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Concrete Wallpaper, by Piet Boon for NLXL.
Following on from the major success of Piet Hein Eek’s Scrapwood Wallpaper NLXL have collaborated with Piet Boon launching the Concrete Series this season. The great thing about this wallpaper aside from the subtle sophistication of the design is that if your walls are uneven they are masked instantly with the irregular pattern formation. Use on walls and ceilings for affordable, long lasting definitive style.
1- 600 exhibitors
2- Home & Gift
3- 160 young designers at Launchpad.
2- Location: Earls Court London
Showstopper: Memory of Falmouth by Takae Mituzani
S/S/A/W: loves this very simple salt and pepper shaker inspired by the Cornish coastline. This slots perfectly into the seafaring trend that was the most consistent themes of the show. (More on this in Series 2)
Childhood: S/S/A/W was on a mission to uncover some showstoppers and found these two beauties. The products play with the consistently popular retro theme for children’s rooms. LADP showed the Offside Coat Rack designed by Greenworks, inspired by the classic tabletop game and Lapin and Me displayed the vintage style hand painted lamps Baby Rabbit Night Lamps. Top of my list for junior home and gift.
‘WOW’ (without wires) speaker, Kakkoii
DETAIL: WOW is a crusader for a new world without wires, plugging or docking. Small in size and big on sound, the speaker wirelessly streams music from any Bluetooth-enabled device like your iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, iPad or laptop. It can be recharged over and over again so no need for batteries. It comes in 5 colours is rubber durable with a rubber housing. Having experienced the quality and unexpected volume this is one item I am adding to my wishlist, the white one.
Series 2 tomorrow.
S/S/A/W SHOWSTOPPER: the installation from textile designer Eleanor Ross.
Various collaborations were evident at the show, Eleanor Ross and Antron met moving away from their comfort zones to demonstrate creativity and versatility all round. String art / design is very relevant and Eleanor has offered a highly desirable rendition of the genre that she should take and translate into a collection of homeware. I wanted to find out a little more from Eleanor :
1- Why did you decide to exhibit at Clerkenwell?
I was approached by Antron carpet fibre as it sought a new way to engage with architects and designers working in the commercial arena. Antron wanted to team up with a designer that could put a fresh and interesting spin on carpet fibre, getting designers to think a bit more about carpet. It’s quite easy to forget that carpet is a complex product of many
ingredient parts and hopefully the installation addressed this, opening people’s minds to the intricacy and detail in something as apparently simple as a carpet. With Clerkenwell’s audience and fresh approach to an industry event, which moves away from the traditional exhibition hall venue, Antron had already decided it wanted to be involved. My involvement and the creation of the installation was to ensure that Antron engaged with its audience in a way that both informed and inspired.
2- How would you describe the atmosphere?
The whole show seems to haves a real energy about it, a buzz that seems to find a way to everyone, even within the dark and mysterious House of Detention. I think the lovely weather, parties and the relaxed approach of everyone involved really helped too.
3- If you could pick 1 thing for your home for the show what would it be?
It would have to be the Manolo Lounger Chair by John Galvin. I’ve exhibited at a few of the same exhibitions as John over the last couple of years and I’m always blown away by the workmanship of his pieces. They are truly beautiful pieces of furniture but the Manolo chair is definitely my favourite, I just love its femininity and softness. Apparently there isn’t one single 90 degree angle in the entire piece.
4- What has been the highlight of your show?
To have my human sized installation create so much interest was the real highlight, it’s always nice to have your work receive appreciation in the public domain. Other than that, I didn’t really have too much of a chance to walk around as I was kept pretty busy with visitors, but one of the ‘I wants’ from the show was definitely the La Boite concept. A docking table for your laptop it also packs in some powerful speakers and they really kept the party going throughout the event with some fab tunes.
5- What trends are you working on?
As a textile designer by trade I work to many different trends, depending on my client and who they are trying to target. For personal work, I often start collections with drawings and photography and then focus in on different sections to translate into fabric. I’m a little bit fixated with contrasting geometric patterns and fibres at the moment.
6- Who stopped by your stand?
That’s the good thing about Clerkenwell, you get a really good mix of people coming along. We had everyone from design bloggers, interior designers and design students through to architects and buyers from some really big brands. I managed to make a few really great contacts for the future and Antron carpet fibre was delighted with the raising of its profile and the leads it generated from the event.
7- What is your top tip for the show?
Just like the Scouts, always be prepared. A big stack of business cards and also some information specifically relating to what you are exhibiting are absolutely vital. People are often interested in what they are seeing, more than who made it so make sure they can take something away that reinforces the connection. It could just be a postcard, but for Clerkenwell we produced a brochure detailing our work. Given that it is a one-off and not for sale, we wanted people to have a permanent reminder of the installation. The biggest tip has to be to plan. The more you plan, the less likely things are to go wrong.
1ST STOP: on arrival to Clerkenwell 2012 I headed to the top floor on the Farmiloe Building to start my day at the press launch of 100% design, where press and designers met to discover the Media 10 campaign for the 2012 event Here are the key points discussed by the team.
NEW START: 100% is the UK’S the most respected and visited contemporary showcase for architects and interior designers. Under the new ownership of Media 10 and the direction of William Knight, the former Deputy Director of London Design Festival, the exhibition is poised to become the hottest selling design ticket this year.
The 2012 Theme for the show is Future Living and for the 18th year of the show it is divided into 4 new areas, Interiors, Office, Kitchen & Bathrooms and Eco Design and Build.
Following on from Clerkenwell Design Week exhibitors include: Deadgood, Jennifer Newman, Young & Norgate and Dare Studio, plus emerging brands such as Kirath Ghudoo, Plant and Moss, Vita and Arthur Analts.
Groups of designers will feature from: France, Korea, chile, Czech Republic, Hungary and Austria, alongside exhibitors form Italy, Germany, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Denmark and the Netherlands.
NEW CREATIVE: this fresh futuristic approach is visible with the appointment of Shaw + Skerm, a young multi disciplinary studio who have designed the outstanding creative for the event.
Firstly Shaw and Skerm wanted a conceptual idea that would communicate the essence of 100% design – something special about the event itself. They believe the core idea of Inspiring Connections works on so many levels for the show that would ultimately reinforce that 100% Design is the place to connect – with colleagues, buyers, brands, the media and with the future.
Secondly they wanted to create a campaign image that looked visually arresting from a pure design aesthetic – abstract and impactful, rather than focussing on products as they had done in previous campaigns.
The design, based on genesis is very organic and captures the multi-layered experience every visitor will experience at the show. By creating dots and lines, that when placed over each other, can form a multitude of different and shapes and images, but combined together create a network of connections.
The final result, visualised as a world of inspiration, is almost art-like with intricate detail and injections of colour. The extraction of individual layers and using them in a variety of executions, has kept a fluidity to the shows many touchpoints. From 2d to 3d, environmental to animation.
THE ANIMATION: 100% Design
REGISTER : 100% Design
DATE: 19-22 September 2012, Earls Court London.
SEE YOU THERE.