During London Design Festival, 100% design welcomed more than 27,000 visitors over four days at Earls Court in London, and this year expanded into both exhibition halls. Notable international brands taking part were Vitra, Knoll, Gaggenau, Dornbracht, Espasso, Natuzzi, Amtico, DuPont Corian, and Samsung with Zaha Hadid Architects. Here are three of our highlights from the show.
1. Factory at Home by iMakr
To explore the possibilities of home printing, iMakr, a London-based collective of creative engineers, designers and entrepreneurs, was commissioned to create a concept-living area within the frame of a 100 sq m “house”. 3D-printed models and objects were on display, while iMakr staff gave live demonstrations using the latest desktop 3D printers and also launched its new print-on-demand service called My Mini Factory.
2. AMASS by Benjamin Hubert
British industrial designer, Benjamin Hubert, designed the auditorium space at this year’s 100% Design. The 200 sq m space had to hold an audience for Talks With 100% – the UK’s biggest design seminar programme featuring speakers including Giulio Cappellini, Tom Dyckhoff, Richard Rogers and Peter Murray. Hubert created an innovative modular system for the space, called AMASS. The system comprises three modules that, when put together in large numbers (over 40,000 were used for the 100% Design installation), create a hanging structure and demarcate a space without creating the visual barrier of solid walls.
Hubert was inspired by the controlled randomness found in nature: “We wanted to create some randomness with the design, but we also wanted a structure we could control, that other people could put up after the fair … It started from a pure design and maths problem … but when we took a step back from it, we noticed a resemblance to the structure of organic things, like crystals. It wasn’t an intentional thing.”
3. Farm Kitchen by Mette
The founders of Mette, Nelson and Caroline Santos, updated the traditional image of the farmhouse kitchen, from pine furniture and gingham tablecloths to personal farming with cutting-edge LED technology. Appearing in the Kitchens & Bathrooms hub at 100% Design, The Farm Kitchen explored how the idea of micro-agriculture can be brought from the great outdoors into the confines of the domestic kitchen.
Working closely with Bulbo, a company that makes LED lamps for growing vegetables in domestic spaces, Mette managed to fit a fully working restaurant into its 180 sq m space. The project shows how a variety of light sources, irrigation methods and growing mediums can help people to become more self-sufficient and regain control of what they eat, without having to restructure every aspect of how they live.