Galleries from 19th September. The project has been sponsored by John Lewis (Robin Day and his textile designer wife Lucienne Day worked as Design Consultants to the company from 1962 – 1987) and contemporary furniture manufacturer Benchmark.

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“As a designer, I greatly enjoy working in timber. Unlike synthetic materials, it has unpredictability, an infinite variety of texture and pattern, smells good when worked and is sympathetic to the touch – it has soul!”
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Part of a series of events to mark Day’s centenary during London Design Festival, Robin Day ‘Works in Wood’ will form the focus of Day in London – a trail across the Capital linking exhibition venues and key locations for London’s Robin Day heritage.

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Reflecting on the forest as Day’s fundamental site of creative exploration, Assemble’s concept will look at Robin Day’s early life amongst the woodlands and furniture industry of High Wycombe where materials, processes and products were linked with the rhythm of everyday life. From the greenwood bow of Day’s childhood, to his explorations in moulded plywood, the installation will be a conduit for exploring Robin’s relationship with wood, creating a tactile and materially rich exhibition which en­compasses the evolution of the timber process and it’s different experien­tial and structural possibilities.

Jane Withers said: “Wood played a huge part in Day’s life, both as a designer and in his home life, but it is an aspect of his work that few people know much about. Exploring this strand through the archives and Day’s private woodwork not only highlights how he turned wood into an expressive modern material but also his profound attachment to nature as a source of inspiration as well as raw material, an approach that feels immensely relevant today and is brought to life in Assemble’s installation.”

SketchUp sponsor Workplace at 100% Design

100% Design welcomes 3-d modelling experts SketchUp to the show as the workplace sponsors.

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Practise using the device on site on stand W1590. SketchUp Pro is like a pencil with superpowers. Start by drawing lines and shapes. Push and pull surfaces to turn them into 3D forms. Stretch, copy, rotate and paint to make anything you like. More advanced? Start modelling from CAD and terrain data, photographs or even hand sketches.

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Cutting A Dash The Female Line

This September 11, fifteen female artists explore the art of letters at the home of letter carving Artist who carved oak coffin of Richard III to feature in exhibition.

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The enduring art of the letter carver will be examined and celebrated by a new exhibition at the UK’s home of the craft this autumn. Cutting a Dash – The Female Line presents a wealth of work by fifteen female letter carvers, whose skills are helping to ensure that an ancient art remains vital in 2015. Among the featured lettering artists is wood carver Anna Louise Parker, who carved the name of King Richard III, his dates and a Plantagenet Rose, into the lid of the oak coffin used for the reburial of his remains in Leicester Cathedral in March this year.

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Cutting a Dash will illustrate the sheer scale and physical effort involved in the journey from piece of rock to finished artwork, as artists return time and again to favourite quarries to find the particular stone for the job and then begin their work. Among the materials on display will be carved Welsh slate, Portland and Bath stone, alabaster items, wood carvings, panels, bowls, pots and plinths.

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Cutting a Dash – The Female Line at the Lettering Arts Centre, Snape Maltings, Suffolk, IP17 1SA Dates: 11 September – 7 November 2015. Admission: Free to all visitors.


App One design by Andrea Giovannetti

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App One Design arose from the desire to give an apparently ordinary object, the chance to create new shapes and dimensions. Using marble as a means to create lego-like shapes means the designer can interlock the pieces.

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LEGO MARBLE is being brought to 100% Design this September in a number of furniture formats.

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The pieces of marble can interlock together to create completely new shapes and pieces of furniture.

See App One Design at 100% Design this September. Register here for free:

bulthaup by Kitchen Architecture at 100% Design

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See bulthaup by Kitchen Architecture at 100% Design this September. Established in 1949, and inspired by the bauhaus movement, the bulthaup brand exudes confidence and success and reflects timeless, effortless style.

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True to its bauhaus ethos, bulthaup’s brilliantly engineered functionality makes it the choice for the hardest of working kitchens and sets bulthaup kitchens apart in the style-is-king, high-end market.

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To see the brand at 100% Design in the kitchens and bathrooms section register here for free:

onoffice and Michael Young

Read an exclusive interview with famed designer Michael Young in this months onoffice.

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Speaking about his new chair collection with Steelcase amongst other things, read the article here.

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LSA launch CITY range

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LSA introduce the CITY range, a collection of mouth-blown glassware and accessories- make your own bar out of the many different shapes and sizes.

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To get you in the mood, here’s a mid-week pick you up video from our friends at BlackLeaf Events- click on the image and enjoy!

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