Monday, 4 October 2010

Day 3 - 100% Design

Reedy bookcase

Outside 100% The Tramshed is a new Design Week venue this year and another lovely big space. De La Espada were showing off product from their various designers; pieces such as the Tapas dining chair by Matthew Hilton and the Reedy bookcase by Autobahn.  We also saw product from James Design UK a new British design company and some great watches by Dezeen.

Homework desk

We called in briefly to view the Cappellini and Poltrona Frau showroom, the lovely Walter Knoll space and then sprinted on to Viaduct in Clerkenwell. For design week, Viaduct had products on display from a new manufacturer called Bensen;  The Brix range of drawers are available in 2 different sizes and 4 colours and can be supplied on small legs or plinths. There is a desk called Homework which we loved; a glass top and either one or two drawers in lacquer, this was very simple and would look fantastic in almost any setting.

Watch this space for product arriving with us in Edinburgh soon!

Friday, 1 October 2010

Day 2 - 100% Design

Day Two saw us at 100% Design which continues to be focused on smaller scale producers of wallpaper, lighting and textiles. This year there was a predominance of national stands with Norway, France, Austria, Portugal and Spain all presenting lots of different designers from their countries.

We particularly liked the Secto Design lights which are handmade in laminated birch slats by Finnish craftsmen. Available in black, white or natural birch and lots of different sizes, they were beautifully elegant and simple. Buzzispace had a stand showing off their new BuzziBooth designed for quiet individual working; acoustically excellent and an ideal place to use a mobile phone in a noisy exhibition hall! Also on display were the Buzzi L cubes available in flat felt or 3D felt which we loved and thought were very commercially priced.
Silent Gliss were the other main highlight of 100% Design really useful and showcasing their new curved panel system. Designed to create corners, gentle curves or complete circles there are lots of fabric options and many possible uses both domestically and commercially.