Two ‘boulevards of inspiration’ dissect 100% Design this year. Conceived by the fair’s creative directors at Jam, a number of features aim to provide an inspirational experience that challenges the orthodoxy of trade fairs by encouraging participation and reflect the importance of British design in the UK and internationally. Among the features are:
DOING IT FOR THE KIDS BY REDESIGN
An exhibition of sustainable play design explores play types, the importance of play in child development, how toys help mould children’s values and how they impact on the environment. It will show examples of sustainable toys, which include sustainable building blocks by Christopher Jarratt and Jam’s YoYo, which is inspired by the resourcefulness of children in Africa who create toys from recycled materials.
CLOUD WALK BY YU JORDY FU
A 9m-long recycled paper chandelier designed by Yu Jordy Fu, who sees the chandelier as a space rather than an object, is suspended above a section of the boulevard. The installation seeks to celebrate the spatial relationship between people and the city of London.
THE PALLET PROJECT BY STUDIOMAMA
A sustainable seating area uses chairs from the Pallet Project collection designed by Studiomama’s Nina Tolstrup and made from reclaimed pallets. Some of the chairs are customised by artists and designers, including one by Gavin Turk (pictured), to be auctioned off to raise money for the Lugano slums in Argentina.
THE BOX PROJECT BY NO CHINTZ
Design consultancy No Chintz challenged creatives from the North West of England to design the interior of an 8m3 micro building, encouraging them to show functionality as well as creative use of sustainable materials. The winning entry by Karen Smart is on display. It has flexible components to allow it to function in different ways, from an office to a spare room, shop or bar, and furnishes itself, with table, chair and shelves made from the material that forms its four walls.
THE BIKE FEATURE BY JAM
The Bike Feature shows examples of designs from brands such as Biomega to experimental bicycles inspired by Bauhaus or made from bamboo. It aims to offer a glimpse into different subcultures through bicycle design.
LOVE & MONEY: 50 YEARS OF CREATIVE BRITAIN
A multi-screen exhibition produced by UK Trade & Investment with BBC Worldwide showcases products and services from the British creative industries that balance commercial success with invention and experimentation.
The interactive stand shows the east London centre’s digital facilities and a range of recent projects, including a full-size model of the Formula Student vehicle that was developed for the Racing Green University racing team at Imperial College London.
THE BAR BY VIABLE LONDON
In what is the consultancy’s first bar design, Viable London has taken the basic components that traditionally make up exhibition environments, Perspex and aluminium, to defy the conventional rectilinear approach. The bar features snaking arrays of honeycomb- like structures, clad in three-dimensional panels of Perspex.
Roca showcases the finalists of its Jump the Gap design competition, which encourages young talent to design innovative solutions or products for the bathroom. The winner is announced by the jury chairman, John Pawson, on 24 September.
Steuart Padwick launches nine new designs, including the Penguin Wine Hod and the Pointe bed, in what is the first time he is exhibiting under his own name.
Thelermont Hupton continues to develop its interest in the relationship of lines and curves with the launch of the Painstaking cabinet, which exaggerates the impact of each component in the construction to create a visually coherent form that is the antithesis of its constituents.
Davenport Cabinetworks celebrates its rebrand as Sarah Davenport Design with a new furniture collection ‘designed to make people smile’. It is exhibited as part of the Designersblock exhibition space, set up alongside 100% Design.
Also at Designersblock, Max Clements showcases pieces from his new upholstery collection.
Dare Studio launches at the fair with new products, including the Floor Tube lamp, the Fujiya floor lamp, which features a solid walnut stand with finger joint and dowel detailing, and the Katakana lounge chair.
Furniture company Mark Product launches will include the Net barstool and the Spin standing lamp by Tomoko Azumi, which extends the Spin table range into lighting.
Sculptor, ceramicist and designer Mari-Ruth Oda, who specialises in simple organic forms inspired by nature, presents her Flower Sit-able seat/sculpture.
Korean design group Finedeal International showcases its Batra bathroom range.
Manchester-based Lazerian, which focuses on the creation of functional objects through playful investigation of processes and materials, launches a series of products. They include the Borealis lampshade, which is part of a series of lights that experiment with CNC manufacture,