100% Design brought forth exciting collaborations with world-class design brands and some of the biggest names in design for 2019. Celebrating its 25th anniversary, 100% Design covered four key areas: Interiors; Kitchens, Bathrooms & Bedrooms; Emerging Brands and 100% Build London. The return of leading brands and presentations from new, emerging talent cement the show’s position as a cornerstone event of the London Design Festival.
Award-winning textile studio, Kirkby Design brought an original 1967 Victoria Line tube carriage to 100% Design as an exciting and immersive venue. The interiors of the tube were upholstered in Underground Volume II fabrics, a new collection of velvets which recreate iconic moquette designs used for seating fabric across the underground from the 1930s to the present day.
A powerhouse of British design, Benchmark makes timeless furniture that has soul and integrity. Using traditional craftsmanship techniques and innovative technology, they launched the Sage Collection of furniture by award-winning American architect David Rockwell that has a specific focus on health and well-being within the built environment. Dutch design studio, Jess Design launched it’s brand new Tray collection – a seating range created as a collaboration between designers Tom Dissel and Tymon Scholten of Studio Suolle resulting in a stylish, organic design with subtle detailing. Hayche Furniture also launched four new collections at 100% Design, including Dune by Pauline + Luis and Backer by Daniel Schofield.
New lighting launches were presented across the 100% Design 2019 show, including Herston: the high-quality lighting design studio based in South London presented the Herston Desk Lamp. With an innovative design that uses conductive materials at each joint to eliminate cables from its body, the lamp has a refined form available in either oak or walnut, cast-iron or solid brass. Glow Lighting, the emerging British lighting company founded by Emily Butterill showed her bespoke designs for the home and workspace, including the new lilac Bertie lamp.
On a micro-level, Parisian brand, oOumm exhibited their luxury home fragrances that redefine the art of perfuming the home, in collaboration with French master perfumer Barnabé Fillion and designer Dan Yeffet.
Upcycling features was another design trend for the 100% Design 2019 show. Patience & Gough, a creative duo from The Lake District have built a practice out of giving a new life to forgotten furnishings. At 100% Design, they presented some of their key pieces including their upcycled Ercol Table and the Cherry Blossom Drinks Cabinet.
Presenting as part of the Interiors hall, Thors Design has built their company on upcycling rustic Azobé wood, sourced from decommissioned Danish wharves and turning it into simple and elegant designer furniture. The result is bespoke, hand-made, sustainable furniture with an original raw look and a natural Nordic feel that retains the integrity, history and natural character of the wood. The wood has been partly submerged in the Danish sea for over half a century and no two pieces are identical. Each piece of furniture is unique, full of character and soul.
A highlight feature at 100% Design 2019 was the showcase of ‘A Sense of Finland’. Voted the happiest country in the world for the second year running, the Finland pavilion allowed visitors to experience the sounds, sights, touch, smell and taste of Finland in the middle of London. The specially built eco log house was filled with calm sounds of the forest and simple timber floors sourced from the best quality Finnish wood. Curated by Finnish/English designer Hanna Laikola, founder of HEMLO, the house at 100% Design presented the very best of Finnish furniture, products and lighting focused around sustainability, well-being and healthy living environments, highlighting the Finnish philosophy that simple things make us happy.
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