The big daddy of London design shows, 100% Design, is back in a new venue for London Design Festival 2015. All change...
BY DEE IVA
It’s only a matter of days before London’s biggest design show 100% Design throws open the doors to its brand new home at Olympia. Having vacated Earls Court last year (not more luxury apartments puh-lease), there were rumours of it relocating as far afield as the ExCeL Exhibition Centre in the Docklands. Thankfully, 100% has stayed true to its West London roots, retaining its role as the key design event in the west.
This year, 100% Design has collaborated with trend forecasters WGSN to theme the show around colour. ‘Design In Colour’ will emphasise the importance and impact of colour in the home and will highlight the top colour trends for 2016 throughout the exhibition. As usual, the show will have five distinct sectors, Interiors, Design & Build, Kitchens & Bathrooms, Workplace and Fizz favourite, Emerging Brands. The ever popular Talks with 100% Design forums will once again host stellar guest speakers including Ilse Crawford, Yves Béhar, Afroditi Krassa, Lyndon Neri and The Human League founder Martyn Ware.
We’re gagging with excitement so without further ado, here are our five must-see stands this year….
FIVE HOT FIZZPICKS AT 100% DESIGN
Kirath Ghundoo Interiors
Kirath Ghundoo's geometric wallpapers are unusual in that she has dispensed with the standard notion of a repeat pattern, creating designs that are meant to clash with each other on the wall. However, Ghundoo's tightly controlled use of colour and pattern manages to hold everything together resulting in striking graphic combinations. Her latest 'Mix 'n' Match 15' collection will be on show at 100%, launching the new Tropic and Monochrome ranges inspired by the sea.
Strike up the band! Portuguese design company Delightfull has tickled our fancy with this witty light fitting. Consisting of 24 trumpet-shaped brass lamps, the 'Botti' chandelier is designed to illuminate a room in multiple directions. Choose from four metallic finishes – nickel, nickel and black, gold or copper and black – and you'll be ready to Charleston till the cows come home!
Bette Kitchens & Bathrooms
It's about time someone redesigned the freestanding bath in a graphic and contemporary way. Bette's BetteLux Shape series utilises the idea of an outline frame to support its minimal bath and basin in the most elegant fashion we've seen for a long time. A range of accessories is also available including a circular mirror and sleek shelf. We reckon the best dressed bathrooms will be channelling this Mondrian-esque look as it's way ahead in the style stakes.
Concreate Design & Build
Polished concrete is still probably the most urbane floor treatment in contemporary interiors. But unless you're living in a cutting-edge piece of architecture, they're difficult to install, especially on upper floors. British company Concreate has solved this problem with its ingenious system of concrete panels which can be used to tile floors and walls, bringing industrial chic within the reach of normal homes. Available in four colours and suitable for use with underfloor heating, this sustainable and environmentally sound flooring is ticking all our boxes right now...
Esbe Design Emerging Brands
Two snarling panthers challenge each other on this illustrated sideboard by glass artist Esbe. Influenced by Art Deco and Pop Art, her stylised images are printed on to opaque glass before being mounted on to a matt lacquered or solid wood cabinet. The 'Panther' is the first in a new line of bespoke sideboards which also feature trompe l'oeil drawers and doors. We think Bagheera would approve...
100% Design runs from 23-26 September (23-25, trade only; 26, public welcome), Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, London W14; 100percentdesign.co.uk