100% Design 2014 – a sneak preview…
This year, London’s leading design show celebrates its 20th anniversary with an opening by Philippe Starck. Returning to Earl’s Court from 17 to 20 September, 100% Design will be opened by the renowned International designer to coincide with the unveiling of Flexible Architecture, his new ceramic tile collection for Ceramica Sant’Agostino on Capitol Designer Studio’s stand (E600).
This year there are more design names than ever including Heal’s, which will launch the 2014 edition of its Heal’s Discovers collection. This will also be the show’s last appearance at this iconic venue before it moves to Olympia London in 2015.
The four key sections are Interiors, Kitchens & Bathrooms, Workplace & Eco and Design & Build with additional sectors such as Emerging Brands and International Pavilions. To mark this 20th anniversary year, there will also be a variety of celebratory events, from an integrated timeline around the central bar designed by Studio Design UK to a curated exhibition entitled Design Kaleidoscope, showcasing 20 iconic design products launched at the show.
I’ll be heading straight for the Kitchens & Bathrooms hub, where I’m looking forward to seeing high-end kitchen specialist Piqu (stand K312), who will be launching a new furniture collection. I’ll also be keeping an eye out for Kitchen Architecture’s interpretation of bulthaup (stand K110), Poggenpohl, who is bringing its P’7350 kitchen to the UK for the first time (stand K242) and LG Hausys’ HI-MACS® futuristic kitchen island called Sky is the Limit, designed by Xavier Bonte (stand K212).
I also can’t wait to see the global preview of six new dark browns from DuPont™ Corian®, made with innovative DeepColour™ Technology and a mind-blowing kitchen design that celebrates the four deep blacks introduced earlier this year (stand K300). The eye-catching ‘Super Black’ kitchen by renowned French designer Christian Ghion features an impressive island unit and a textured and backlit multi-functional wall system entirely fabricated in Corian® by Créa Diffusion.
Other key exhibitors include Italian stone specialists Antolini Luigi (stand K340), Spanish porcelain manufacturer Apavisa (stand K120), London-based kitchen showroom Tisettanta (stand K200) and bathroom manufacturers Catalano (stand K330), Kolpa (stand K37) and Porcelanosa (stand K240).
The key installation of the Kitchen & Bathroom hub will be designed by London-based Something & Son and will focus on the design quirks and differences of the bathroom rituals of those who live without basic sanitation across different countries. The feature is set to highlight key issues through an exciting showcase of new ideas for the bathroom, from prototypes to objects and installations.
I’m also looking forward to catching some of this year’s talks and debates from some of the world’s leading designers and architects such as Jaime Hayon and Nina Tolstrup.
Whatever takes your fancy this year, enjoy the show!