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100% Design exhibitors shortlisted for British Design Awards by Helen Parton

Three designers exhibiting at this year’s 100% Design exhibition have been nominated in the British Design Awards (BDAs) 2009. Now in their eighth year, the BDAs celebrate products that are beautiful, original and useful and created by British designers for both UK and international firms.
Brought to you by Elle Decoration magazine and held in association with watch manufacturer Rado, the shortlist for the British Design of the Year includes the hotly tipped Benjamin Hubert and his Heavy desk lamp. The contemporary styled light, produced for Decode London has a thin wall cast concrete shade, manufactured using a ceramic casting process and is supported by a plywood neck in oak or walnut finish. It is an evolution of a series of concrete pendant lamps, first seen last year when they garnered the young designer much attention. Since graduating from Loughborough University in 2006, he has set up his own studio and just a year later scooped the 100% Design Award for most promising designer in 2008. This year, Hubert returns to 100% Futures, and in addition to the Heavy lamp, the designer has plenty of other launches on stand G100. He has designed a range of solid wood furniture for British brand Ercol, aluminium pendant lamps and a limited edition range of agglomerate cork pendant lamps for Unique Copenhagen and the Splay coat stand for De La Espada, manufactured in solid beech and lacquered in a number of bright colours.
Pinch, too, is nominated in the British Design of the Year category for the Vigo triple shelving unit, which also functions as a room divider. Pinch has built up a loyal following for its beautifully crafted wooden furniture and lighting designs since launching in 2004, with husband and wife team Russell and Oona working out of their studio cum showroom in Brixton, south London.
Visitors to Pinch’s stand B54 will this year be treated to eight new pieces, many with the firm’s signature of simple, graceful forms and cabinetry details. These include the generously proportioned Boyd sofa, which is designed to be the ultimate curl-up sofa with deep filled cushions and ample support for the head and back. The Joyce cabinet is inspired by a Victorian optometrist’s shopfitting, and has sliding glass fronted doors and a beautiful cherry-lined interior. Pinch’s Imo stool, composed of solid walnut frame and solid elm top, folds down, allowing it to be wall-mounted using an accompanying walnut peg, so it can look just as elegant when stored as it does when it is in use.
Dupenny, meanwhile, is nominated in the Best Surface Design 2009 category. This Brighton-based company specialises in bespoke hand-printed wallpaper and homewares. Dupenny’s English Garden wallpaper was the product that attracted the attention of the British Design Award judges. Says Dupenny’s Emily Dupen-Hopkins, “I got my inspiration from my parent’s lovely garden. There’s always a new flower here, a butterfly over there, yet another spider spinning his web, a garden gnome I somehow never noticed before.” Visitors to Dupenny’s stand K25 can also expect the retro cheekiness of the bestselling Burlesque wallpaper, inspired by cabaret performers and featuring simple black and white graphics using water-based inks. In a similar vein, the Housewives wallpaper featuring 50s inspired images is also ideal for a feature wall in a bedroom or lounge.
Dupenny is keen to highlight its eco-credentials too, with the high-grade paper made from sustainably sourced trees and all offcuts being sent for recycling.
Votes for these categories can be cast on the British Design Awards website and the winners will be announced in Elle Decoration magazine’s December issue.

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Three designers exhibiting at this year’s 100% Design exhibition have been nominated in the British Design Awards (BDAs) 2009. Now in their eighth year, the BDAs celebrate products that are beautiful, original and useful and created by British designers for both UK and international firms.Pinch08_504_Vigo_CO_HR

Three designers exhibiting at this year’s 100% Design exhibition have been nominated in the British Design Awards (BDAs) 2009. Now in their eighth year, the BDAs celebrate products that are beautiful, original and useful and created by British designers for both UK and international firms.

Brought to you by Elle Decoration magazine and held in association with watch manufacturer Rado, the shortlist for the British Design of the Year includes the hotly tipped Benjamin Hubert and his Heavy desk lamp. The contemporary styled light, produced for Decode London has a thin wall cast concrete shade, manufactured using a ceramic casting process and is supported by a plywood neck in oak or walnut finish. It is an evolution of a series of concrete pendant lamps, first seen last year when they garnered the young designer much attention. Since graduating from Loughborough University in 2006, he has set up his own studio and just a year later scooped the 100% Design Award for most promising designer in 2008. This year, Hubert returns to 100% Futures, and in addition to the Heavy lamp, the designer has plenty of other launches on stand G100. He has designed a range of solid wood furniture for British brand Ercol, aluminium pendant lamps and a limited edition range of agglomerate cork pendant lamps for Unique Copenhagen and the Splay coat stand for De La Espada, manufactured in solid beech and lacquered in a number of bright colours.

Heavy Desk Light

Pinch, too, is nominated in the British Design of the Year category for the Vigo triple shelving unit, which also functions as a room divider. Pinch has built up a loyal following for its beautifully crafted wooden furniture and lighting designs since launching in 2004, with husband and wife team Russell and Oona working out of their studio cum showroom in Brixton, south London.

Visitors to Pinch’s stand B54 will this year be treated to eight new pieces, many with the firm’s signature of simple, graceful forms and cabinetry details. These include the generously proportioned Boyd sofa, which is designed to be the ultimate curl-up sofa with deep filled cushions and ample support for the head and back. The Joyce cabinet is inspired by a Victorian optometrist’s shopfitting, and has sliding glass fronted doors and a beautiful cherry-lined interior. Pinch’s Imo stool, composed of solid walnut frame and solid elm top, folds down, allowing it to be wall-mounted using an accompanying walnut peg, so it can look just as elegant when stored as it does when it is in use.

Dupenny, meanwhile, is nominated in the Best Surface Design 2009 category. This Brighton-based company specialises in bespoke hand-printed wallpaper and homewares. Dupenny’s English Garden wallpaper was the product that attracted the attention of the British Design Award judges. Says Dupenny’s Emily Dupen-Hopkins, “I got my inspiration from my parent’s lovely garden. There’s always a new flower here, a butterfly over there, yet another spider spinning his web, a garden gnome I somehow never noticed before.” Visitors to Dupenny’s stand K25 can also expect the retro cheekiness of the bestselling Burlesque wallpaper, inspired by cabaret performers and featuring simple black and white graphics using water-based inks. In a similar vein, the Housewives wallpaper featuring 50s inspired images is also ideal for a feature wall in a bedroom or lounge.

Dupenny is keen to highlight its eco-credentials too, with the high-grade paper made from sustainably sourced trees and all offcuts being sent for recycling.

Votes for these categories can be cast on the British Design Awards website and the winners will be announced in Elle Decoration magazine’s December issue.

Number 1 Thing to see at London Design Festival

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100% Futures is the number 1 thing to see according to Elle Decoration.

This is the young talent zone at 100% Design, London’s contemporary design fair, and it’s where you can discover up-and-coming talents. This year we’re tipping Print,Tuft and Fold’s graffiti-esque cushions (Stand J95).

London designer Alex Bradley for his multi-purpose ‘Notch’ side table/stool/magazine rack (Stand J94); and Korean creative Eunyoung Kim, who uses brightly coloured resin to make bubble-like lighting (Stand J100).

Plus be sure to check out Scott,Rich and Victoria for their ultra-modern stools, shelving and lighting (stand H99).

Read the rest of this article in the current version of Elle Decoration page 93

Thomas Heatherwick at Haunch Of Venison until 7th November by Tom Wright

Heatherwick’s children were allowed onto the gleaming benches in the Senate Room at Haunch of Venison. They had climbed there, past knitted legs of chattering adults, onto high podiums and around gnarled edges. They jumped from platforms to awaiting arms, clasping tightly to parents’ necks as mingling progressed. I was jealous. A little bit about the hugging but mainly about the sitting. I wanted to perch on the rippled, metal furniture; relax, recline, touch and enjoy a wholly new type of seat. Sadly, they are on podiums. Bathed in intelligent lighting. A tease.

Starck Designers at 100%Futures

Six designers, from the BBC2 reality show Philippe Starck “Design for Life” are to exhibit as a collective at 100% Futures to coincide with the launch of the TV program.

The idea to reveal the work of the contestants at 100% Futures was to give the viewing public a deeper insight into the work of each of the individual designers, an idea instigated by 28 year old product designer and 3D creative consultant Ilsa Parry

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