On the 21st of September, our design team visited 100% Design at London’s Olympia. Now after the dust has settled and the team has had a chance to sit down and chat it through, these are their thought on 100% Design and what trends they see emerging from the show.
Rhiannon – Interior Designer
Attending design shows are crucial. Learning about the latest trends and discovering new products are key to driving inspiration and sparking motivation. During our annual visit to 100% Design, we witnessed a variety of innovative creations and statement pieces. A personal highlight was the Casa Botelho installation. Portraying an array of vibrant textures and prints, the products promote a 1920’s Great Gatsby feel with a contemporary twist.
After observing the installation at the show, I immediately became aware of the strong sense of quality and luxurious environment these furniture and finishes presented. Another highlight was the talk panel with designers John Hitchcox, Kelly Hoppen and Marcel Wanders, all of which provided an insight into their design experiences and approach on the constant development of technology. It was intriguing to learn about their projects and explore their eye-opening designs, particularly those of Marcel Wanders! A new favourite is his nature-inspired ‘The Hyde Project’, an extravagant residential scheme that embraces aspects of the natural world and luxury living.
Georgina – Interior Designer
The show welcomed thousands of architects, interior designers and specifiers to showcase the new and innovative ideas in design. This was a chance for our team to catch up with some of our existing suppliers such as Muraspec, Bright Green and Rigg Furniture (FYI all of which are used at Welsh Power) and to connect with new exhibitors. Events like this help to develop our design knowledge and our findings influence our clients’ designs going forward. This year the show had various lighting installations. I love to use feature lighting in my designs to create zones, areas of detail and to give the feeling of home away from home. The suppliers who stood out for me were Fritz Fryer Lighting Specialists and Creative Cables UK.
Fritz Fryer are British based company who restore antique lighting and supply a beautiful range of contemporary designer lighting. They created a stunning piece for 100% design which is a combination of smoked glass and gold, which and be found here. Creative Cables promise to provide a designers toolkit for the perfect lighting. With thousands of combinations of cables, fixture and bulbs the possibilities are endless. I imagine these lights will be popping up frequently in our designs any day now.
Lucy – Designer
Our visit to 100% design was a fantastic opportunity to discover the latest brands and products. With over 400 international design brands on show, there was much to be seen. This year, the auditorium was host to a, particularly inspiring talk. Chaired by Dezeen Editor in Chief Marcus Fairs, alongside an all-star panel consisting of YOO Founder John Hitchcox, Creative Directors Kelly Hoppen and Marcel Wanders. The discussion explored how designers can create thriving communities in an ever-transforming world. As cities become increasingly populated and technology advances, the fundamentals of ‘community’ and the ways we communicate have changed. There is a new challenge for designers to incorporate social spaces into their developments, in which people can come together and reconnect.
Similarly, the effects of futurization can be seen in the workplace. Long-gone are the days when we were tethered to an over-sized monitor in a dull cubicle, but now opting for technology-enabled hotdesking. The removal of assigned-seating opens up the possibility of a more collaborative workplace, where employees integrate with individuals they wouldn’t usually mix with. Here at Imium, we are always looking to create future-proof solutions for the workplace, centred around connectivity.
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