Eskimo launches Old Deer by Helen Parton

Taking a break from all things heated, Eskimo launch its rather fab Old Deer range on Stand (A15), a series of red deer antlers, available in various colour finishes mounted on shields of dark walnut, oak and Corian. Taking its cues from the idea of a traditional grand house interiors, but providing a very contemporary twist, co-founder Phil Ward adds, “The inspiration came from a deerstalking trip to Scotland and the antlers are generally a by-product, so it was nice to give a preciousnes to them.”

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Blueprint Awards 2009 by Sarah Brownlee

Frilly reflective garments, a radio that moves like a mouse and super-slick lighting in the form of laboratory vessels are among the winners of this year’s Blueprint Awards at 100% Design.
Now in its 14th year, the leading architecture title’s awards have become one of the show’s highlights and the standard of entries was as impressive as ever according to Blueprint editor Vicky Richardson, if a little different. “We found that the show was really strong on young talent this year – new graduates and even student work,” she confirmed. “There seems to be more of an entrepreneurial spirit.”
The format of the awards was slightly different this year too. In August Richardson got together with Gareth Williams, senior tutor in Design Products at the Royal College of Art, to award an unlimited number of ‘Blueprint Badges’ or plaques to the Best New Products, New Talent in 100% Futures, and the Best Use of Materials, among entries submitted in advance of the show. But the overall winners, with an additional category of Best Exhibition Design thrown into the mix, were chosen yesterday from all the show’s exhibitors, making for a more inclusive awards.
Richardson and Williams were joined by more industry experts for the final judging: Dr Mark Miodownik, head of materials research at King’s College and Materials Library, Kim Colin of Industrial Facility, Ilse Crawford of Studio Ilse, Ruth Aram of Aram, Philipp Thonet from Thonet, Kwamina Monney, a director at Amanda Levete Architects, and Kara O’Reilly, associate editor at The Sunday Times Style magazine.
Best new product went to Labware by British designer Benjamin Hubert (G100) who incidentally won the best newcomer prize last year. Labware, consisting of table and pendant lights made from mouth-blown glass with Portuguese cork stoppers, was shown in prototype form in 2008 but has since gone into production through Authentics (UK). Hubert is showing eight different ranges of product at 100% Design this year, all of which are in production via leading manufacturers. “This year I wanted to show people how I have developed,’ Hubert explained. “I’m not a designer maker, I have a design studio and that’s really what I wanted to convey.” The Puzzle Shower by Korean company Cebien, part of the KIDP showcase, was highly commended in this category.
Most Promising New Talent at 100% Futures was awarded to Korean RCA graduate Il-Gu Cha (J104) who has only just completed his studies, having benefited from the experience of Sam Hecht, Durrell Bishop and Andre Klauser, no less. His designs include Trace of Time, a clock that you scribble reminders of events on, and a radio which you use just like a computer mouse. “It’s a beautifully simple object with no graphics, dials or buttons,” said Richardson. “It’s just operated by feel or touch.” However, the award came as somewhat of a surprise to the designer. “I didn’t expect it and I think I was very lucky,” he laughed. “My products are very different to most of those at 100% Design. I normally associate the exhibition with furniture but my work is industrial design and so it can be harder to understand and experience my design methodology.” Il-Gu Cha is currently on the look out for manufacturers, although he is already producing the clock himself, and will be showing at the forthcoming 100% Design Shanghai in October.
Best Use of Materials was awarded to Reflective Lace by Lost Values, an ethical design group that mixes craft techniques with technology, led by Elena Corchero. The lace, which can either be sewn into clothing or be worn simply as a high visibility accessory, looks normal by day but is illuminated at night hence its inclusion as part of The Bike Feature at 100% Design. It’s perfect for fashion-conscious cyclists ‘who want to be seen as well as noticed.’
Luminoso, a transparent wood composite by Litwork (C78) was highly commended in this category as were the softblock and softwall systems featuring LEDs by Molo (E20).
Best Exhibition Design went to Disruptive Thinking (Designers Block) by RCA Interactive Design. Put together by students from the RCA’s Interactive Design course, judges were impressed by their experimental ‘sci-fi’ approach, which has resulted in one of the show’s most engaging and inviting stands.

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Il Gu Cha with his R1 mouse radio (best new talent)

Frilly reflective garments, a radio that moves like a mouse and super-slick lighting in the form of laboratory vessels are among the winners of this year’s Blueprint Awards at 100% Design.

Now in its 14th year, the leading architecture title’s awards have become one of the show’s highlights and the standard of entries was as impressive as ever according to Blueprint editor Vicky Richardson, if a little different. “We found that the show was really strong on young talent this year – new graduates and even student work,” she confirmed. “There seems to be more of an entrepreneurial spirit.”

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delux strikes a pose’ exhibition

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‘delux strikes a pose’ reveals the seductive interactin between jewellery and the body.
the exhibition highlights the interplay and cooperation between two disciplines the, jewellery designer and the photographer stand together strong to produce a striking image, the jewel itself is taken out of the showcase and shown on the body.

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New Procts from Espace Loggia

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This year Espace Loggia has  some really interesting products at the  100% Design Show.You can discover new designs  of their classic space saving design, the mobile bed ‘Champ Libre’in , new colours, new shapes .

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Don’t miss a top range of seminars at 100% Design by Helen Parton

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As well the latest production innovations, in addition 100% Design is hosting a series of inspirational seminars, this year in association with Mix magazine, published by Global Colour Research.

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Sugru Hack Things Better by Chris Lefteri

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We are always looking for new materials for the 100% Materials feature and this year we were especially pleased to find one in our own backyard. In a nice historical twist, Jane ní Dhulchaointigh (pronounced Delehanty) has just set up production of her exciting new material sugru in a Victorian former factory building in the East End of London.

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Hush Chair from Naughtone

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The new Hush Chair from Naughtone is launching at this year’s 100% Design.

As you settle down into the Hush chair its flared sides offer a sanctuary from the everyday hubbub. Hush is like a modern day wing chair. Hush was designed by Kieron Bakewell and features Naughtone’s distinctive, award winning style and high quality finish.

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Furniture Design from the Languedoc-Roussillon through to Sunday September 27th

SUD DE FRANCE DESIGN 2009
Furniture Design from the Languedoc-Roussillon
First time exhibition at the region?s headquarters in London
19 – 27 September 2009
La Maison de la Région Languedoc–Roussillon is to host the first exhibition of contemporary
regional French design at their showroom in London during the London Design Festival.
With over ten designers on show this exhibition sets out to demonstrate the qualities of the
region?s furniture from design innovation to individuality and accessibility.
At the heart of the exhibition will be designs by the late Pierre Paulin, a Languedoc designer,
who has had a profound influence on the global design scene. From his use of colour to
shape and texture, Paulin?s work exemplifies the very best craftsmanship and creativity from
the Languedoc-Roussillon and is a true reflection of what he once claimed “I design with
intent”.
In the UK, the region of Languedoc-Roussillon is famed for its wine and food, culture and
beauty, but one of its best-kept secrets is the burgeoning design community that is the home
to many successful small artisanal companies who design and produce their work in this
great area.
From natural resources to hi-tech manufacturing processes, designers have the full
complement of tools and materials on their doorstep. Whether they are working in solid
wood, wrought iron or rotational moulded polypropylene, these designers demonstrate the
full spectrum of skills and creativity.
La Maison de la Région Languedoc–Roussillon is only one of a small group of centres that
promote the region to select country partners around the world. It is a hub for everything
Languedocienne and is a source for products and business contacts for UK companies and
individuals alike who need to know more about the region.

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SUD DE FRANCE DESIGN 2009 La Maison de la Région Languedoc–Roussillon is to host the first exhibition of contemporary regional French design at their showroom in London during the London Design Festival.

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Collective Paper Aesthetics in Designersblock London 2009 at 100% Design

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Designersblock London 2009 takes place alongside 100% Design in Earls Court One. 24 – 27 Sep 2009

…On the contrary to a Blanc reference point Collective Paper Aesthetics is starting with a print error or print test. Simply take a tour around the room in your mind, fold and un-fold it, puzzle it and frame your special moments. The known and the unknown are visualized from one same yet different pre-cycled building block. Everyone can play.

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Laikingland: On the move to London

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The UK and Netherlands based creative collaboration, who have been clapping up a storm since the launch of their first product the Applause Machine 12 months ago, are launching 2 new beautifully crafted kinetic objects at 100% Design, Stand (G92).

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Neon colours give furniture and textiles the wow factor at 100% Design by Helen Parton

From acid greens to hot pinks, look out for a whole host of neon shades when you visit 100% Design, chiming nicely with the current desire for all things 80s and perhaps also acting as a backlash against the nicely neutral shades that have come to dominate contemporary interiors in recent years.

Claystation at 100% Design

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Ben Hughes’ design for the Onepiece Chair, which will be available full size at 100% Design

Designer Ben Hughes has made a breakthrough in furniture design, which you can test for yourself in the October issue of Blueprint. It’s a chair made from one piece of lightweight material, with no glue or fixings required.

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CUTE: Music Chocolate

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Pouf wood and upholstered in leather with inserted audio amplifier

There is a need for a new type of social environment in which the home is central. House concerts are becoming more frequent moments of meeting in the home.

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Go See: RICK OWENS: EVOLUTION AN EXHIBITION OF FURNITURE AT SEBASTIAN+BARQUET LONDON UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30 TH

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Oscar Humphries and Rudy Weissenberg present a collection of furniture by Rick Owens. Several entirely new pieces will be presented, representing developing themes in a powerful and genuine design expression. The pieces are produced in small limited editions and prices are kept deliberately modest.

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Triflow Concepts – Triflow Future Talents Review by Tom Wright

Continuing in its recent vein of commissioning cutting-edge new design, the British brassware manufacturers, Triflow, will be announcing the winners of an open competition to design a pioneering new kitchen or bathroom tap or accessory.
The competition closed on 18th September and was launched off the back of Triflow’s 30th anniversary collaboration with renowned architect and designer Zaha Hadid. Hadid, winner of the Pritzker Prize for architecture in 2004, is known for experimenting with new spatial constructs in relation to existing environments and practices, from urban scale to products, interiors and furniture. Her series for Triflow is a true example of this outlandish approach to design and a somewhat visionary aesthetic. Whilst her sweeping curves and complex, extending landscapes are less groundbreaking now, due to the prolificacy of technological design, they are, nevertheless, arresting and internationally recognisable.
Hadid’s combination of complex systems of design with elegant natural forms often leads to a dynamic and unexpected forms which adapt and mould the specifics of a site. Her bold tap design for Triflow continues this fluid language and certainly attracts the eyes as a signature piece but I am slightly concerned as to how it will react to its environment. With the totality of place seemingly so critical to Hadid’s architecture, commercial design products may feel a little out of sorts.
Hadid’s contemporary Zaha Range will bill on show at the Triflow Concepts stand (J20) of the 100% Design London, each presented on unique Zaha designed, ergonomic plinths.
Triflow’s commitment to extending design and designers reach must be commended and their ambitious competition to discover a groundbreaking new design is a bold step forward. Triflow Concepts manufactures all of its products in the UK and aims for its desired market of illustrious homes and hotels around the world. The Triflow is a three-way tap, delivering not only hot and cold water but also filtered water, through a dedicated waterway from the same spout. This development has been a significant change to the industry and its strong patent remains unchallenged. Billed as a ‘hassle-free, eco-friendly alternative to bottled water’, the concept is perhaps on shaky ground with regards to the earth-shattering claims of its manufacturers.
The competition with 100% Design does, however, continue this tradition of innovation and is an expression of Triflow’s roots and achievements in British brassware manufacturing. The entries have been judged and shortlisted by a panel of design professionals, including the afore-mentioned architect Zaha Hadid, celebrated interior designer and architect David Collins, Editor-in-Chief of Wallpaper* magazine Tony Chambers, and design writer and consultant Caroline Roux.
The four shortlisted entries will be on display at 100% Design at the Triflow Concepts stand (J20). Having been subjected to a public vote, the winning designs will be announced on the final day of the show and then be taken into production.

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Continuing in its recent vein of commissioning cutting-edge new design, the British brassware manufacturers, Triflow, will be announcing the winners of an open competition to design a pioneering new kitchen or bathroom tap or accessory.

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