New London interiors show due in October

A new London interiors show, 100% Design, is being planned to “fill in something of the gap left by [the now defunct] IDI”, according to the event’s organisers.

Ian Rudge and Rachel Robin, who are planning the first event in October, have financial backing from the Euromoney Exhibition Partnership. Some 200 exhibitors are expected to show furniture, lighting, textiles, fittings and accessories.

“There is obviously demand for a show which appeals both to commercial and domestic users, and which looks specifically at contemporary British design for interiors,” says Rudge. The closing of IDI has “left a gap in the market in this area”, adds Rudge.

Exhibitors include manufacturers and agents SCP and Viaduct, which have pulled out of contract interiors show Spectrum.

“100% Design is not an alternative to Spectrum or other contract shows – they address two very different markets. Our participation is experimental more than anything else,” says Viaduct managing director James Mair.

Sheridan Coakley, managing director at SCP, says he hopes the new show will “do more than IDI did for contemporary furniture, because it focuses on contemporary design specifically”.

100% Design will be held at the Duke of York’s Headquarters in Chelsea from the 1-4 October.

* SCP has launched the Archiver bookcase, designed by James Irvine. The fibreboard and aluminium bookcase is a free-standing, revolving unit, designed for either home or office use.

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