- 100% DESIGN, 2010
100% Design showcases the best in interior furnishings and architectural materials, bringing together new talent as well as the latest products from established names. Here's our pick of some of the highlights from the show.
Bringing colour back into the bathroom
Colours are coming back into bathrooms, but that doesn't mean we'll see the return of the avocado suite! Jacuzzi has highlighted the trend colours for 2010 and these include Endive, Living Coral, Purple Orchid, Lipstick Red, Lagoon, Woodbine and Oyster Grey. Jacuzzi UK
For Grohe black is the new white, their Ondus range comes in a velvet black and combines architectural shape with digital performance. The shower and bath mixers feature touch operated panels with backlit icons and an integrated digital display. Grohe.
Barbara Hulanicki teams up with Graham & Brown
Graham & Brown are teaming up with well-known designers to create distinctive wallpapers. Their latest designers include Barbara Hulanicki, Kelly Hoppen and Amy Butler. Barbara Hulanicki was on their stand on the first day of the show. She founded the influential Biba shop in the '60's and since then has become a doyen of the fashion and interiors scene. Her capsule collections for Graham & Brown include the art deco inspired Diva and Viva wallpaper designs. Graham & Brown.
Natural light from Velux
Velux are well-know for their roof windows, now they have launched their award winning sun tunnel. This is a ceiling lamp that is at the end of a pipe that leads to the roof and collects solar rays. So you could say that it uses the sun as a bulb. The design was created in partnership wiht Ross Lovegrove and is a solution that is both environmentally and economically friendly. It is particularly useful for areas that are used in the daytime but don't have sufficient natural light from windows. Velux.
A strong theme emerging from the show was discovering more uses for concrete than the merely structural. It can be used for cladding and even domestic furniture, and offers almost infinite possibilities of texture, colour, shape and scale. Gray Concrete are one of the leaders in this field and their stand exhibited a pair of concrete Chesterfield sofas that were so lifelike they had everyone fooled into thinking they were the real thing. The patination of the leather effect was simply amazing. Shown below are the sofas in a garden setting and a room set that shows how concrete can be used as wallpaper. Gray Concrete.
Radiators have come on apace from being utilitarian objects to designer features. Eskimo Design creates bespoke heating in contemporary designs and offers both gas and electric models. All the collections are available in two metal finishes and a range of standard colours, special colours are available at extra cost. We particularly like the radiator with the mirror finish. Eskimo Design.
Giving new life to classics
Lucy Turner takes pieces of furniture from the fifties and sixties, lovingly restores them and then applies her unique laminate process with cut-outs and a modern form of marquetry to create beautiful contemporary designs. Shown below is her pineapple sideboard in teak with emeraude and black laminate with inlayed pineapple motif, and her oak sideboard with sea jade laminate bird design. No wonder buyers from the big furniture stores started to gather round her stand, she is one to watch! Lucy Turner.
Bring literature into your daily life
Spineless Classics takes works of literature and makes them into art for the wall. The amazing thing is that not only does each piece have every single word of the book's text, but also not a word is cut in half despite the cut-outs used to illustrate the book. An ideal way to bring literature into your daily life, even in your smallest room! The books include Treasure Island, Alice in Wonderland, Heart of Darkness and Pride and Prejudice. Spineless Classics.
For more information about the show or to register to visit the next show in 2011, go to 100percentdesign.co.uk.
Reviews of previous shows: 100% Design 2009 100% Design 2008.