The London Design Festival is over but now it’s time to look back at all the good things we saw at the show. One of the highlights from last week was 100% Design, an event that needs no introduction and that continues to surpass expectations. This year’s edition took place at Olympia London, a stunning and vibrant venue with a glass roof that allows the sun to shine over one of the world’s most important design celebrations. Here are our highlights from this year’s edition of 100% Design.
EXPLORATION OF RAW MATERIALS
At 100% Design we found a large number of collections with a focus on detail, highlighting handmade work and the use of raw and natural materials. A great example was Joined + Jointed who bring together a group of renowned furniture designers in order to create contemporary exclusive design pieces.
As Portuguese design lovers, we have to mention the Portuguese brands present at this year’s show. One of the brands in our portfolio, Duistt, presented new pieces from its luxury collection, with an interesting mix of materials such as wood with golden details, velvet and brass. Mambo was another highlight, bringing colourful fresh design pieces to the show.
Italian design stood out once again and brought us some fresh pieces for the home. We loved the contemporary pieces of Novamobili and the original Lego marble furniture from App One Design that allows people to create their own shapes, according to the room.
A LARGE DESIGN & BUILDING AREA
At this year 100% Design there was a large Design & Build area where new materials, covering solutions and innovative textures were presented. One of the highlights was the Blueprint Ceramics as well as the Havwoods bus by the entrance. The irreverent wallpapers from Quirk & Rescue were also a must-see with a beautiful explosion of colours and geometric patterns.
After its success at Clerkenwell Design Week, The invisible store of happiness by Laura Ellen Bacon and furniture producer Maker Sebastian Cox was back again at 100% Design. A beautiful experiment in production, and one of the greatest highlights of this year’s edition. We also loved the Design in Colour installation at the Interiors section. It highlighted the Spring/Summer 2016 colours identified by trend forecasters WGSN, combining carefully selected pieces of furniture with the selected colours. This project was put together by Studio Design UK and was truly the centerpiece of the whole event.
CHARMING OFFICE FURNITURE
In this field we just loved the furniture pieces from Sagal Group! With a collection of elegant chairs and tables, charming fabrics and some fun designs such as The Honey, it is the ideal combination for any sophisticated office.
CUTTING EDGE DESIGN PIECES
At this year’s 100% Design show the designs and brands were very carefully selected. Furniture brand Sé London really stood out with its beautiful award-winning chairs from Collection III by Nika Zupanc. We also loved Stellar Works, with its mid-century retro inspired collections Utility and Ming by Neri&Hu. Utility was clearly a masculine, sophisticated and functional collection while Ming is inspired by traditional Chinese craftsmanship, blended with Western functionality.