What a day yesterday was. We spent a whirlwind 9 hours enjoying the plentiful charms of the 100% Design show and had a whale of a time immersing ourselves in the heady world of design.
SO MUCH TO SEE AND DO
There were SO many amazing designers showing this year that it was nearly impossible to get round it all. The wealth of great design means this will be just the first instalment of what’s set to be a whole host of videos, blog posts and interviews to appear over the next week.
On entering the show, through a rather atmospheric tunnel (eek!), we immediately came across the JouleFlow stand tucked away in one corner. Bold, bespoke and with more than a sniff of luxury, these sinks were an instant draw.
Just around the corner, we couldn’t help stopping and having a quick look at British manufacturing success story, AGA. We love the deep tones and elegant simplicity in this new Mercury model, affectionately named, Blueberry.
Venturing further in to the show, we then found ourselves in the constantly surprising 100% International section. The incredible display of innovation and dedication to design from all over the world was a real inspiration and we could barely tear ourselves away. The beautifully original textiles from Laokoon Design (100% Hungary) and the striking figures from Artmen (100% Shenzen) were two of the highlights.
Next up was Mercedes Benz (show sponsors) who had a nifty little stand festooned with neon cabling and glow sticks, and also World Peace, who’s bright and playful furniture design were reminiscent of the chairs on show at Grand Designs this year… Cool!
Away from the well-known and international stands we came across some homegrown and independent designers and suppliers that really captured the essence of a show like 100% Design. Deadgood, who we’ve had previous ‘natters’ with at shows including Clerkenwell, were in fine display with a beautiful new lighting range.
And Nottingham based (and manufactured!) &then owner and designer, Sam Wright, spared five minutes to tell us all about the inspiration behind his 50’s inspired furniture that was proving to be a magnetic draw to many show-goers.
Other notable highlights were the awesome homeware products from Swedese, the unique and baffling SODEM stand, the fluidity of design in the Hi-Macs kitchens and the delightfully retro modernity of the OOF Boxes.
Have we missed anything? Let us know…