2 October 2012

Last month was London's design month, with most of the big annual shows opening their doors. I was at 100% Design, showcasing lots of new materials and old materials used in new settings.

Kitchen work surfaces in composite resin type materials remain popular, though less shiny than a few years ago. This kitchen is by www.intuo-kitchen.com. Marike Andeweg, www.notonlywhite.com, showed lots of minimalist small wash basins in similar materials.  
I particularly liked www.annekyyroquinn.com's acoustic wall coverings. They are in wool and designed for office spaces and public areas and don't come cheap, but I think they would also look great in homes. www.nextepleathers.co.uk produces beautifully textured leather wall and floor coverings. Very much like the technique of embossed leather wall hangings in baronial manors of a few centuries ago. Something a bit shinier? Have a look at Material Lab, www.tekturaonline.com, where the wallpaper is not only washable but also 'scrubbable'.
I thought the furniture on show more predictable, working with trends started a few years ago of thin wooden structures with oversized, colourful seats and backs. This rocking chair, Violet, is by www.mathias-kuenzler.com of Austria. For other, similar styles and designs, have a look at www.andthendesign.co.uk and www.jamesuk.com. I also liked the chairs of www.kinnarps.co.uk, and the wire side tables of www.nichelondon.com
This picture is here for no other reason than that I love cleverly cut paper. I sometimes see cards that open up to reveal a cut-out cityscape.  This work is of course slightly more ingenious! Have a look at www.popupology.co.uk for what they have to say about this structure.

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