As 100% Design enters its 18th year, bringing designers and architects from around the world under one show roof, its attendance predictions are equally exuberant – this year some 40,000 visitors are expected.
This year's outing by leading and up-and-coming companies will be following the theme 100% Future Living, and will see a floor plan divided and laid out by category, featuring interiors, office, kitchen & bathrooms and eco design & build, and an emerging brands area supporting international young designers. Also featured is a programme of cateory-linked seminars, including from Renée Labbe, global trends vice president at Stylesight, on trends in commercial spaces and a session chaired by writer and architectural impresario Peter Murray, with input from Stephan Oberwegner, Dexter Moren and the developer of Hotel Rafayel, Iqbal Latif.
Here we present a taste of what to expect at this year's 100% Design.
Launching during the show, Herbert Direct's walk-in wardrobe systems are handmade in Italy with a combination of leather and eco-leather. each unit is available in either plain or embossed leather as well as varying colours.
Trestle Table & T-Benches
Jennifer Newman Studio
Part of the studio's inside-Outside multipurpose furniture collection, the set prevents weathering by featuring birch-ply table tops protected against biodegradation, and steel legs protected with a primer and powder coating.
Philip Watts Design
Available in polished aluminium, brass or bronze finishes, the Skull Handle is a tad longer than 1m and, for buyers willing to pay extra, offers a finish in Swarovski crystals around the head.
Addit modular sofa
In dark green, lime and white, these units link together magnetically to create customisable seating arrangements. The back frame is powder-coated steel tubing, and each unit comes is upholstered in fabric or leather.
An office chair made for people who sit in front computers, Herman Miller designers sought professional advice in physiotherapy and biomechanics when designing this back-healthy product.
Modular Skylight System
In cooperation with architecture practice Foster + partners, veLUX launches its line of energy-efficient skylights suitable for commercial buildings. Skylights are made in the velux factory and delivered with panes, frames and blinds already in place.
Hardwood flooring specialist Bolefloor offers floorboards up to 3,000mm in length with grooves and ragged lines, giving the flooring a more natural look. Floorboards are available unfinished, oiled or brushed for an antique look.
This article was first published in fx Magazine.