Say hello and wave goodbye as London's landmark design exhibition rolls into Earls Court for the last time
BY DEE IVA
Take a good look around 100% Design this year as it will be the last time the UK's biggest design show exhibits at Earls Court. Next year will see it move down the road to Olympia in Kensington, just a stone's throw from the Design Museum's new home in the Commonwealth Institute in Holland Park.
100%'s swansong Earls Court show divides into four key sectors, Interiors; Workplace; Kitchens & Bathrooms and Eco, Design & Build. DesignFizz fave Emerging Brands returns with its essential edit of new design talent, along with the International Pavilions, where exhibitors from across the globe share their creative vision. There'll be talks from leading lights in the design world including Jaime Hayon, Nina Tolstrup and Philippe Starck. We'll be travelling down memory lane at Design Kaleidoscope where 20 iconic designs that were launched at 100% will be on show in mirrored booths. For 20 20 Vision, Barbara Chandler, the Evening Standard's design columnist, has put on her photographer's hat to shoot the most influential designers who have exhibited here over the last 20 years. Read on to find out what we're champing at the bit to see...
100% Design runs from 17-20 September (17-19, trade only; 20 public welcome), Earls Court Exhibition Centre 2, Warwick Road, London SW5
STUDIO JOB FOR NLXL Interiors
Belgian designers Studio Job, aka Job Smeets and Nynke Tynagel, have plundered their extensive archives of illustrations, patterns and images and recycled them to produce a series of nine-metre wallpaper strips for NLXL, Dutch purveyors of quirky wallpapers by the likes of Piet Hein Eek and Merci.
First seen at the Milan Furniture Fair last April, the 'Archive' collection features six different designs: 'Withered Flowers' (above), 'Industry', 'Labyrinth', 'Perished', 'Alt Deutsch' and 'L'Afrique'. Available in colour or black and white, each print is a study in carefully orchestrated chaos. Minimalists are advised to steer clear, but we're loving these patterntastic papers. Pattern on pattern on pattern is sooo the way to go...
KORRIDOR DESIGN Emerging Brands
These softly sculptural candleholders are the work of Danish architects Laerke Rune and Henrik Ilfeldt who founded Korridor Design in 2013. Made of pigmented cement, the slightly imperfect geometrics give each one a pleasing handmade quality that contrasts with the industrial nature of the material. We like them just as they are, no candle required...
TEUCO Kitchens & Bathrooms
The avocado suites of the Seventies soon put paid to any notions of coloured bathroom fittings and for decades the only reigning scheme has been 50 shades of white. But the 'Accademia POP' bathtub by Carlo Colombo for Teuco looks set to liven things up. A limited edition, its sleek lines and bold stripes have already earned it a well deserved Red Dot Award. The mix of fashion-forward attitude and modern classicism is spot on and we can't wait to take a dip.
TAMMA DESIGN International Pavilions
The International Pavilions were our favourite sector at last year's show and look likely to be so again. These beautiful lamps by Estonian designer Johanna Tammsalu of Tamma Design were inspired by spinning women's shoes, keys and sunglasses around and photographing the shapes they made. Unique yet strangely familiar, the 'Solid Spin Lamps' collection is handmade and available in white, grey or blue in a luscious gloss finish or indigo in a moody matt.