Nominate: Icon Awards


The Icon Awards from Icon Magazine celebrate the best in architecture and design from Britain and across the world. Judged by top names and industry experts, The Icon Awards are one of the most prestigious prizes in the design calendar.


Nominations are now open for the third annual Icon awards and you have until 6 October to nominate a practice or project.

There are eleven categories, covering all aspects of the industry – from high-profile buildings to emerging talents, from interiors to exhibitions – it also has a special focus on socially responsible and ethical projects.

Emerging design studio of the year

Design studio of the year

Emerging architecture practice of the year

Architecture practice of the year

Socially responsible design of the year

Technology of the year

Building of the year

Interior of the year

Product design of the year

Furniture design of the year

Icon Magazine will award the special Icon of the Year award in recognition of a lifetime achievement in architecture or design.

The awards ceremony will be held in St Mary’s Church, Marylebone, London, on Thursday, 4 December, and once again the winners with bespoke trophies – this year created by Swiss-Chilean designer Anton Alvarez.

To enter the annual awards Icon invite you to nominate work that has been completed or realised during the last 12 months and falls into one of the following ten categories

Icon Awards / Anton Alvarez

Thomas Heatherwick completes Laverstoke Mill for Bombay Sapphire.

Award winning designer Thomas Heatherwick, famous for the London Olympic Cauldron has renovated the historic Laverstoke Mill for Bombay Sapphire
heatherwick-bombay-sapphire-distillery “We have had the honour to take this derelict site and restore many of the buildings,” said the designer. “For the studio this is the first time that we have had a chance to build in Britain.”  Continue Reading…

Styling: at 100% Design


Styling: Cubes at Bright Green

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60th Anniversary of INTERNI: Gamper in conversation at Valcucine


Above: Davide Fabio Colaci (left), Gilda Bojardi (centre) and Martino Gamper (top left) at Forza.

The fifth of a series of six high-profile talks to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of INTERNI magazine took place during London Design Festival, in the Valcucine space at the Forza showroom in Great Portland street.

INTERNI Editor Gilda Bojardi introduced the talk: a conversation about the versatility of wood and the ability of designers and craftspeople to challenge traditional practices associated with this material, weaving in the way in which Valcucine work in delivering their range of contemporary wooden kitchens.


Above: Martino Gamper

Internationally acclaimed designer Martino Gamper and curator Davide Fabio Colaci discussed wood and craftsmanship in depth, debating research and contemporary practices in product design with Daniele Prosdocimo of Valcucine showroom, for Innovative Landscape Talk. Continue Reading…

100% Design: Closed until next year


100% Design 2014 show is over, it was a huge success and the four days passed in a flash. If the festival blues are kicking in don’t worry, there will be more posts coming up about the event. 

Philippe Starck started the proceedings warming up the excited design crowd for what will be remembered as a vintage year for the show. The celebratory atmosphere continued throughout the event, especially when the original 100% Design cast including Jaime Anley, Tomoko Azumi, Nick Crosbie, Ella Doran, Luke Pearson, Russell Pinch, Dick Powell, Nina Tolstrup and Gareth Williams reunited at Pecha Kucha hosted by its co-founder Mark Dytham. Each designer presented their work for the 20th edition of 100% Design on the theme of  ’20’.


The event offered many brilliant moments, such as Barber Osgerby in conversation with Design Museum Director Deyan Sudjic discussing ‘What’s next?’ and Jaime Hayon talking with Christopher Turner, editor of Icon magazine about his inspiration through a series of images.


Seven architects were selected to pitch their practice to a panel of experts at this year’s 100% Design at the ‘The Architect Pitch.’ Presentations lasted no longer than 3 minutes and taking part were: Patrick Walls, SOUP Architects; Ben Cousins, Cousins & Cousins; Malca Mizrahi, MTMN architects; Tatiana von Preussen, vPPR architects; Fergus Feilden, Feilden Fowles; Karsten Huneck, KHBT, and J-J Lorraine, Morrow + Lorraine. All established in their own right, each designer took the podium to deliver a pitch and all received a critique from the esteemed panel. A couple of brutal comments were delivered to some architects, but all took the remarks in their stride


Above: Piqu

Leading specialists in the Kitchen and Bathroom section played with materials, Piqu focused on marble, texture and technology – inserting the Scanomat coffee maker to the kitchen. It was all about the mix at Bulthaup who combined texture, marble and brass for an eclectic look.


Naber’s white  kitchen offered a clean look with shots of bright storage.


Above: ‘Rogan’ marble washbasin by Frassk

The marble trend continued in the Bathroom section with black and gray Carrara dominating. Fraask stretched the boundaries of stone cutting technology with a towel rail carved from the same block of marble as the basin.


Above: Eley Kishimoto

Graphic patterns stood out from Eley Kishimoto, who featured in the VIP press area and Beatrice Larkin at The Makings.


Above: Beatrice Larkin


Above: ‘Rotary Tray’ by Jasper Morrison at Vitra

Other designs that caught our attention were the ‘Rotary Tray’ by Jasper Morrison at Vitra, Naomi Paul’s ‘Light / Shade collection’ and the monochrome ‘Morphing’ bathroom suite by Zucchetti.Kos.

It is always a disappointment when the show closes, but it will be back next year at its new location in Olympia, and we can’t wait.


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Bathrooms at 100% Design 2014




Matt black at Zucchetti. Kos

The trend for monochrome continues at Zucchetti. Kos with the black ‘Morphing’collection designed by Ludovica+Roberto Palomba. This exceptionally striking bathroom collection offers fresh styling of a ‘bath tub on legs’, bold colour, innovative aesthetics and comfortable ergonomics. Continue Reading…

Newton’s Bucket by Silo Studio at 100% Design


Above: Newton’s Bucket by Silo Studio at 100% Design

In 1689 Isaac Newton conducted an experiment where he hung by a rope a bucket filled with water. The rope is twisted up tightly on itself and then the bucket is released beginning to spin rapidly.

Newton’s described what happened, “The surface of the water will at first be flat, as before the bucket began to move; but after that, the bucket by gradually communicating its motion to the water, will make it begin to revolve, and recede little by little from the centre, and ascend up the sides of the bucket, forming itself into a concave figure.”

Newton’s Bucket from Silo Studio on Vimeo.

Inspired by Isaac Newton’s experiment Silo Studio exchanged the rope for a turntable, the bucket for a hollow hemisphere and water for non-toxic resin to create a series of bowls that capture this moment in time, which will always make each piece unique. Continue Reading…

100% Design Late Night party with Icon Magazine


Above: Gary Powell holds court

100% Design held their legendary Late Night party with Icon Magazine last night. Gary Powell of The Libertines entertained the crowds in the central bar while Pecha Kucha co-founder Mark Dytham hosted a spectacular Pecha Kucha session in the auditorium featuring a stellar cast of designers.


Above: The Pecha Kucha line up with Champagne Jacquart

Sponsors Peroni Nastro Azzurro Piccola, Campari and Champagne Jacquart made sure the drinks flowed on all evening.


Above: Dean and Claire from Caro Communications, Mark Dytham Founder of Pecha Kucha and Claire Phillips-Stanford Editor of Despoke


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Lighting: Naomi Paul at 100% Design


Above: V2 Gluck

Light / Shade is the new lighting collection by designer Naomi Paul, the latest addition to her hand rendered homeware range. Following on from her much lauded OMI Pendant collection she is currently presenting three new pieces at 100% Design including the V2 Gluck, the Vex & Cave, and Detail. Continue Reading…

60th Anniversary of INTERNI: Moroso in conversation with Yasemin Kologlu from SOM.


The fourth of a series of 6 high-profile talks to celebrate the 60th anniversary of INTERNI took place yesterday in the colourful Moroso London showroom.


Editor Gilda paid homage to Patrizia Moroso in her welcoming speech, ‘one of the defining women entrepreneur of Italian Design’. Continue Reading…

Emerging brand: Bright Potato at 100% Design


Keep an eye on Bright Potato a new multi disciplinary studio exhibiting in the Emerging Brand sector at 100%Design. ‘Peg’ is an intelligent collection of furniture, which reinvents the concept of flat pack with the addition of a peg within its corner. Every conical peg slots neatly into the conical corners for assembly resulting in the easiest flat pack experience you are likely to encounter.

The ‘Peg’ collection combines British heritage and engineering with elite materials to create a simple contemporary silhouette.

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Re Rag Rug by Studio Brieditis & Evans at 100% Design


Above: Kasuri rug

Award winning Swedish design company Studio Brieditis & Evans make innovative and experimental handmade rugs from waste materials considered worthless. 

By working with a wide range of techniques such as sewing, plaiting, crocheting, knitting, macramé, etc. they recycle jersey fabric to produce geometric and striped rugs perfect for the modern home. 

To see the Re Rag Rug collection, visit their stand at 100% Design

Studio Brieditis & Evans / 100% Design


Barber & Osgerby launch their new collection for Vitra at 100% Design


Internationally acclaimed designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby presented their new collection of products designed in collaboration with Swiss design company Vitra on the opening day of 100% Design. Continue Reading…