Catherine Bowen, Plascon Trends Editor
The theme for 100%design 2014 was ‘Design Kaleidoscope’ (it is the UK’s largest and longest running contemporary design event) and included a specially commissioned exhibition designed by Thomas.Matthews – the kaleidoscopes (like the image below) were created through the mirroring of products. The etymology of the word ‘kaleidoscope’ is from the Greek kalos meaning ‘beautiful’ and eidos meaning ‘form’. Thus, Design Kaleidoscope looks at the observation and engagement with beautiful designs:
London Design Week 2014
The show always includes some of the biggest names in the design sector. Philippe Starck was there to open the show and also to present his “Flexible Architecture” tile collection (which was unveiled at Milan Design Week earlier this year):
As were Jamie Hayon, Ross Lovegrove and Barber Osgerby (amongst others) who gave talks to visitors of the show:
100% Design 2014 at London Design Week
The magnificent arched entrance tunnel which was created by Studio Design UK boasted materials from some of the most desirable names in the trade: KAZA Concrete, Havwoods, Blackburn Metals, Rimex Metals, Formica, Stone Interiors, Eley Kishimoto, Timorous Beasties and OIKOS:
Increasingly, geometrical design and form is trending within the design and architectural spheres… So no surprises that 100%design would feature several new product offerings and designs that all embraced the beauty and simplicity of line in form.
Like the new concrete tile collection by KAZA: Concurrent Constellations is a 3-dimensional tile with textures that reference nature, mathematics and Buckminster Fuller. It is a range that was created in conjunction with designers from a diverse array of backgrounds, including tattooist Chaim Machlev, origami artist Ilan Garibi and Hungarian designer Levi Fignar who created the Tre installation at Kaza’s stand at 100% Design:
Another offering which perfectly articulates the attraction of angular form is that from the Pakistan multidisciplinary team: the Zaviya table. The table is made from re-purposed wood and brushed steel – the two separate elements contrast sharply where they meet and look different from every perspective…
And what round of cool product would be complete without a little nod to lighting… “And then there was light”… In particular a light by Buenos Aires-based Colombian designer, Heidi Jalkh, which also made use of two sets of materials wood and ceramics.
The unassuming, under-stated CONO no.1 shade is an exploration of how to combine these two sets of materials (which I think they have done very neatly):
(Personally, I think it has the look of a pencil shaving – noh?)
Which brings me to the end of my focus on 100% design… But watch out for more on the London Design Festival 2014!